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Family Fare for April 5, 2013

Updated: May 6, 2013 6:08AM



Here are some movie tips for parents about films on the big screen.

‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of combat violence and martial arts action throughout, and for brief sensuality and language.

Translation: Constant peril and action-style military violence with guns, explosives, swords, knives and martial arts. Cataclysmic damage, with characters injured and killed. Brief scenes of a girl in skimpy clothes. Some strong language.

Recommendation: High schoolers to adults.

Family discussion: Who is Storm Shadow loyal to? Why did Roadblock take the dog tags? What would your “Joe name” be?

If you like this, try: “Transformers” and “The A-Team.”

‘The Host’

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence.

Translation: Sci-fi style peril and violence with some disturbing images and aliens. Characters injured. Some teen kissing and sensual embraces.

Recommendation: Middle schoolers to adults.

Family discussion: Why could Melanie and Wanda exist together? How do Ian and Jared see her differently? How does she earn the trust of the humans? What do you think will happen next?

If you like this, try: “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “I Am Number Four.”

‘Admission’

Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual material.

Translation: References to infidelity and putting an out-of-wedlock infant up for adoption. Drinking. Non-explicit sexual situation.

Recommendation: High schoolers to adults.

Family discussion: How did Portia’s mother influence her ideas about parenting? How would you decide who to admit?

If you like this, try: “Clueless” and “Date Night.”

Nell Minow is the film critic for the site beliefnet.com.



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