Iron Man

Directed by: Jon Favreau Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges Rated: PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content. Parental Notes: This is a fairly-rated PG-13 film. The action is intense but not gruesome and the sensuality is there but with less nudity than you’d see at a public pool.

In Bruges

Written and Directed by: Martin McDonagh Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Clemence Poesy, Jordan Prentice Rated: Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, and some drug use. Parental Notes: This is not a film for youngsters. The violence in it is graphic in a realistic way rather than a cartoony one, and thus fairly disturbing.

Michael Clayton

Written and Directed by: Tony Gilroy Starring: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Syndey Pollack, Tilda Swinton Rated: R for language including some sexual dialogue. Parental Notes: This is not a movie aimed at kids. Most preteens and teens will probably be fine with the violence and sexual content, but they may not be captivated by the story.

Pan’s Labyrinth

Written and Directed by: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú Rated: R for graphic violence and some language. Parental Notes: This is not a kid’s movie. The casual, graphic violence will be too extreme for youngsters, and the philosophical content will likely bore them.