Parents' guide to movies


Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content.

What it’s about: Thor must battle Dark Elves who plan to use a dark force to end the nine worlds as they converge.

The kid attractor factor: Big blond dude with the hammer, beating up other big dudes. And Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Sometimes, a little treason is justified to ensure the greater good.

Violence: Lots and lots — bashings, throat slashings, stabbings and shootings.

Language: A healthy scattering of profanity, much of it from Kat Dennings.

Sex: Shirtless Thor and the ladies who admire that.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Lighter-hearted than most comic book adaptations, suitable for 8-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language

What it’s about: An old man sailing alone around the world is confronted with his mortality after his sailboat starts to sink.

The kid attractor factor: Peril at sea, problem solving when you’re the only one you can count on to save yourself.

Good lessons / bad lessons: As long as there is life, hope is never lost.

Violence: A bloody injury, the threat of drowning.

Language: One epic and justified swear word.

Sex: Not a hint.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Young kids might find watching a movie with no dialogue a challenge, but this is certainly suitable for 10-and-up.

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.

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