Reviews: What's New This Week

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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: Extraordinary Measures
In "Extraordinary Measures," a young couple teams up with ill-tempered research scientist to find a cure for the rare disease that is threatening the lives of their children. Despite the overall positive message of this medical drama, the cloud of impending death and sorrow that hangs over the film may be to heavy for young children. Rated PG, OK for Kids 14+

DVD: The Invention of Lying
In a world where deceit does not exist, a down-on-his-luck man inadvertently utters the very first lie in "The Invention of Lying." Though he often uses his new-found skill for good, he soon finds his life spinning out of control in the wake of his deceptions. The film features lots of alcohol consumption, crude language and a preoccupation with sex. Rated PG-13, Iffy for Kids 14-15

TV: The Pregnancy Pact
Inspired by the real-life pregnancy boom at a Massachusetts high school in 2008, "The Pregnancy Pact" addresses the issues surrounding teen pregnancy in America. While the school nurse lobbies for the distribution of contraceptives in school, a reporter delves into the reasons behind the sudden rise in teen pregnancies. Although the film is fiction, parents may find it a good jumping-off point for discussions about sex, pregnancy and parenthood. Not Rated, Iffy for Kids 14-16

Books: The Day-Glo Brothers
Curious kids and budding scientists will find "The Day-Glo Brothers" a fascinating read. Written by Chris Barton and cleverly illustrated by Tony Persiani, the book tells the real-life story of how two brothers came to invent Day-Glo paint. Inspirational and educational, the story is a shining example of what can happen when you set goals and work hard to achieve them. OK for Kids 6+

Music: Naturally by Selena Gomez
The second single off the Disney star's debut album, "Naturally" is a fast-paced pop ditty about young love and attraction. Gomez isn't breaking any new ground in the teen love song genre, but her squeaky clean lyrics are family-friendly and parent-approved. OK for Kids 8+

Web: Scrapcoloring
"Scrapcoloring" takes online art to whole new level by allowing users to upload their own photos and drawings to create personalized coloring pages. The site is free, no registration is required and most kids can manage the technical aspects on their own. OK for Kids 6+

Games: Dark Void
For Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, "Dark Void" is a science fiction shoot-em-up that takes players through the Bermuda Triangle to a parallel universe. With players battling an alien race on foot and in the air, the game is all combat all the time. The alien blood is blue but there's plenty of it. Rated T, Iffy for Kids 13-14

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