bySandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense MediaDec 16, 2016
Parents need to know that "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is set just before the events of "Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope," focusing on the rebel spies who managed to steal the plans for the original Death Star. Although the "Star Wars" franchise is popular with fans of all ages, this installment gets quite violent (somewhat more so than 2015's "The Force Awakens"), with scenes that make painfully clear the sacrifices and casualties necessary in a war against tyrannical evil. There's a high body count, as well as violence that's both large-scale (even the Death Star's early, limited attacks cause mass destruction) and up close and personal. On the other hand, the cast is very diverse, and there are many admirable role models, particularly brave, tough, capable Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). And the movie's story repeatedly demonstrates the importance of trust, friendship, courage, teamwork, loyalty and doing the right thing.