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: Date Night
A long-married couple spend an improbable evening on the run in "Date Night," a mistaken-identity farce starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell. It's well-played and often funny, but the strong language and sexual situations make it inappropriate for young kids. Rated PG-13, iffy for kids 14-15

DVD: The Great Mouse Detective
First released in theaters in 1986, "The Great Mouse Detective" is Disney's homage to Sherlock Holmes. Detective Basil of Baker Street and his sidekick Dr. Dawson dodge bad guys in 19th-century London as they search for a missing mouse. Some menacing mice and a creepy bat are as scary as it gets and the film's message is a positive one. Rated G, OK for kids 6+

TV: 9 By Design
A new reality show on Bravo, "9 By Design" chronicles the lives of a New York City couple who, along with running a high style home design firm, are raising seven children in a most non-traditional way. While their parenting style is presented in a positive light, their language is sometimes a little rough. Rated TV-PG, Iffy for kids 13-14

Books: Woods Runner
An historical novel set in 1770s British Pennsylvania, "Woods Runner" tells the story of a 13-year-old boy charged with hunting food for the settlement in which he lives. When the Revolutionary War reaches his village, he must defend himself and rescue his kidnapped family. Violent without being too graphic, the book is an age-appropriate and entertaining history lesson. OK for kids 12+

Music: Disney Karaoke Series: Phineas & Ferb
Fans of the show's oddball musical numbers will enjoy singing along with "Disney Karaoke Series: Phineas & Ferb." The CD includes vocal and instrumental versions of eight songs including "Gitchee Gitchee Goo," "Little Brothers" and the ridiculously silly "Squirrels in My Pants." OK for kids 5+

Web: HarperTeen
A meeting place for kids who love books, "HarperTeen" mostly serves as a store-front for HarperCollins Publishers. On the site, teens can buy books, read reviews, enter contests and listen to podcasts featuring their favorite authors. OK for kids 15+

Games: Pony Friends 2
For Nintendo DS, DSi, Wii and Windows, "Pony Friends 2" offers a virtual world in which players can care for horses, teach them tricks, compete in races and more. Easy to play and beautifully rendered, the game is sure to be a hit with young animal lovers. Rated E, OK for kids 7+

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