Weekly family rail, with a review of “Angels & Demons,” how to tell if your pet is stressed out and more.

Family Screening Room

“Angels & Demons”

Rated: PG-13 (for sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material)

Length: 2:30
 
Synopsis: The team behind "The Da Vinci Code" movie returns for the highly anticipated "Angels & Demons," based upon the bestselling novel by Dan Brown. Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard religious expert Robert Langdon, who once again finds that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals.

Violence/scary rating: 4
 
Sexual-content rating: 2
 
Profanity rating: 2.5

Drugs/alcohol rating: 2
 
Family Time rating: 3.5: This is quite similar to “The Da Vinci Code” – the youngster-inappropriate material comes from the action and thriller aspects.

(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Tip of the Week

Pets suffer from anxiety, and they communicate their distress through signs of nervousness and fear by their behavior. A pet is often labeled as having a behavior problem when in fact the animal is reacting to something he does not understand or perceives might be a threat. Knowing the signs and possible causes of anxiety can help you to ease your pet’s distress. Below are 10 signs of pet anxiety:

1. Excessive barking or meowing, whining, yelping, crying
2. Pacing, panting, restlessness or running around
3. Cowering, trembling, shaking
4. Excessive vigilance with exaggerated startle response
5. Hiding under furniture, in the bathroom or freezing to the spot
6. Seeking comfort from owner/guardian
7. Drooling, vomiting
8. Inappropriate urination or defecation
9. Destructive chewing
10. Running away

For more about pet anxiety, go to Homeopet.com.

Book Report

“Amazing Tales for Making Men Out of Boys,” by Neil Oliver
Ages: 8 and up
Pages: 384

Tales of brave and selfless deeds used to be part of every boy's education. We grew up sharing stories with our fathers, uncles and grandfathers of how great men had lived their lives, met their challenges, reached their goals and faced their deaths. Becoming a man was about comradeship and standing by your friends whatever the circumstances. And it meant that sometimes it was more important to die a hero than live a coward's life. “Amazing Tales for Making Men Out of Boys” is packed with classic stories of courage and heroism from around the world.

Did You Know

13.3 percent of college women said they had been forced to have sex in a dating situation, according to the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Kids Kitchen: Blue Lemonade

5 cups water
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar, or to taste
3 lemons, pared rind of
6 large lemons, juice of
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup blueberries
Ice (for serving)

In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups of the water with 1 cup of the sugar. Bring them to a boil over low heat, stirring until the sugar melts. Turn the heat up and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until the syrup begins to thicken slightly. Stir in the remaining 3 cups of water with the lemon rind and the juice. Remove the pan from the heat. In a food processor or blender, puree the blackberries and blueberries and add them to the syrup. Let the mixture cool to room temperature and set it aside for 1 hour. Strain well into a large pitcher to remove the seeds and skins from the berries. Chill until ready to serve. Serve over ice. Makes 4. (CDKitchen.com)

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