Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation  


Breezy second sequel to the 2012 original finds Dracula’s daughter (voice of Selena Gomez) arranging for her overworked father (voice of Adam Sandler) and the other friendly monsters who staff the hostelry of the title (the most prominent voiced by Kevin James, David Spade and Steve Buscemi) to take a cruise. But when widowed Dad falls for the ship’s captain (voice of Kathryn Hahn), he feels torn between romance and family responsibilities. He also fails to realize that the skipper has a secret conflict of her own based on the legacy of her vampire-hunting ancestors, embodied by her artificially preserved great grandfather (voice of Jim Gaffigan). Like the excursion around which it’s built, director and co-writer Genndy Tartakovsky’s kids’ comedy makes for a pleasant diversion, though one more likely to satisfy youngsters than accompanying grown-ups. Parents may also consider the momentary use of digestive sound effects a minor nuisance and should be warned that the danger in which sympathetic characters are placed may be too much for timid tots. Much stylized destruction, considerable peril, fleeting scatological humor. A-II; PG  

The Equalizer 2  


Neither the gifts of Denzel Washington in the title role nor the good his character sometimes achieves compensate for the second round of do-it-yourself justice he delivers to various malefactors in director Antoine Fuqua’s follow-up to his 2014 thriller. This time out, the protagonist is a Lyft driver who sometimes avenges his wronged passengers. But the principal plotline has him tangling with a band of hitmen who unwittingly assassinate a major CIA asset in Brussels, drawing his old boss at the agency (Melissa Leo), who is also his closest friend, into the investigation. In between maiming and killing the bad guys, he mentors a neighbor lad (Ashton Sanders) hoping to keep him from joining a local gang, and reconnects with his former partner (Pedro Pascal) from his days as an operative. Solitary, grieving, beset by mild obsessive-compulsive disorder, the widowed loner would make a sympathetic figure if his hobby were not wreaking bloody vengeance. By the time he dispatches one of his opponents with a harpoon, however, the combination of gruesome mayhem and skewed values overwhelms all attempts at justification or excuse in returning screenwriter Richard Wenk’s dialogue. Excessive gory violence, including torture, vigilantism, at least one mild oath, frequent rough and crude language. O; R  

USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classifications:  

A-I – General patronage  

A-II – Adults and adolescents  

A-III – Adults  

A-IV – Adults, with reservations  

L – Limited adult audience   

O – Morally offensive  

Motion Picture Association of America ratings:  

G – General audiences; all ages admitted  

PG – Parental guidance suggested; some material may not be suitable for children 

PG-13 – Parents are strongly cautioned to give special guidance for attendance of children under 13; some material may be inappropriate for young children  

R – Restricted; under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian  

NC-17 –  No one under 17 admitted