Parental Guidance: Man of Steel, Oz the Great and Powerful, and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

We give you what you need to know about the family-friendliness of this week's new releases.

It's a big week for family movies: we've got a legendary superhero (Man of Steel), a famous wizard (Oz the Great and Powerful), and some fairy tale heroes (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters). Read on to find out what's appropriate for the whole family.

In Theaters This Week:

Man of Steel

55%

What's it about? A child from the planet Krypton is sent to Earth, where he's raised by the Kent family. He learns to utilize his incredible abilities for good, and becomes Superman in the process, but eventually, the nefarious General Zod goes looking for him.

Who's it for? It's rated PG for "intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language." It's definitely on the 13 side of PG-13; this incarnation of Superman is a bit darker and more violent than what you're used to.

Is it any good? Critics say Man of Steel does a respectable job of reinvigorating the most iconic of superheroes, but its action sequences are far stronger than its attention to character development.

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Oz the Great and Powerful

59%

What's it about? James Franco stars as a roguish carnival magician who finds himself transported to a magical world. There, he meets a trio of witches and is treated like a king. Can our hero summon the courage and smarts to bring peace to the land of Oz?

Who's it for? It's rated PG for "sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language." Oz is certainly too intense for younger viewers; the film includes hoards of bloodthirsty baboons, people turning into witches, and a spooky graveyard scene, among other things.

Is it any good? Critics say Oz the Great and Powerful is often entertaining and always fun to look at, but its plot is relatively bland and surprisingly short on magic.

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

15%

What's it about? Years after escaping from the gingerbread house, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) are a sibling vigilante squad, ridding the German countryside of witches with the same relish displayed by Charles Bronson in Death Wish.

Who's it for? It's rated R "for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language." Don't be fooled by the fairy tale title -- we're pretty far from Mother Goose territory here.

Is it any good? Critics say Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is alternately bloody and silly, and fails as both a fantasy adventure and as a parody of same.

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Comments

Samode Shelter

Samode Shelter

cool

Jun 12 - 05:11 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I think that Man of Steel is trying to make up for what Superman Returns failed to deliver. Thus, more action scenes.

Jun 12 - 05:17 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Yeah, seems like if they could have mashed the two together they would have had a phenomenal movie.

Jun 12 - 06:42 PM

The Master of Movies

The Master of Movies

Superman returns was low on action but alot of developement was given to lois lane.

Jun 13 - 02:17 AM

ram b.

ram bond

superman returns lacks a bit of pace, and way too slow low on action and the climax is generic and thin!!! could have worked with a more convincing plot

Jun 13 - 02:20 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I just want superman to be superman again. I now people say "He loves his mom and dad, that's why he does what is right because he is of (two) sets of Goodly parents" is old and out dated but Snyders Super Man does what is right because....hes suppose to...hes superman...Gah thats so Lame!

OH well I agree with you Typhon. Lack of character and more action does sound much better than No Action Dead beat Dad of Superman Returns.

Jun 12 - 08:50 PM

The Movie King

Jacob Martin

Man of Steel will hopefully be awesome, like the Dark Knight Trilogy was.

Oz the Great and Powerful was an OK film for me. Preferred the original 1939 classic.

Hansel and Gretel looks plain stupid and a disgrace to the classic fairy tale.

Jun 12 - 05:34 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Yeah, seems like if they could have mashed the two together they would have had a phenomenal movie.

Jun 12 - 06:42 PM

The Master of Movies

The Master of Movies

Superman returns was low on action but alot of developement was given to lois lane.

Jun 13 - 02:17 AM

ram b.

ram bond

superman returns lacks a bit of pace, and way too slow low on action and the climax is generic and thin!!! could have worked with a more convincing plot

Jun 13 - 02:20 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

pfft Action over character is a sure sign of "This movie is for your kids, not you"
Oh well, I am still looking forward to this Damn it!

Jun 12 - 08:18 PM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Snyder is a visual director. Most of his movies show story and characterization through visual and action rather than dialogue. People tend to miss that.

Jun 13 - 06:45 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Like how Leonidas never out and out said "THIS IS AN ALLEGORY FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY! SPARTA FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND PERSIA IS IRAQ! NOT SUPPORTING THE WAR MAKES YOU A PUSSY!" but glaring in slow motion totally characterized that ideal.

Jun 13 - 07:11 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I just want superman to be superman again. I now people say "He loves his mom and dad, that's why he does what is right because he is of (two) sets of Goodly parents" is old and out dated but Snyders Super Man does what is right because....hes suppose to...hes superman...Gah thats so Lame!

OH well I agree with you Typhon. Lack of character and more action does sound much better than No Action Dead beat Dad of Superman Returns.

Jun 12 - 08:50 PM

The Master of Movies

The Master of Movies

Superman returns was low on action but alot of developement was given to lois lane.

Jun 13 - 02:17 AM

ram b.

ram bond

superman returns lacks a bit of pace, and way too slow low on action and the climax is generic and thin!!! could have worked with a more convincing plot

Jun 13 - 02:20 PM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Snyder is a visual director. Most of his movies show story and characterization through visual and action rather than dialogue. People tend to miss that.

