Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS
Rating: PG for some rude humor
What it's about:Another visit with the Wimpy Kid and his pals as they muddle through the summer before eighth grade.
The kid attractor factor: The kid-friendliest film franchise of them all, with broad, low comedy and the odd booger joke.
Good lessons, bad lessons: "Be responsible. Learn from your mistakes."
Sex: Flirtation, locker room gags.
Parents advisory: As kid-friendly and kid-tailored as ever. Suitable for all ages.
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language
What it's about: A secret agent cannot trust his memory to know which side he is fighting on in a civil war of the future.
The kid attractor factor: Sci-fi, guns and hover-cars and storm troopers er, "Synthetic Federal Police."
Good lessons, bad lessons: "The past tells us who we have become," but "the heart wants to live in the present."
Violence: Lots and lots and lots of shootings, stabbings.
Language: A scattering of mild profanity.
Sex: A woman with three breasts goes topless.
Parents advisory: Plenty of video-game style action, with a high body count OK for 13-and-up.