A parents' guide to select new movies:
Rating: PG for rude humor, language, action and smoking
What it's about: A pet lizard escapes into a desert town, where the other varmints make him the sheriff.
The Kid Attractor Factor: It's animated — and the voices are provided by Johnny Depp, Abigail Breslin and others.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "People have to believe in something. Right now, they believe in you."
Violence: Animated mayhem; a hawk is dispatched; gunplay
Language: Some profanity — not much — but more than you're used to in a children's cartoon.
Sex: Heavens no
Drugs: Cigarettes, cigars and drinks in a saloon
Parents' advisory: A bit rougher and more adult-oriented than your typical kids' toon, suitable for 10 and older.
Rating: PG-13 for language including crude comments, brief violence and some thematic material
What it's about: A spoiled, rich high school student is condemned to look like a beast until he can win the love of someone.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Vanessa Hudgens is the Beauty, Alex Pettyfer is the Beast.
Good lessons/bad lessons: True beauty isn't skin deep, and "parents do what they do with what they know."
Violence: A shooting, punches are thrown
Language: A sprinkling of profanity, leaving out the dirtiest of dirty words
Sex: A little making out
Drugs: Drug abuse is a minor subtext; some teen partying
Parents' advisory: Surprisingly smart with good messages and a hint of edge. OK for 12 and older.