Man of Steel. Teens will respond to this Superman origin story. It includes religious imagery and phrases, giving the film a kind of weight that may have the power to move teens in search of depth in their movies. The story is told in flashbacks and flash-forwards, forcing an audience to pay close attention. “Man of Steel” opens on Superman’s home planet of Krypton. Jor-El sends his baby, Kal-El, in a space pod toward Earth as their planet is about to disintegrate, in hopes that he will become someone the earthlings can learn from. General Zod kills Jor-El and vows to trace Kal-El, retrieve the Kryptonian “codex” and get revenge. Cut to the farm where baby Kal-El lands. His adoptive parents urge the boy to keep his emerging powers secret until he discovers his purpose. The adult Clark meets Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane at an Arctic dig where an alien spacecraft has been discovered. Inside it, Clark learns his history. General Zod and his minions land on Earth and threaten to destroy humanity.
THE BOTTOM LINE: The violence becomes highly destructive. Thousands surely die, though we only see one person up close, alive and pinned under wreckage. The climactic battle over Metropolis recalls images of Sept. 11. As a boy, Clark freaks out at school when his X-ray vision kicks in. Later, he saves a school bus sinking in a river. Characters use occasional crude language and toilet humor and a modified, abbreviated use of the F-word.
Now You See Me. Teens would do well to check out the glitzified but still arresting “Now You See Me.” In a prologue, we meet four struggling magicians — hypnotist Merritt McKinney, escape artist Henley Reeves, trickster Jack Wilder and brainiac J. Daniel Atlas. Anonymously summoned to a vacant New York apartment, they find mysterious instructions that cause them to unite in a glitzy magic act, the Four Horsemen. In their big Las Vegas show, they seem to rob a bank and then empty the bank account of their furious sponsor. All this catches the interest of FBI guy Dylan Rhodes and Interpol gal Alma Dray.
The bottom line: The dialogue contains semi-crude, but non-explicit, sexual innuendo and midrange profanity. A high-speed chase involves a flaming car crash and implied death. A fight and ensuing foot chase get pretty intense. Characters drink.
The Internship. High-schoolers may find it amusing to watch a couple of 40-ish dudes struggle to survive at a company like Google. Nick and Billy are watch salesmen whose boss sells the company. Billy gets the idea of applying for Google’s summer internships, using their ages as a give-us-a-chance ploy. The internship program director doubts they’ll survive amid all the young code-writing whizzes they’re competing against. Divided into teams, all the interns must ace various challenges; only a handful will land jobs with Google.
The bottom line: The script includes mild-to-midrange profanity and mild sexual innuendo. The team visits a club where there is pole dancing and lap dancing. One character is bullied because of his weight.