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: The Last Song
Miley Cyrus stars as an angry teen in "The Last Song," a coming-of-age story about family, love and loss. Despite the presence of pop star Cyrus, there is very little music in this weepy tale about a young girl learning to forgive her father and open her heart. The language is mild, but there are enough kissing scenes to make the average tween squirm. Rated PG, iffy for kids ages 12 to 13

DVD: The First Easter Rabbit
The Easter Bunny's back story is revealed in "The First Easter Rabbit," a non-religious animated tale about a toy bunny named Stuffy who becomes a real rabbit. Before Stuffy can earn the title of Easter Bunny, he must defeat Zero, a bad guy bent on destroying spring. Narrated by Burl Ives, this 1972 television special is destined to become a favorite for a whole new generation. Not Rated, OK for kids 3+

TV: Victorious
New on Nickelodeon, "Victorious" is a comedy series set in a prestigious performing arts school. With a little help from her friends and family, new student Tori struggles to fit in with her eclectic classmates. With lots of music and an attractive young cast, the show is sure to be a hit with tweens. Rated TV-G, OK for kids 8+


Books: Thinandbeautiful.com
"Thinandbeautiful.com" takes readers inside the mind of Maddie, a young girl who turns to a pro-eating disorder Web site as she struggles with her body image. Educational and emotional, it's a horrific story that reveals much about the progression of the disorder and the pain it inflicts upon everyone involved. OK for kids 12+

Music: My World 2.0 (Justin Bieber)
Tween pop heartthrob Justin Bieber's second album, "My World 2.0," delivers exactly what his young fans expect: Sticky sweet love songs with a bubble gum pop sound. Despite the presence of guest rapper Ludacris, Bieber's lyrics remain as squeaky clean and sugary sweet and his own pre-pubescent voice. OK for kids 10+

Web: Shovio
Registered users can create Web shows and participate in live chat on "Shovio," an interactive, two-way broadcast community. Former radio broadcasters and regular folks alike participate in real-time talk shows where anything goes. The free-for-all atmosphere of the site can and does result in inappropriate content and is therefore appropriate only for older teens. OK for kids 15+

Games: How to Train Your Dragon
For Nintendo DS, DSi, Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, "How to Train Your Dragon" is based on the new movie of the same name. Players assume the role of a young Viking, training dragons to fight in tournaments. The battles are violent but bloodless and can only be waged after the dragon has been properly groomed and cared for. The arcade mode allows multiple players to battle each other. Rated E10+, iffy for kids ages 10 to 11

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