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Family reviews: 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked,' 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. as Sherlock Holmes in Warner Bros. PicturesÕ and Village Roadshow PicturesÕ action adventure mystery ÒSHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS,Ó a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. as Sherlock Holmes in Warner Bros. PicturesÕ and Village Roadshow PicturesÕ action adventure mystery ÒSHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS,Ó a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Daniel Smith

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.

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

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