A parents' guide to select new movies:
Rating: PG for some rude humor, mild language and brief smoking.
What it's about: Developers feel the wrath of the forest dwellers they try to displace.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Scheming woodland creatures on a rampage.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Building a community" often means destroying somebody else's.
Violence: Slapstick involving car crashes and critter bites.
Language: Mild, muttered profanity.
Sex: "I need to remove a leech from my no-no zone."
Drugs and alcohol: Cigars, mushroom tea.
Parents' advisory: Appropriate for kids of all ages, but maybe a bit long for 5 and younger.
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, a scene of sensuality and language.
What it's about: A Special Forces team is betrayed and sets out to avenge itself on the villain who did the deed.
The Kid Attractor Factor: A comic-book action picture that keeps its death and destruction mostly off camera.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Violence doesn't have consequences as long as you have a ready quip for every shot fired and bomb detonated.
Violence: Quite a bit, but with little blood.
Language: Some profanity.
Sex: A hot-and-heavy scene that involves shirts being ripped off.
Drugs and alcohol: A drug-war subtext.
Parents' advisory: An adolescents' movie all the way around. If they're old enough to enjoy combat comic books (13 and older), this won't be anything new.