Directed by: Shawn Levy Starring: Ben Stiller, Carla Guigino, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs Rated: PG for mild action, language and brief rude humor. Parental Notes: While some very young kids may find the rampaging T-Rex and other displays too frightening, this should be just fine for most kids.
Directed by: Neil LaBute Starring: Nicholas Cage, Kate Beahan, Ellen Burstyn, Frances Conroy Rated: PG-13 for disturbing images and violence, language and thematic issues. Parental Notes: This is a pretty hard PG-13, but still too soft for an R. The film is suspenseful and has disturbing imagery including a decomposed corpse and a person burning to death. Human sacrifice is a central theme. Probably not suitable for tweens or younger.
Written and Directed by: Roger Donaldson Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Annie Whittle, Diane Ladd, Chris Williams. Rated: PG-13 for brief language, drug use and a sexual reference. Parental Notes: This film ought to be fine for preteens and older. There are a handful of sexual references – Burt was an attractive old fellow, after all – but nothing graphic is shown. The drug references and language are likewise mild. There are some scary sequences involving motorcycle racing, so it may be too intense for younger children.
Starring: Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney Directed by: Clare Kilner Rated: Rated PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue. Parental Notes: This is a fairly innocuous film for most teens and preteens, and if they like romantic comedies they will probably enjoy it. There is quite a bit of sexual innuendo, one fairly soft sex scene, and a little nudity, but little else to object to.
Starring: Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins, Zuleikha Robinson Directed by: Michael Radford Rated: R for some nudity. Parental Notes: This is a Shakespeare play, which will make it inaccessible to many youngsters, but older kids who have studied his works before may find it interesting. There is little in the way of nudity here, only some bared breasts.
Directed by: Joel Schumacher Starring: Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell, Katie Holmes, Kiefer Sutherland Rated: R for pervasive language and some violence Parental Notes: This film will appeal to older teens who enjoy suspense. Youngsters may find it too intense, particularly the constant threat of violence which runs through most of the film.
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Leonor Varela, Ron Perlman, Danny John-Jules, Luke Goss Rated: R for strong pervasive violence, language, some drug use and sexual content. Parental Notes: The pervasive violence of “Blade II” makes it unsuitable for all but older teens with a thing for horror-action films.
Directed by: Danny DeVito Starring: Edward Norton, Robin Williams, Danny DeVito, Catherine Keener Rated: R for profanity, violent humor, sexual situations Parental Notes: This is a film for older teens and adults. It is aimed at adults, and the sexual and violent humor make it inappropriate for younger people.