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Family reviews: ‘Punisher: War Zone,' ‘Cadillac Records'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

‘Cadillac Records'

Rating: R for pervasive language and some sexuality.

What it's about: A history of rock 'n' roll, as seen through the story of Chess Records, which brought black blues music to white audiences and changed the world.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Can you say Beyoncé? The curvaceous singer is one of the leads.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Read your contracts. When a business associate says “we're family,” ask to see the books.

Violence: Gunplay, and one savage beating by police.

Language: Blues men and blues women have been known to cuss.

Sex: That's what the blues is all about.

Drugs: Alcohol, pot and needles.

Parents' advisory: Quite raw for a musical biopic; violent, profane and more sexually explicit than the genre usually suggests.

‘Punisher: War Zone'

Rating: R for pervasive strong, brutal violence, language and some drug use.

What it's about: A vigilante resorts to any means necessary to avenge himself and his family on wrongdoers.

The Kid Attractor Factor: It's a comic-book adaptation.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Wise men know that revenge does not taste sweet. Not so with comic book anti-heroes.

Violence: “War Zone” in the title is a tip: It's constant and graphic.

Language: Profanity.

Sex: None.

Drugs: “Some drug use.”

Parents' advisory: Heads explode, necks are snapped in between the impalings. Incredibly violent for a comic-book adaptation.

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