Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.
Rating: PG-13 for violence, scary images and some sexual material
What it's about: The dark, poetic and pretty new girl in high school? She's a witch.
The kid-attractor factor: A witchy "Twilight" with a smattering of action and a great sense of humor about itself.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Fate, shmate. "We make our own lives."
Violence: A shooting, a few supernatural tussles
Language: Pretty clean, actually
Sex: Implied, after a lot of smooching.
Parents' advisory: Funny; light on the violence, profanity and heavy breathing; suitable for 10-and-up.
Rating: PG-13, for thematic material involving threatening behavior, violence and sexuality What it's about: A young woman in trouble flees to the sleepy Carolina coast, where romance awaits.
The kid-attractor factor: Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, cute kids, lightweight comedy. Do children read Nicholas Sparks novels?
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Take a lot of pictures. You'll only regret the ones you didn't take."
Violence: Yes, involving knives and fires and guns.
Language: A scattering of profanity, a smidge more than you see in your typical Nicholas Sparks movies.
Sex: A little more than you see in your typical Sparks movie.
Drugs: Alcohol is abused.
Parents' advisory: A little edgier than your typical Sparks romance novel adaptation, but nothing that will unsettle anybody over 12.