Parents' guide to new movie releases

Zachary Quinto as Spock, left, and Chis Pine as James T. Kirk are shown in a scene from, "Star Trek."

'Star Trek'

Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence and brief sexual content.

What it's about: The young men and women on the Starship Enterprise meet and have their first Earth-saving adventure in this prequel to the TV show and movies.

kid attractor factor: Space battles, funny creatures.

Good lessons/bad lessons: First impressions aren't everything.

Violence: Quite a bit, a couple of memorable deaths.

Language: Some profanity.

Sex: Pursued if not consummated.

Drugs: Alcohol is consumed.

Parents' advisory: The jokes are aimed more at parents who remember the "Trek" saga, but kids of all ages should enjoy the action, the setting and the banter.

'Is Anybody There?'

Rating: PG-13 for language, including sexual references, and some disturbing images.

What it's about: An aged magician befriends a weird little boy who is growing up in his parents' retirement home.

kid attractor factor: A kid's story is told, with magic and ghosts as a subject.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Make contact with the living," not the dead.

Violence: A car wreck, deaths.

Language: Some profanity.

Sex: Suggested.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: A grown-up film with surprisingly kid-friendly elements, and terrific life lessons tucked in.