Jane Horwitz has been a movie critic for Washington D.C.-area publications since 1989. “The Family Filmgoer” started in The Washington Post in August 1993.
Horwitz is not only a critic of movies, she is also critical of the ratings system. She has written about the distortion of the PG-13 rating and how films within that range often contain much rougher violence and stronger sexuality and language than they did just a few years ago. She has suggested that more specific ratings would be useful to parents, such as PG-15 for high-schoolers and PG-10 for kids 10 and older.
Horwitz says that negative stereotyping of racial and ethnic minorities continues to crop up in many films. And “I feel obliged to call attention to it whenever I see it. ... The last thing parents need is a movie -- a bit of entertainment -- making their children feel diminished because of who they are and where they’re from, and how that is portrayed on-screen.”