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Family reviews: 'The Adventures of Tintin' and 'Mission: Impossible'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'The Adventures of Tintin'

Rating: PG for adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking

What it's about: The intrepid reporter and his clever dog travel the world to solve a mystery and find a treasure.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Treasure, mystery, a cute dog, all based on one of the world's most popular comics.

Good lessons/bad lessons: The one place in the world to go when you're stumped, when you need answers: the library.

Violence: An awful lot of animated gun play.

Language: Quite clean.

Sex: Nope.

Drugs: In the era this is set, smoking and getting drunk weren't cardinal sins.

Parents' advisory: Sort of an animated Indiana Jones movie, pitched at a younger audience — suitable for all ages.

'Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol'

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence

What it's about: Super agent Ethan Hunt and a new team try to stop a madman bent on starting World War III.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Spectacular stunts, big explosions, way cool gadgets.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Always take care of your friends, and "Failure to a terrorist is just a rehearsal for success."

Violence: Brawls, and lots of guns and knives and bombs, with a bit of blood to go along with it.

Language: A smattering of mild profanity.

Sex: Toyed with, including a hint of kinkiness.

Drugs: Courage in a bottle is applied in a scene or two.

Parents' advisory: Quite violent and entirely too intense for very young viewers — but OK for 10 and older.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service