Movie News & Reviews

Family guide: ‘Poltergeist,’ ‘San Andreas’ fine for 10 and older


Rating: PG-13 for intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language

What it’s about: A family moves into a suburban tract house that turns out to be haunted.

The kid attractor factor: Demons and ghosts attacking and kidnapping children.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Subdivisions built on graveyards – still not a great idea.

Violence: Lots, most of it directed at children.

Language: Scattered profane reactions.

Sex: Hinted at.

Drugs: Alcohol

Parents’ advisory: Entirely too intense for children under 10.


Rating: PG-13 for intense disaster action and mayhem throughout, and brief strong language

What it’s about: An air rescue pilot, his family and a scientist and his team experience “the Big One” in California.

The kid attractor factor: The most convincing earthquake ever put on screen, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson trying to survive it.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Pay attention during earthquake drills, listen to scientists, and “always have a plan B.”

Violence: Entirely geological and architectural, and lots of it, with a high body count.

Language: Scattered profane reactions to the worst nature can throw at us.

Sex: A little flirtation.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: State of the art movie mass destruction. OK for 8-and-up.