A parents' guide to select new movies:
'Ice Age: Dawnof the Dinosaurs'
Rating: PG for some mild rude humor and peril.
What it's about: That herd of friends from the Ice Age encounter, against all logic, a lost world of dinosaurs.
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The Kid Attractor Factor: Funny, cute extinct critters talking and doing their thing in 3-D.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Anybody can learn to be a parent — even Sid the Sloth.
Violence: Dinosaurs were known for eating most anything that moved.
Language: "Rude humor" about body parts.
Sex: None, though the mammoth couple is pregnant.
Drugs and alcohol: None.
Parents' advisory: Wackier and more physical than the other Ice Age films, though you will need to correct its biology with the kids afterward.
Rating: R for gangster violence and some language.
What it's about: John Dillinger and the gangsters of the '30s try to outwit J. Edgar Hoover and his G-men.
The kid attractor factor: It's Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)! And Batman (Christian Bale)!
Good lessons/bad lessons: Live by violence, you die violently.
Violence: Sadistic beatings, brutal shootings, torture.
Language: Some profanity.
Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol and cigarettes.
Parents' advisory: Not the hardest R, but too violent for a PG-13, suitable for 15-and-older.