A parents guide to select new movies:
'Nothing Like the Holidays'
Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, including some sexual dialogue, and brief drug references.
What it's about: A Latino family, including a soldier, gathers for what might be the last Christmas together in its Chicago home.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Feuding relatives are always good for a laugh, and children just love Luis Guzman, whether they know it or not.
Good lessons/bad lessons: There's no place like home for the holidays.
Language: The odd bit of flirty-dirty talk.
Sex: Adult situations.
Drugs: Alcohol and drug jokes.
Parents' advisory: Pretty mild for a PG-13, though still a little crude for a "family" holiday comedy.
'The Day the Earth Stood Still'
Rating: PG-13 for some sci-fi disaster images and violence.
What it's about: An alien arrives on Earth and proceeds to pass judgment on the human race.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Science fiction, complete with elaborate effects and massive explosions.
Good lessons/bad lessons: It's never too late to mend your violent, polluting ways.
Violence: People are injured and killed.
Language: Disney clean.
The Kid Attractor Factor: family friendly, end-of-the-world thriller, pretty mild-mannered for this day and age.