A parents guide to select new movies:
'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'
Rating: PG for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality.
What it's about: The Hogwarts students cope with their junior year in school — with hormones and Death Eaters as their main worries.
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The Kid Attractor Factor: Harry Potter and friends, beloved by a generation.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Of all the life lessons you learn, figuring out who you can trust is the most important.
Violence: Death and destruction, blood is spilled.
Language: A bit of coarse Brit-slang, mild stuff.
Sex: Quite a bit of "snogging" (kissing).
Drugs and alcohol: Butter beer is consumed in mass quantities.
Parents' advisory: It's a dark film that flirts with PG-13, but stays just this side of that line. Suitable for all ages.
Rating: R for language.
What it's about: An astro-miner (Sam Rockwell, above) starts to wonder whether he's losing his mind on the far side of the moon.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Science fiction set in "the Final Frontier."
Good lessons/bad lessons: Just because you're paranoid, that doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you.
Violence: Accidents, injuries.
Language: Rough enough.
Drugs and alcohol: None.
Parents' advisory: A bit intense and cerebral for younger kids. Language alone is all that keeps it from being PG-13.