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Family guide to new movie releases

Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service on

Published in Entertainment News

'IF'

Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language.

What it’s about: A girl connects with a band of lonely "Ifs" — "imaginary friends" and tries to matchmake them with new kids.

The kid attractor factor: The animated characters and seemingly kid-friendly story.

Good lessons/bad lessons: It's important to stay connected to our inner childlike wonder in order to navigate the harsh realities of life.

Violence: None, but themes of illness, death, dying.

Language: No swearing but some mild language.

Sex: None

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: This rather somber film has some themes of parental death and dying which may be heavy for some young kids. Otherwise OK for kids of all ages.

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'BACK TO BLACK'

 

Rated R for drug use, language throughout, sexual content and nudity.

What it’s about: A biopic about the iconic and tragic soul singer Amy Winehouse and the writing of her album "Back to Black."

The kid attractor factor: Not much unless they are fans of the singer.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Addiction is a beast, toxic relationships are destructive, but they can make for great art.

Violence: Some physical fights and squabbles.

Language: Swearing throughout.

Sex: Discussion of sex, a couple of sex scenes, some nudity.

Drugs: Extreme drug use throughout, including marijuana, cocaine and crack, as well as heavy drinking.

Parents’ advisory: The substance abuse and mutually abusive relationship are dark themes for younger audiences. OK for teens but not kids.

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