Ages 7 and up
Ice Age: Continental Drift (94 min., PG) This fourth installment in the animated series has a lot of potentially disturbing images for under 7’s. The sight of mountains, valleys, and icebergs breaking apart and endangering the animal characters could unsettle them, as could huge storms and capsizing waves, especially in 3-D.
Ages 10 and up
Katy Perry: Part of Me (117 min., PG) A 3-D documentary about the music star in concert and on tour. Perry and her entourage are never shown behaving badly. There is brief toilet humor.
The middle ground
The Amazing Spider-Man (96 min., PG-13) Spidey a.k.a. Peter Parker is back. Kids and other civilians seem endangered in the movie’s climactic action sequence. The film includes head-banging fights, and early on Peter endures harsh bullying. While not graphic, his uncle’s death is upsetting. The script features strong language and mild sexual innuendo.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (91 min., PG-13) A 6-year-old named Hushpuppy lives with her father on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. A hurricane hits. She and her dad argue, and he screams at her and threatens her when he’s drunk. The storm and the flooding are quite harrowing to watch, as are imaginary buffalo-like beasts, all threatening and endangering Hushpuppy and her young friends.
Madea’s Witness Protection (114 min., PG-13) Tyler Perry strikes again, with his popular elderly-woman title character. The film features crude toilet humor, bawdy sexual innuendo, and comic drug references.