Parents' guide to new movie releases

Chris Hemsworth (left) and Anthony Hopkins are shown in a scene from the film “Thor.”


Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence.

What it's about: A headstrong young deity is cast out with his hammer after irking his father, Odin.

kid attractor factor: It's a comic-book adaptation, and it's summer

Good lessons/bad lessons: Cast aside vanity, temper and ego and serve humanity and you get to keep the hammer.

Violence: Hammerings and impalings, without blood.

Language: Profanity-free.

Sex: None, even with Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings on board.

Drugs: A few too many boilermakers are served.

Parents' advisory: Light on message, heavy on action, this is suitable for 8 and older despite the PG-13 tag.

'Jumping the Broom'

Rating: PG-13 for some sexual content.

What it's about: Two African-American families from different social classes gather on Martha's Vineyard for a wedding.

kid attractor factor: A large and varied cast of funny people acting out wacky family goings-on.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Loving the person you're going to marry is no guarantee that you'll love their family and that they'll love yours.

Violence: Some slapping, a punch or two.

Language: Quite clean.

Sex: Discussed, barely avoided.

Drugs: Cocktails and beer.

Parents' advisory: More family friendly than the films of Tyler Perry, which it compares to and imitates, younger kids will be bored -- just as at a real wedding. OK for 10 and older.