A parents' guide to select new movies:
'Aliens in the Attic'
Rating: PG for action violence, some suggestive humor and language.
What it's about: Kids fend off pesky invading aliens using their wits and mad video-game skillz.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Obnoxious aliens; plucky, cute kids; and Ashley Tisdale.
Good lessons/bad lessons: When aliens invade, it's the brainy kids, not the brawny ones, who will save the day.
Violence: Aliens are smacked, humans are knocked about.
Language: A little mild profanity.
Sex: Ashley Tisdale in a bikini.
Drugs and alcohol: None.
Parents' advisory: Surprisingly positive messages about the benefits of being smart and studying are tucked into this kiddie special-effects comedy.
'Julie and Julia'
Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some sensuality.
What it's about: A frustrated office drone starts a food blog and tries to "be like Julia" (Child) and cook all The French Chef's recipes.
The Kid Attractor Factor: None I can think of.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Learn to start what you finish in childhood, otherwise you'll never finish anything as an adult.
Violence: None, silly.
Language: Cooks have been known to curse.
Sex: Married couples do what married couples do when they're not eating.
Drugs and alcohol: Cigarettes, wine.
Parents' advisory: Is there a nascent foodie in your household? This is for them.