Reviews: What's New

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

New in Theaters: Sherlock Holmes
As much a buddy movie as a mystery, "Sherlock Holmes" follows the friendship of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they fight crime in late 1800s London. Despite the abundance of slow-motion violence, the film is entertaining and fun and perfectly set up for a sequel. Rated PG, 13, OK for Kids 14+

DVD: Tinker Bell
First brought to life in "Peter Pan," everyone's favorite fairy gets her own movie in Disney's "Tinker Bell." Unhappy with her role as a Tinker Fairy, Tinker Bell tries to prove she's meant for bigger things. A tale about accepting and appreciating the talents you are born with, the film is as wholesome as they come. Rated G, OK for Kids 4+

TV: One Big Happy Family
A reality show on TLC, "One Big Happy Family" documents the struggles of an overweight family as they try to change their eating habits and their lives. Mom, dad and their two teens face their problems with humor, love and a willingness to accept responsibility for their issues. As real as a reality show gets, it's ultimately a portrait of a loving family. Rated TV-PG, OK for Kids 10+

Books: Sun & Spoon
A young boy struggles to come to terms with the death of his grandmother in "Sun & Spoon" by Kevin Henkes. Poignant and touching without being maudlin, it's a gentle story about family, loss and the different ways in which we grieve. OK for Kids 8+

Music: The Time Machine
Alternative rockers The Sippy Cups sing about growing and changing on "The Time Machine." With typical high energy, the group covers childhood milestones with tracks about losing a tooth, learning to swim and other big kid moments. With a fresh, rock-inspired beat, it's music kids and parents can enjoy together. OK for Kids 5+

Web: BigGreen Help
It's all about the environment and teaching kids how to protect it at Nickelodeon's "BigGreen Help." With games, quizzes, videos and more, the site mixes fun with learning. Despite the clear connections to Nick's commercial interests, the site offers good ideas and pats on the back for kids who care about protecting the earth. OK for Kids 7+

Games: Comfy Easy PC
If fears of spilled juice and deleted files are coming between your child and your computer, "Comfy Easy PC" might be just what you need. With a package that includes a kid-friendly keyboard and "First Steps" software, it's basically a toddler-proof remodel of your standard PC. Graphic-driven games teach motor, sensory, language, and thinking skills. Rated EC, OK for Kids 2+

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