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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.

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.

It- Teen Movie Review

It’s summer and the young teens are supposed to play outside with their friends and have fun! That’s the initial plan for a group of middle school outcasts from the town of Derry, Maine. Set in 1988, the young teens start their summer by running away from the cruel and evil bullies in their small town. That’s not their only problem. Things get creepy as kids start disappearing. Luckily, their new friend, Ben, discovers that strange things seem to happen in cycles of 27 years which leads them to a well in the basement of a creepy old house. Bill, a boy in the group whose brother disappeared, is determined to stop whatever killed his brother and has the help of his group of misfit friends. It is based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel.

 

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ItRating: 2.5 buckets out of 5
Release Date: September 8, 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Best Age Group: 15+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It?  Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • There are rumors that a teenage girl  slept with many guys.
  • There are sexual jokes by 13-year-olds. They mention; “periods,” “vagina,”  “birth control pills,” etc.
  • Teens go swimming in their underwear and the boys admire the teenage girl with them. She’s shown in her bra and panties.
  • An abusive father acts in a creepy and sexual way toward his teenage daughter.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • The clown is very scary and will terrify kids. He’s shown periodically throughout the film.
  • Lots of bullying. A bully carves up a kid’s stomach with a knife and stabs a man with the same knife.
  • Bullies shoot guns, kick, punch and beat up their peers.
  • There are scenes showing a lot of blood. In one scene a bathroom is covered in blood and the kids clean it up.
  • We see kids beating the clown with sharp objects.
  • We see the clown bite a child’s arm off.
  • A clown is stabbed through the face.
  • A sheep is killed with a bolt gun by one of the bullies.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • We hear the f-word numerous times, also  “sh-t,”  “a–,” and “d–n. It’s typically young teens using the harsh language.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see an abusive father drinking beer.
  • Character’s are shown smoking cigarettes.

Will Teen Like It?  Yes

  • The story involves a group of middle school aged kids which will appeal to kids. I interviewed some teenage boys who enjoyed it. They were scared, but thought some parts were funny.

Overall this is an entertaining horror film, one that teens will be eager to see. Parents need to be aware of the excessive and disturbing violence, also the excessive language.

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.

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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