Parents Guide

To assist parents and children in choosing age-appropriate movies, The Salt Lake Tribune presents this parent's movie guide of the sexual content, violence and profane language in current movies. Each category is rated on a scale from 1-to-5, with 1 being the mildest and 5 the most adult-oriented.
S = Sexual content
(including nudity)
V = Violence
(including Chuck Norris's fists)
L = Language
(including crude dialog and drug reference)
Rating = Motion Picture Association of America rating
1.
Release Date: November 2nd, 2012
Rated R • Running Time: 1:33
Denzel Washington's strong performance, as an airline pilot after a miraculous crash-landing, enlivens this standard drama about alcohol addiction. 138 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
2.
Release Date: November 2nd, 2012
Rated R
Barry Levinson ("Rain Man") directs this effective "found-footage" horror thriller, about a biological epidemic striking residents of a Chesapeake Bay town. 85 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
3.
Release Date: October 26th, 2012
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:51
This absorbing drama follows teen surfer Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston), working with his mentor (Gerard Butler) to conquer big waves of California's Mavericks. 116 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
4.
Release Date: October 26th, 2012
Rated R • Running Time: 1:55
Six found-footage horror stories — some good, most not, all of them fairly gory — comprise this anthology. 116 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
2 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
5.
Release Date: October 26th, 2012
Rated R • Running Time: 1:41
Director Lee Daniels ("Precious") cooks up an overheated Southern potboiler, of a woman (Nicole Kidman) trying to get a Death Row inmate (John Cusack) freed. 107 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
2 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
6.
Release Date: October 26th, 2012
Rated PG-13 • Running Time: 1:45
Two teens - one Israel, the other Palestinian - discover they were switched at birth in this heavy-handed allegorical tale. Subtitled; 105 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
1.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
7.
Release Date: October 19th, 2012
Running Time: 1:49
There are no good guys in Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s dark drama “Elena,” just people with good intentions doing bad things — and people doing good things for others who may not deserve...
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
8.
Release Date: October 19th, 2012
Rated R • Running Time: 1:38
Filmmaker Ben Lewin's witty comedy-drama draws strong performances by John Hawkes (as a quadriplegic writer) and Helen Hunt (as a sex surrogate). 95 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3.5 stars
Avg User Rating
4.5 stars
S
V
L
9.
Release Date: October 17th, 2012
Running Time: 1:55
A man (Denis Lavant) assumes many disguises and personalities in this trippy French drama, which features Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue. Subtitled; 116 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
no rating
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
10.
Release Date: October 12th, 2012
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:45
A teacher (Kevin James) takes up mixed martial-arts fighting to save his school's music program, in a silly but surprisingly sweet comedy. 105 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
11.
Release Date: October 12th, 2012
Rated R • Running Time: 2:00
Ben Affleck directs and stars in this riveting spy thriller, a true story of a CIA effort to rescue six Americans from Iran during the 1980 hostage crisis. 120 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
12.
Release Date: October 12th, 2012
Rated PG-13 • Running Time: 1:25
The fascinating story of '70s rock star Rodriguez, forgotten in the U.S. but beloved in South Africa, doesn't get the documentary it deserves. 86 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
2.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
13.
Release Date: October 12th, 2012
Rated PG-13 • Running Time: 1:39
"Baraka" director Ron Fricke returns with another sumptuous world-spanning documentary, looking at nature and industry, wealth and poverty. 102 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
14.
Release Date: October 12th, 2012
Rated PG-13 • Running Time: 1:30
A dying violinist (Mathieu Amalric) thinks back on his life in this lyrical live-action drama by "Persepolis" makers Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Subtitled; 93 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
15.
Release Date: October 5th, 2012
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:27
Tim Burton returns to his roots, with this engaging stop-motion animation tale of a boy who brings his dog back to life. 87 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
16.
Release Date: October 5th, 2012
Rated R • Running Time: 1:31
An Iowa butter-carving competition is the backdrop for this one-note political satire, starring Jennifer Garner as a stereotyped Republican uber-wife. 90 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
1 star
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
17.
Release Date: October 5th, 2012
Rated PG-13 • Running Time: 1:35
A rallying-cry documentary, clinically dissecting the problems in the U.S. health-care system. 95 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
18.
Release Date: October 5th, 2012
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:44
A Florida boy (Chandler Canterbury) launches a charity campaign for homeless kids, in this noble but heavy-handed drama. 103 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
1.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
19.
Release Date: September 28th, 2012
Rated PG • Running Time: 2:01
A mom (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and a teacher (Viola Davis) work to reclaim their failing school in this heavy-handed, overly simplistic drama. 121 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
2 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
20.
Release Date: September 28th, 2012
Rated R • Running Time: 1:30
A fast-food manager (Ann Dowd) faces an ethical dilemma with an employee (Dream Walker) in this tough and sometimes lurid drama. 90 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
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