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. 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.
Mud (130 min., PG-13) Matthew McConaughey is a murderer hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. He’s befriended by two 14-year-old boys. The film’s climax features a lethal shoot-out, though none of the deaths is depicted graphically. A child sustains a life-threatening snakebite. The boys use the S-word a lot, and the script includes some crude sexual slang and references to “doin’ it.” An angry young woman complains about something — never described — a man wanted to do in the bedroom. Bruises on woman’s face indicate she’s been abused by a boyfriend.
Oblivion (126 min., PG-13) Tom Cruise patrols a ravaged, depopulated Earth in 2077. The film contains little graphic violence, but a lot of loud aerial warfare and gunfights. One swimming scene involves backview nudity. The script includes rare profanity.
Scary Movie 5 (85 min., PG-13) An R rating seems appropriate to the latest installment in the horror-spoof series. The film brims with penis jokes, explicit sexual behavior, and occasional strong profanity. The script includes use of words N-, F-, and B-, and an even worse word scrawled on a mirror. Other sexual humor involves dogs copulating and a human trying to mount pieces of furniture. We also see Santa’s bare behind.
Arthur Newman (101 min., R) An offbeat romance featuring stars Colin Firth and Emily Blunt. The film is full of increasingly explicit sexual situations. A character nearly overdoses. Many use strong profanity. The hero nearly chokes to death in an unnerving scene. An unidentified person falls off a bus in medical distress and dies, despite use of CPR.
Disconnect (115 min., R) Several people’s lives intersect through the Web and social media. The film contains semi-explicit depictions of teenagers interacting sexually online with paying adults. These scenes include female toplessness and underage males in partial undress and exploitative settings. Dialogue features crude and explicit sexual slang, and other strong profanity. The story includes a teen suicide attempt. It also has instances of non-lethal violence.
Pain & Gain (120 min., R) Michael Bay tries his hand at comedy. The film features several scenes with strong and bloody violence, including implied torture, skulls cracked by metal weights, running someone over and setting him on fire. Even dead bodies have hands hacked off and burned in an attempt to destroy evidence. A couple of characters use cocaine. The film includes visually explicit and verbally crude sexuality, including one graphic sexual situation, and other sexually tinged scenes involving female toplessness and other near-nudity. The script brims with strong profanity.
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.