A parents' guide to select new movies:
‘Hotel for Dogs'
Rating: PG for brief mild thematic elements, language and some crude humor.
What it's about: Orphaned kids take in and take care of stray dogs in an abandoned big city hotel.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Oodles of poodles, bushels of boxers, dozens of dachshunds.
Good lessons/bad lessons: There should be no such thing as an unwanted child, or dog.
Violence: Slapstick, though dogs that go to the pound face death.
Language: Disney clean.
Sex: Teenagers have been known to sneak a smooch.
Parents' advisory: Perfectly suitable for small children, say 10 and younger.
‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop'
Rating: PG for some violence, mild crude and suggestive humor, and language.
What it's about: A security guard who longs to become a policeman faces a hostage crisis in the mall where he works.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Kevin James doing portly man jokes, and a mall.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Never let someone else define or limit who you want to become.
Violence: Gangsters get theirs.
Language: Mild profanity.
Parents' advisory: It's a little lacking in the slapstick that would make it perfect for small kids — 8-and-ups will get more out of it.