Entertainment & Life

Family guide to new movies

By Roger Moore

Tribune News


Rating: PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language

What it’s about: A hopeful future

The kid attractor factor: A teenage girl tries to visit the future on an adventure of discovery with George Clooney.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Violence: Lots and lots

Language: Disney clean, in a “Son of a …” sort of way.

Sex: Nary a hint

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: It’s a bit long. And talky. And violent. OK for 8-and-up.

Pitch Perfect 2

Rating: PG-13 for innuendo and language

What it’s about: The Barden College Bellas go to Europe to battle the best a cappella groups in the world.

The kid attractor factor: Young women cutting up and singing pop hits

Good lessons/bad lessons: Senior year in college is when you stop concentrating on social life and extracurriculars, because it’s “time to think about other stuff.”

Violence: None

Language: Scattered profanity

Sex: Not really, despite Fat Amy’s big talk

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: Closer to a PG than a PG-13, suitable for 10 and up

Mad Max: Fury Road

Rating: R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images

What it’s about: Decades after civilization’s end, a lone motorist fends off road raging tribes.

The kid attractor factor: Car chases and crashes (with real cars), post-apocalyptic villains

Good lessons/bad lessons: “Hope is a mistake.”

Violence: Almost constant

Language: An almost indecipherable patois, with no discernible profanity

Sex: Nudity

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: Entirely too intense and violent for impressionable children. OK for 13 and up.