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Maze Runner: The Death Cure-Kids’

Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) is back in this third and final movie of the Maze Runner series. Thomas and some of the escaped Gladers desperately want to save their friends, however it is not an easy task. They must break into the legendary Last City which is a WCKD controlled labyrinth. This could potentially turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. If they make it out alive they will get the answers they’ve wanted to hear since they arrived in the maze. Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the finale in the popular Maze Runner trilogy based on James Dahner’s best-selling dystopian novels.

 

 

 

 

 

Rating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
January 26, 2017
MPAA Rating:
PG13
Best Age Group:
15+
Sexual Content:
Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content:
Excessive
Crude or Profane Language:
Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content:
Mild
Will Kids Like It?
Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:


Sexual Content:
Mild

  • We see a couple of quick kisses.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There are numerous fatalities. We see characters die from shoot-0uts, explosions and buildings falling.
  • A character is fatally wounded in a knife fight.
  • Characters who are infested by a deadly virus are shown transforming into zombies.
  • Scary looking monsters are shown throughout the film.
  • A couple of men die in a suicide attack. They drive their vehicle into a massive explosion.
  • Characters hit each other and end up getting into massive fights.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • We hear the f-word once. We also hear “sh-t,” “d–n,” “b–ch “d–k,” “a–hole,” “b–tard,” and “holy s–t.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see a character drinking liquor.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • Fans of the series, who have read the books and seen the previous movies,  liked this final movie of the trilogy.

Overall parents need to be aware of the excessive violence and profane language throughout the film. Depending on the child, this is appropriate for kids ages 15 and up.

Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi – Kids’ Movie Review

As you may know, Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is set in a galaxy far far away. The film begins immediately after the events of the Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. It continues the story of Rey (Daisy Ridley), and her discovery of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and the story of the war between General Leia Organa’s Resistance and the First Order. This is an entertaining film for the Star Wars fans!

 

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Star War VIIIRating: 4  out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
December 15, 2017
MPAA Rating:
PG13
Best Age Group:
10+
Sexual Content:
Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content:
Excessive
Crude or Profane Language:
Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content:
Mild
Will Kids Like It?
Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • The importance of friendship, teamwork and doing the right thing is portrayed throughout the film.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • A character briefly kisses another character.
  • Rey sees a man shirtless and she gets flustered.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There are numerous battles, explosions and a lot of sci-fi violence with thousands of deaths.
  • We see a character who is sliced in half, however  there isn’t any blood.
  • Many weapons are used such as lightsabers, bombs and fighter planes.
  • The villains in the film may scare kids.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear “d–n,” “h—,” “a–,” and “b–tard.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • Character’s are shown drinking liquor at a casino.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed three kids ages 11 (boy), 12 (girl), and 15 (girl).  They loved the film and said they weren’t scared at all. They are big Star Wars fans!

Overall this is an entertaining film, especially for the Star Wars fans. Parents need to be aware of the excessive violence throughout the film.

Happy Death Day- Kids’ Movie Review

Teresa “Tree” Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is a college student who enjoys her lifestyle as a cute sorority girl. However, Tree’s life dramatically changes on her birthday. She wakes up hungover and in the bed of a student named Carter, whom she had just met the night before. When Tree leaves Carter’s dorm she gets a creepy feeling as she’s walking through campus towards the Kappa House. It ends up that Tree is stuck in a time loop where she suffers a violent death over and over again. Frightened and scared, Tree realizes she must relive the day over again until she discovers who murdered her.

 

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happy death dayRating: 2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
October 13, 2017
MPAA Rating:
PG13
Best Age Group:
13+
Sexual Content:
Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content:
Excessive
Crude or Profane Language:
Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content:
Moderate
Will Kids Like It?
Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • It’s mentioned that a college student is having an affair with a married teacher.
  • We see couples kissing.
  • Sex between college students is discussed, but nothing is shown.
  • A character prepares to masturbate to porn. We briefly see two men kissing passionately on computer screen.
  • A character walks naked through campus, we see her bare back.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • We see stabbing with knives and broken bottles.
  • We see Tree brutally killed multiple times.
  • Characters are hit with baseball bats, a crowbar, and a pipe.
  • There’s punching and hitting.
  • A character falls through a window from a high building. We see the blood spattered on the ground.
  • A car drives over someone, we see the dead body.
  • A police car blows up with someone in the back seat.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • We hear the f-word once. We also hear “sh-t,” “b–ch,” “a–,” “a–hole,” “d–n,” “b–ch,”  and “h–l” throughout the film.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • A main character wakes up hungover and discusses her drunken antics from the previous night.
  • We see college students drinking at a party.
  • A college guy has a bong.

Will Teens Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed 4 pre-teen girls who thought the film was funny, scary and entertaining.

Overall this is an entertaining horror film with comedic overtones. Parents need to be aware of the violence, language and sexual contents.

Stronger-Kids’ Movie Review

Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his ex girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany) run into each other at a local bar weeks before the Boston Marathon. Erin is raising money for a charity for the marathon while Jeff is  having a good time with his friends at the bar. Jeff wasn’t the most dependable boyfriend. He was immature, and didn’t always show up for Erin when she needed him. However, when Jeff does show up with a homemade sign cheering on his ex as she’s running in the Boston Marathon, his life dramatically changes. Stronger is a true story based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. It highlights the story of Jeff Bauman, a guy who loses his legs when he finally shows up for his true love.

 

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StrongerRating: 2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: September 22, 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Best Age Group: 15+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content: Excessive
Will Kids Like It?  Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • During a sexual encounter we see a woman’s bare back.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • We see the bloody aftermath of the Boston Marathon, showing  victims with gory wounds on the street and in the hospital.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • We hear the f-word frequently throughout the film. We also hear  “h–l,” “sh-t,” “a–,”  “b–ch,” and “d–n.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Excessive

  • Characters are shown drinking beer, wine and hard liquor at bars and social events.
  • One character is shown drunk on numerous occasions. We see her passed out a few times from too much drinking.
  • Character’s are shown smoking.

Will Kids Like It?  Yes

  • I interviewed some teenage girls who really liked the film but thought it was disturbing.

Overall this is a sad but interesting drama. Parents need to be aware of the disturbing scenes and excessive profane language.

Logan Lucky- Kids’ Movie Review

The Logan family feels unlucky, and somewhat cursed. Even though, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum), was the star high school quarterback and homecoming king, his life eventually becomes more difficult as he can’t keep a job or a wife. Although he does have an adorable daughter with whom he’s very close. Clyde (Adam Driver), Jimmy’s brother, goes to Iraq after high school and gets part of his arm blown off. He eventually becomes a bartender. Then there’s Mellie (Riley Keogh), who is a supportive younger sister. As the Logan’s are feeling down while nothing is going their way, Jimmy comes up with the grand idea of doing a crime. So, Jimmy, Clyde, and Mellie attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Logan Lucky is an entertaining, comedic drama from the director of Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13.

 

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Logan LuckyRating: 3.5 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: August 18, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate
Will Kids Like It?  Yes

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • A female character wears revealing shirts and short-shorts.
  • It’s mentioned that Rihanna sings about her vagina.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • There’s a big brawl with several characters.
  • Prison inmates fight in the cafeteria.
  • A car is set on fire.
  • A character crashes a car through a store window.
  • We see a race car crash.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear the f-word once. We also hear “sh-t,” “d–n,” “h—,” and “a–.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • There are some scenes in a bar with a lot of social drinking.

 Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall Logan Lucky  is a comedic drama appropriate for kids ages 13 and up.

 

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