This guide includes "family films," potential blockbusters, and movies that might interest young people. Only films with G ratings are tagged as all-family fare by Hollywood. Most have stronger MPAA ratings that call for extra alertness from parents.
The Family Movie Guide and the Monitor's more-comprehensive movie guide appear on alternate Fridays.
Our star ratings (see below) indicate the overall quality of movies, not their suitability for children. Ratings from the Monitor film critic appear before a film's credits. Those following the credits are from a panel of at least three Monitor reviewers.
Film Critic Monitor Panel Meaning
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* * Poor
** ** Fair
*** *** Good
**** **** Excellent
KIDS OF SURVIVAL: THE ART AND LIFE OF TIM ROLLINS AND K.O.S. [Not rated]
*** Directed by Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine. With Tim Rollins. Running time: 87 minutes.
PLOT A dedicated inner-city schoolteacher helps disadvantaged high school students develop their artistic talents and show their collaborative works at major museums and galleries.
MESSAGE Artistic creation can help salvage lives in the most difficult modern environments.
SEX, DRUGS/ALCOHOL None.
VIOLENCE Descriptions of violence and illness that touch the lives of group members.
PROFANITY A few four-letter words.
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO [G]
**** Directed by Steve Barron. With Martin Landau, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Genevieve Bujold, Udo Keir, Bebe Neuwirth. Running time: 96 minutes. ****
PLOT A puppeteer carves a piece of wood into a marionette that comes to life and has many adventures before turning into a real boy.
MESSAGE Being true to yourself and avoiding temptation are the best routes to true happiness.
SEX, PROFANITY None.
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