Rating: PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language.
What it’s about: An accident during a spacewalk strands two astronauts in orbit.
The kid attractor factor: Science fiction that isn’t far beyond the realm of the possible, the realistic terrors of space.
Good lessons / bad lessons: Don’t give up, because “There’s always something you can do.”
Violence: Deaths, corpses in zero gravity.
Language: People under duress curse. On Earth or in space.
Sex: None, though Sandra Bullock has a “suit up” moment.
Parents’ advisory: Entirely too intense for younger children, entirely suitable for 10-and-up.
Rating: R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use.
What it’s about: Formula One racing rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda battle on and off the track in the swinging ’70s.
The kid attractor factor: Fast cars, one of them driven by Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
Good lessons / bad lessons: “A wise man gets more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”
Violence: High-speed crashes, grisly after-effects.
Language: Some profanity.
Sex: Olivia Wilde plays James Hunt’s girlfriend, so guess.
Drugs: It was the ’70s, so yes.
Parents’ advisory: If they’re old enough to be into cars and the opposite sex, they might enjoy this period piece. Suitable for 13-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.