A parents' guide to select new movies:
Rating: R, for disturbing violent content, some sexuality and language.
What it's about: Parents who have lost a child adopt a girl who turns out to be evil.
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The Kid Attractor Factor: The horror, the horror.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Keeping secrets from your parents, especially about your new stepsister, can be dangerous.
Violence: Quite a bit, some graphic.
Sex: Yes, and fairly explicit.
Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol is abused.
Parents' advisory: Adult in theme, if not subject matter, this is a bit much for anybody younger than 15.
'The Hurt Locker'
Rating: R for war violence and language.
What it's about: A bomb squad in Iraq deals with IEDs, snipers and the tensions of the job as they finish their tour of duty.
The Kid Attractor Factor: It's an action film that isn't about robots or wizards.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Recklessness is cool, up to the moment when you put somebody else at risk.
Violence: Shootings, bloody bombings, a corpse has to be defused.
Language: They cuss like soldiers.
Drugs and alcohol: Soldiers doing this sort of duty have been known to take a drink.
Parents' advisory: For all the violence, this thriller is still a mild R. Suitable for 14 and older.