The Education of Little Tree
WHAT IT’S ABOUT Eight-year-old Little Tree (Joseph Ashton) learns about his rich heritage after he goes to live with his Cherokee grandma (Tantoo Cardinal) and white grandpa (James Cromwell).
WILL KIDS WANT TO WATCH IT? It’s doubtful.
MPAA RATING PG
SEX/NUDITY Little Tree’s bare butt during a shower
DRUGS/ALCOHOL His grandpa makes moonshine.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS Little Tree has to deal with the deaths of loved ones; a teacher beats him; his grandpa is bitten by a rattlesnake.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES About 15
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT The film, based on Forrest Carter’s novel, teaches important lessons about family and the human spirit.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD Most children probably won’t make it to the end of this slow-as-molasses tale.
APPROPRIATE AGES 10 and up
WHAT IT’S ABOUT Ripley and a mercenary crew are besieged by a new gaggle of creatures on a doomed spaceship headed toward Earth.
WILL KIDS WANT TO WATCH IT? Yes. Years of exposure to toys, comics, and videogames will have them drooling.
MPAA RATING R
SEX/NUDITY The bare breasts of a disfigured Ripley clone
DRUGS/ALCOHOL Space travelers drink.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS Lots of blood, gore, slime, and dismembered humans and aliens
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES About 65
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT Ripley is a strong, smart, and buff heroine.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD These disgusting, ultraviolent aliens are the stuff of nightmares.
APPROPRIATE AGES 15 and up
WHAT IT’S ABOUT Musical telling of the story of Czar Nicholas’ daughter Anya (voice of Meg Ryan), who escapes execution during the Russian Revolution, suffers amnesia, and struggles to remember her roots
WILL KIDS WANT TO WATCH IT? Oh, yes. Though the subject matter is decidedly unkidlike, girls will be rushin’ to see it.
MPAA RATING G
DRUGS/ALCOHOL A bit of the bubbly
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS A train wreck kills Anastasia’s family; evil Rasputin (Christopher Lloyd) tries to make Anastasia commit suicide.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES None
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT The animation rivals Disney’s.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD The characters are as bland as borscht.
APPROPRIATE AGES 5 and up
Mortal Kombat Annihilation
WHAT IT’S ABOUT Liu Kang (Robin Shou) and his fellow warriors try to repel the gods of the Outworld, who have invaded Earth and are threatening to exterminate mankind.