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March 28, 2013

Reviews: A family guide to new movie releases

‘G.I. JOE: RETALIATION’

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of combat violence and martial arts action throughout, and for brief sensuality and language.

What it’s about: An elite commando unit is betrayed and tracks down those who killed their comrades.

The kid attractor factor: Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, RZA, and a lot of explosions, fights, chases, gadgets and masked villains.

Violence: Constant, lots of deaths, little blood.

Language: Quite clean.

Sex: A little cleavage, some dressing and undressing.

Drugs: None at all.

Parents’ advisory: More violent than the “Transformers” movies, but just as cartoonish. OK for 13-and-up.

‘THE HOST’

Rating: PG-13 for some sensuality and violence.

What it’s about: Aliens take over human bodies, but one human “host” mind survives this invasion.

The kid attractor factor: Aliens, humans fighting them and young people in love, written by the author of “Twilight.”

Good lessons/bad lessons: An orderly, safe world without free will is not worth living in.

Violence: Yes, including suicide.

Language: Mild profanity

Sex: As sexual as the first “Twilight.”

Parents Advisory: There’s more to chew on than necks in this “Twilight of the Body Snatchers,” but it’s chaste enough to be suitable for 12-and-up.

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