The middle ground
Quartet (98 min., PG-13) Four faded opera stars (Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay among them) live in an English country mansion where retired classical singers and other musicians can live out their days and celebrate their music. Characters occasionally talk about sex and use sexual slang, but nothing too explicit. The script includes some profanity.
Warm Bodies (97 min., PG-13) “Romeo and Juliet” gets the zombie treatment. The movie pushes the PG-13 envelope here and there, when zombies get blown away or kill humans and eat their brains. Skeletal creatures called “Bonies” kill and eat other zombies. The dialogue includes a little profanity. There’s mild sexual innuendo.
Bullet to the Head (92 min., R) Sylvester Stallone up to his old — very old — tricks: Point-blank shootings involve much blood and gore. Characters use cocaine. Naked women wander through a house party. An extremely graphic autopsy scene shows a victim’s entire thorax cut open. Bullets are pried out of wounds, and the wounds sewn up. Oh, and the script includes strong profanity.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (88 min., R) What fairy-tale title characters do when they grow up. A character is strung up, his body pulled apart, with gore flying. Violence between witches and humans depicts hearts pierced or heads torn off, but the digital effects are so outlandish, none of it seems very real. The film includes considerable strong (and modern) profanity, back-view nudity, and an implied sexual situation. The relationship between Hansel and Gretel has an incestuous undercurrent.
Identity Thief (108 min., R) Cyber-bandit Melissa McCarthy gets accountant Jason Bateman’s vital information. Crude, explicit sexual slang and strong profanity earn the R, along with comically explicit sexual situations, though no nudity. The mayhem in the film is more comic than graphic, albeit with gunplay, fisticuffs, car chases, and crashes.
Movie 43 (90 min., R) This collection of very gross and sexually explicit comic short films abounds in lewdness. It weaves sexual situations with toilet humor, psychological torment, occasional violence (against leprechauns) — all laced with profanity and psychological torment.
Parker (118 min., R) Jason Statham is a thief, and Jennifer Lopez complicates things for him. Violence includes graphic gunplay, knifings, and fights, plus explosions that endanger innocent people. The profanity is strong. We see one briefly implied but nongraphic sexual situation and scenes with topless women that narrowly avoid full frontal nudity. Lopez’s strips to her underwear to show she isn’t wearing a wire.
Side Effects (106 min., R) Therapist Jude Law has Rooney Mara for a patient. A drug he prescribes may have led to a murder. How can he clear his name? The film is ambiguous and ominous in the way it portrays depression, and it includes a graphic stabbing death. Characters engage in a fairly explicit sexual situation with nearly full nudity. Characters misuse prescription drugs and utter occasional strong profanity.
Stand Up Guys (100 min., R) Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin play old pals and aging crooks. The language is often strong. The film includes a protracted and visually implied Viagra joke. There are strong hints of nudity. Visits to a brothel are not explicit, but much is implied in a comic way. A character tries to get high snorting prescription drugs. The action features relatively subdued gun and fist violence.
Jane Horwitz, Washington Post Writers Group.