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Family Reviews: 'Dawn Treader' and 'Warrior's Way'

M059_8874 Kate Bosworth stars in Relativity Media's The Warrior's Way.
M059_8874 Kate Bosworth stars in Relativity Media's The Warrior's Way.

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader'

Rating: PG for some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action

What it's about: The younger Pevensie kids are summoned for one more adventure, this one involving a sea voyage and a quest for enchanted swords.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Kids getting to act like grownups, fighting battles and such, in the magical alternate reality of Narnia.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "We have nothing if not belief." "There is no honor in turning away from an adventurous thing."

Violence: Sword-fighting, brawling with slave traders and dragons and such

Language: Disney clean

Sex: The teens are starting to sense their hormones.

Drugs: None

Parents' advisory: As family-friendly as ever, more accessible than the earlier Chronicles, yet with more direct allegories to Christianity

'The Warrior's Way'

Rating: R for strong, bloody violence

What it's about: An assassin from the Far East hides out with a baby he is protecting in the Old West. But trouble finds him.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Swords and martial-arts fights and shooting, and stuff blowing up, and Kate Bosworth, left

Good lessons/bad lessons: To murder is human, to forgive murderers divine.

Violence: Sword slashings, shootings and an attempted rape

Language: Not an issue here

Sex: Attempted rape

Drugs: Geoffrey Rush plays the town drunk.

Parents' advisory: As movies about guys who can lop off the heads of other guys go — with a rapist villain to boot — this is fairly tame stuff. OK for 13 and older.

Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel