Reviews: What's New This Week

Filed under: New In Pop Culture

Food, fire and friends all feature prominently in this week's roundup of what's new in entertainment. Here's the rundown based on reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full.

In Theaters Now
A story of reinvention and self-discovery, "Julie & Julia" chronicles the lives of famous chef Julia Child and one of the many women she inspired, blogger Julie Powell. The focus may be on food, but the film's message shines through: Persistence and hard work lead to success. Rated PG-13, OK for Kids 13+

DVD
Race to Witch MountainDisney's 1975 classic "Escape to Witch Mountain" gets a high-tech makeover in "Race to Witch Mountain." The story of brother and sister aliens in need of a rescue is scarier than the original and features lots of fiery explosions, innocent flirting and mild language. Rated PG, OK for Kids 8+

TV
Perky Carly Shay and her best friend Sam find Internet stardom on Nickelodeon's popular "iCarly." It's typical tween situational comedy with an interactive twist: Viewers are encouraged to log on and participate in the fictional web show with video submissions of their own. Rated TV-Y7, OK for Kids 8+

Books
With strung out parents and a drug addicted friend, a boy finds himself at a crossroads in "Saint Iggy" by K. Going. About to be kicked out of school, Iggy is inspired to take control of his life and choose his own path. It's a somber tale that manages to be uplifting despite the dark setting. OK for Kids 14+

Music
Demi Lovato Here We Go AgainA standout from Disney's ever-expanding stable of young stars, Demi Lovato shines on her new album "Here We Go Again." Her take on romance is decidedly pessimistic, but her lyrics are clean and her strong voice sets her apart from her pop star peers. OK for Kids 9+

Web
A completely secure online environment, "My Secret Circle" is the newest web destination for kids looking to combine creativity with social networking. Whether dressing up an avatar, chatting with friends or journaling, the site provides a safe place for girls to hang out. OK for Kids 8+

Games
Birthday Party Bash"Birthday Party Bash" for Nintendo Wii is more than a game collection, it's a party planning tool. In addition to 22 birthday-themed mini-games, the disc comes with a manual chock-full of suggestions for more traditional party games. Rated E, OK for Kids 5+

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