the Internet (PG)
Colorful, clever sequel tackles complexity of online world.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” — the sequel to Disney’s hit video-game comedy “Wreck-It Ralph” — tells a strong friendship story within its framework of video-game characters, popular websites and social-media platforms. It will appeal to viewers of all ages, but the themes and messages (particularly those about the nature of online life and Internet fame) are best suited to tweens and up. Several scenes take place inside a Grand Theft Auto-esque driving game called Slaughter Race that’s full of weapons, creepy clowns and lots of danger, stunts and crashes. Other scary moments/characters include a creepy Dark Web kingpin and an out-of-control insecurity virus that turns into a giant monster and threatens everything in its path, including Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman). Expect some potty humor/language (“butt,” “doody”) and insults (“stink brain,” “dummy,” “stupid,” etc.), as well as a ton of featured tech logos and brands, including eBay, Google, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Parent company Disney also has a big presence, specifically the Disney princesses, who play a role in the story. The movie fully explores how the Internet can be both wonderful and terrible and has strong themes of empathy, courage, perseverance and self-control. (112 minutes)
Some salty talk in easygoing docu about talented young chef.
“Chef Flynn” is an earnest documentary about aspiring young cook Flynn McGarry, who goes to unusual lengths to become a high-end chef. For the most part, the film is free of iffy content: There’s no sex, violence, drugs or drinking (at one point, teenage Flynn even toasts a success with sparkling nonalcoholic cider instead of champagne). Flynn and his mom do curse a few times during difficult moments, and he tells her, half in jest, to “shut up!” and “you’re so embarrassing.” He’s still a great role model for young people, showing how hard work, perseverance and discipline can turn dreams into reality. But parents may also want to point out the role that privilege, money and connections have played in Flynn’s success. (83 minutes)
Strong sequel has boxing violence, some language.
“Creed II” — the follow-up to 2015’s “Creed” — is the eighth boxing drama in the “Rocky” saga and the second film to feature Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) as the main character. This time around, with Rocky’s (Sylvester Stallone) help, Adonis must fight the terrifying son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the man who killed Adonis’s father in the ring. Adonis is seriously injured at one point, and you can expect plenty of boxing-movie violence (some of it pretty intense/wince-inducing). There’s some swearing (“s---,” one comical use of “b----”), a scene of mild sensuality between an engaged couple (no nudity) and brief social drinking. But viewers will also take away clear messages about the importance of courage, resilience, perseverance and determination. (117 minutes)
Sloppy, violent adventure does little for classic legend.
“Robin Hood” stars Taron Egerton as the hero, with the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) painted as a warmonger. Expect lots of action violence, with intense fighting and arrow-shooting, but very little blood (though there is a stain after Robin is shot in the leg). There are also explosions, a riot and a brief scene of violence toward a woman. A man is hanged, a face is burned, a hand is cut off and there are verbal references to violence. A main character kisses two men; there are also some cleavage shots and flirtatiousness. Language includes uses of “s---,” “b------,” “p---,” “g--d---,” etc. Some social drinking is shown, and Robin briefly guzzles from a bottle of whiskey. (116 minutes)
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