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'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature tweens and older.

What you should know: This story, inspired by a real man who was a White House butler for eight presidents, is both a father-son tale and a compressed history of the civil rights movement from 1926 until the present.

Language: Two full or clipped f-words, at least a half-dozen instances of profanity, use of the N-word (along with a stern lecture about why a teenage boy should never utter it), a dozen milder words and an off-color joke.

Sexual situations and nudity: Couples kiss. A philanderer and a married woman weigh continuing to spend time together. There is gossip about a man who was shot when caught with another's wife.

Violence/scary situations: A man is shot and killed in front of his young son, who also hears screams as his mother is assaulted off camera. Hunger drives a teenage boy to punch his fist through a glass window; there is a shot of his bloody hand.

There is brief discussion about Emmett Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago who traveled to the Mississippi Delta to visit relatives and was abducted, tortured and murdered in 1955 after whistling at a white woman.

You twice see the aftermath of lynchings and watch KKK members attack a bus of Freedom Riders, a lunch counter sit-in that takes a violent, ugly turn, protesters subjected to snarling police dogs and high-pressure water hoses, and the blood of assassinated JFK streaking the pink coat and legs of the president's widow, Jackie.

Another assassination, this time of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., ignites riots. War and old age take their toll. Harsh cracks across the face are delivered, and a prisoner's face is bruised and swollen.

Drug and alcohol use: Adults regularly consume alcohol, from champagne to stiffer drinks, and one character slides into alcoholism but later gives up drinking.


Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature tweens and older.

What you should know: "Hunger Games" hunk Liam Hemsworth plays Adam, a tech expert with money woes who is caught up in corporate espionage and played as a pawn by titans Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford.

Language: Three s-words, one BS, one f-word and a few uses of a word that begins with "a."

Sexual situations and nudity: A young couple kiss, are seen fleetingly making love and waking up together in the morning. Mr. Hemsworth is often shirtless and wearing just a towel in a couple of scenes and Adam's girlfriend (Amber Heard) is seen heading into and out of bed and a shower, but we see only her back above the waist.

Violence/scary situations: Adam and his loved ones are constantly under surveillance, being threatened by powerful CEOs or menaced by their henchmen. We see pictures of people who have been killed, and one character is hit by a car.

Drug and alcohol use: There is a drunken night at a dance club where the liquor flows, and wine is served at various meals and functions.



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