Movie News & Reviews

‘Selma’ doesn’t shy from violence

Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers


Rating: PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language

What it’s about: Martin Luther King Jr. and his colleagues battle entrenched racism in a small city in Alabama, and face violent consequences for their protests.

The kid attractor factor: A history lesson sure to shock anybody under 20

Good lessons/bad lessons: Nonviolent protests give the protesters the moral high ground, and can force social change.

Violence: Yes

Language: A couple of instances of profanity

Sex: Suggested

Drugs: Cigarettes

Parents’ advisory: As history lessons go, this one is too violent and too complicated for younger children. OK for 10-and-up.

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

Rating: PG-13 for some disturbing and frightening images, and for thematic elements

What it’s about: More ghostly goings on in the coastal marshes of Great Britain, with schoolchildren the ghost’s prey

The kid attractor factor: Kids in jeopardy, old-fashioned ghost-story frights

Good lessons/bad lessons: “Our own worst enemy is ourselves – our fears, doubts, despair.”

Violence: Yes, most of it against children

Language: Quite tame

Sex: Only its after-effects – a bloody childbirth scene

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: More spooky than grisly, it’s still not for the very young – OK for 10-and-up.