A parents' guide to select new movies:
Rating: PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug; violence including disturbing images; sexuality; and language
What it's about: A failing writer takes a designer drug that makes him more focused, smarter and more successful.
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The Kid Attractor Factor: Bradley Cooper and Abbie Cornish are the stars, and drugs that help you "focus" are the subject.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Genius" is the ability to remember things and organize them in useful ways.
Violence: Quite a bit, and pretty graphic: shootings, impalings
Language: Some profanity
Sex: Almost, but not quite, off-camera
Drugs and alcohol: Well, yeah
Parents' advisory: This really pushes the "PG-13" label, with violence, sex and drugs. More suitable for 15 and older.
'Battle: Los Angeles'
Rating: PG-13 for sustained and intense sequences of war violence and destruction, and for language
What it's about: Aliens invade LA and the Marines try to stop them while rescuing civilians in the combat zone.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Marines try to figure out ways to kill gruesome armored aliens, just like in a video game.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Pay attention in biology class. You never know when you may have to figure out how to kill something creepy-crawly.
Violence: Almost non-stop
Language: Marines have been known to cuss.
Sex: Thank heavens, no
Drugs and alcohol: None
Parents' advisory: Quite violent, with many characters dying on camera. OK for the video-game generation, 11 and older.