Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.
JACK THE GIANT SLAYER
Rating: PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language
What it's about: A farm boy finds himself battling giants to rescue a princess thanks to his mishandling of some magic beans.
The kid attractor factor: Fee. Fie. Foe. And Fum. In this case, giants eating Englishmen.
Good lessons, bad lessons: Truth can become legend. And "a princess is useless."
Violence: A very high body count knife fights, giants chomping down people; very little blood, however.
Language: A couple of very mild oaths.
Sex: A fairy-tale smooch.
Parents advisory: Entirely too loud and violent for the very young, suitable for 8-and-up.
Rating: PG-13 for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language all involving teens.
What it's about: A suburban family under financial stress finds itself under assault by aliens.
The kid attractor factor: Creepy aliens chasing children.
Good lessons, bad lessons: There are things even your parents cannot protect you from.
Violence: Birds die by the thousands, suicide, aliens grab kids.
Language: Some profanity
Sex: Teenage smooching and petting.
Drugs: Pot is shared by teens, wine is consumed by adults.
Parents advisory: Too intense for anyone under 10.