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Jan. 6 film picks

Ages 7 and older Monsters, Inc. 3D (95 min., G) The Pixar animated feature, first released in 2001, was conceived as a comedy with lots of scary bits defused by laughter. It still is, but in 3-D, some of the monsters and the chase scenes — especially the climactic one where the heroes are dangling from assembly-line doors — will seem more intense to kids under 7, especially to very little ones. It’s just different when it looks like a bad-guy monster is in the room with you. Ages 8 and older Parental Guidance (96 min., PG) Billy Crystal and Bette Midler play grandparents baby-sitting for a week. Too many of the gags involve toilet humor. The script also contains mild sexual innuendo and subtle homo­phobic humor. Crystal’s character gets slammed in the crotch with a baseball bat and vomits onto the child perpetrator. A child gets bullied (though we only see the aftermath). The middle ground The Guilt Trip (95 min., PG-13) Mother (Barbra Streisand) and grown son (Seth Rogen) hit the road. Complications ensue. The script includes several uses of strong language. Mother and son go into a bar that features pole dancers (no toplessness). They discuss sexual experiences and penises in ways that deeply embarrass Rogen’s character.

Jack Reacher (131 min., PG-13) Tom Cruise plays the title character from the popular Lee Child detective series. Young children are shown in danger. The action sequences feature a number of heavy-duty shoot-outs, including a particularly long and lethal finale, as well as bone-crushing fights. The movie avoids an R rating — barely — by showing little blood or gore. The mayhem also includes the implied shooting off of fingers. The dialogue features occasional midrange profanity and sexual innuendo.

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