Family Film Guide: 'Non-Stop' and 'The Wind Rises'

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:


Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature teens and older.

What you should know: Liam Neeson plays a U.S. air marshal who is on a plane bound for London when he receives mysterious text messages demanding that the airline place $150 million in a secret account. If the money isn't transferred, the unknown sender will begin killing people on the plane.

Language: One f-word, about a dozen uses of profanity and a dozen or so uses of hell and the s-word.

Sexual situations and nudity: A few quick kisses goodbye, and a couple snuggle and giggle under a blanket on a single airline seat.

Violence/scary situations: (Spoiler alert) Pretty much from beginning to end with threats, fisticuffs and other body blows, gunshots, killings and subsequent shots of bodies, threats of mass destruction, turbulence, an explosion, rapid descent and crash landing. Someone is nearly sucked out of the plane, and others are left bloodied or bruised. There is also mention of the death of a child.

Drug or alcohol use: Mr. Neeson's character drinks scotch before getting on the plane. Another passenger orders a gin and tonic and later has a stiff drink to steady her nerves. A stash of cocaine is shown.

'The Wind Rises'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature tweens and older.

What you should know: This is an Oscar-nominated animated movie, from director Hayao Miyazaki who made such movies as "Spirited Away" and "Howl's Moving Castle." It's 126 minutes long and spans 30 years in the life of a Japanese boy turned young man who dreams of designing airplanes. This movie has two versions, one in Japanese and one dubbed in English and both are being shown at the SouthSide Works Cinema.

Language: A half-dozen stronger uses of "darn."

Sexual situations and nudity: Chaste kisses and a woman invites her husband to bed and then the story cuts away.

Violence/scary situations: More than you might think, with imagined or real plane crashes; a boy who is bruised in a battle with bullies picking on a younger child; a massive earthquake; evidence of poverty and joblessness; images of patients in bed with tuberculosis at a sanatorium and talk about some who died; and the reality that war will mean a massive loss of life.

Drug or alcohol use: Animated characters have glasses of beer, wine and cocktails in front of them.

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