The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:
Suitable for: Children 10 or 11 years old and above.
What you should know: This is a noisy, action-packed sci-fi film in which enormous monsters battle giant robots controlled by a pair of pilots working inside the metallic behemoths.
Language: A handful of uses of profanity plus a dozen or so milder words.
Sexual situations and nudity: Almost none. A man is shown shirtless.
Violence/scary situations: Pretty much from beginning to end, with frightening, enormous monsters that rise from the sea, wipe out entire cities and jeopardize the future of mankind. The movie is punctuated by loud, protracted confrontations between bots and beasts, leaving paths of destruction in their wake. Characters are killed or sacrifice themselves, and one is grabbed and swallowed by a monster. A flashback shows a little girl crying and quaking in terror after a beast killed her parents. Also an old-fashioned fistfight and some scary scientific experiments and explosions.
Drug and alcohol use: Nothing notable.
Suitable for: Mature high school students and older.
What you should know: This is a story about corporate espionage and eco-terrorists. When a former FBI agent, played by Brit Marling, goes undercover with an anarchist collective, she finds her loyalties tested.
Language: A couple of mild expletives.
Sexual situations and nudity: A man's bare behind is flashed, as he exits a bathtub. A couple are shown in bed, and a game pairs up players who kiss.
Violence/scary situations: A woman is shot and shown in agony before a makeshift operation to remove the bullet. People are held at gunpoint or served drinks laced with drugs with devastating effects. There is talk about a sibling suicide, accidental death of parents and poisonous deadly water. A body is shown during a makeshift burial.
Drug and alcohol use: A wine glass is shown at bedside, and champagne is served at a party.