A parents' guide to select new movies:
'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1'
Rating: PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sensuality
What it's about: The wizards and witch are a long way from Hogwarts, on the run as they try to foil You Know Who's plans.
The Kid Attractor Factor: The Harry Potter epic winds down with an Empire Strikes Back dose of gloom and doom.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Education builds the character we need to make it through life's trials.
Violence: Bloody, in a couple of instances
Language: The occasional mild oath
Sex: Near-nudity in one scene of "brief sensuality"
Drugs and alcohol: None
Parents' advisory: The PG-13 is for blood and violence and one slightly racy hallucination. Suitable for 10 and older.
'The Next Three Days'
Rating: PG-13 for violence, drug material, language, some sexuality and thematic elements
What it's about: A husband believes in his wife's innocence so completely that he sets out to bust her out of prison.
The Kid Attractor Factor: A prison break, thoughtfully considered, thrillingly executed.
Good lessons/bad lessons: The average person does not have what it takes to plan a violent crime or commit one. Thankfully.
Violence: A beating, shootings, blood
Language: Pretty clean, considering
Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol is consumed.
Parents' advisory: A bit too sophisticated to work for younger kids; suitable for 12 and older.