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Movie Mom: ‘Goosebumps,’ ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Crimson Peak,’ ‘Freeheld’

Jack Black plays author R.L. Stine in “Goosebumps.”
Jack Black plays author R.L. Stine in “Goosebumps.” Columbia Pictures

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

“Goosebumps”

Why it’s rated PG: Lots of monsters, some very scary looking, some scary surprises, brief potty humor.

Minimum age: 10.

Family discussion: Which is the scariest monster and why? How are the three kids different in the way they view the monsters?

If you like this, try: “Monster House” and the books by R.L. Stine.

“Bridge of Spies”

Why it’s rated PG-13: Cold war story of spies with threat of atomic bombs, shooting down a spy plane, extensive tension and peril including guns and abuse of prisoners, brief strong language.

Minimum age: Middle school.

Family discussion: What do we learn about Donovan from his negotiation over the insurance payout? Why did he insist on including Prior?

If you like this, try: “13 Days.”

“Freeheld”

Why it’s rated PG-13: Very sad scenes of terminal cancer patient, themes of LGBTQ rights including homophobic and bigoted characters, some sexual references and situations, some strong language, smoking, drinking, some law enforcement-related violence.

Minimum age: High school.

Family discussion: Why did Laurel insist that she was not an advocate of marriage equality? Should she have told her partner the truth?

If you like this, try: The Oscar-winning documentary that inspired the film.

“Crimson Peak”

Why it’s rated R: Horror movie with many disturbing and graphic images, characters in extended peril, injured and killed, sexual situations, brief nudity, brief strong language, smoking, drinking.

Minimum age: Mature teens.

Family discussion: How is Edith different from the traditional horror movie heroine? How does the house help tell the story?

If you like this, try: “Pan’s Labyrinth” and director Guillermo del Toro’s “Cabinet of Curiosities” book.

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