Family Film Guide: 'Now You See Me' and 'After Earth'

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:


'Now You See Me'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Teens and older.

What you should know: Four magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco) execute bold heists, as the FBI and Interpol try to stay a step ahead of them. Cast also includes Mark Ruffalo, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Common.

Language: Four or five uses of profanity, about a dozen three- or four-letter mild words and the flashing of the middle finger.

Sexual situations and nudity: Talk about an affair and then brief passion between a man and an enthusiastic stranger who is cast aside when something more important comes along.

Violence/scary situations: More than you might expect, including a woman who appears to be trapped in a watery tank with piranhas, extended foot and wild car chases, a fiery explosion and physical tussles.

Alcohol and drug use: Adults drink alcoholic beverages.

'After Earth'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature tweens and older.

What you should know: Will and Jaden Smith star in the story of a father and son who live at least 1,000 years from now. They must reestablish their bond, and the son must face and conquer his fears if they are to survive a catastrophic crash.

Language: Almost none. A stronger version of "darn."

Sexual situations and nudity: None.

Violence/scary situations: Lots, including a violent crash that claims many lives -- some corpses are shown -- and severely injures someone, leaving him bloody, bruised and immobilized. A teen must run from creatures that want to kill him, he suffers a poisonous bite that temporarily blinds him and nearly freezes to death. Dismembered or dead animals are shown. There are flashbacks to a disturbing family death.

Alcohol and drug use: None.

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