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: Shrek Forever After
Everyone's favorite ogre is back for what might very well be his final star turn in "Shrek Forever After." This fourth installment of the popular series features an alternate universe plot that lets the familiar characters step into different roles. It's funny, has a positive message and the violence is of the humorous slapstick variety. Rated PG, OK for kids 6+

DVD: Valentine's Day
A romantic comedy with an A-list ensemble cast, "Valentine's Day" explores love on the most romantic day of the year. As might be expected, the film contains plenty of sexual situations and adult language, making it inappropriate for young viewers. Rated PG-13, iffy for kids 14-15

TV: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
A cross-country tour of American restaurants, "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" takes viewers off the beaten path to discover some beloved local eateries. Host Guy Fieri goes behind the counter and into the kitchen with cooking demonstrations and interviews with employees and customers. Rated TV-G, OK for kids 10+

Books: Meanwhile
An interactive book in which readers guide the story, "Meanwhile" is an 80-page adventure with nearly 4,000 story combinations. Using tabs and colored tubes, readers make decisions for the main character, leading him to different places in the book. Inventive and unique, author Jason Shiga's clever story never reads the same way twice. OK for kids 8+

Music: Alejandro by Lady GaGa
With no objectionable language and a positive message about walking away from a difficult relationship, "Alejandro" is somewhat of a departure for Lady GaGa. In addition to the kid-friendly lyrics, the song is notable for its Spanish flavor, reminiscent of 1980s Madonna. OK for kids 12+

Games: Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
A tie-in to the movie of the same name, "Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands" is an action adventure game for Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Windows and Xbox 360. The violence is bloodless but there's lots of it as players battle an army of skeletons in an effort to save the kingdom. Rated T, OK for kids 13+

Web: Kidult
A news site for teens, "Kidult" features bite-sized pieces of information related to current events, entertainment and culture. Created by recording artist Pharrell Williams, the site doesn't talk down to kids and has an overall positive vibe, but some of the content may be too mature for younger kids. OK for kids 13+

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