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ROA-001371r (L-r) ALEC BALDWIN as Dennis Dupree RUSSELL BRAND as Lonny New Line Cinema’s rock musical “ROCK OF AGES” Warner

ROA-001371r (L-r) ALEC BALDWIN as Dennis Dupree and RUSSELL BRAND as Lonny in New Line Cinema’s rock musical “ROCK OF AGES,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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Updated: August 23, 2012 9:54AM



‘Brave’

Rated PG for some scary action and rude humor.

Translation: Scary ani­mals with big teeth. Characters in peril. Witch transformation. Some potty humor.

Recommendation: Ages 8 years old to adults.

Family discussion: What did Merida and her mother learn about each other from their adventure? How do you decide which traditions to keep and which to change?

If you like this, try: “Mulan” and “The Incredibles.”

‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

Rated R for violence throughout and brief sexuality.

Translation: Extremely intense and graphic bloody violence involving vampires with guns, axes, fire, stampedes, beheading and impaling. Sad deaths of a parent and a child. Slavery. Brief explicit sexual situations with some nudity and a prostitute. Alcohol use.

Recommendation: Mature teens to adults.

Family discussion: How did the historical facts and characters provide a framework for the story?

If you like this, try: The director’s other films, “Daywatch,” “Nightwatch” and “Wanted.”

‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’

Rated R for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence.

Translation: Disturbing end-of-the-world themes. Very strong language. Ex­plicit sexual references. Alcohol and drug use. Brief violence.

Recommendation: Mature teens to adults.

Family discussion: What would you do if you were in Dodge’s position? What took them so long to understand what they needed to do?

If you like this, try: “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist,” by the same screenwriter, and other end-of-world stories like “On the Beach.”

‘Rock of Ages’

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, suggestive dancing, drinking and language.

Translation: Gay and straight sexual situations, including groupies and strippers, drinking and drunkenness, some strong language.

Recommendation: High-school ages to adults.

Family discussion: What has changed the most in popular music since these songs were hits? Which of today’s songs will still be popular 30 years from now?

If you like this, try: “Across the Universe” and concert films from some of the groups whose songs are featured in this movie.

‘Your Sister’s Sister’

Rated R for language and some sexual content.

Translation: Very strong and explicit language. Explicit sexual references and a non-explicit situation. Drinking and drunkenness.

Recommendation: Mature teens to adults.

Family discussion: Why was it so hard for Iris and Jack to be honest with each other about their feelings?

If you like this, try: “The Puffy Chair.”

‘Lola Versus’

Rated R for language, sexuality and drug use.

Translation: Very explicit sexual references and situations. Very strong, crude and explicit language. Drinking and drug use.

Recommendation: Adults.

Family discussion: Why does everyone have such a hard time understanding what they want?

If you like this, try: “Damsels in Distress.”

‘Prometheus’

Rated R for sci-fi violence, including some intense images and brief language.

Translation: Extended graphic and disturbing sci-fi peril and violence, with many characters injured and killed. Brief strong language, sexual references and a non-explicit situation.

Recommendation: Mature teens to adults.

Family discussion: Were the paintings “an invitation”? What were the crew’s biggest misjudgments?

If you like this, try: The “Alien” films.

‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action and brief sensuality.

Translation: Fantasy
and battle violence, with many characters injured
and killed. Graphic and disturbing images, including bloody wounds, bugs and snakes.

Recommendation: High school ages to adults.

Family discussion: How did Ravenna’s costumes reflect her character? How did the three drops of blood show their connection?

If you like this, try: Some of the more than 100 other movie versions of this story, including the recent “Mirror Mirror.”

‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’

Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor.

Translation: Cartoon-style peril, action and violence; an animal tracker uses tranquilizer darts and other weapons. Brief potty humor.

Recommendation: Ages 7 years old to adults.

Family discussion: What changed the animals’ minds about going home?

If you like this, try: The other “Madagascar” films.

‘Men in Black 3’

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and brief suggestive content.

Translation: Extended sci-fi action violence with chases, explosions and aliens. Some disturbing images. Some strong language and brief suggestive alien sexual references.

Recommendation: Mid­dle-school ages to adults.

Family discussion: How did what J learned about his own past change him? How will K be different and why?

If you like this, try: The first “Men in Black” (check out the DVD commentary) and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

Nell Minow is the film critic for the site beliefnet.com.



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