'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close'

Rating: PG-13 for emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and language

What it's about: A boy tries to make sense of his dad's death on 9/11 by going on a quest in search of the lock a key his father left behind fits.

The kid attractor factor: A child is the hero, and 9/11 is seen from a child's confused point of view.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Every day is a miracle." "If things were easy to find, they wouldn't be worth finding."

Violence: The 9/11 subtext and images from it are a part of the story.

Language: A smattering of profanity

Sex: None.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: A 9/11 movie that flirts with "cute" and "precious," it's also a very accessible way for kids to process that piece of history, Suitable for 11-and-up.

'Man on a Ledge'

Rating: PG-13 for violence and brief strong language

What it's about: A man unjustly imprisoned breaks out, climbs on a ledge and tries to prove his innocence.

The kid attractor factor: It's a heist picture and stars Sam Worthington.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Sometimes, all it takes is one person to believe you for good to triumph over evil.

Violence: Shootouts, car chases, fisticuffs.

Language: Blasts of profanity, here and there.

Sex: Comically over-the-top cleavage.

Drugs: Alcoholism is hinted, cigarettes are consumed.

Parents' advisory: Pretty tame content for an action picture, OK for 10-and-up.