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Drama movie reviews

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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.

 

The Glass Castle-Kids’ Movie Review

“You learn from living.” That’s what Rex Walls (Woody Harrelson) tells his wife and children when his daughter asked why they don’t go to school. Rex loves his wife and four children more than anything. His dream is to build them a glass castle; a solar-powered, window filled home. He’s got the plans, and he even begins to dig a new foundation outside of one of their many run-down homes. Though nothing comes of his big dream. Rex is a big talker and he never lacks for a drink or cigarette. Sadly, his family most always lacks for food, running water, electricity and security.  The Glass Castle is an intense drama based on Jeannette Walls’ best-selling memoir. It tells the story of a very dysfunctional family and how they survive living day to day.

 

 

 

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UnknownRating: 2. 5 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: August 11, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 14+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Excessive
Will Kids Like It?  Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • There is an all-star cast. To name a few; Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson and Naomi Watts.
  • The children are very intelligent as they develop a love for reading and writing, however, they suffer from hunger, pain and other hardships.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • A man tries to force a woman into having sex.
  • The Walls’ parents are intimate with one another in front of their kids. We see them fully clothed on a bed passionately kissing.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • A child’s clothes catch on fire as she’s trying to cook hot dogs.
  • There’s a constant threat of violence as you never know what Rex (the alcoholic father) will do next.
  • It’s noted several times that the children haven’t eaten and that they’re starving.
  • A child, who can’t swim, is thrown in a deep end of a pool. Her father is trying to teach her how to swim. This is an uncomfortable scene.
  • A man is punched.
  • The film is disturbing as we see how the young children are not taken care of properly by their parents.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear “f–k,” “sh-t,” “a–,”  “hell,” and “son of a b–ch.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Excessive

  • A character is an alcoholic. We see him drinking alcohol throughout the film and smoking cigarettes.
  • A character tries to quit drinking and we see him suffer through a painful detox.

Will Kids Like It?  Yes

  • Mature teens who have read the book.

Overall The Glass Castle is an intense drama. Parents need to be aware of the disturbing violence  throughout the film.

The Dark Tower-Kids Movie Review

Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), a pre-teen boy, has very bad dreams at night. They’re so vivid and seem so real that when he wakes up he draws images of what he’s seen and puts them on a cork board in his room. He wants to figure out what these nightly terrors mean. His dreams are about a man in black who uses kids to try to destroy the world. There’s a Gunslinger who tries to stop him. Jake eventually realizes that his dreams are real; he meets the Gunslinger, Roland (Idris Elba), and he learns about the Dark Tower that protects the universe from monsters. He also learns that Walter (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black, hopes to destroy the tower. The battle between good and evil begins as Jake and Roland try to save the world from the evil Man in Black. The Dark Tower is based on Stephen King’s Dark Tower book series.

 

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The Dark TowerRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: August 4, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 14+
Sexual Content: None
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It?  No

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: None

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There’s a lot of  guns and shooting. A boy learns to shoot a gun.
  • Boys fight at school; punching and hitting one another.
  • Character’s are shown stabbing with knives and hitting with heavy objects..
  • A  chunk of glass goes through a character’s hand. We see a lot of blood.
  • There are explosions and earthquakes.
  • We see drawings of scary and disturbing images.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear “sh-t,” and “h–l.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • A character takes a handful of painkillers.

Will Kids Like It?  No

Overall The Dark Tower is a dark sci/fi film. Parents need to be aware of the excessive violence throughout the film.

Dunkirk-Kids Movie Review

Dunkirk is a World War II film where Allied forces are surrounded and trapped on Dunkirk beach. A private English citizen named Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance), his son Peter, and Peter’s friend George, volunteer to cross the channel and rescue as many soldiers as they can transport, hoping to rescue thousands of troops off Dunkirk’s beaches. The trio risk their lives to rescue the soldiers despite the danger in a war torn area. Dunkirk is a powerful story about the horror’s and heroes of this well known battle.

 

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DunkirkRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: July 21, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: None
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Possibly

 

 

 

Talking Points:

This is an educational film that will spark some great parent/child conversations. The battle at Dunkirk  was devastating and resulted in many deaths. However, the films highlights the courage and heroism in many characters who risked their lives to help others.

A commander noted in the film that they were hoping to save 30,000 soldiers. When the operation concluded they rescued some 330,000 troops safely off the beaches.

Sexual Content: None

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There are numerous casualties from explosions and character’s being shot. We see characters drowning and swept to sea, soldiers burn in an oil fire, a character walks into the ocean, presumably committing suicide. Having said that we don’t see a lot of bloody and gory scenes.

Crude or Profane Language:

  • The f-word is said twice. We also hear “sh-t,” “d-mn,” and “h-ll.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see soldiers drinking beer.

Will Kids Like It? Maybe

  • After talking to several teens I found that mature teenagers will most likely find the story educational and interesting.

Overall parents need to aware of the mature subject matter and excessive violence.

War For The Planet Of The Apes-Kids’ Movie Review

Caesar (Andy Serkis), the intelligent leader of the apes, suffers a tremendous loss when his home is attacked by human soldiers. Sad and upset, Caesar moves his tribe to a new location though he briefly leaves the group to find the colonel responsible for the attack. Fortunately, Caesar is accompanied by close friends and while on their odyssey they come across some interesting characters.  Caesar eventually finds the Colonel (Woody Harrelson), hoping to seek revenge.  War for the Planet of the Apes is the third movie focusing on Caesar… the intelligent leader of the apes.

 

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War for the planet of the apesRating: 3 and 1/2 buckets out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: July 14, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Maybe

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: None

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • The film is dark and creepy with a lot of violence. There are battles with guns, arrows, missiles and explosions throughout the film.
  • Apes kill humans and battle with one other.
  • We see injured characters and their bloody wounds.
  • Apes are imprisoned, hung on X-shaped crosses, whipped and treated like slaves.
  • A gorilla is suffocated.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear “goddamn,” and “h-ll.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

Will Kids Like It? Maybe

Overall this is a dramatic sci/fi film that will most likely appeal to the Planet of the Apes fans.

 

 

 

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