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Family reviews: 'Beauty and the Beast 3D,' 'Joyful Noise'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Beauty and the Beast 3D'

Rating: G.

What it's about: A callous prince living under a spell as a "beast" must win the love of fair Belle to break that spell.

The Kid Attractor Factor: A plucky heroine, funny characters, great sight gags — perhaps the greatest children's cartoon ever.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Don't let others determine who you will be in life.

Violence: A brawl, a wolf attack and a beast hunt.

Language: Disney clean.

Sex: Will there be so much as a kiss, or won't there?

Drugs and alcohol: Flagons of ale are consumed in mass quantities.

Parents' advisory: Perfect for all ages.

'Joyful Noise'

Rating: PG-13 for some language, including a sexual reference

What it's about: Two singers have differing visions of how their church choir should sound as it competes for a big prize.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Teens in love, Queen Latifah, gospel music and Dolly Parton.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "God gives you girls so your mama can say 'I told you so.'"

Violence: A fist fight between teenagers.

Language: Quite a bit of profanity, considering the subject.

Sex: Joked about, with teens on the make at the heart of the story.

Drugs and alcohol: One nightclub scene

Parents' advisory: The peppering of profanity rules out the very young, but this is suitable for 10 and older.

Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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