What to watch with your kids: ‘Civil War,’ ‘Dora’ and more

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What to watch with your kids: ‘Civil War,’ ‘Dora’ and more


A fantastic reboot beats the original, with more energy and fun.

“Dora” is the reboot of Nickelodeon’s beloved series “Dora the Explorer,” featuring CGI versions of familiar settings and characters. It looks similar enough that it won’t upset fans, with a few tweaks to improve pacing and storytelling. Episodes are now only 11 minutes long and focus on character-driven stories, and those characters are portrayed in greater detail. As Dora (voiced by Diana Zermeño) and Boots (Asher Colton Spence) sometimes stumble upon scary situations in the forest, they learn to overcome fear and make wise decisions. Expect some exciting moments, like flying a dragon or riding a jaguar, but it’s all in good fun and the characters are never really in danger. Always positive and fearless, Dora is eager to help her friends and family with various tasks as they explore the fantasy forest. The show promotes themes such as perseverance and compassion, provides exposure to the Spanish language, and celebrates Latino heritage. The series also incorporates Latino culture into its architecture, cuisine and folklore. (26 episodes)

Available on Paramount Plus.

Gruesome violence in a dystopian war tale with profanity and smoking.

“Civil War” is a grim and gruesome dystopian war drama set during an imaginary second civil war in the United States. Seen through the eyes and lenses of a team of combat journalists (Kirsten Dunst, Cailee Spaeny, Wagner Moura and Stephen McKinley Henderson), the violence of war is raw, bloody, intense and terrifying. Bombs catapult bodies into the air, a captive burns alive, torture victims are hanged (with barely one eye in the socket), and assault rifles fire constantly. Bloodied and mutilated corpses are visible everywhere, including hanging from bridges, piled in a pit and thrown from a truck. The language is very strong throughout (“s—”, “f—” and more). The journalists smoke cigarettes, and we smoke a joint. The characters drink, sometimes from a bottle, and there is vomiting. Dunst’s jaded war photographer has become hardened by the horrors she’s witnessed over the decades, and writer-director Alex Garland shows viewers the worst – making clear the traumatic toll this career path can take , but emphasizing the importance of a free press and warning viewers that brutality occurs when a polarized country loses the ability to communicate. (109 minutes)

An original musical has romance, language, and mature themes.

” Music “ is a charming romantic comedy about a Brazilian-American named Rudy (Rudy Mancuso) who has a disease that causes sensory crossovers. He ends up with two girlfriends at the same time, kissing them both. Another woman, who his mother connected him with, comes on strong, hugging his knee and trying to kiss him after only meeting him. Someone is randomly shot and rushed to the hospital but survives without serious injury. The same character sometimes has disturbing memories of a violent man. Young adults drink (sometimes too much); one character asks another if he is high; and language includes “f—“, “s—“, “hell”, “a–hole” and “b—-“. The characters speak English with some Portuguese and the setting is a multi-ethnic neighborhood in New Jersey. A character, who is black, adopts different cultural identities as he moves from neighborhood to neighborhood to better sell food from his truck. In one scene, a white family makes insensitive and ignorant comments about Latinos. (91 minutes)

Available on Prime Video.

The devious video game adaptation contains tons of violence and language.

“Fallout” is an action-adventure series based on the role-playing video game franchise of the same name. The show follows the journey of a young Vault Dweller (Ella Purnell) through a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles to find her father. In the vaults, order reigns. On the surface, groups like the Brotherhood of Steel and their technological knights manage to get by. Then there’s the Ghoul (Walton Goggins), an enigmatic mutant cowboy. The source material includes blood, gore, and violence, and viewers will find the same elements here. Violence is frequent and brutal. Bloody hand-to-hand combat, numerous guns and gory wounds are all presented in great detail. Corpses of families, including children, are shown. Characters are shot in the head, run through doors, and brutalized. A doctor injects a small object into his ear. Dogs must be cremated. Characters have sex and a man’s buttocks are shown. Language includes “f—” and “s—”. (Eight episodes)

Available on Prime Video.

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