Parents’ guide to new moviere leases

Jackie Chan (left) as Mr. Han and Jaden Smith as Dre Parker star in Columbia’s’ “The Karate Kid.”

'The Karate Kid'

Rating: PG for bullying, martial-arts action violence and some mild language.

What it's about: Small boy moves to China, is bullied, learns Kung Fu from a master.

The kid attractor factor: Everybody is Kung Fu fighting, including Jackie Chan.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Martial arts can teach discipline, self-respect, respect for elders. And yet some students still turn into bullies.

Violence: Quite a lot of it.

Language: Pretty mild profanity.

Sex: A smooch, here and there.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: A kids' action film with mostly positive messages, suitable for pretty much everybody.

'The A-Team'

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence throughout, language and smoking.

What it's about: Swaggering, wise-cracking Army Rangers bust out of jail to kick butt and clear their names.

The kid attractor factor: Hardcore action, or as hardcore as you can get in a PG-13 film.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "No matter how random things might appear, there is still a plan."

Violence: Why, yes.

Language: Mercenaries enjoy a good cuss word now and then.

Sex: Jessica Biel's in it.

Drugs: Cigars. Wine. Medication.

Parents' advisory: A little too cavalier about the consequences of violence, but try and keep 'tween boys away from it.