THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.
What it's about: The Dark Knight has to come out of retirement to save Gotham from anarchist- terrorists.
The kid-attractor factor: It's Batman, right?
Good lessons/bad lessons: Never steal anything from someone you can't outrun.
Violence: Lots and lots, with a high body count, but little blood.
Language: There are a few very-mild profanities.
Sex: Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard keep Bruce Wayne up at night.
Drugs: An aperitif, here and there.
Parents' advisory: Gloomier and more apocalyptic than, say, "The Avengers," and too long for tykes OK for 12-and-up.
KATY PERRY: PART OF ME
Rating: PG for some suggestive content, language, thematic elements and brief smoking.
What it's about: Pop princess Katy Perry sings her hits and lets us see the trials and tribulations of her offstage life in this concert documentary.
The kid-attractor factor: Perry, despite the adult tinge to her songs, is very big with 'tweens and teens.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Showbiz marriages are teenage dreams, nothing more.
Language: Disney clean
Sex: Hinted at, vamped up with provocative costumes.
Parents' advisory: There are more bad messages in her songs than in the film built around them OK for 10-and-up.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of action and violence
What it's about: High school science nerd Peter Parker is bitten by a spider and becomes a vigilante. Again!
The kid-attractor factor: It's Spider-Man! Again!
Good lessons/bad lessons: Secrets have a cost. They're not free.
Violence: A bit of blood.
Language: A tiny bit of profanity Sex: Emma Stone in short skirts. And there's flirting. Oh yes.
Drugs: Serums and their antidotes don't count.
Parents' advisory: Suitable for all ages, but the lack of humor, heart, etc. make it a bit of a bore for 10-and-unders.
ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT
Rating: PG for mild rude humor and action/peril.
What it's about: Continents break up, splitting up our extended family of mammoths, sloths and saber toot tigers.
The kid-attractor factor: Sight gags galore, drool and assorted other bodily functions rendered in 3D.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Don't let anyone change who you are. Bad news is just good news in disguise.
Violence: Brawls with pirates.
Language: Assorted "booty" jokes
Sex: A little flirting
Parents' advisory: Whatever adults think of them, these movies are for the very young, best suited for 10-and-under.