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Family reviews: 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine,' 'Battle for Terra'

Parents' guide to select new movies:

'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity.

What it's about: The almost immortal Canadian known as Wolverine wins his metal claws in this X-Men prequel.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Shoot-outs, sword fights, knife fights, sideburns.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "We all get a choice" whether to do good or ill.

Violence: Not quite non-stop, but almost. Somewhat graphic, too.

Language: Some profanity.

Sex: Nudity, sexual situations.

Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol is consumed.

Parents' advisory: A bit harder and grislier than the early X-Men movies, but OK for 12 and older.

'Battle for Terra'

Rating: PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and some thematic elements.

What it's about: The dying human race attacks a peaceful alien planet.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Space battles aplenty, and a cute robot.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Never lose hope. There are always alternatives" to violence.

Violence: Animated sci-fi, and people die.

Language: Clean.

Sex: None.

Drugs and alcohol: None.

Parents' advisory: The youngest kids might not get its messages, but tweens and teens will — if you can get them to see a cartoon.

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