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Movie Mom: ‘Miles Ahead,’ ‘A Hologram for the King,’ ‘Elvis & Nixon,’ ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’

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

“Miles Ahead”

Why it’s rated R: Very strong and crude language, drinking and drug use, sexual references and situations, violence (guns, fights) including domestic violence.

Minimum age: Mature teens.

Family discussion: What do you think about this unconventional approach to telling a real person’s story? Did he trust anyone?

If you like this, try: The music of Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Herbie Hancock.

“A Hologram for the King”

Why it’s rated R: Very strong language, some disturbing images and health issues, drinking and drunkenness, sexual references and situations, nudity.

Minimum age: Mature teens.

Family discussion: What should Alan have done at Schwinn? What qualities made him good at his job?

If you like this, try: “Up in the Air.”

“Elvis & Nixon”

Why it’s rated R: Some strong language, guns, smoking.

Minimum age: High school.

Family discussion: What did Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon have in common? How did each rely on the young men around them? Why is there no Elvis music in the film?

If you like this, try: “Frost/Nixon” and “Elvis Presley: That’s the Way It Is.”

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”

Why it’s rated PG-13: Extended fantasy peril and violence, characters injured and killed, monster, some disturbing images, sexual references and situations, some strong language and crude comments.

Minimum age: High school.

Family discussion: What happened when Eric looked in the mirror? Why were so many of the huntsmen loyal to Freya?

If you like this, try: “Stardust” and “Jack the Giant Slayer.”

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