Rating: PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language
What it's about: A boy who hears and sees dead people is a town's only hope when witch trial victims return to life to terrorize the place.
The kid-attractor factor: Stop- motion animation, a "Coraline"/ "Corpse Bride" scary sensibility.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Fear makes "stupid people do stupid things," such as accuse others of witchcraft.
Violence: Some scary stuff involving witch trials and the dead returning to life.
Language: A couple of mildly off-color double entendres.
Sex: Sexual preference as a punch line.
Drugs: A few drunks show up.
Parents' advisory: Too scary for the very young, but an edgy, animated treat to anybody over age 8.
THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN
Rating: PG for mild thematic elements and brief language
What it's about: A childless couple discover their ideal child growing in their garden.
The kid-attractor factor: Cute kids doing cute things, a touch of magic.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "It's a hard world to be different in." Violence: Death
Language: The mildest of mild profanities
Sex: A bit of 'tween-age flirting.
Parents' advisory: Suitable or all ages, though kids 9 and up will get more out of it.
Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality
What it's about: A long-married couple tries to relight the flame through couples counseling.
The kid-attractor factor: Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones comically trying to relearn how to get their freak on.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Even great marriages have terrible years."
Language: Quite clean
Drugs: Wine is consumed, inflaming passions.
Parents' advisory: A movie for grown-ups, but 13-and-up teens will find plenty of laughs in the old dogs learning new tricks.