'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language
Summary: A motley crew of rogues and losers breaks out of space jail to save the galaxy from an alien overlord bent on mass murder.
Kid attractor: Wild-looking aliens, lots of action and cool spaceships and such. And for the tiny tykes? A talking/wisecracking raccoon.
Good/bad lessons: "Everybody's got dead people. That's no excuse to get anybody else dead." Let it go, in other words.
Violence: Plentiful, cartoonish, this has a body count and the violence has no real consequences.
Language: Scattered moments of profanity.
Sex: Flirtation only.
Drugs: Not really.
Advisory:A mostly family friendly — and funny — comic book adaption, suitable for age 10 and older.
'Get On Up'
Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations
Summary: James Brown's musical gifts, business savvy and unpleasant personal demons are documented in this musical biography.
Kid attractor: If you listen to music, you're listening to the influence of James Brown.
Good/bad lessons: "Walk in the jungle, sometimes you get bit by a snake."
Violence: Child abuse, domestic abuse, a prison brawl, clumsy gunplay.
Language: Some profanity
Sex: Flirted with, nothing explicit.
Drugs: Yes, some abuse.
Advisory: Kids need to learn the funk; suitable for 12 and older.
'And So It Goes'
Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references and drug elements
Summary: A weepy widow and her cranky landlord are led to love by the granddaughter he never knew he had.
Kid attractor: Sassy kids, with Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas trying to cope with them.
Good/bad lessons: "Love always comes with a price."
Language: Profanity, mild enough, and a few creative non-profane oaths.
Sex: Discussed, kept off camera.
Drugs: A couple of very disturbing and realistic encounters with junkies.
Advisory: More for the grandparents than the grandkids, but if they're stuck babysitting, it's OK for 10 and older.
Rating: R for strong violence, disturbing images and sexuality
Summary: A woman ingests a drug that makes her use much more of her brain's computing capacity, with violent consequences.
Kid attractor: Scarlett Johansson, brawls, a startling car chase and shootouts.
Good/bad lessons: "We only use 10 percent of our brain." "Ignorance brings chaos, not knowledge."
Violence: Lots and lots — shootouts, graphic surgeries.
Language: Some profanity, fairly mild for an R-rated film.
Sex: Scanty clothes and underwear, mostly.
Drugs: A central plot point, and a deadly one.
Advisory: A bit extreme for young kids, a bit over the heads of slightly older ones, but OK for 13 and older, despite the violence.