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Family reviews

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Race to Witch Mountain'

Rating: PG for sequences of action and violence, frightening and dangerous situations, and some thematic elements.

What it's about: A Vegas cabbie picks up two odd kids who are being pursued by a super-secret government agency.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Lots of action, cute teens, space ships and evil aliens.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Sometimes the conspiracy buffs are right.

Violence: More than you'd think from a PG. Punches and gunplay.

Language: Disney clean.

Sex: None.

Drugs: None. Gambling is the addiction of choice in Vegas.

Parents' advisory: Plainly for kids, this still has action to please many a teen. OK for 7 and older.

'The Last House on the Left'

Rating: R for sadistic brutal violence, including a rape and disturbing images, language, nudity and some drug use.

What it's about: A teen girl runs afoul of murderous thugs, who accidentally stumble into her family's home and face their vengeance.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Kids go for horror, even horror based in reality.

Good lessons/bad lessons: That cute boy selling you pot could get you killed.

Violence: Almost non-stop and as graphic as the screen has ever seen.

Language: Profanity.

Sex: A brutal rape scene.

Drugs and alcohol: Pot and alcohol.

Parents' advisory: Not for anyone younger than 16 under any circumstances.

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