Movie News & Reviews

Family reviews: 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,' 'Moon'

A parents guide to select new movies:

'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'

Rating: PG for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality.

What it's about: The Hogwarts students cope with their junior year in school — with hormones and Death Eaters as their main worries.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Harry Potter and friends, beloved by a generation.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Of all the life lessons you learn, figuring out who you can trust is the most important.

Violence: Death and destruction, blood is spilled.

Language: A bit of coarse Brit-slang, mild stuff.

Sex: Quite a bit of "snogging" (kissing).

Drugs and alcohol: Butter beer is consumed in mass quantities.

Parents' advisory: It's a dark film that flirts with PG-13, but stays just this side of that line. Suitable for all ages.


Rating: R for language.

What it's about: An astro-miner (Sam Rockwell, above) starts to wonder whether he's losing his mind on the far side of the moon.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Science fiction set in "the Final Frontier."

Good lessons/bad lessons: Just because you're paranoid, that doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you.

Violence: Accidents, injuries.

Language: Rough enough.

Sex: None.

Drugs and alcohol: None.

Parents' advisory: A bit intense and cerebral for younger kids. Language alone is all that keeps it from being PG-13.