‘HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS’
Rating: R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/ nudity and language.
What it’s about: As adults, Hansel & Gretel have parlayed their witch-killing skills into a lucrative business.
The kid attractor factor: Witches exploding, catching fire and losing their heads thanks to the efforts of Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner.
Good lessons/ bad lessons: Sibling rivalry’s one thing, but when the chips are down and a witch is about to eat you, blood is thicker than water.
Violence: Loads and loads — graphic, some of it.
Language: A scattering of f-bombs.
Sex: Nudity and skinny dipping.
Drugs: Ale is consumed.
Parents’ advisory: Too childish for adults, too deserving of an R-rating for kids — OK for 13-16-year-olds.
‘THE LAST STAND’
Rating: R for strong bloody violence throughout, and language.
What it’s about: An escaped drug lord tries to cross the border in a small Arizona town — and only an overarmed sheriff and his pals can stop them.
The kid attractor factor: An old-fashioned shoot ’em-up, with wisecracks and catch-phrases and sidekicks (Johnny Knoxville) and all manner of ordinance.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Death doesn’t come when you expect it."
Violence: Almost constant, though it does have consequences once or twice.
Language: Plenty of profanity.
Sex: None, but a little flirting here and there.
Drugs: None present, but they are the reason for the violence.
Parents’ advisory: The constant bloody gunplay — emphasis on “play" — makes this unsuitable to anybody younger than 16.