THE BOTTOM LINE: The movie pushes the PG-13 envelope here and there, when zombies get blown away gorily by humans or kill humans and eat their brains. The skeletal creatures called “bonies” also kill and eat other, fleshier zombies. The dialogue includes a little profanity and there is mild sexual innuendo.
Bullet to the Head. Too violent for most teens younger than 17, this crime story may interest older teens who like their crime sagas in the hard-bitten, noirish vein. James Bonomo is a Louisiana hit man who befriends a cop named Taylor Kwan. Both Bonomo and Kwan are after the same gangster. Crooked cops, gangster developers and thugs abound, and the bullets and blood fly.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Point-blank shootings involve much blood and gore. Characters use cocaine and drink booze. Naked women wander through a high-roller’s house party. An incredibly graphic autopsy scene shows a victim’s entire thorax cut open. Bullets are pried out of wounds and the wounds sewn up. The script includes strong profanity.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. This weird and ill-conceived revenge fantasy, in which the adult Hansel and Gretel get even with witches, is too gory for most high-schoolers younger than 16. The script also uses jarringly modern and strong profanity, and it brims with other anachronisms, such as Hansel injecting himself with a medieval-looking hypodermic for diabetes. Their guns and crossbows appear vaguely historic but shoot like modern assault weapons. Hansel explains that, after his and Gretel’s misadventure as children, they grew up on their own and became traveling witch hunters for hire.
The bottom line: One character is strung up and his body pulled apart, with gore flying. Other violence between witches and humans depicts hearts pierced or heads torn off, but the digital effects are so outlandish, none of it seems very real, so it feels less graphic. The film includes considerable strong profanity, back-view nudity and an implied sexual situation.
Movie 43. Not for anyone younger than 20, “Movie 43” is a collection of short, incredibly gross and sexually explicit comic films. They feature a surprisingly A-level roster of stars, including Dennis Quaid, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Elizabeth Banks, Emma Stone, Uma Thurman, Kristen Bell and more. Charlie is a wannabe screenwriter who invades a studio executive’s office to make a story pitch. The rest of the film cuts between their meeting and scenes from Charlie’s script.