April 14: Family filmgoer

Nicole Beharie and Chadwick Boseman in “42.’’
Warner Bros. Pictures
Nicole Beharie and Chadwick Boseman in “42.’’

Ages 10 and older

From Up on Poppy Hill (91 min., PG) A feature-length animation about high school romance in Japan, in 1963. The story is by master animator Hayao Miyazaki. It’s directed by his son Goro Miyazaki. Both young lovers have experienced loss and grief. In addition, the adults around them have dark memories of World War II.

The middle ground

42 (128 min., PG-13) In this retelling of the Jackie Robinson story, the racial slurs and other insults hurled at the first African-American to play in the major leagues are awful and cringe-inducing. The script also includes some mild profanity and a rather gratuitous, homophobic attempt at locker-room humor, as well as mild, marital sexual innuendo.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (110 min., PG-13) The president is in trouble, and everyone’s favorite action-doll-inspired Army unit comes to the rescue. The mayhem hinges largely on high-tech firepower, and ninja fighting with fists, feet and blades. Injuries are rarely depicted graphically, but we do see dead fighters, and a close-up of a badly burned back. One scene strongly implies imminent torture. Captives are held in fluid-filled suspended-animation tanks. The script includes mild sexual innuendo and vaguely implied seminudity, as well as rare mild profanity.


The Host (121 min., PG-13) There are no vampires or werewolves in this adaptation of a Stephenie Meyer novel. Apart from a few fistfights, understated chases, and some lethal but nongraphic gunplay, “The Host” contains little violence. The sexual innuendo is also understated, involving kisses and muted talk of longing. A child receives an injury that threatens his life. A rebel doctor uses a scalpel to bloodlessly cut alien creatures out of their human “hosts.”

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Jurassic Park 3-D (127 min., PG-13) Steven Spielberg’s dino spectacle could be too much for kids under 12, even if they’ve already seen the movie on video. The dinosaurs seem ready to pop off the screen. We see several victims, both human and four-legged, grabbed by them, but we don’t really see them killed or eaten. It’s all strongly implied, however, and one bloodied animal part does land on a car roof. Characters use occasional barnyard epithets.

Tyler Perry’s Temptation (111 min., PG-13) When a very rich client falls in love with his marriage counselor she wonders how happy her marriage is. Infidelity is strongly implied in steamy kisses, but all sexual situations are stylized, nonexplicit, and out-of-focus or camouflaged by mist. Characters use cocaine. Spousal abuse is discussed, and the film includes brief, nonlethal violence.


The Company You Keep (125 min., R) Robert Redford and Julie Christie head an impressive cast in this story of a ’60s radical out to clear his name nearly half a century later. The rating reflects some strong language and references to growing and selling marijuana. It’s implied that Redford and Christie spend the night together.

Evil Dead (91 min., R) This remake of a 1981 original is certainly not for anyone under 16 or who’s not a fan of slasher/horror/zombie movies. The film’s violence is super-gory — faces sliced open, bodies rent asunder, stabbings, shootings, and blood being vomited. Some of the violence takes on a sexual tinge. The finale features nonstop carnage. A pet is found murdered, though its wounds aren’t graphically depicted. Characters use strong profanity.


The Place Beyond the Pines (140 min., R) Ryan Gosling plays a down-and-outer in upstate New York who runs afoul of a rookie cop, played by Bradley Cooper. Years later, their two families intersect. The movie features several brief, but intense scenes of violence, some of it lethal gunfire. Certain characters use drugs. Many use strong profanity. There is a brief, crude misogynist remark. Issues of depression, betrayal, and corruption figure throughout.

Trance (101 min., R) Illusion and reality do a dance in this art-heist film from director Danny Boyle. “Trance” includes graphically violent scenes involving gunplay, people run over, and fistfights. It also contains a couple of visual moments that depict violence with stomach-churning gore. The film features semi-explicit sexual situations and instances of total nudity. Abuse and revenge themes figure in the finale, and there is occasional strong profanity.

Jane Horwitz, Washington Post Writers Group.