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: Alice in Wonderland
An intense 3-D adventure, "Alice in Wonderland" picks up Lewis Carroll's classic tale some 13 years later. Though the language is mild and there's very little sexual content, there's plenty of fantasy violence, scary looking creatures and some potentially disturbing imagery involving severed body parts. Rated PG, OK for Kids 10+

DVD: Where the Wild Things Are
While director Spike Jonze did a beautiful job bringing Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" to life on the big screen, the live-action film is probably too wild for the book's youngest fans. At times dark and scary, the film explores complex emotions with a subtlety that will be lost on the little ones. However, older kids will likely delight in the rumpus brought to life. Rated PG, OK for Kids 9+

TV: Parenthood
Although NBC's new series "Parenthood" explores family relationships and the trials and tribulations of raising children, it is not intended to be family fare. Based on the 1989 film of the same name, the focus of the show is on the adults of a large extended family as they deal with marriage, sex, and the ups and downs of parenting. Rated TV-PG, Iffy for Kids 13-17

Books: Alphas
Set in an exclusive academy for girls, "Alphas" has the cattiness and crushes you would expect to find in such a place. But it also has high-achieving, smart girls working hard to make the most of their talents. A spin-off of the popular "Clique" series, Lisi Harrison's book is an entertaining and perhaps even inspiring read for young teens. OK for Kids 12+

Music: Soldier of Love (Sade)
British/Nigerian singer Sade makes a comeback with "Soldier of Love," a soulful collection of powerful songs that showcase her uniquely rich and sensual voice. Although most of the lyrics deal with love and overcoming obstacles, a few delve into touchier subjects like suicide and paternity. OK for Kids 12+

Web: Sweety High
A school-themed social networking site, "Sweety High" is a safe place for girls to connect with friends, watch videos, keep up with celebs and even blog. All user-generated content is moderated and parental control options are in place for younger users. Most features are free to use, but a premium "Sweety High Society" membership can be purchased for $49.99 per year. OK for Kids 11+

Games: Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
For Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, "Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing" features fast and furious racing for the whole family. Players choose a character or create a custom avatar and race to the finish line on a variety of well-designed and colorful tracks. Whether racing against others or in single player mode, it's a blast for kids of all ages. Rated E, OK for Kids 9+

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