This guide, compiled by Orlando Sentinel film critic Roger Moore, is published here every Friday. It should be used with the MPAA rating system for selecting movies suitable for children. Films rated G, PG or PG-13 are included, along with R-rated films that may have entertainment or educational value for older children with parental guidance.
Rating: R for violence and language throughout.
What it’s about: A security consultant and his new prison buddy try to figure out a way to escape from a new escape-proof prison.
The kid attractor factor: Action, and lots of it, starring guys old enough to be your grandfather.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “Always have a Plan B.”
Violence: Stabbings, shootings, neck-snappings.
Language: In prison, there is profanity.
Sex: Not in this prison.
Parents’ advisory: Too violent for young children, but far more responsible than your average “Expendables” or “Last Man Standing.” OK for 13-and-up.
“THE FIFTH ESTATE”
Rating: R for language and some violence.
What it’s about: A young computer hacker is enlisted to join Julian Assange’s crusade to end government and big business secrecy on the Internet.
The kid attractor factor: Hacker intrigues, online crisis management, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth.”
Violence: More implied than overt.
Sex: Nothing graphic, but famous online freedom-of-speech crusaders do hook up, occasionally.
Drugs: Alcohol is consumed at parties.
Parents’ advisory: If they’re old enough to recognize the international anarchist’s symbol, they should understand this. Suitable for 15-and-up.