Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references, brief drug use and violence.
What it’s about: A detective with Tourette’s in 1957 Brooklyn uncovers a racist political conspiracy while looking into the murder of his boss.
The kid attractor factor: This is an adult drama — kids will not be so interested.
Good lessons/bad lessons: It’s worth it to always seek the truth, especially in pursuit of justice.
Violence: Some brutal beatings and several murders by shooting.
Language: Swearing and strong language throughout.
Sex: References to sex.
Drugs: Marijuana smoking.
Parents’ advisory: This period mystery won’t have as much appeal for younger audiences, but it’s appropriate for teens who might be interested.
PG-13 for thematic content throughout, violent material and language including racial epithets.
What it’s about: A stirring biopic about the life of former slave and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman.
The kid attractor factor: Kids who might be interested in the historical subject matter may be interested.
Good lessons/bad lessons: You are more powerful than you know or anyone will let you be — all it takes is a little faith.
Violence: Some disturbing violence and abuse against slaves by slavers, including numerous beatings, shootings and murder.
Language: Strong language including racial slurs.
Parents’ advisory: This is a film that doesn’t shy away from the violent realities of slavery, but it’s incredibly educational and inspiring for younger audiences who might want to learn more about Tubman.