Parents’ guide to new movie releases

Rio

'Rio'

Rating: G.

What it's about: A rare blue macaw is sent to Brazil to mate and save his species, only he doesn't get along with the female macaw, and they're bird-napped.

The kid attractor factor: Animation, funny birds, slapstick, samba music.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Exotic birds were never meant to be pets because it drives them to extinction in the wild.

Violence: Cartoon slapstick.

Language: Disney clean.

Sex: Brazilian babes on the beach in Rio.

Drugs: Does chloroform count?

Parents' advisory: Far and away the smartest, sweetest and funniest film from the folks who made those "Ice Age" cartoons, suitable for the whole family.

'The Conspirator'

Rating: PG-13 for some violent content.

What it's about: President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated and among those accused of the crime are people who might be innocent.

The kid attractor factor: Civil War history. Kids love the Civil War, right?

Good lessons/bad lessons: If the Constitution was not written to protect civilians from military tribunals, what was it written for?

Violence: Shootings, hangings.

Language: Profanity free.

Sex: None.

Drugs: Whiskey, but not much of it.

Parents' advisory: The attention to period detail and a forgotten corner of history will appeal to middle schoolers studying the Civil War. Suitable for 12 and older.