Directed by:Frank Miller Starring: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johanson, Eva Mendes, Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of stylized violence and action, some sexual content, and brief nudity. Parental Notes: This film is so highly stylized that the violence (and nudity/sexual content) is mostly cartoonish and unreal. There are, however, a few gruesome (if bloodless) shots, so sensitive or young kids should probably be left at home.
Directed by: Peyton Reed Starring: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel Rated: PG-13 for crude sexual humor, language and brief nudity. Parental Notes: This is a pretty standard PG-13, though a sequence in which our hero must say “yes” to an oversexed senior citizen may have some parents squirming.
Directed by: Marc Forster Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Almaric, Judi Dench Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sexual content. Parental Notes: This is a solid PG-13. The sexual content is not graphic and the violence, while pervasive, is not gory or gratuitous.
Directed by: Rob Cohen Starring: Brendan Frasier, John Hannah, Maria Bello, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Isabella Leong, Luke Ford Rated: PG-13 for adventure action and violence. Parental Notes: The violence here is mostly cartoonish, offscreen, or against undead characters. This film is lighthearted and probably fine for preteens and kids who aren’t afraid of mummies, zombies, or similar monsters.
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, Jeffrey Tambor Rated: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language. Parental Notes: The violence is pretty much all comic-book stuff, and if your youngsters aren’t too scared of monsters, they should be fine seeing this. But there are some freaky-looking creatures here, so little kids who find monsters terrifying should definitely stay home.
Directed by: Matt Reeves Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Odette Yustman, Mike Vogel Rated: PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images. Parental Notes: This is a solid PG-13. It’s not quite graphic enough to be an R, but there’s plenty of scary stuff in here. This is not a movie for little kids. Teens and preteens with an appetite for monster movies should be fine, though.
Directed by: Chris Weitz Starring: Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig Rated: PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence. Parental Notes: The violence is, with one exception, fairly standard fantasy fare — there are battles with little blood. The exception is a battle between two armored polar bears which ends with one killing the other with a move the observant may find shocking but the unobservant will probably not notice as particularly violent. There is very little blood, however.
Directed by: Peter Hedges Starring: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook Rated: PG-13 for some innuendo. Parental Notes: Beyond teens getting away with speaking to their parents in a way some adults might not appreciate and a bit of innuendo, this film doesn’t have anything objectionable for teens/tweens.
Directed by: David Slade Starring: Josh Jartnett, Melissa George, Manu Bennett, Danny Huston Rated: Rated R for strong horror violence and language. Parental Notes: This is not a movie for children. It features torture, brutal violence, and loads of scary, scary vampires.
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn Starring: Charlie Cox, Ian McKellan, Sienna Miller, Mark Strong, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Daines, Robert DeNiro Rated: PG-13 for some fantasy violence and risque humor. Parental Notes: This is not a graphic film at all, though some of the fantasy violence might scare younger children.