“John Carter,” now on DVD
Synopsis: Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.
Violence/scary rating: 4
Sexual-content rating: 2
Profanity rating: 2
Drugs/alcohol rating: 2
Family Time rating: 3. Not a bad family film if you stick with the rating, but according to critics, it’s a bad movie in general. Now that it’s cheaper to watch, you can decide for yourself.
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)