"American Pastoral"

Rated: R for some strong sexual material, language and brief violent images

Translation: Very explicit sexual references and situations, very strong language, domestic terrorism and murder, riots, alcohol, drugs

Recommendation: Mature teens-Adults

Family discussion: What do we learn from the framing story at the reunion? What should Merry’s parents have done differently, either before or after the bombing?

If you like this, try: “Goodbye Columbus,” “The Human Stain,” and “Indignation,” also based on books by Philip Roth

"Jack Reacher; Never Go Back"

Rated: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some bloody images, language and thematic elements

Translation: Borderline R with very intense action and fight scenes, chases, fights, shoot-outs and explosions, torture, hired killers, corruption, many characters injured and killed, threat of rape, some strong language

Recommendation: Mature teens-Adults

Family discussion: How was military training and experience reflected in the choices made by both the good and bad guys in this movie? What did Jack want the answer to be about Sam?

If you like this, try: the earlier “Jack Reacher” film and the “Bourne” series

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"Keeping Up with the Joneses"

Rated: PG-13 for sexual content, action/violence and brief strong language

Translation: Comic/action-style spy story peril and violence with chases, guns, sexual references and situations and sexual humor, some strong language

Recommendation: Mature teens-Adults

Family discussion: What do the two couples envy about one another? Would you eat snake?

If you like this, try: “Date Night”

— Nell Minow, Movie Mom