Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
Rating: PG for some action and scary images
What it’s about: Fairies and elves fight off goblins with love and vintage love songs in this George Lucas-backed cartoon.
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The kid attractor factor: It’s an animated fantasy with “Star Wars” story elements and sing-along pop hits ranging from Elvis to Lady Gaga.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Song or no song, “there’s no shortcut to love.”
Violence: Yes, fairies fighting goblins.
Language: Disney clean.
Sex: Love potions, smooching and such.
Drugs: Not so much as a hint.
Parents’ advisory: Nothing terribly offensive turns up in this Disney-released LucasFilm cartoon. OK for all ages.
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Rating: PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language, thematic material involving drug use and drinking, and for a fight
What it’s about: A grandmother and grandfather from two different sides of the family, and from two different races, go to court to fight over custody of a little girl.
The kid attractor factor: Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner, a kid having more sense than some of the adults around her.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Even judging people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin is a tricky notion in a politically correct era.
Violence: A nasty, bloody fight.
Language: Some profanity
Sex: Barely discussed.
Drugs: A major theme, as an alcoholic and a crack addict partake in their addictions.
Parents’ advisory: Too adult for small kids, who just won’t follow it, but OK for 13-and-up.