'Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief'
Rating: PG for action violence and peril, some scary images and suggestive material, and mild language
What it's about: A troubled teen discovers he's actually the son of a Greek god and goes on a quest to rescue his mom.
The kid attractor factor: Supernatural action, supernatural creatures and a more than passing resemblance to the Harry Potter movies
Good lessons/bad lessons: Mom sacrifices so much for you, maybe give a little back.
Violence: Swordfights and the like
Language: When you're stuck in Hades part of the movie, words are said
Sex: Flirty teens
Drugs: Lotus flowers get everybody buzzed, but there's a lesson in that.
Parents' advisory: Surprisingly violent, a bit much for 8-and-unders
Rating: PG-13 for some sexual material and brief partial nudity
What it's about: Assorted couples and would-be couples try to pull it together in time for "the most romantic day of the year."
The kid attractor factor: An all-star cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx, Kathy Bates and Julia Roberts
Good lessons/bad lessons: Fall in love with your friend. It saves time and heartache.
Language: Quite clean, considering
Sex: Teens plan it, with near nudity played for laughs
Parents' advisory: A bit risqué for tweens, but teens might learn something about love.
Rating: R for bloody horror violence and gore
What it's about: A hairy beast stalks the moors, slaughtering with impunity.
The kid attractor factor: Hairy beasts slaughtering
Good lessons/bad lessons: Don't blame the Gypsies. And staying at home when the moon is full is never a bad idea.
Violence: Graphic — beheadings, disembowelings, dismemberments
Language: No profanity
Sex: Partial nudity
Drugs: Lots of needles, a few pints are consumed.
Parents' advisory: Old fashioned in some ways, but nightmarishly graphic in its violence — not suitable for 14-and-under.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun