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: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Based on a video game, "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" is an action adventure film featuring a hero on the run from soldiers who have mistaken him for an assassin. While his sidekick is a beautiful girl, their romance is a minor consideration and never goes beyond mild flirting. It's an action-packed and violent film that manages to avoid being overly gruesome or bloody. Rated PG-13, OK for kids 13+


DVD: Dear John
Starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, "Dear John" is based on Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel of the same name. The plot involving star-crossed lovers may be predictable, but the film is sweet and conveys positive messages about honesty and selflessness. While the film is suitable for most young audiences, there are a few violent war scenes, a fist-fight, some heavy kissing and one love scene. Rated PG-13, OK for kids 13+

TV: Are We There Yet?
A newly-blended family tries to adjust to living together in "Are We There Yet?," a new comedy on TBS. The children fuss, fight and play pranks on the adults, but they are basically nice kids being raised by nice parents. With only mild sexual innuendo and no violence at all, the show is something the whole family can enjoy together. Rated TV-PG, OK for kids 10+

Books: The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1
From the same author who set kids' imaginations on fire with the "Percy Jackson" series comes "The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1." Set in ancient Egypt, the book tells the story of two kids caught up in a dangerous world of magic, intrigue and horrible creatures who wish to do them harm. It's a complicated read, but author Rick Riordan's fans will eat it up. OK for kids 10+

Music: Can't Be Tamed by Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus tries to present a more mature image with her new single, "Can't Be Tamed." She succeeds on every level with a tough new look, an edgy sound and lyrics that proclaim her independence. Unfortunately, those lyrics describe a selfish bad girl who is "flyin' through guys like money." Iffy for kids 12-13

Web: Togetherville
A content sharing site for kids, "Togetherville" lets young people connect in a totally safe environment. Modeled on Facebook, the site lets users post pre-scripted status updates, play games and share photos with friends and family. A great way to ease younger kids into the world of social networking. OK for kids 7+

Games: Shrek Forever After
Timed to coincide with the release of the movie of the same name, "Shrek Forever After" is an action adventure game for Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Windows and Xbox 360. Following the same plot as the movie, up to four players work together as Shrek as he tries to remake the life that evil Rumpelstiltskin has destroyed. Characters fight, but there's no blood and the effect is unreal and cartoonish. Rated E10+, OK for kids 8+

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