THE DARK KNIGHT
What it's about: Batman and those in his orbit face moral dilemmas when Gotham is assaulted by a lunatic terrorist, The Joker.
Kid Attractor Factor: Kids love Batman.
Violence: Staggering, even for a Batman movie. Torture, killings, violence against women, men, children and dogs. However, we don't see the blood.
Digital Access for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
Language: A wisecrack.
Drugs: Alcohol is consumed.
Parents advisory: The violence takes this right to the precipice of an R rating, worth considering before taking anybody 10 or under.
What it's about: A drunken superhero with a terrible attitude.
Kid Attractor Factor: Will Smith, a superhero.
Violence: Gunfire, gunshot wounds, deaths, blood, and a lot of cars get crunched.
Language: A lot more profanity than you'd expect from Will Smith.
Sex: More sexual attraction than anything overt.
Drugs: Lots and lots of alcohol.
Parents advisory: More violent and more coarse than the usual Will Smith fare. Take the PG-13 seriously.
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY
What it's about: Hellboy and his fellow agents against evil must battle a demonic elf.
Kid Attractor Factor: The title character.
Violence: Guns, swords and spears.
Language: Quite clean, considering the title.
Sex: Not really.
Drugs: Beers are quaffed, cigars are puffed.
Parents advisory: The "13" seems a bit prudish for a comic-book movie this mild. It's fine for 10-and-older.
THE INCREDIBLE HULK
What it's about: The Hulk, after years on the run, comes home in search of a cure.
Kid attractor factor: "Incredible" and "Hulk."
Violence: A lot of it.
Language: Marvel clean.
Sex: Well, Liv Tyler's in it.
Drugs: The comic-book superhero kind.
Parents advisory: The violence here has no consequences. At least The Hulk wants to manage his violent tendencies.
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
What it's about: The much older Dr. Jones, a couple of new sidekicks and one old flame set out in search of some magical crystal skulls.
Kid attractor factor: Indiana Jones action, stunts, magic and Shia LaBeouf.
Violence: Lots of it.
Language: Quite clean.
Sex: Some discussion of parentage.
Parents advisory: The violence and that "scary images" bit should give parents of under-age-10s some pause. But if your children have seen the earlier Indys on DVD, they're old enough for this one.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH
What it's about: A geologist goes in search of his brother to the center of the Earth.
Kid attractor factor: A gigantic Venus' flytrap, a T-Rex chase, assorted other monsters and such, all in glorious 3-D (in select cinemas).
Violence: Pratfalls and menacing monsters, an off-camera death.
Drugs: No no.
Parents advisory: The 3-D novelty is worth a trip to a special theater to see this; the action is geared more toward 10-and-unders.
KIT KITTREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL
What it's about: A plucky girl who longs to become a reporter finds the most compelling stories she could tell right under her own roof when the Great Depression hits home.
Kid attractor factor: Abigail Breslin
Violence: Not really.
Language: Squeaky clean.
Sex: Not even hinted at.
Parents advisory: The family-friendliest movie of the summer that isn't a cartoon, custom-built for 10-and-unders.
KUNG FU PANDA
What it's about: A panda wants to escape the noodle shop life and become a great martial-arts master instead.
Kid Violence: Slapstick martial-arts brawls.
Parents advisory: More physical, less verbal and more kid-friendly than Dreamworks' "Shrek" franchise.
What it's about: Trained chimps are sent off to search for intelligent life.
Kid attractor factor: They're chimps.
Language: Clean, with potty references
Sex: Chimps trying out pickup lines.
Parents advisory: Not edgy enough for older kids, but perfectly fine for 12-and-unders.
What it's about: A lonely robot trash compactor, left behind to clean up the mess humans have made of Earth, falls in love with a probe robot who comes to see if signs of life have returned to the planet.
Kid attractor factor: Disney. Pixar. Robots.
Violence: Robot-on-robot slapstick.
Language: There isn't any, or much, and certainly no profanity.
Sex: Of course not.
Parents advisory: Pixar returns to its kids-first mission with this cartoon, which, because it is so visual and not verbal, should be your 2- to 3-year-old's first trip to the movies.