Terrific, action-packed superhero sequel was worth the wait.
“Incredibles 2” picks up immediately after “The Incredibles,” following the Parr family — Bob/Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson), Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) — as they again use their powers to rescue the people of their city. From there, the movie explores the Parrs’ family dynamics and eventually pits them against a villain named Screenslaver. Like the original, the sequel has frequent, intense superhero action/violence (large-scale destruction, frequent peril, weapons, laser beams shooting out of a character’s eyes, a scary fight with lots of flashing lights, etc.). Someone is shot in a flashback (the act itself isn’t shown), and there are references to dead parents and several fight sequences that could be too intense for the very young or those who are sensitive to violence that puts kids or parents in danger. But there’s also lots of humor, even in the action sequences, as well as themes of teamwork, courage, communication and perseverance — not to mention how easy it is to be manipulated by the screens all around us. Expect a bit of kissing, hugging and flirting; a little drinking by adults; a character with a long-stemmed cigarette; and a few uses of words like “sucks” and “jerks.” (118 minutes)
Thin friendship comedy has language, slapstick pratfalls.
“Tag” is a sometimes-crude comedy based on a true story about lifelong friends (Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Burress) who’ve been playing a decades-long game of tag. Expect lots of strong language (“f---,” “s---,” “a--” and more), as well as an extended gag about threatened oral sex as a torture tactic. Viewers will also get a glimpse of one character’s buttocks. One character smokes a lot of pot (others indulge with him), one is a recovering alcoholic and most of the others have drinks here and there. There’s lots of slapstick violence; big falls and other dangerous things happen with no consequences. (100 minutes)
Craft-themed challenges encourage teamwork, creativity.
“The Big Fun Crafty Show” features three-way contests among pairs of kids who must design and create a craft project based on the day’s challenge. Episodes show contestants making things like sun catchers, dragon heads and space-themed models, all with basic supplies like cardboard boxes, tape, glue, paint and string. The young contestants’ efforts demonstrate the value of working effectively with others and of compromising to find solutions that satisfy both teammates as well as the fun of creative expression. Even though the show is a contest, all of the teams demonstrate good sportsmanship and receive recognition for the unique qualities of their work. (30 minutes)
Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. on Universal Kids.
Mystical animated series plays like “Lost” for tweens.
“The Hollow” is an animated series about teens trapped in a dark, baffling world with no idea how they got there or how to get out. The series is absorbing and exciting for tweens, but it may be too scary for younger siblings. The characters are frequently in serious danger, nearly falling down sheer cliffs or being captured and eaten by giant bull-like creatures. They come up against towering villains with sharp teeth and unearthly eyes, and the music is pulsing and intense. There’s no swearing (a joke about one character not wanting to get close to another one’s butt is about as profane as it gets), and sexual content is confined to the odd significant look between characters. Female characters have strong roles with agency, on both the “good” and “bad” side of the action. (10 24-minute episodes)
Available via Netflix streaming.
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