A parents guide to select new movies:
'Gnomeo & Juliet'
What it's about: English garden gnomes from neighboring homes feud until a young couple from opposing sides fall in love.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Animated garden gnomes. And Shakespeare. Kids love Shakespeare.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "It's doomed. That's the best kind of romance."
Violence: Gnomes don't die. They're shattered.
Language: "Let's go kick some grass."
Sex: A long-delayed smooch
Drugs and alcohol: None
Parents' advisory: OK for all ages. Adults who know their Shakespeare and their Elton John songs (he produced it and did the score) will be amused. Kids are there for the gnomes.
Rating: PG-13 for battle sequences and some disturbing images
What it's about: The son of a missing legion commander seeks his father's eagle standard.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Channing Tatum in a skirt, Roman battles with barbarians
Good lessons/bad lessons: "No man should ever have to beg for his life."
Violence: Plentiful, with Roman Empire surgery, but not overly gory
Language: Mild profanity — and not much of it
Drugs and alcohol: A little wine