Intense dino sequel has scary, jump-worthy violence.
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is just as violent and terrifying as its predecessor, 2015’s “Jurassic World.” Although the action no longer takes place inside a tourist-filled dinosaur theme park, there’s still a large body count (mostly armed mercenaries and billionaire moguls). And there are lots of intense scenes of sustained terror, suspense, and peril, including a prolonged sequence in which a very scary genetically modified dinosaur tracks and tries to kill a young girl. People are eaten, torn to shreds, trampled and severely injured. Language is infrequent (occasional use of “damn” and “Jesus” and one “holy s---” that’s cut off before completion), and there’s only one real kiss (and some flirting). Expect a fair bit of product placement, especially Apple products and luxury cars. On the upside, there are more notable female characters in this installment than the last, and the movie has themes of teamwork and bravery. Families who enjoyed “Jurassic World” will be able to handle this sequel, but younger viewers sensitive to violence and menacing creatures may not be ready for all of the people-chomping. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard again co-star. (128 minutes)
Fun siblings-geared renovation show requires reality check.
“Get Out of My Room” is a makeover show in which family members team up with professional designers and contractors to renovate separate bedrooms for siblings who currently share one. The show’s focus on involving the tweens and their parents is valuable in presenting some simple DIY projects, outlining basic safety knowledge and showing families engaged in hands-on work together. Because the tweens help design and construct each other’s rooms rather than their own, there’s also an air of giving rather than receiving throughout, as well as a genuine appreciation for the work done at the end. That said, the show’s basic premise — identifying and solving the “problem” of shared bedroom space for siblings — suggests that it’s a necessity rather than a privilege for kids to have their own rooms, which might not be the reality (or desire) for all viewers. (30 minutes)
Weekdays at 6 p.m. on Universal Kids.
Simple mysteries teach preschoolers about natural world.
“Treehouse Detectives” is an animated series about a bear brother-and-sister team who, along with their animal friends, solve mysteries about their experiences and about the natural world around them. The show is geared toward preschoolers, with characters who are friendly, kind and above all curious about what they discover. Kids will see positive examples of teamwork and perseverance in the young detectives’ efforts to solve the puzzles, and they never get discouraged when they fall short. In addition to the characters’ positive qualities, the show also teaches viewers simple truths about the natural world, like how tides work and why hermit crabs must find their own shells. (10 24-minute episodes)
Via Netflix streaming.
Comedy with heart about teen sexuality; language, drinking.
“Alex Strangelove” is a teen comedy that puts sex and sexual orientation front and center. While the characters and situations are funny and lighthearted, the story has a serious core, as a very popular student with a reputation as “the best boyfriend in the world” (Daniel Doheny) confronts unacknowledged sexual desires just as he’s about to graduate from high school. Teens are portrayed (humorously) as raunchy, obsessed with sex and unconcerned about social conventions. While there’s no on-camera nudity or simulated sex, you can expect lots of sexual activity and racy conversation, including kissing, foreplay and constant references to sex (including many uses of body-part words like “vagina, “c---,” “penis,” and “ball sack”). Swearing and graphic insults are nearly constant, including “b------,” “a--,” “f-----” and countless uses of “f---” and “s---.” Underage teens also drink, get drunk, smoke pot and party hard. But underneath all of the iffy stuff are strong messages about self-acceptance, self-respect, honest communication and unconditional friendship. (99 minutes)
Via Netflix streaming.
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