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Movie Mom: ‘Pan,’ ‘Big Stone Gap,’ ‘Malala,’ ‘99 Homes’

Levi Miller is Peter in “Pan.”
Levi Miller is Peter in “Pan.” Warner Bros.

Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:


Why it’s rated PG: Fantasy-style peril and violence, human and fairy characters injured and killed, children are punished and sold into slavery.

Minimum age: 8.

Family discussion: What made Hook change? What made Peter a hero — being chosen or deciding to become one?

If you like this, try: The Disney and Cathy Rigby versions of “Peter Pan.”

“Big Stone Gap”

Why it’s rated PG-13: Some sexual references and non-explicit situations.

Minimum age: Middle school.

Family discussion: How is Ave Maria different from the people around her? Why did her mother keep the secret so long?

If you like this, try: The book series by Adriana Trigiani and the film “Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!”

“He Named Me Malala”

Why it’s rated PG-13: Themes of misogyny and efforts to oppress girls and women, references to religious extremists and brutal violence, including murders and attacks on young girls, some disturbing images.

Minimum age: Middle school.

Family discussion: What can you do to make sure that kids around the world have access to education? Why did Malala risk her life?

If you like this, try: Malala’s book.

“99 Homes”

Why it’s rated R: Constant very strong and aggressive language, crude sexual references and some situations, severe family distress and homelessness, threats, illegal activity, suicide, brief violence.

Minimum age: Mature teens.

Family discussion: Who is responsible for the foreclosures? What does Dennis admire about Rick?

If you like this, try: “Sunshine State” and the upcoming film “The Big Short.”

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