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Movie Mom: ‘Race,’ ‘Risen,’ ‘Lady in the Van’

“Race” chronicles Jesse Owens’ (Stephan James) road to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
“Race” chronicles Jesse Owens’ (Stephan James) road to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Focus Features

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

“Race”

Why it’s rated PG-13: Frank portrayal of racism and anti-Semitism in the 1930s, including some scenes of violence and bigoted language, sexual references and non-explicit situations, drinking and smoking.

Minimum age: Middle school.

Family discussion: What are the best reasons for Jesse Owens not to go to the Olympics? Do you agree with his decision? How were the conflicts faced by Owens and Riefenstahl similar?

If you like this try: Owens’ book, “Jesse: The Man Who Outran Hitler,” and the “American Experience” documentary about Owens.

“Risen”

Why it’s rated PG-13: Violence including battle scenes, torture and crucifixions, with characters injured and killed, disturbing and briefly graphic images.

Minimum age: Middle school.

Family discussion: When did Clavius first begin to believe and why?

If you like this, try: “The Robe,” “Spartacus” and “Ben-Hur.”

“The Lady in the Van”

Why it’s rated PG-13: Themes of mental and physical illness, fatal car accident, blackmail, non-explicit sexual situations and bodily functions.

Minimum age: Mature teens.

Family discussion: Why did Alan treat his mother and Miss Shepherd differently? Why does he let her stay? Why are there two Alans, and what can we tell from the way they dress and speak?

If you like this, try: “The Madness of King George” by the same author and his early work in “Beyond the Fringe.”

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