Family Glance: 'Beautiful Creatures,' 'Safe Haven' and more

By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Published:

A guide to movies from a family perspective:

"Beautiful Creatures"

-- Rated: PG-13.

-- Suitable for: Teens and older.

-- What you should know: This is a movie version of the novel of the same name about a 15-year-old girl who is a "caster" (her preferred term for "witch") and the mortal teenage boy who falls for her. She dreads her 16th birthday, when she will be "claimed" by either light or dark forces. The supernatural romance, set in a small Southern town, stars Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis and Emma Thompson.

-- Language: One use of profanity and roughly a dozen four-letter words.

-- Sexual situations and nudity: Some intense kissing.

-- Violence/scary situations: There are references to parents who previously died along with classroom windows that shatter, a dinner table that begins to spin, a car accident, a boy who is hit by a train (although you don't see that happening), a fatal shot and a flashback to the Civil War. Also, talk or the appearance of people with various supernatural powers.

-- Alcohol and drug use: Wine is poured at a dinner table.

"Safe Haven"

-- Rated: PG-13.

-- Suitable for: Teens and older.

-- What you should know: This movie, a romance with some elements of a thriller, is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. It follows a frightened Boston woman as she boards a bus south and tries to start over in a small North Carolina town. There, she meets a widowed father of two, but her past threatens to catch up with her and wreak havoc, heartbreak or even tragedy. Julianne Hough from "Dancing With the Stars" and Josh Duhamel star.

-- Language: Three uses of profanity and a half-dozen milder words.

-- Sexual situations and nudity: Intense kisses and brief, discreet scenes of a couple in bed.

-- Violence/scary situations: Scenes of domestic abuse, a quarrel that turns violent and draws blood. An angry police officer embarks on a dogged search for a person of interest. A knife is drawn in one confrontation and gun discharged in another, with dramatic results. A fire is set and puts a child and others in peril. There is talk about a young wife and mother who died of cancer, along with minor mishaps or falls.

-- Alcohol and drug use: Adults are shown with wine or beer at a meal and an alcoholic overindulges in wine, whiskey or vodka, sometimes while driving.

"Warm Bodies"

-- Rated: PG-13.

-- Suitable for: Teens and up.

-- What you should know: Nicholas Hoult stars as a zombie who seems to be returning to life, thanks to a young woman (Teresa Palmer) he meets and rescues in this movie set at a time when the world is divided into humans living behind enormous walls, zombies and savage skeletons. John Malkovich plays the woman's zombie-hunting father.

-- Language: One F-word, three or so uses of profanity and maybe 10 mild four-letter words.

-- Sexual situations and nudity: Limited to kisses.

-- Violence/scary situations: Onetime suburban neighborhoods have been reduced to ghost towns with streets and yards full of rubble. An abandoned airport is now home to zombies, including a few children, who wander aimlessly. Humans hunt zombies and try to shoot them in the head, and zombies bite people and, sometimes, eat their brains. The advanced skeletal Boneys are the most menacing of all and attack with a vengeance. There are references to family members who have died and you see some bloody gnawing along with a car crash.

--Alcohol and drug use: Images of beer and wine.

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