OK for 6 and older

'The Croods'

(Animation, PG, 98 minutes)

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DreamWorks' latest animated blockbuster is a visually dazzling, if a little empty-headed, 3-D feast for the eyes. Nicolas Cage stars as the patriarch of a prehistoric caveman family who are forced to go on a road trip when their cave is destroyed. Emma Stone plays his adventurous daughter and Ryan Reynolds her love interest, a more evolved man who introduces the family to fire, cooking and tool-making. The flick is breezy, diverting and fun, tough it lacks the inspired wit that made "Shrek" a classic.

Info for parents: PG for some scary action.

Rating: HH

OK for 10 and older

'Oz the Great

and Powerful'

(Drama, PG, 130 minutes)

James Franco, awake and even kind of animated, is the title character - a carnival magician who gets in over his head when he finds himself in a strange and trippy land populated by Munchkins, Tinkers, Quadlings and a trio of criminally over-dressed and over-madeup witches, played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams.

Info for parents: PG for flying, fanged baboons and intense scares.

Rating: HH

Older 13s

'Tyler Perry's Temptation'

(Drama, PG-13, 111 minutes)

The thing that made Tyler Perry rich is much in evidence in this film. There's no Madea here. But the women are beautiful, serious about clothes, makeup, hair and church. But "Temptation" is a cautionary tale about wanting what you haven't got. Perry clumsily frames this story as a tale a counselor (Candice Coke) tells a woman who's thinking of cheating on her husband. The timing of the comic moments is off, and the film drags and drags before reaching an obvious conclusion.

Info for parents: Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexuality and drug content.

Rating: H1/2

Mature high-schoolers

'The Call'

(Thriller, R, 94 minutes)

A sordid slice of abduction porn, with Halle Berry as a veteran 911 operator who is not, no way, never, going to let the 16-year-old girl trapped in the trunk of a psycho's car disappear and die. Abigail Breslin displays a wide range of shrieks, squeals, yelps and sobs as the victim, and Morris Chestnut is Berry's LAPD cop boyfriend.

Info for parents: Rated R for violence, profanity and adult themes.

Rating: HH

'Evil Dead'

(Horror, R, 92 minutes)

This remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 demonic gorefest doesn't surpass the original, but it measures up well enough to give fans of the genre what they crave.

Info for parents: Rated R for ultra-violence, extreme gore, demonic slapstick, drug use and profanity.

Rating: HHH

'Olympus Has Fallen'

(Action, R, 119 minutes)

The White House is under siege, but luckily a lone Secret Service agent - a brooding, burly Gerard Butler - is on the loose, sneaking around 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with a headset and some handguns. "Die Hard on the Potomac," enjoyably tacky, cartoonishly violent.

Info for parents: Rated R for violence, profanity and adult themes.

Rating: HH1/2

'Side Effects'

(Thriller, R, 106 minutes)

Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh's tightly coiled psychological thriller - with "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's" Rooney Mara, with Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones - would make James M. Cain proud. On one level, a dark take on the culture of pharmaceutical cure-alls, on another, a classic, twisting noir.

Info for parents: Rated R for violence, profanity, sex, nudity, drugs and adult themes.

Rating: HHH1/2


(Drama, R, 101 minutes)

James McAvoy stars as an art thief who suffers a blow to his head and forgets where he left a Goya painting worth millions. His criminal associates hire a hypnotherapist to help jog his memory.

Info for parents: Rated R for graphic nudity, violence, brief torture and profanity.

Rating: HH1/2

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