THE DARK KNIGHT PG-13
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.
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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 has his image burnished by a do-gooder public-relations guy and finds himself caring about life, the world and the human race again.
Kid Attractor Factor: Will Smith, superhero chases, brawls, cute kids.
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 PG-13-worthy sexual attraction than anything overt.
Drugs: Lots and lots of alcohol is consumed by the hero.
Parents advisory: More violent and more coarse than the usual Will Smith fare. Take the PG-13 seriously.
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY PG-13
What it's about: Hellboy and his fellow demons must battle a demonic elf and his golden army to save a world that still looks down on Hellboy's kind as "freaks."
Kid Attractor Factor: The title character, the comic-bookishness of it all, the action.
Violence: Guns, swords and spears do what guns, swords and spears do.
Language: Quite clean, considering the title.
Sex: Not really, though, as you might expect, Hellboy does live in sin.
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.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH PG
What it's about: A geologist goes in search of his long-lost brother, based on clues the guy left behind. The quest takes him and his nephew to the center of the Earth.
Kid attractor factor: A gigantic Venus' fly trap, 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.
Language: A Universal movie that's Disney-clean.
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.
THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR PG-13
What it's about: The "retired" mummy hunters, the O'Connells, are sucked back into combat with the supernatural, this time in China.
Kid attractor factor: Mummies, terra-cotta soldiers, lots of shooting, shouting, chasing and wisecracking.
Violence: Not quite nonstop, but almost. And very graphic for a PG-13.
Language: A bit of profanity.
Sex: A wink here, an innuendo there.
Drugs: Alcohol is consumed for comic effect.
Parents advisory: Entirely too violent for 10-and-unders, but if you're the sort of parent who dragged Junior to "The Dark Knight" ...
SPACE CHIMPS G
What it's about: Trained chimps and a descendant of the first space ape, Ham, are sent off to search for intelligent life.
Kid attractor factor: They're chimps, and they talk and mingle with all manner of aliens.
Language: Clean, with the odd potty reference
Sex: Chimps trying out pickup lines.
Parents advisory: Not edgy enough for older kids, but perfectly fine for 12-and-unders.
STEP BROTHERS R
What it's about: Two obnoxious slacker, live-with-their-parents 40-year-olds must come to terms with being stepbrothers when their parents marry.
Kid attractor factor: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and lots of very naughty language.
Violence: Slapstick slap fights and goofball wrestling.
Language: Nothing you won't hear in a high school lunchroom -- just filthy.
Sex: Sort of.
Parents advisory: If you're not afraid of language, this could be a teaching opportunity for "Why I'm kicking you out when you're 18" lessons to your 13-, 14- or 15-year-old.
SWING VOTE PG-13
What it's about: A middle school girl convinces her drunken slouch of a dad to vote, and he becomes the man who decides a presidential election.
The Kid Attractor Factor: A kid co-stars, and kids love movie civics lessons, right?
Language: Jarring bits of profanity that may be appropriate to the story but don't match the family tone of the movie.
Drugs: Beer is consumed, with cocktails.
Parents advisory: Were it not for the language and (nonsexual) adult themes, this cinematic civics lesson would be very good family fare -- funny and educational.
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.