Abominable (PG)

Age 8+

Funny, heartwarming adventure has some peril, scares.

Abominable” is a heartwarming animated adventure about Yi (voiced by Chloe Bennet), an introverted Shanghai teen who discovers a yeti on the roof of her apartment building and embarks on a journey with two friends to return him home to Mount Everest. Expect peril and a few frightening encounters, some of which involve big chases, dart guns and drones and close calls while climbing mountains. In one scene, it looks like a character has fallen to their death, and in another, two people are swept off the mountain. The yeti is chained and locked up (kids are also captured) and shot multiple times with tranquilizer guns. Characters discuss grief over the death of a parent and the loneliness of feeling like your family is no longer complete. There are also clear messages about teamwork, honor, defending and protecting your friends, and recognizing the value of life, and the film offers a positive representation of Chinese characters and culture. (97 minutes)

Judy (PG-13)

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Age 14+

Booze, pills, smoking in well-acted but tragic biopic.

Judy” is a sympathetic but sad biopic about Judy Garland in the late ’60s, 30 years after she became a star in “The Wizard of Oz.” Renée Zellweger portrays the singer as a loving but not always dependable mother who makes difficult choices to get custody of her children (Garland’s ex-husband Sid Luft isn’t portrayed as a bad guy — his actions are clearly in the kids’ best interest). Though the movie will appeal to Garland’s adult admirers, it may serve as a cautionary tale for budding teen performers. The movie traces the origin of Garland’s substance abuse, eating disorder and desperation for male approval back to the abusive behavior of her MGM boss, Louis B. Mayer; he’s shown treating her like a product rather than a girl in her formative years. Garland’s alcoholism and pill addiction are on full display (as is period-accurate smoking), but the substance abuse is never glamorized. Strong language isn’t frequent but includes one use of “f---ing,” plus “s---,” “b------” and more. Garland’s love life is part of the plot, but on-screen content is limited to kisses and flirting. (118 minutes)

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Prey (PG-13)

Streaming

Age 14+

Ridiculous horror-thriller about surviving on desert island.

Prey” is a poorly conceived but atmospheric horror-thriller about a troubled teen who joins a self-improvement program and tries to survive for three days on a desert island, but finds he’s not alone. Expect to see blood and gore, jump-scares, scary images, knives and stabbing, animals killed and dead bodies. Teens kiss, flirt a little, and wear skimpy clothing (appropriate for a tropical island); one climbs on top of another in a sexual way. Language includes a use of “f---,” plus “s---,” “a--,” “b----,” “goddamn” and more. The phrase “Thirsty AF” appears in a meme. (85 minutes)
Available on demand.

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Undone (TV-MA)

Streaming

Age 14+

Edgy animated series has far-out plot, real emotion.

Undone” is an animated series about a woman whose perception of reality changes after she’s in a car accident. Mental illness, a disability (hearing loss), family secrets and the violent death of one family member all play a role in this surreal series, which is something of a murder mystery. Characters drink too much in several scenes, including one that ends up with two characters half-naked and kissing. Sexual content also includes several scenes of a character in her bra, once kissing and jokingly humping her boyfriend in bed. Violence is minimal: A character gets into a car accident, and viewers see her body whipping around, with a little bit of blood flying from her mouth; she’s then shown in a hospital bed with a bandaged forehead. Images of a past suicide attempt are visible, including blood coming from a slit wrist. Language is infrequent but does include “f---ing” and “s---.” A diverse mix of characters is at the center of the action here, including a Latina main character who uses a hearing aid, as well as her family members and friends who try to support her. Themes of empathy and compassion are evident in the way characters’ problems and issues are treated carefully and with respect. (Eight approximately 23-minute episodes)

Available via Amazon Prime streaming.

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