Each week on Wednesday afternoons, we’ll post two reviews of films being released this week (or films that have been recently released). Written by Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel, these reviews will focus on how family-friendly each film is, and which ages it might be appropriate for.
‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’
Rating: PG for some adventure action, and brief mild language
What it’s about: The kid from “Journey to the Center of the Earth” drags his step dad and others on a quest in search of the island his grandpa disappeared onto.
The kid attractor factor: Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Hutcherson — and Dwayne Johnson — trying to escape giant lizards, ravenous birds and a volcano, in 3-D.
Good lessons/bad lessons: There’s nothing cooler than cracking a code.
Violence: Fantastical, rarely life-threatening.
Language: Disney clean.
Sex: A smooch, and Dwayne Johnson and Vanessa Hudgens compete to see who can wear the tightest shirts.
Parents’ advisory: As action adventures go, this one skews 12-and-under. Suitable for all ages.
‘The Woman in Black’
Rating: PG-13 for thematic material and violence/disturbing images
What it’s about: A grieving young lawyer faces the supernatural while settling accounts at an old haunted house in 1920s Britain.
The kid attractor factor: Daniel Radcliffe chasing ghosts.
Good lessons/bad lessons: There’s no point in trying to reason with the undead.
Violence: Children die, grownups hang themselves.
Language: A teensy bit of mild profanity.
Drugs:A spot of brandy, a nip of whiskey.
Parents’ advisory: Small children are likely to have a few nightmares after seeing this. Suitable for 11 and older.
– ROGER MOORE, The Orlando Sentinel