A parents' guide to select new movies:
'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'
Rating: R for violence and terror
What it's about: A little girl comes to live with her dad in this mansion he's fixing up, and she starts hearing and seeing little people.
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The Kid Attractor Factor: A small child is menaced by tiny beasties.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Sometimes, it's OK to be afraid of the dark.
Violence: Quite a bit of it, some of it bloody
Language: Everyone's too scared to swear.
Sex: None, even though dad's girlfriend is Katie Holmes
Drugs and alcohol: None to speak of
Parents' advisory: Harrowing, gory and entirely too terrifying for any child younger than 13.
'Spy Kids: All the Time in the World'
Rating: PG for mild action and rude humor
What it's about: Kids are called on to spy when their secret-agent mom gets into a fix.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Spying kids experienced in "4D," aka 3-D plus "Aroma-Scope:" scratch-and-sniff cards.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Wasting time is a major crime — to some.
Language: Pretty clean, aside from jokes about bowel movements and vomit
Sex: Nary a hint
Drugs and alcohol: None
Parents' advisory: Harmless enough to be suitable for all ages, although the gimmicky 3-D and scratch-and-sniff cards aren't worth the extra admission costs.
Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel