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Family reviews

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa'

Rating: PG for some mild crude humor.

What it's about: Those Central Park Zoo escapees make their way from Madagascar to Africa, where they bond with their kin and face new problems of identity and environment.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Kids loved the original animated comedy, and this is more of the same.

Good lessons/bad lessons: We each have more than one "destiny."

Violence: Slapstick.

Language: Disney clean, although things get a little Shrek-ish in the innuendo department.

Sex: Hippo romance, flirtatious but nothing more.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: Cleaner and more kid-centric than DreamWorks' Shrek cartoons.

'The Haunting of Molly Hartley'

Rating: PG-13 for strong thematic material, violence and terror, brief strong language and some teen drinking.

What it's about: A teenager tries to put her traumatic past behind her in her new school, but those voices in her head won't let her.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Teen horror, light on the gore and violence.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Sometimes, adults don't have your best interests at heart.

Violence: Stabbings, a wrist-snapping.

Language: An F-bomb here, a B-blast there.

Sex: Flirtation only.

Drugs: Alcohol involving teens.

Parents' advisory: Somewhat mild- mannered for a horror film, somewhat profane for one with religious overtones.