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'HELLBOY'

Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language.

What it's about: A reboot of the comic book character franchise starring the brawny demonic paranormal investigator Hellboy.

The kid attractor factor: Teens will be drawn to the action and gothic fantasy characters, as well as the sarcastic humorous tone.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Don't let anyone tell you who you are based on looks or lineage – you are who you say you are and prove yourself to be. Also, witches are bad.

Violence: A copious amount of truly gory and gross violence and bloodshed as monsters and humans alike are splattered across the screen.

Language: Swearing throughout.

Sexuality: None.

Drugs: Tequila.

Parents advisory: This dark and extremely violent monster mashup is for mature teens only.

'LITTLE'

Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content.

What it's about: A bullying boss babe is zapped into her 13-year-old self for being too mean. She has to learn the lessons about what turned her into such a bully in the first place.

The kid attractor factor: 14-year-old star Marsai Martin will attract younger audiences.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Always put yourself out there authentically and be yourself, if you truly want to connect with others. Vulnerability is a strength.

Violence: Some viciously tossed food items.

Language: Nothing serious.

Sexuality: Some suggestive scenes indicating sex between consenting adults, and a hilariously leering gaze from young Martin, who is inhabiting her older body. A sexy striptease from her beloved.

Drugs: None

Parents advisory: This cute story does have some sexually suggestive moments and adult humor – best for mature older kids and teens.

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