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Family reviews: 'Contagion,' 'Warrior'

Matt Damon stars in Contagion.
Matt Damon stars in Contagion.

A parents' guide to select new movies:


Rating: PG-13 for disturbing content and some language

What it's about: A new virus spreads far and wide and kills millions, and scientists try to stop it.

The Kid Attractor Factor: It's like a horror movie, with a virus instead of chain saws.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Hand sanitizers are your friends.

Violence: Death by convulsion, riots

Language: A smattering of profanity

Sex: Adultery is discussed.

Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol, herbal remedies and vaccines

Parents' advisory: Chilling and a little clinical, and the images of a child dying make this too disturbing for the PG crowd. Suitable for 10 and older.


Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense mixed martial arts fighting, some language and thematic material

What it's about: Two estranged brothers, veterans of the fight game, get back into mixed martial arts and brawl their way toward a confrontation in the ring.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Mixed martial arts is the new hacky sack, right?

Good lessons/bad lessons: All any of us really want out of life is forgiveness.

Violence: Bloody, personal, brutal

Language: Some profanity

Sex: Not really

Drugs and alcohol: Cigarettes, booze

Parents' advisory: It's a "finish with the big fight" boxing movie reset for the newer sport of mixed martial arts. Too violent for the very young, but OK for 12 and older.

Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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