A parents' guide to select new movies:
'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked'
Rating: G, suitable for all audiences.
What it's about: Alvin and his brothers, and the girl group the Chipettes, find themselves stranded on a desert isle.
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The Kid Attractor Factor: Chipmunks, getting into mischief, singing helium-voiced versions of pop hits by Lady Gaga and others.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Kids will rise to the occasion if you just show them a little trust."
Violence: Slapstick stuff.
Language: Alvin jokes about getting kicked in the "acorns."
Sex: Dance floor booty-shaking.
Drugs and alcohol: None.
Parents' advisory: Mild-mannered kid-friendly comedy, best-suited to the 10-and-younger crowd. 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some drug material.
What it's about: Sherlock and his newlywed pal Dr. Watson must meet and foil Moriarty's latest diabolical plot.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Non-stop action, plenty of whimsey from Robert Downey Jr., left, and more action.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Keen powers of observation are the next best thing to having super powers.
Violence: An awful lot of it — knife fights, gunshot wounds, poisonings, a grisly meat-hook injury.
Language: A touch of Victorian-era profanity.
Sex: Well, Stephen Fry has a nude scene.
Drugs and alcohol: Copious consumption of tobacco and alcohol; coca leaves are discussed.
Parents' advisory: Despite the violence, there's nothing that will scar your typical Harry Potter-age viewer — OK for 10 and older.
Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel