Ages 10 and up
Brave (99 min., PG) The second half of this Pixar animation about a medieval Scottish princess becomes violent and intense, with a bear fight, chases, fisticuffs, swordplay, and dagger use. Children under 10 may well get upset.
The middle ground
Rock of Ages (123 min., PG-13) This musical featuring ’80s rock songs includes strongly implied sexual situations and subtly implied drug use, so it isn’t great fare for middle schoolers, despite the PG-13 rating. Tom Cruise’s character, Stacee Jaxx, and his scantily clad groupies seem perpetually high in ways that chugging Scotch doesn’t explain. Characters engage in occasional midrange profanity, crude sexual slang, and toilet humor. The heroine (Julianne Hough) sees hookers on the street and later dances in a strip club.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (105 min., R) The title is self-explanatory. Graphic-novel-style special effects dilute the intensity of the mayhem. Still, it is unsettling when a young freed slave endures the whip. Vampires are shown with huge teeth and double-jaws, blackish blood flying when Lincoln battles with them. We see vampires beheaded. Humans have blood-red wounds. Characters occasionally use crude language. The film includes brief, mild sexual innuendo.
Lola Versus (87 min., R) Greta Gerwig’s title character has to deal with her canceled wedding. The film includes sexual situations, though without nudity, sexual slang, and profanity. Characters smoke pot and recall other drug use.
Safety Not Guaranteed (94 min., R) The script uses crude sexual slang and strong profanity, and there are implied sexual situations. Characters share a joint. The loss of a parent proves to be a central theme.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (101 min., R) The R reflects strong profanity and crude sexual slang, as well as drug use. One secondary character is shot dead by a hit man he hired to do himself in. One startling scene shows a suicide jumper hitting a windshield. Sexual situations are implied.
That’s My Boy (114 min., R) Adam Sandler plays the world’s worst father, with Andy Samberg as his son. Too sexual, scatological, and profane for under-17s, “That’s My Boy” depicts graphic sexual situations and near-nudity. It exploits taboos such as incest and teacher-student sex, and treats women as vessels for male satisfaction and little else. Characters smoke a bong, and there are other drug references.
Your Sister’s Sister (90 min., R) A romantic triangle involving Iris (Emily Blunt), her half-sister (Rosemarie DeWitt), and Jack (Mark Duplass). The film includes one awkward and explicit sex scene, though there’s no nudity and everything takes place under the covers. The characters use a lot of profanity and sexually explicit slang. A central theme involves possible single parenthood and nontraditional family structures.