‘Despicable Me 3’ and Other Movies to Watch With Your Kids
DESPICABLE ME 3 (PG)
“Three-quel” has more action, strong sibling relationships.
“Despicable Me 3” is the third installment in the hit “Despicable Me” franchise about reformed supervillain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and his new wife, Lucy (Kristen Wiig), who are both Anti-Villain League agents. This time around, Gru, Lucy and their three girls are invited to Freedonia to meet Gru’s long-lost twin brother, Dru (also Carell). Although the violence is mostly cartoonish and silly (think supersize, sticky chewing gum; violent action figures; and dart guns), it does include high-tech weapons and a destructive giant robot with lasers. There are plenty of chases and explosions, and generally it feels a bit heavier on action than the previous movies. Language is mild (“loser,” “failure” and “screw-up,” plus “boobs” in Minion-ese), but the minions occasionally look partially nude (buttocks, etc.), as do Gru and the movie’s villain after a weapon blows off their clothes, leaving them strategically covered in pink bubble gum. As with all the “Despicable Me” films, you can expect strong messages about the power of family and friendship, as well as teamwork and communication. Lucy is a positive female role model, but the cast isn’t particularly diverse otherwise. (90 minutes)
Sofia Coppola’s Civil War drama is powerful and primal.
“The Beguiled” is director Sofia Coppola’s poetic remake of a 1971 Clint Eastwood movie based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan. The Civil War drama tells the story of a wounded Union soldier who’s taken in by an all-girls school. Although there’s no graphic nudity, viewers will see two sex scenes, one of which has a rough feel and includes thrusting. There’s also some kissing, a suggestive sponge bath and general sexual tension. Bloody wounds are shown, plus blood spatters, a gory broken leg and a leg being amputated. A man screams in pain, rages with anger and grabs a woman’s hair. Guns are heard booming in the distance throughout the movie, and a character shoots at a chandelier, causing it to crash to the floor. A character is poisoned. Language is minimal; the word “bitches” is used once. The main male character gets staggering drunk, and there’s some social drinking. (93 minutes)
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