A parents' guide to select new movies:
What it's about: A rare blue macaw is sent to Brazil to mate and save his species, only he doesn't get along with the female macaw, and they're bird-napped.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Animation, funny birds, slapstick, samba music
Good lessons/bad lessons: Exotic birds were never meant to be pets, because it drives them to extinction in the wild.
Violence: Cartoon slapstick
Language: Disney clean
Sex: Brazilian babes on the beach in Rio
Drugs: Does chloroform count?
Parents' advisory: Far and away the smartest, sweetest and funniest film from the folks who made those Ice Age cartoons, suitable for the whole family.
Rating: PG-13 for some violent content
What it's about: President Lincoln is assassinated, and among those accused of the crime are people who might be innocent.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Civil War history. Kids love the Civil War, right?
Good lessons/bad lessons: If the Constitution was not written to protect civilians from military tribunals, why was it written?
Violence: Shootings, hangings
Drugs: Whiskey, but not much of it
Parents' advisory: The attention to period detail and a forgotten corner of history will appeal to middle schoolers studying the Civil War. Suitable for 12 and older.
Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel