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The Commuter-Kids’ Movie Review

Life is good for Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson). He has a good job as an insurance salesman, he’s happily married, and has a teenage son who’s headed to Syracuse University. Michael has a very regimented daily routine as he commutes on the train everyday in and out of New York. Michael’s life dramatically changes on one of his daily commutes. He learns that he’s going to get fired, just when he needs to pay a lot of money for his son’s college tuition. Feeling very sad and defeated, Michael’s train ride is not going very well, and it eventually gets even worse. A woman on the train offers him $100,000 if he’s willing to find a passenger who doesn’t belong on the train, and he must find this person before the train’s last stop. Michael soon realizes that his wife and son will be in danger if he doesn’t follow the rules. Now Michael has to figure this strange puzzle not only to save his family’s life but also the innocent victims on the train.

 

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CommuterRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
January 11, 2017
MPAA Rating:
PG13
Best Age Group:
13+
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 Michael and his wife kiss in bed together, they are fully clothed.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There are several brutal fight scenes with martial arts, stabbing with knives, punching, hitting and shooting. We see many bloody wounds.
  • We see a man pushed in front of a bus.
  • There’s an intense train crash.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • We hear “f–k,” “s–t,” “h-ll,” “goddamn,” and bullsh-t.”.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • There’s a scene where we see a man drinking several pints of beer in a bar.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall this is an exciting action packed drama. Having said that it’s very similar to Liam Neeson’s  previous films. Parents need to be aware of the language and excessive violence.

 

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.

Coco-Kids’ Movie Review

Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez), a young Mexican boy, loves music. He desperately wants to follow his dream of becoming a musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. However, Miguel’s family despises music and even bans it from their house. Miguel is supposed to follow in the family business crafting fine shoes.  When Miguel takes his music interest a little too far he suffers a serious consequence and is transported to the colorful and vibrant, Land of the Dead. There, Miguel teams up with an interesting skeleton and embarks on an exciting journey. Coco is a wonderful Disney/Pixar film that explores the traditions of the Day of the Dead.

 

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CocoRating: 4 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
December 1, 2017
MPAA Rating:
PG
Best Age Group:
5+
Sexual Content:
Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content:
Moderate
Crude or Profane Language:
Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content:
Mild
Will Kids Like It?
Yes

 

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see a man painting a nude female skeleton.
  • We see a man kissing a woman.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • A character is crushed by a giant bell.
  • In the Land of the Dead the skeletons body parts come apart; such as heads, jawbones, eyeball, etc.
  • We see a popular character who dissolves to dust and fades away. This is a disturbing scene that may upset kids.
  • A large flying animal growls and may scare kids.
  • There is some slapstick violence with a lot of chase scenes.
  • Someone is tossed in a deep well; another character falls from a great height.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear “stupid,” “dumb,” and  “jerks.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see characters celebrating with alcoholic drinks.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed a 10 year old girl who loved the movie. She enjoyed the characters and the music. I also interviewed her 4 year old brother who said he loved it. They didn’t get scared, and the film held their attention.

Overall this is an entertaining film for the whole family. Depending on the child, I recommend this for kids ages 5 and up.

 

Justice League-Kids Movie Reivew

The world is mourning a beloved superhero’s death…Superman!  While Batman is in Gotham City  (Ben Affleck) he tries to keep things in line but it’s hard without friend. Crime is up and the people of Gotham are feeling down. Things get even worse as Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) informs Batman that Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), an evil supervillian, has returned and wants to destroy the world. So Batman and Wonder Woman recruit a group of allies to form a team known as Justice League. Now this superhero team tries to save the world from the evil villain.  Justice League is based on DC Comics’ superhero adventures.

 

 

Justice LeagueRating: 3 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
November 17, 2017
MPAA Rating:
PG13
Best Age Group:
11+
Sexual Content:
Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content:
Excessive
Crude or Profane Language:
Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content:
Mild
Will Kids Like It?
Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see couples kissing.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There is a lot of super-hero violence such as explosions and destruction.
  • There are a lot of battles. Character’s are shown fighting with swords, guns, hammers and fist fights.
  • A giant monster destroys buildings, throws superheroes around, and kills people.
  • A resurrected Superman is extremely angry and fights with Batman.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear “sh-t,” ‘a–,” b–ch,” “d–n,” and “h—.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see a character drinking whiskey.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall this is an entertaining film, especially for superhero fans. Having said that, parents need to be aware of the excessive violence throughout the film.

 

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is back, though things aren’t going very well for the beloved God of Thunder. He and his mortal girlfriend Jane have broken up, he’s held captive on another planet, and to top things off his powerful hammer has been destroyed. When Thor discovers that Asgard is being threatened he escapes captivity and recruits his new friend Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and his former ally and fellow Avenger Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to save their planet. Together they confront Hela (Cate Blanchett), the Goddess of Death, from destroying the Asgardian world. Thor: Ragnarok is the third chapter in Marvel’s superhero series about the ancient god of thunder.

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Thor- RagnarokRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
November 3, 2017
MPAA Rating:
PG13
Best Age Group:
11+
Sexual Content:
Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content:
Excessive
Crude or Profane Language:
Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content:
Moderate
Will Kids Like It?
Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see Hulk’s bare butt.
  • There are a few suggestive jokes about masturbation and orgies.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • Hela, The Goddess of Death can be very scary.  She slashes soldiers with a huge blade, uses magical knives, and impales them.
  • There are some gory and graphic moments, and a lot of characters die.
  • There are battles with explosions, though shown as comic book violence.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear “sh-t, “d–n,” “a–,” “h-ll,” and “son of a b–ch.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • A character drinks heavily throughout the film. In one scene we see her drunk.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall, Thor: Ragnarok is an entertaining film. However, parents need to be aware of the excessive violence.

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