7 and Older
"Herbie: Fully Loaded" (G). Cliched, charmless update of 1968's "The Love Bug" and sequels is partly saved by Herbie's cuteness; Lindsay Lohan stars as young woman from a NASCAR racing family who rescues the gifted VW bug from the scrap heap and races him against a villainous NASCAR champ (Matt Dillon). Mild sexual innuendo -- race car driver demands photos of women who send him their phone numbers; Herbie's aerial goes up in a way adults (and some kids) may take as sexual when he sees a pretty VW bug; his risky stunts could frighten little ones, especially when he seems scared.
10 and Older
"Deep Blue" (G). Gorgeously filmed documentary footage of spectacular seascapes from around the world, culled from the cable series "Blue Planet," is big on music and sound effects, short on information. Harrowing -- though not graphic -- sequences show a baby whale stalked and hunted by sharks and other sea mammals killed by predators; true, it is the nature of things, but the film seems to exploit the violence a bit for drama; some blood shown.
"The Perfect Man" (PG). Sappy, sanitized trifle features Hilary Duff in another perky teen portrayal as Holly, who invents an imaginary secret admirer to send her always-single mom (Heather Locklear) flowers and e-mails so she won't pull her daughters (Aria Wallace as the 7-year-old) out of school and move every time she breaks up with a loser; newly settled in Brooklyn, Holly wants to stay, but her scheme is laborious and unfunny. Subtly implied that both sisters were born out of wedlock; mild sexual innuendo includes a man who hints he had a fling with two women; and Carson Kressley of TV's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" as a bartender flirting with hard hats.
"Bewitched." Cleverly conceived update of classic 1964-72 TV sitcom; Will Ferrell as a washed-up movie star who hopes to revive his career in a remake of the old series; Nicole Kidman as a real-life witch; he spots her and gets her to audition for Samantha; she gets the part and soon decides her childish co-star needs some comeuppance. Insults using crude sexual slang in a non-sexual context; milder sexual innuendo; comic moment of implied nudity; joke about drug use; drinking; some parents will object to witchcraft theme on religious grounds. Tweens.
"Rize." Fairly compelling documentary chronicles growth of competitive dance teams in South Central Los Angeles, offering inner-city kids a creative alternative to gangs, drugs; dancers in "clowning" and "krumping" styles are incredibly athletic, their movements expressing a mix of rage and joy. Some sexualized movements; discussion of one teen's father committing suicide, other violent street deaths, of parents in jail or on drugs; losers at big dance battle contest act out a bit; some profanity.
"Batman Begins." Moody, well-made prequel traces troubled millionaire Bruce Wayne's (Christian Bale) path from a Hamlet-style funk to his crime-fighting Batman persona; still traumatized from childhood experiences of and being swarmed by bats, then witnessing the mugging/murder of his parents, the grown-up Bruce trains in Asia with a martial arts master (Liam Neeson), then returns to Gotham City pondering vengeance vs. justice; his butler, Alfred (Michael Caine), and a scientist (Morgan Freeman) help invent Batman. Intense flashbacks; non-gory martial arts fights, gunfire, swordplay; wormy hallucinatory images; mild profanity; drinking. Too slow or intense for some middle schoolers; not for preteens.
"Mr. & Mrs. Smith." Clever metaphor for man-woman relationships becomes soulless, superficial in amoral action comedy about assassins (Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt) married to each other but keeping careers secret until one is assigned to kill the other. High body count with relatively bloodless, stylized hits; gunplay, knife attacks, explosions; Jane Smith (Jolie) poses as a prostitute in dominatrix gear; other sexual innuendo, implied, nongraphic sexual situations (including premarital tryst); some profanity; drinking. Teenagers.
"Me and You and Everyone We Know." Poignant indie film about lonely people trying to connect with very mature themes; young woman (writer-director Miranda July) who drives an "eldercab" and creates conceptual art falls for a newly divorced, emotionally ragged shoe salesman (John Hawkes) who feels the spark but is not ready; his alienated sons (Brandon Ratcliff and Miles Thompson) experiment with sex -- the 7-year-old on the Internet, the young teenager with girls; another salesman carries on an explicit verbal and written sex game with teen girls. Semi-graphic teen sexual situations; strong sexual and scatological language, profanity; man sets his hand on fire. 17 and older.