A parents' guide to select new movies:
'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'
Rating: PG-13 for intense and frightening sequences of action and violence
What it's about: The apes break free from their cages and revolt against humanity.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Action — and lots of it — and the presence of the eternally boyish James Franco, right.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "It is appropriate to be afraid of chimpanzees."
Violence: Animal cruelty, shootings, beatings, a little blood
Language: Pretty clean for an action film
Drugs and alcohol: Beer is consumed.
Parents' advisory: A violent, thoughtful and somewhat family-friendly action film, this one might be too intense for 10 and younger. 'Cowboys & Aliens'
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference
What it's about: Cowboys, Indians and outlaws confront an alien invasion in the Old West.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Cowboys and aliens. Horses and spaceships. Six-shooters and ray guns.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "God don't care who you were, but who you are."
Violence: Quite a bit, with blood, too
Language: A smidgen of Western-style swearing
Sex: Well, Olivia Wilde is in it. That counts.
Drugs and alcohol: Liquor and a little smoking
Parents' advisory: PG-13 seems a little harsh. There's not much here that would teach anyone older than 12 a new dirty word or a new unclean thought.
Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel