A parents' guide to select new movies:
'The Karate Kid'
Rating: PG for bullying, martial-arts action violence and some mild language
What it's about: Small boy moves to China, is bullied, learns kung fu from a master.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Everybody is kung fu fighting, including Jackie Chan.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Martial arts can teach discipline, self-respect and respect for elders. And still, some students turn into bullies.
Violence: Quite a lot of it
Language: Pretty mild profanity
Sex: A smooch, here and there
Drugs and alcohol: None
Parents' advisory: A kids' action film with mostly positive messages, suitable for pretty much everybody
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence throughout, language and smoking
What it's about: Swaggering, wise-cracking Army Rangers break out of jail to kick butt and clear their names.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Hard-core action, or as hard-core as you can get in a PG-13 film
Good lessons/bad lessons: "No matter how random things might appear, there is still a plan."
Violence: Why, yes
Language: Mercenaries enjoy a good cuss word now and then.
Sex: Jessica Biel's in it.
Drugs and alcohol: Cigars. Wine. Medication.
Parents' advisory: A little too cavalier about the consequences of violence, but try and keep 'tween boys away from it.