A parents guide to select new movies:
'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'
Rating: PG for fantasy action violence, some mild rude humor and brief (profane) language
What it's about: A college science student learns he is destined to become a sorcerer and begins his training as villains chase and battle his teacher.
The Kid Attractor Factor: An action film with a heavy dose of magic.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Wise wizards pay attention in science class.
Violence: A bit cartoonish and exaggerated
Language: Pretty clean
Drugs and alcohol: None
Parents' advisory: Every bit as family friendly as your average Harry Potter movie.
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout
What it's about: A team of spies infiltrates dreams to steal secrets or implant ideas.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Leonardo DiCaprio stars, and Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan is behind the camera.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Positive emotion trumps negative emotions every time."
Violence: A high body count, a bit of blood
Language: Not much profanity
Drugs and alcohol: Sedatives so that dreams can be invaded.
Parents' advisory: Smart and thought-provoking but probably too violent, too dense and too long for the younger set. Take the PG-13 rating seriously.