Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language.
What it’s about: The ever-haunted Wolverine revisits Japan and remembers a horror from his past and an old debt.
The kid attractor factor: Wolverine, the coolest X-Man, by far, battling sword-slinging ninjas.
Good lessons/bad lessons: All good soldiers seek “an honorable death.”
Violence: Much blood is spilled, slashings, shootings, stabbings.
Language: Wolverine curses, when the need arises.
Sex: A menage a trois is interrupted.
Parents’ advisory: Quite violent, this one pushes the PG-13 boundaries. OK for 12 and older.
Rating: PG-13 for violence, sci-fi/fantasy action, some sensuality, and language including sex references.
What it’s about: Dead cops are put back on the beat chasing the evil dead through the mean streets of Boston.
The kid attractor factor: Based on a comic book, cops with exotic weapons battling “Men in Black” monsters, Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges making wisecracks.
Good lessons/bad lessons: The best time to atone for your sins is while you’re still living.
Violence: Quite a bit, nothing too bloody.
Language: A little profanity, a few profane finger-gestures.
Sex: Intimacy, innuendo, nothing explicit.
Parents’ advisory: Pretty tame, for an action picture. OK for 10 and older.
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.