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