HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS
Rating: R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality, nudity and language What it's about: As adults, Hansel and Gretel have parlayed their witch-killing skills into a lucrative business.
The kid attractor factor: Witches exploding, catching fire and losing their heads thanks to the efforts of Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner.
Good lessons, bad lessons: Sibling rivalry's one thing, but when the chips are down and a witch is about to eat you, blood is thicker than water.
Violence: Loads and loads graphic, some of it.
Language: A scattering of f-bombs.
Sex: Nudity and skinny-dipping.
Drugs: Ale is consumed.
Parents advisory: Too childish for adults, too deserving of an R-rating for kids OK for 13-16 year olds.
THE LAST STAND
Rating: R for strong bloody violence throughout, and language
What it's about: An escaped drug lord tries to cross the border in a small Arizona town and only an over-armed sheriff and his pals can stop them.
The kid attractor factor: An old-fashioned shoot-em-up, with wisecracks, catchphrases and sidekicks (Johnny Knoxville) and all manner of ordinance.
Good lessons, bad lessons: "Death doesn't come when you expect it."
Violence: Almost constant, though it does have consequences once or twice.
Language: Plenty of profanity.
Sex: None, but a little flirting here and there.
Drugs: None present, but they are the reason for the violence.
Parents advisory: The constant bloody gunplay emphasis on "play" makes this unsuitable to anybody under 16.
Rating: PG-13, for violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements
What it's about: A young couple take in two children, raised in the wild. But raised by what?
The kid attractor factor: Kids in jeopardy, ghosts.
Good lessons, bad lessons: "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof."
Violence: Yes, right on the edge of graphic.
Language: A hint of profanity, but some of it quite harsh.
Parents advisory: A genuinely creepy ghost story, entirely too adult and intense for the very young. Suitable for 12-and-up.