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Family reviews: 'Terminator Salvation,' 'Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Terminator Salvation'

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and language.

What it's about: John Connor and the human resistance begin their war against machines in this Terminator prequel.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Humans vs. killer robots. Stuff blows up.

Good lessons/bad lessons: If we behave like machines, then what is the difference between humans and machines?

Violence: Almost non-stop, with an impaling, shootings, but very little blood.

Language: The machines haven't completely banned profanity.

Sex: None, despite the presence of Moon Bloodgood.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: As violent summer popcorn movies go, this one is Transformers tame. Suitable for ages 12 and older.

'Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian'

Rating: PG for mild action and brief language.

What it's about: Exhibits from New York's Museum of Natural History, which come to life, are moved into storage at the Smithsonian, where all heck breaks loose.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Ben Stiller and monkeys and octopi, oh my.

Good lessons/bad lessons: When it comes to making a living, earn it doing something you love.

Violence: The threat of death, a lot of spears, a decent brawl, no blood.

Language: The "D-word," used sparingly.

Sex: Amelia Earhart was quite the kisser, apparently.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: Very much a kids' movie, with a little history and "Let's go to the museum" mixed in with the laughs, slapstick and special effects.

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