Suitable for families
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian B-
(PG) — The faith-based allegory continues, with more epic battle sequences and mild violence.
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl B+
(G) — The doll-and-book series goes live-action, with Abigail Breslin playing a Depression-era heroine. Nothing offensive, but unemployment and homelessness may be uncomfortable in the current economic climate.
Kung Fu Panda A-
(PG) — Children will enjoy animated animals performing silly martial arts stunts. Parents need to caution them about trying these moves at home.
(G) — Nothing offensive in this animated comedy summarized by its title.
(G) — Nothing is offensive in Pixar/Disney's latest animated moneymaker, though there have been reports that the volume and theme may be too much for some children.
Suitable for families, with reservations
Get Smart B
(PG-13) — Steve Carell (Evan Almighty) stars in an update of the 1960s TV hit; contains rude humor, action violence and brief profanity.
The Incredible Hulk B
(PG-13) — The rating is the result of "sequences of intense action violence, some frightening sci-fi images and brief suggestive content."
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull B+
(PG-13) — The fabled hero returns with more fisticuffs and bloodless gunplay. Some scary images figure into the plot, and a few profanities.
Iron Man A-
(PG-13) — A Marvel Comics superhero (Robert Downey Jr.) kicked off the blockbuster season. Intense sci-fi action, with a dash of suggestiveness.
Journey to the Center of the Earth C-
(PG) — Brendan Fraser leads young explorers to the earth's core, where intense action (in 3-D in some theaters) and scary creatures await.
Mamma Mia! B+
(PG-13) — Sexually suggestive comments sneak between the Abba songs, and how many children appreciate '70s pop tunes, anyway?
Meet Dave F
(PG) — Eddie Murphy's sci-fi comedy includes bawdy, suggestive humor and brief profanity.
The Dark Knight A
(PG-13) — Intense violence, mature themes and Heath Ledger's psychotic swan song may disturb children.
The Love Guru D-
(PG-13) — Mike Myers' turn as a spiritualist includes "crude and sexual content throughout, language, some comic violence and drug references."
(PG-13) — Will Smith's summer release isn't as much fun as advertised, with glum, mature themes. Violence and strong profanity.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army B
(PG-13) — A crime-fighting demon (Ron Perlman) battles scary creatures rebelling against humanity, with all the sci-fi violence and profanity that entails.
You Don't Mess With the Zohan D+
(PG-13) — Adam Sandler's comedy includes sexual references, nudity, profanity and a homophobic vibe.
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
(PG-13) — The MPAA ratings board saw this hush-hush adaptation of the sci-fi TV classic and noted its "violent and disturbing content and thematic material." Sounds too creepy for kids.