Movie News & Reviews

Family reviews: 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice,' 'Inception'

A parents guide to select new movies:

'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'

Rating: PG for fantasy action violence, some mild rude humor and brief (profane) language

What it's about: A college science student learns he is destined to become a sorcerer and begins his training as villains chase and battle his teacher.

The Kid Attractor Factor: An action film with a heavy dose of magic.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Wise wizards pay attention in science class.

Violence: A bit cartoonish and exaggerated

Language: Pretty clean

Sex: Flirtation

Drugs and alcohol: None

Parents' advisory: Every bit as family friendly as your average Harry Potter movie.


Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout

What it's about: A team of spies infiltrates dreams to steal secrets or implant ideas.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Leonardo DiCaprio stars, and Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan is behind the camera.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Positive emotion trumps negative emotions every time."

Violence: A high body count, a bit of blood

Language: Not much profanity

Sex: None

Drugs and alcohol: Sedatives so that dreams can be invaded.

Parents' advisory: Smart and thought-provoking but probably too violent, too dense and too long for the younger set. Take the PG-13 rating seriously.

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