Reviews: What's New This Week
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: Furry Vengeance
A silly comedy with an environmental message, "Furry Vengeance" stars Brendan Fraser as a real estate developer charged with tearing down a forest to build a housing development. As the resident animals fight to save their home, there's lots of slapstick humor, ridiculous pratfalls and, of course, a lesson learned about environmental responsibility. Rated PG, OK for kids 7+
DVD: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
A somber tale featuring a magic mirror and a deal with the devil, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is a truly unique fantasy film. Although beautiful to look at, the story is dark and includes enough rough language, sexual content and drinking to make it inappropriate for young kids. Rated PG-13, OK for kids 15+
TV: America: The Story of Us
A six-part documentary spanning 400 years, History Channel's "America: The Story of Us" is an in-depth look at the political, economical and social events that shaped our country. With an introduction by President Barack Obama, the series strives to remain neutral as it examines the good, the bad and the ugly history of the United States of America. Rated TV-PG, OK for kids 12+
"Twilight"-loving teens will enjoy "Need," author Carrie Jones' supernatural tale featuring bloodthirsty pixies, handsome werewolves and a sarcastic teen girl. With clever humor, steamy kisses and only mild language, it's a great read for young fantasy fiction fans. OK for kids 13+
Music: OMG by Usher
Despite the kid-friendly title of Usher's latest CD single, "OMG" is not entirely appropriate for young teens. With lyrics that confuse sexual attraction with true love, there's lots of booty, boobies and "pop popping dropping" going on. Iffy for kids 13-14
An educational site for preschoolers and kindergartners, "Worksheetlab" features over 100 different printable activity sheets in a variety of categories. The site's simple layout is easy to navigate and kids can choose from coloring pages, mazes, counting exercises, paper crafts and more. OK for kids 4+
Games: Mega Man 10
For Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, "Mega Man 10" is an action adventure game aimed at preteen boys. In the role of Mega Man or Proto Man, players fight to destroy flu-infected robots who are bent on destroying the city. The violence is bloodless and cartoonish and the ability to set difficulty levels makes the game good for novice players. Rated E, OK for kids 9+
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