7 and Older
"The Incredibles" (PG). Terrific, funny, innovative computer-animated feature about family of comic-book-style superheroes brought out of forced retirement to fight new villain, while dealing, often hilariously, with their personal issues -- Mr. Incredible (voice of Craig T. Nelson), now a miserable insurance man, his wife, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), and their kids. Harrowing action sequences have violence too close to live-action to be mere "cartoon" mayhem; attempted suicide, gunplay, octopus-like killer robot, superhero boy chased by lethal flying discs, captured dad given electric shocks, missile attacks against superheroes' plane, scary parachute escape, brief kidnapping of superhero baby.
"Ray." Jamie Foxx in outstanding, soul-baring turn as music legend Ray Charles in gorgeous, moving, all-around well-acted biopic that explores in detail not just his music, but his tragic 1930s childhood (his little brother's drowning, his subsequent blindness), his early career, troubled marriage, infidelities, heroin use, his charm and occasional hurtfulness, and his 1966 triumph over drugs. Tough scenes of drug abuse; graphic drug-withdrawal sequence; steamy scenes before and after implied sexual situations; much sexual innuendo; racial slurs; profanity; out-of-wedlock pregnancy; liquor, cigarettes. High schoolers.
"The Grudge." Sarah Michelle Gellar as social worker trainee in Tokyo enters a house haunted by chalk-faced specters who avenge their own violent deaths by taking more lives in remake of confusing Japanese horror hit "Ju-On: The Grudge" (R, 2003); initially quite shuddery, but then slow, repetitive, stagy. Not overly graphic, but themes of violence, revenge too intense for middle schoolers; sometimes bloody ghosts suck breath from victims; dead body swings from rope; corpse falls from attic; suicide jump; understated sexual situation; smoking. High schoolers.
"Alfie." Update of 1966 British film that made Michael Caine a star tries too hard to be stylish, cute, ingratiating -- so feels dated; Jude Law plays the cockney womanizer with a softer edge as a limo driver in Manhattan who beds rich clients and others (Jane Krakowski, Susan Sarandon, Marisa Tomei), then drops them. Explicit sexual situations, some with partial nudity; slangy, but not crude sexual innuendo; subplots about male sexual dysfunction, a cancer scare, bipolar disorder; talk of abortion, out-of-wedlock pregnancy; profanity; marijuana; drinking, smoking; 17 and up.