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: Remember Me
"Twilight" hunk Robert Pattinson stars in "Remember Me," a coming-of-age drama featuring two young adults with major issues. The film is dark and serious and features more violence, strong language and sexual content than you might expect in a movie presumably aimed at teens. Rated PG-13, Iffy for Kids 14-15

DVD: Planet 51
An animated film set in an alien version of 1950s America, "Planet 51" is a children's movie that tries hard to entertain parents, as well. While the suggestive humor and cultural references likely will go over their heads, kids will still find something to laugh about as alien kids try to send a wayward Earthling back where he belongs. Rated PG, OK for Kids 7+

TV: Pink Panther and Pals
Conflict and cartoon violence are the hallmarks of "Pink Panther and Pals," an animated series on Cartoon Network. This modern Pink Panther is a teenager, but he's just as silent and sneaky as ever as he battles his arch-nemesis, Big Nose. Despite the modern makeover, the show is as silly and fun as the 1960s original. Rated TV-Y7, OK for Kids 5+

Books: The Storm in the Barn
Set in 1937 Kansas, "The Storm in the Barn" tells the story of a desperate town struggling to survive during the Dust Bowl. Inspired by actual photos from the period, author and illustrator Matt Phelan combines historical fact with a supernatural twist in this tale of a young boy's fight to bring back the rain. OK for Kids 10+

Music: Up Out My Face (Mariah Carey)
Mariah Carey's latest single, "Up Out My Face" is a duet with female rapper Nicki Minaj. While not explicit, the song's message is crystal clear: cheating is unacceptable. It's a sassy tirade by two strong women who demand respect. OK for Kids 12+

Web: Scholastic Kids Press Corps
A news site for kids, "Scholastic Kids Press Corps" delivers informative and entertaining news by kid journalists. In addition to current events, the site features celebrity interviews, travel tips, book recommendations and blogs. Aspiring journalists also will find inspiration and tips from the pros. OK for Kids 9+

Games: Wallace and Gromit's Grand Adventures
For Windows, "Wallace and Gromit's Grand Adventures" is a strategy and logic game featuring the popular cartoon claymation pals. While the puzzles can be challenging, the game provides ample hints and plenty of laughs along the way. Rated E, OK for Kids 10+

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