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Family Watch: ‘American Sniper’ loaded with violence

Bradley Cooper plays in Chris Kyle in “American Sniper,” directed by Clint Eastwood.
Bradley Cooper plays in Chris Kyle in “American Sniper,” directed by Clint Eastwood.

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

American Sniper

Rating: R for strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references

What it’s about: A Texan becomes the military’s deadliest sniper while defending American troops in Iraq.

The kid attractor factor: Bradley Cooper, in an Oscar-nominated performance as a real soldier in the middle of a first-person-shooter video game environment.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “If you think that this war isn’t changing you, you’re wrong. You can only circle the flames so long.”

Violence: Lots and lots.

Language: People in combat zones have been known to talk pretty dirty.

Sex: Only referred to.

Drugs: Alcohol.

Parents’ advisory: Entirely too violent for the sensitive or anybody under 16.

Blackhat

Rating: R for violence and some language

What it’s about: An imprisoned hacker is released to track down someone who is crashing the stock market and crippling nuclear power plants.

The kid attractor factor: Chris “Thor” Hemsworth stars.

Good lessons/bad lessons: A guy learns to be a lot more violent when he’s in prison.

Violence: Lots and lots, most of it involving firearms.

Language: Some profanity, not a lot.

Sex: Suggested, no nudity.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: A brutally violent finale tips this one into hard-R territory, OK for 16-and-up.

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

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