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Family reviews: 'Harry Potter,' 'The Next Three Days'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1'

Rating: PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sensuality

What it's about: The wizards and witch are a long way from Hogwarts, on the run as they try to foil You Know Who's plans.

The Kid Attractor Factor: The Harry Potter epic winds down with an Empire Strikes Back dose of gloom and doom.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Education builds the character we need to make it through life's trials.

Violence: Bloody, in a couple of instances

Language: The occasional mild oath

Sex: Near-nudity in one scene of "brief sensuality"

Drugs and alcohol: None

Parents' advisory: The PG-13 is for blood and violence and one slightly racy hallucination. Suitable for 10 and older.

'The Next Three Days'

Rating: PG-13 for violence, drug material, language, some sexuality and thematic elements

What it's about: A husband believes in his wife's innocence so completely that he sets out to bust her out of prison.

The Kid Attractor Factor: A prison break, thoughtfully considered, thrillingly executed.

Good lessons/bad lessons: The average person does not have what it takes to plan a violent crime or commit one. Thankfully.

Violence: A beating, shootings, blood

Language: Pretty clean, considering

Sex: Suggested

Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol is consumed.

Parents' advisory: A bit too sophisticated to work for younger kids; suitable for 12 and older.

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