Parents' guide to select new movies:
Rating: PG for some action and peril, and brief mild language.
What it's about: a scientist creates an indestructible robot version of his son after the boy dies.
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The Kid Attractor Factor: An animated boy with rockets for legs.
Good lessons/bad lessons: All that garbage from our disposable culture is going to end up somewhere.
Violence: Quite a bit — a child is vaporized and robot brawling is a plot element.
Language: Disney clean.
Sex: None, although Astro Boy does like his short-shorts.
Drugs and alcohol: None.
Parents' advisory: The pop culture references will be over the heads of the very young, but it's harmless animated action fare.
Rating: PG for some sensuality, language, thematic elements and smoking.
What it's about: The ground-breaking aviatrix finds fame, love, failure and despair during her adventurous life.
The Kid Attractor Factor: It's like a book report brought to life, with action, humor and heartbreak.
Good lessons/bad lessons: If you let others tell you what you can't do, you'll never achieve anything.
Violence: A plane crash.
Language: Pretty darned clean.
Sex: Not as chaste as you might think, with romance in and out of marriage.
Drugs and alcohol: Cigarettes, booze.
Parents' advisory: A solid, entertaining history lesson that's suitable for anyone 10 or older.
Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel