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: Disney's A Christmas Carol
A perfectly cast Jim Carrey stars as Ebeneezer Scrooge in "Disney's A Christmas Carol." This classic tale about the importance of doing right by others is a 3-D fright fest with intense special effects and some terrifying imagery. For children brave enough to take it, the film is an excellent remake of the Charles Dickens classic Christmas tale. Rated PG, OK for Kids 8+

Aliens in the AtticDVD: Aliens in the Attic
Kids will recognize some of their favorite Disney and Nickelodeon stars in the silly adventure comedy "Aliens in the Attic." In the film, a family vacation is upended by the discovery of some extra-terrestrials set on world domination. While the kids battle the bad guys, there are a few comically scary scenes, lots of immature name-calling and some pretty heavy flirting. Rated PG, OK for Kids 8+

TV: Fanboy and Chum Chum
Two thrill-seeking friends imagine themselves superheros in "Fanboy and Chum Chum." While there is little educational value in this film, there is also little to worry parents. The main characters are goofy, the action scenes are comical and the language doesn't get any worse than the occasional "butt." Rated TV-Y, OK for Kids 7+

Love is the Higher LawBooks: Love is the Higher Law
A novel set against the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, "Love is the Higher Law" is a somber look at the tragedy through the eyes of three teens. Along with teaching a history lesson, the book deals with homosexuality, love, friendship and family. Ultimately about hope and humanity, it's a powerful story with an important message. OK for Kids 14+

Music: Sharing the Same Stars
Funny and smart, "Sharing the Same Stars" is a musical romp for preschoolers and young grade-schoolers. With 14 original songs covering everything from seat belts and ladybugs to animals and potty troubles, it's an impressive first collaboration for artist Ilene "Leeny" Altman and singer/songwriter Tamara Hey. OK for Kids 4+

Web: Moxie Girlz
Despite the focus on beauty and image, "Moxie Girlz" offers up some worthwhile educational content. Inspired by the Moxie Girlz line of dolls, the site teaches about meteorology and lets players design and publish their own magazines. Unfortunately, the site is heavy on promotion and feels more like it was designed to sell dolls than to educate girls. OK for Kids 7+

iCarly gameGames: iCarly
Nickelodeon expands the reach of everybody's favorite Web show star with "iCarly" for Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DSi. Simple enough for beginning gamers, players create webisodes by playing mini-games while fending off a hacking rival. Players have little to no effect on how the game unfolds and, as on the show, the characters are rather mean to each other. Rated E, Iffy for Kids 8+

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