A parents' guide to select new movies:
Never miss a local story.
Rating: R for pervasive language and some sexuality.
What it's about: A history of rock 'n' roll, as seen through the story of Chess Records, which brought black blues music to white audiences and changed the world.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Can you say Beyoncé? The curvaceous singer is one of the leads.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Read your contracts. When a business associate says “we're family,” ask to see the books.
Violence: Gunplay, and one savage beating by police.
Language: Blues men and blues women have been known to cuss.
Sex: That's what the blues is all about.
Drugs: Alcohol, pot and needles.
Parents' advisory: Quite raw for a musical biopic; violent, profane and more sexually explicit than the genre usually suggests.
‘Punisher: War Zone'
Rating: R for pervasive strong, brutal violence, language and some drug use.
What it's about: A vigilante resorts to any means necessary to avenge himself and his family on wrongdoers.
The Kid Attractor Factor: It's a comic-book adaptation.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Wise men know that revenge does not taste sweet. Not so with comic book anti-heroes.
Violence: “War Zone” in the title is a tip: It's constant and graphic.
Drugs: “Some drug use.”
Parents' advisory: Heads explode, necks are snapped in between the impalings. Incredibly violent for a comic-book adaptation.