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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.

 

 

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming-Kids’ Movie Review

Peter Parker (Tom Holland) was on cloud nine after his so called “internship” with Tony Stark/Iron Man ((Robert Downey Jr.) and his new role as Spider Man. When Peter returns home to his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) he tries to live a relatively normal life as a high school student. However, he is preoccupied with his Spider-Man identity and desperately wants to use his powers to save lives. The only problem is that Tony Stark hasn’t been in touch with Peter, and his assistant Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) doesn’t return Peter’s messages. Eventually, Peter decides to put on his suit and be the neighborhood superhero. He stops petty thieves, and even helps old ladies with directions.  Peter’s life dramatically changes the night he catches some crooks stealing money from an ATM, and they have some very high tech and unusual weapons. Now Peter tries to find the villain who made the glowing and intense weapons and put his powers to the test. Spider-Man Homecoming is an entertaining film that will especially appeal to pre-teens and teens.

 

 

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Spider-Man-HomecomingRating: 3 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: July 7, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 10+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is a father figure to Peter. Peter wants to wear his Spider Man suit and use his powers to help people. He tells Stark that he’s nothing without his suit. Tony says, “If you’re nothing without the suit, you shouldn’t have it.” Peter eventually learns what being a hero really means.

 

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see a couple of kisses.
  • There’s a reference to watching porn.
  • Teenagers are shown flirting with one another.
  • There’s a suggestive comment made about Peter’s Aunt.
  • Teen girls play a game called “F, marry, kill.”

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

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

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • A teen party shows kids drinking out of red Solo cups.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall this is a fun and entertaining film for kids ages 10 and up.

Transformers: The Last Knight-Kids’ Movie Reviews

In Transformers: The Last Knight there is a war between humans and Transformers. Strangely, a large number of robots come crashing down on Earth which cause human authorities to be overwhelmed.  The chaos is discovered due to the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Autobot leader (the good guys), Optimus Prime, is gone but with the help of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins), and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock), they work together to try and  save the world. Transformers: The Last Knight is the fifth installment on the Transformers series.

 

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Transformers- The Last KnightRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: June 21, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 12+
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 only see one kiss, but there are a lot of racy jokes and innuendos about sex.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There are a lot of battles and violence throughout the film. Characters (Transformer and humans) battle. We see several sword fights and gun fights. Characters are crushed and set on fire.
  • There are numerous car chases which cause destruction.
  • Robots destroy buildings with blasts and explosions. We see massive structures crash to Earth killing innocent bystanders.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

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

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • Characters are shown drinking alcohol and smoking.
    Merlin is described as a drunkard. We see him drinking from a bottle.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall this is an action packed film that will most likely appeal to pre-teen boys.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2-Kids’ Movie Reviews

The group of misfit Guardians are back. Peter Quill (aka Star Lord) with his “Awesome Mix Tape Vol 2”, Gamora, the green warrior, Drax, the blue muscleman, Groot, the little tree-like creature, and Rocket, the cute raccoon. In this film the Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race to protect their expensive batteries from invaders. However, things get complicated when it’s discovered that Rocket has stolen the precious items, and so the aliens want to seek revenge. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is an action packed science fiction film for tweens and up.

 

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Guardian of the Galaxy 2Rating: 3. 5 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: May 5, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 12+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • As in the first film the characters are fun and entertaining. The soundtrack is great as well.
  • In addition to all the violence there are messages stressing importance of helping others, family and friends.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • It’s noted that Peter has been with several woman throughout the galaxy.
  • There is sexual chemistry between Peter and Gamora. A woman states that Peter has sexual feelings for Gamora.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There are fist fights and laser fights. Characters are hit, pounded to the ground, and skewered with arrows.
  • There are massive explosions and numerous characters die.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • Groot is shown drinking alcoholic beverages..

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We hear “sh-t,” “a–,” “d–n,” “h–,” and “d–k.”

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed four teenage boys who loved the film. Their favorite character was Groot.

Overall this is a fun and entertaining film for tweens and up. Parents need to be aware of the science fiction action and violence throughout the film.

The Circle-Kids’ Movie Review

“Sharing is caring.” That is the motto of the successful tech company called The Circle.  The Circle has some strange rules. They have social mangers who not only keep track of its employees at work, but also outside of work. They want their employees to be “community-minded.” Things get really creepy when the new employee Mae Holland (Emma Watson) agrees to be apart of the companies latest tech experiment. She commits to have a transparent life which involves constantly wearing a camera; everything she does and says is streamed live. This cult-like company has an impact on Mae and eventually changes her life forever. The Circle is a science fiction film, based on the 2013 best selling novel, The Circle.

 

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The CircleRating: 4 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: April 29, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

Talking Points:

The film will spark some great parent/child conversations. Though the movie is fiction, it’s not far from the truth. With social media today many people feel as though their life is transparent.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We briefly see a married couple making love. There is no nudity.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • Mae nearly drowns while kayaking.
  • A man accidentally drives a vehicle off a bridge. We later hear that the man died.
  • We hear about a woman who killed her three children by locking them in a closet, letting them starve to death.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • The f-word is said once. We also hear “sh-t,” “a–,” and “h—.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see characters drinking wine and other alcoholic beverages.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall this is a thought provoking, somewhat creepy, film that teens will find interesting.

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