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: How to Train Your Dragon
Based on the book by Cressida Cresswell, "How to Train Your Dragon" is a 3-D adventure film about a reluctant young dragon slayer who yearns for peace, friendship and his father's acceptance. With rampaging dragons wreaking havoc, the film can be visually intense, but the story itself is a subtle and surprisingly moving coming-of-age tale. Rated PG, OK for kids 8+

DVD: My Friends Tigger and Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths
After a shooting star falls to Earth, Pooh and his pals gain super powers in the feature-length film "My Friends Tigger and Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths." The familiar characters are all present and accounted for, but new friend Darby, a confident girl with a can-do attitude, is the star of the show. Not Rated, OK for kids 3+

TV: Doodlebops Rockin' Road Show
Packed with original songs, "Doodlebops Rockin' Road Show" is an animated version of the popular live-action television show. DeeDee, Rooney and Moe travel through Doodle-Net solving typical childhood problems with creativity, logic and, of course, catchy tunes. Rated TV-Y, OK for kids 4+

Books: The Baby-Sitters Club: The Summer Before
A prequel to the popular book series, "The Baby-Sitters Club: The Summer Before" chronicles the lives of four 11-year-old girls growing up together, but differently. While the story touches on heavy subjects such as divorce and disease, the focus is on friendship, family and the often bumpy road to maturity. OK for kids 9+

Music: Make a Wave (Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas)
Demi and Joe team up on "Make a Wave," a call to action for kids to help protect the environment by making small changes in their own lives. Recorded for Disney's upcoming movie, "Oceans," all proceeds from the single will be donated to benefit environmental causes. OK for kids 8+

Web: iTwixie
A social networking site for tweens, "iTwixie" is an ad-free and moderated online meeting place for girls who value accomplishments over appearances. Positive and empowering, it's a safe place for young girls to create and share content, play games and connect with each other. OK for kids 8+

Games: Again
A serial killer mystery for Nintendo DS and DSi, "Again" features an FBI agent on the trail of a murderous psychopath. While well-constructed and fairly easy to play, the game is nightmarishly gruesome and often quite disturbing. Rated T, Iffy for kids 16-17


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