A parents' guide to select new movies:
'Fantastic Mr. Fox'
Rating: PG for action, smoking and slang humor.
What it's about: A married fox decides to revisit the thieving ways of his youth, with potentially deadly consequences.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Stop-motion animation, just like in Coraline.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "There's something kind of fantastic about being different."
Violence: Against chickens, mostly. And a fox loses his tail.
Language: A new way for kids to swear: "What the cuss are you talking about?"
Drugs and alcohol: Hard cider.
Parents' advisory: Kids will dig the screwy animation and action, adults the whimsy and the droll wit of Roald Dahl and Wes Anderson.
'The Twilight Saga: New Moon'
Rating: PG-13 for some violence and action.
What it's about: A high school girl can't have her one true love because he's a vampire.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Necking with the undead, a real teen turn-on.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "You can't trust a vampire." But a gentleman vampire never bites a neck he isn't offered, even if he is offered.
Violence: Vampire on wolf, vampire on vampire, the threat of vampire on human.
Language: Romance-novel clean.
Sex: Even more virginal than Twilight.
Drugs and alcohol: None.
Parents' advisory: The eroticism and sexual tension of the first film is mostly missing here — suitable for 10 and older.