Movie News & Reviews


A parents' guide to select new movies:

'The Rite'

Rating: PG-13 for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references.

What it's about: A non-believing seminary student is sent to Rome to study exorcism.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Demons and the devil possess the young and old.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Satan works in mysterious ways, which only a properly trained priest can foil.

Violence: Yes.

Language: Some profanity, some of it spoken by priests.

Sex: None, but incest is discussed

Drugs: Beers are shared.

Parents' advisory: Not the scariest exorcist movie ever, but certainly too rough for 10 and younger.

'The Mechanic'

Rating: R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity.

What it's about: A hit man takes on an apprentice, the son of a man he killed.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Jason Statham, above.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Revenge is an emotion that will get you killed."

Violence: Lots and lots — drownings, impalings, shootings, stranglings.

Language: Profanity, quite a lot.

Sex: Yes. With nudity

Drugs: Yes.

Parents' advisory: Take this R-rating seriously: It's entirely too violent, etc., for 15 and younger.