Jun 13 - 06:45 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Like how Leonidas never out and out said "THIS IS AN ALLEGORY FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY! SPARTA FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND PERSIA IS IRAQ! NOT SUPPORTING THE WAR MAKES YOU A PUSSY!" but glaring in slow motion totally characterized that ideal.

Jun 13 - 07:11 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Like how Leonidas never out and out said "THIS IS AN ALLEGORY FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY! SPARTA FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND PERSIA IS IRAQ! NOT SUPPORTING THE WAR MAKES YOU A PUSSY!" but glaring in slow motion totally characterized that ideal.

Jun 13 - 07:11 AM

Ahmad Jasam

Ahmad Jasam

casl

Jun 13 - 08:02 AM

Ramy Harb

Ramy Harb

well it's weird the tomatometer is going backwards on man of steel, at 58% im really disappointed.!!!

Jun 13 - 01:08 PM

Eric Ramos

Eric Ramos

Man of steel got a 57% on RT wat is wrong with the critics

Jun 13 - 01:28 PM

ram b.

ram bond

i sure hope the meter will go up again, which is impossible!!!!

Jun 13 - 02:21 PM

ram b.

ram bond

i mostly agree with rottentomatoes ratings, most of the movies bare Oblivion got good ratings while i really enjoyed them, i'm still surprised with oblivions 56% only, that movie was atmospheric to the full.

Jun 13 - 02:23 PM

ram b.

ram bond

i mostly agree with rottentomatoes ratings, most of the movies bare Oblivion got good ratings while i really enjoyed them, i'm still surprised with oblivions 56% only, that movie was atmospheric to the full.

Jun 13 - 02:23 PM

Elizabeth Safran

Elizabeth Safran

Critics are complete morons on this one, but that doesn't surprise me...they don't get paid unless they find something to gripe about, and about half the time what entertains them bores me to tears.

Jun 13 - 09:48 PM

ram b.

ram bond

superman returns lacks a bit of pace, and way too slow low on action and the climax is generic and thin!!! could have worked with a more convincing plot

Jun 13 - 02:20 PM

ram b.

ram bond

i sure hope the meter will go up again, which is impossible!!!!

Jun 13 - 02:21 PM

ram b.

ram bond

i mostly agree with rottentomatoes ratings, most of the movies bare Oblivion got good ratings while i really enjoyed them, i'm still surprised with oblivions 56% only, that movie was atmospheric to the full.

Jun 13 - 02:23 PM

ram b.

ram bond

i mostly agree with rottentomatoes ratings, most of the movies bare Oblivion got good ratings while i really enjoyed them, i'm still surprised with oblivions 56% only, that movie was atmospheric to the full.

Jun 13 - 02:23 PM

Elizabeth Safran

Elizabeth Safran

Critics are complete morons on this one, but that doesn't surprise me...they don't get paid unless they find something to gripe about, and about half the time what entertains them bores me to tears.

Jun 13 - 09:48 PM

VoshNarenek

Winston Smith

A movie... about a comic book character... one of those featured in "Super Friends"... who wears tights and bounds around saving Lois from on coming trains... that I cannot take my under 13s too see????? The people who made this movie are a bag of d***s. Hope their money brings them everything they deserve.

Jun 14 - 12:57 AM

Charles Oosterhouse

Charles Oosterhouse

I think they can handle it, especially if you throw phrases like "bag of dicks" around the house with them.

Jun 14 - 01:25 PM

VoshNarenek

Winston Smith

Somebody mess wit Supes mom, so Supes tackles him hard and punches him over and over again in a mook rage. Somebody dissed his mom, so he got all thuggy on that person. This is not violence for kiddies. It's mook, dumb-guy violence. The F bomb is dropped. Superman kills the bad guy. It's lazy, cheesy 1980s martial arts movie stuff.

I don't talk like that around kids; but way to reach way way out there for some kind of, what, come back err something?

Jun 14 - 02:04 PM

Charles Oosterhouse

Charles Oosterhouse

I think they can handle it, especially if you throw phrases like "bag of dicks" around the house with them.

Jun 14 - 01:25 PM

VoshNarenek

Winston Smith

Somebody mess wit Supes mom, so Supes tackles him hard and punches him over and over again in a mook rage. Somebody dissed his mom, so he got all thuggy on that person. This is not violence for kiddies. It's mook, dumb-guy violence. The F bomb is dropped. Superman kills the bad guy. It's lazy, cheesy 1980s martial arts movie stuff.

I don't talk like that around kids; but way to reach way way out there for some kind of, what, come back err something?

Jun 14 - 02:04 PM

VoshNarenek

Winston Smith

Somebody mess wit Supes mom, so Supes tackles him hard and punches him over and over again in a mook rage. Somebody dissed his mom, so he got all thuggy on that person. This is not violence for kiddies. It's mook, dumb-guy violence. The F bomb is dropped. Superman kills the bad guy. It's lazy, cheesy 1980s martial arts movie stuff.

I don't talk like that around kids; but way to reach way way out there for some kind of, what, come back err something?

Jun 14 - 02:04 PM

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