Family Film Guide: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2' and 'Lincoln'

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature teens, particularly if they've read the books or seen the other four movies.

What you should know: This is the final movie, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, based on the Stephenie Meyer novels about vampires, werewolves and the occasional human. As the story opens, Ms. Stewart's character of Bella is a newborn vampire and new mother whose daughter is targeted by a rival coven with murderous intent.

Sexual situations and nudity: Newlyweds Bella and Edward are shown in passionate poses, sometimes partially nude. There is brief talk about another couple and their sexual appetites. A young man starts to strip to his briefs before changing into a wolf.

Violence/scary situations: Lots, including beheadings and torching of bodies. A vampire feeds on an animal and others (on humans from the shadows). A vampire child is shown with a bloody mouth and mound of victims. Wolves are hurt or killed. The movie includes a massive, deadly fight scene between two opposing camps.

Alcohol and drug use: Nothing notable.


Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature high school students and older.

What you should know: This movie is 150 minutes long and very talky although it's also a showcase for an outstanding Daniel Day-Lewis as President Lincoln. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it covers the period from January to April 1865 and tracks attempts to pass the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.

Language: The N-word, an f-word or two, about 10 instances of profanity and a handful of milder four-letter words.

Sexual situations and nudity: Nothing stronger than a brief kiss.

Violence/scary situations: The movie opens with a violent wartime battle and the president later pays a visit to a hospital with men wounded in the war. An onlooker outside is, understandably, dismayed and stunned by the sight of a mound of freshly amputated limbs.

Alcohol and drug use: Adults with what appears to be wine.



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