Reviews: What's New This Week

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Here is a look at what's new this week in family entertainment as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full.

In Theaters Now: Astro Boy
Based on the 1960's cartoon series of the same name,"Astro Boy" is an animated action film about a robotic boy created to replace a grieving scientist's deceased son. Despite the fact that much of the film centers around violent robot battles, the theme of inclusiveness shines through. Rated PG, OK for Kids 7+

Little Spirit Christmas in New York DVDDVD: Little Spirit: Christmas in New York
A story about a lonely boy and his magical adventures in the big city are told through flashbacks by a friendly cab driver in "Little Spirit: Christmas in New York." A joyous holiday film that will delight parents and children alike, the movie is hopeful and heartwarming. Not Rated, OK for Kids 4+

TV: Astro Boy (1960's)
The inspiration for the new big screen film, the original "Astro Boy" series is considered to be one of the first examples of anime. Although each episode centers around simple plots about defeating bad guys, there is an underlying theme about family and why we need them. Not Rated, OK for Kids 7+

Finn Throws a FitBooks: Finn Throws a Fit
Every parent who has ever suffered through a toddler's seemingly inexplicable tirade will relate to "Finn Throws a Fit." A raging child and his flustered parents weather the emotional storm in this humorous look at the anatomy of a temper tantrum. OK for Kids 3+

Music: This Is It (CD single)
Michael Jackson may be gone, but his music lives on in the posthumously released single, "This Is It". The only single release from the album of the same name, the song is a reworking of a 1980's recording and fits nicely in the singer's catalog of easy R&B tunes. OK for Kids 10+

Web: Camp Pete
Created by USC head coach Pete Carroll, the site is a moderated virtual community with a football theme. "Camp Pete" is a place where kids can watch videos, play games, take quizzes and chat. To encourage kids to get outside, the site will give players who have been online too long a virtual "time out." OK for Kids 7+

Where the Wild Things Are GameGames: Where the Wild Things Are
Based on Maurice Sendak's book and the newly released film of the same name, "Where the Wild Things Are" is an adventure game for Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and PlayStation 3. Players take on the role of Max as he frolics with his monster friends and tries to help them solve a serious problem he's discovered on their island. Rated E10+, OK for Kids 10+

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