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Family Movie Review: Cars 3 (G)

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MPAA Rating: G       Length: 100 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 6+. This latest installment in Pixar’s “Cars” franchise has a few different car crashes that were extremely frightening and upsetting for the young viewers who attended the same screening I did; there were children shocked and in tears around me. Be warned! Also some characters who bully others based on their gender and age, frequent mention of a character who passed away, and some bathroom humor.

Pixar recovers from the nearly intolerably busy ‘Cars 2’ with the gently insightful ‘Cars 3,’ which tells a story about inclusion and purpose that will, of course, resonate with both parents and children, as Pixar films so often tend to do.

By Roxana Hadadi

Family Movie Review: The Mummy (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 110 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 12+. This reboot of ‘The Mummy’ plays out more like a zombie movie than a classic monster flick, with a variety of violence and action sequences: the primary villain murders her father, her stepmother, and her baby brother; there’s a pretty jarring plane crash caused by homicidal birds and a car crash; people get their life force sucked out of them and they turn undead; people are shot, stabbed, and exploded; and there are numerous monsters and characters that will scare younger viewers. Some infrequent cursing, jokes and discussions about sex, and implied nudity and sex scenes.

The reboot of ‘The Mummy’ is a whole mish-mash of nothing. It’s loud, it’s action-packed, and it’s full of Tom Cruise running, but barely anything about it is truly memorable.

By Roxana Hadadi

Family Movie Review: Wonder Woman (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 141 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 10+. This superhero origin story for Wonder Woman includes most of the elements typical to this genre: Set during World War I, there are numerous action sequences and battles, including trench warfare, snipers, gunmen storming a beach of women, children and women are killed, soldiers are shown missing limbs and injured from war, and poison gas is shown that tortures people and kills them. The violence isn’t gory, but it is omnipresent. Some bar fights and characters drinking to excess; some sexually themed humor, implied male nudity, some kissing and an implied sex scene; and a few vulgar jokes.

‘Wonder Woman’ is a fresh, invigorating entry into the superhero film genre that finally lets a woman take center stage—and the results are excellent. It shouldn’t have taken this long to adapt this iconic character to the big screen, but ‘Wonder Woman’ stands on its own.

By Roxana Hadadi

Family Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 129 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 12+. There is a lot of violence in this latest ‘Pirates’ film: a crew of pirate ghosts slaughters nearly everyone they come in contact with, so there are a lot of swordfights, people who are stabbed or severed, ships full of corpses and dead bodies, and a scene where blood drips from overhead onto one of our protagonists. Ships attack each other with canons; there are lots of explosions; and characters are burned. A female character is suspected of being a witch and is shown about to be hanged, another character spends time in a guillotine, there is an actual creepy witch who burns rats, a variety of sexually themed humor and jokes (including a noticeable pattern of jokes about prostitutes), some heaving cleavage and a woman who cheats on her husband with Jack, and a subplot about the importance of fathers that fundamentally ignores mothers.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ is an egregious example of bloated franchise filmmaking, an exercise stuffed with idiocy and sorely lacking in fun. It is a torturous mess, too violent for children and too stupid for adults.

By Roxana Hadadi

Family Movie Review: Everything, Everything (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13          Length: 96 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 12+. This teen romance has the typical elements: some flirting, some kissing, an implied sex scene, and a girl lying to her mother about her feelings for the boy; some infrequent cursing and a joke about teen pregnancy; the mention of relatives who passed away in a car crash and a few scary hospital scenes; an abusive parent and a fistfight between a father and son; and an emotional subplot that involves parental deceit.

The YA-lit adaptation ‘Everything, Everything’ uses the strong chemistry of its young actors to tell a story about teen acceptance, understanding, and love. The film takes a few narrative shortcuts, but its youth romance is fantastically adorable and undeniably charming.

By Roxana Hadadi

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