Ages 10 and older
From Up on Poppy Hill (91 min., PG) A feature-length animation about high school romance in Japan in 1963. The story is by master animator Hayao Miyazaki. It’s directed by his son Goro. Both young lovers have experienced loss and grief. In addition, the adults around them have dark memories of World War II.
The middle ground
42 (128 min., PG-13) In this retelling of the Jackie Robinson story, the racial slurs and other insults hurled at the first African-American to play in the major leagues are awful and cringe-inducing. The script also includes some mild profanity and a rather gratuitous, homophobic attempt at locker-room humor, as well as mild, marital sexual innuendo.
Jurassic Park 3-D (127 min., PG-13) Steven Spielberg’s dino spectacle could be too much for kids under 12, even if they’ve already seen the movie on video. The dinosaurs — especially the carnivorous ones — seem ready to pop off the screen. We see several victims, both human and four-legged, grabbed by them, but we don’t really see them killed or eaten. It’s all strongly implied, however, and one bloodied animal part does land on a car roof. Characters use occasional barnyard epithets.
Oblivion (126 min., PG-13) Tom Cruise patrols a ravaged, depopulated Earth in 2077. The film contains little graphic violence, but a lot of loud aerial warfare and gunfights. One swimming scene involves backview nudity. The script includes rare profanity.
Scary Movie 5 (85 min., PG-13) An R rating seems more appropriate to this latest installment in the horror-spoof series. The film brims with penis jokes, explicit sexual behavior, and occasional strong profanity. The script includes rare but distinctive use of words N-, F-, and B-, and an even worse word scrawled on a mirror. Other sexual humor involves dogs copulating and a human trying to mount pieces of furniture. We see Santa’s bare behind. Chimps engage in toilet humor.
To the Wonder (112 min., R) Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko play a couple in an intense, on-again, off-again romance in this latest film from writer-director Terrence Malick. There are passionate but nonexplicit love scenes, occasionally with partial nudity. We see the couple argue and perhaps — it’s not wholly clear — some muffled profanity can be heard.
The Company You Keep (125 min., R) Robert Redford and Julie Christie head an impressive cast in this story of a ’60s radical out to clear his name nearly half a century later. The rating reflects some strong language and references to growing and selling marijuana. It’s implied that Redford and Christie spend the night together.
Disconnect (115 min., R) Several people’s lives intersect through the Web and social media. The film contains semi-explicit depictions of teenagers interacting sexually online with paying adults. These scenes include female toplessness and underage males in partial undress and exploitative settings. Dialogue features crude and explicit sexual slang, and other strong profanity. The story includes a teen suicide attempt. It also has instances of non-lethal violence.
Evil Dead (91 min., R) This remake of a 1981 original is certainly not for anyone under 16 or who’s not a fan of slasher/horror/zombie movies. The film’s violence is super-gory — faces sliced open, bodies rent asunder, stabbings, shootings, and blood being vomited. Some of the violence takes on a sexual tinge. The finale features nonstop carnage. A pet is found murdered, though its wounds aren’t graphically depicted. Characters use strong profanity.
The Place Beyond the Pines (140 min., R) Ryan Gosling plays a down-and-outer in upstate New York who runs afoul of a rookie cop, played by Bradley Cooper. Years later, their two families intersect. The movie features several brief but intense scenes of violence, some of it lethal gunfire. Certain characters use drugs. Many use strong profanity. There is a brief, crude misogynist remark. Issues of depression, betrayal, and corruption figure throughout.
Trance (101 min. R) Illusion and reality do a dance in this art-heist film from director Danny Boyle. “Trance” includes graphically violent scenes involving gunplay, people run over, and fistfights. It also contains a couple of visual moments that depict violence with stomach-churning gore. The film features semi-explicit sexual situations and instances of total nudity. Abuse and revenge themes figure in the finale, and there is occasional strong profanity.
Jane Horwitz, Washington Post Writers Group.