The A-Team

Directed by: Joe Carnahan Starring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence throughout, language and smoking.

The Losers

Directed by: Sylvain White Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric, Holt McCallany Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, a scene of sensuality and language.

Star Trek

Directed by: J. J. Abrams Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Eric Bana Rated: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, and brief sexual content. Parental Notes: This is the first Star Trek film to be rated PG-13, and it’s a deserved rating. Parts of this film will likely be too intense for sensitive youngsters, but the violence isn’t particularly graphic.

Crank: High Voltage

Written and Directed by: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor Starring: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam, Efren Ramirez, Art Hsu Rated: R for frenetic strong bloody violence throughout, crude and graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language. Parental Notes: To say this film is not appropriate for children is an understatement. Teens will likely enjoy the frenetic action, but parents may find the content problematic.

Fast & Furious

Directed by: Justin Lin Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, John Ortiz, Laz Alonso, Gal Gadot Rated: PG-13 for for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual content, language and drug references. Parental Notes: The trailers give a good sense of the film. The violence isn’t particularly bloody or graphic, the sexual content is largely restricted to kissing, groping, and dancing, and the drug references are mild.

Transporter 3

Directed by: Olivier Megaton Starring: Jason Statham, Natalya Rudakova, François Berléand, Robert Knepper Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some sexual content and drug material. Parental Notes: This is a pretty standard PG-13 film. The violence is cartoonish and not particularly bloody, the sexual content is mild, and the drug material consists of a couple unnamed pills and some vodka.

The Forbidden Kingdom

Directed by: Rob Minkoff Starring: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano, Collin Chou, Yifei Liu Rated: PG-13 for sequences of martial arts action and some violence. Parental Notes: Parents of impressionable children should note that this film is packed with martial arts stunts. Children who are likely to attempt to imitate these stunts without the safety precautions used by the actors (harnesses, wires, etc) should probably be left at home.

The Bourne Ultimatum

Directed by: Paul Greengrass Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Joan Allen, Rated: PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action. Parental Notes: This is about the same as the two previous films in terms of violence — car chases and crashes, hand-to-hand combat, and some use of guns. The violence is fairly bloodless, but the sequences are long and intense. There’s very little in the way of sensuality except for a flashback to a scene from the first film.


Written and Directed by: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor Starring: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Dwight Yoakam Rated: R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality, nudity and drug use. Parental Notes: Teenagers will likely enjoy this madhouse of action, but parents may be concerned about the irreverence and casual public sex and drug use in the film.