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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:


Rated: PG.

Suitable for: Kindergarten-age and older children who can sit attentively through a 91-minute movie, plus previews.

What you should know: This is an animated comic adventure, available in 2-D and 3-D (costs more and glasses must be worn throughout), about two turkeys who travel back in time to change the menu of the feast that would become Thanksgiving. Voice talent includes Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler.

Language: None.

Sexual situations and nudity: None.

Violence/scary situations: Crazy time travel, pratfalls, slaps, chases, snarling dogs, gunshots fired by Pilgrims hunting for food, references to settlers who are hungry, an image of a cemetery, dynamite or powder-fed explosions, discovery and invasion of a safe haven and the apparent death of a turkey elder.

Drug and alcohol use: Nothing notable.


Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Teens and older.

What you should know: This is a movie based on the popular Orson Scott Card novel, which spawned a series of books about a gifted boy (age 12 on screen) being trained to keep Earth safe from insect-like aliens. It stars Asa Butterfield, who was the plucky orphan in "Hugo" as Ender Wiggins, along with Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin.

Language: None.

Sexual situations and nudity: None.

Violence/scary situations: Lots, pretty much from beginning to end. Story is set in the future, after insect-like aliens killed millions on Earth. A tracking device is surgically extracted from a child's neck. Children bully, choke and threaten one another and their victims sometimes respond with violence. A child bangs his head on a hard surface and requires brain surgery. Battles resulting in widespread damage are dramatized. Computer games turn scary and violent, and military might and victory are valued above all else, including people.

Drug and alcohol use: None.


Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature teens and older.

What you should know: It's unlikely that younger moviegoers will want to flock to the first movie uniting Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline. They are former boyhood pals, now scattered and in various states of work or mainly retirement, who head to Vegas for a bachelor party after one announces his engagement to a 31-year-old woman.

Language: One f-word, several uses of profanity and a dozen and a half mild expletives.

Sexual situations and nudity: A woman provides her husband with a little blue pill and condom and license to cheat. Lots of ogling of women, particularly during a bikini contest. A joke about oral sex. A young woman strips to her underwear for what she assumes will be a sexual romp. A stranger thrusts his groin into the face of a man to get a laugh. Male performers dress in drag.

Violence/scary situations: Slaps, disagreements, a shove into a swimming pool and invigorating amusement park-style ride.

Drug and alcohol use: Lots. You name it, beer bongs, martinis, scotch and anything else served at parties or in bars, often to excess with hangovers.

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