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Family reviews: ‘The Spirit,' ‘Valkyrie'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

‘Valkyrie'

Rating: PG-13 for violence and brief strong language.

What it's about: Germans plot to rid themselves of Adolf Hitler in the last year of World War II.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Tom Cruise in an eye patch, World War II history.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Some sacrifices you make for history's sake.

Language: Some profanity.

Sex: None.

Drugs: Cigarettes.

Parents' advisory: Suitable for teen agers who are into history, over the heads of kids younger than 13.

‘The Spirit'

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of stylized violence and action, some sexual content and brief nudity.

What it's about: A dead cop wanders The City, foiling crooks and battling his arch-nemesis. Yes, it's a comic-book movie.

The Kid Attractor Factor: A hot young cast and a lurid, comic-book look.

Good lessons/bad lessons: If your mom named you “Octopus,” chances are you're going to turn out bad.

Violence: Almost constant.

Language: Old fashioned gee-whiz and its ilk.

Sex: Belly dancing, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes, only here for ogling.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: Entirely too violent for younger children; teenagers into graphic novels are an appropriate audience.

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