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: Toy Story 3
Andy's animated toys are back in "Toy Story 3," the third installment of Disney Pixar's hugely popular franchise. This time, Andy's off to college and the gang is off to day care. With a mix of laughs, tears and a few scares, it's that rare film the entire family can enjoy together. Rated G, OK for kids 5+

DVD: Youth in Revolt
A mild mannered boy develops a bad-boy alter ego in order to seduce the girl next door in "Youth in Revolt." While it's funny and even charming at times, it's a raunchy film with mature content that includes lots of smoking, drinking, rough language and a preoccupation with sex. Rated R, iffy for kids 17+

TV: Pretty Little Liars
Based on the Harper Teen novels of the same name, "Pretty Little Liars" is a teen drama featuring beautiful girls with a secret. While the language is mild, the teen drinking and drug use, sexual relationships and general bad behavior make it inappropriate for young teens. Rated TV-14, iffy for kids 14-16

Books: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
A "Twilight" spin off, "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" tells the story of a 16-year-old girl learning to be a vampire. While her romance with a beautiful boy vampire is limited to hand-holding, the bloody feeding on humans may put some kids off. The short novella is available for free download until July 5. OK for kids 13+

Music: The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band
The popular preschool entertainer brings all the hits together in "The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band." With 19 tracks of previously released songs, the CD offers just one new tune: "Open Your Heart," a rocking story about about love, friendship and the joy of living. OK for kids 2+

Web: Meez
A social networking and game-playing site for teens, "Meez" lets users create an avatar and enter a virtual world. With the ability to privately interact with strangers and the availability of questionable graphic backgrounds for personal pages, the non-moderated site is a free-for-all that is inappropriate for the teens it hopes to attract. Iffy for kids 15-18

Games: Tetris Party Deluxe
Fans of the classic puzzle game can get addicted all over again with "Tetris Party Deluxe," a multi-player game for Nintendo DS, DSi and Wii. While the original version is included, the new variations of the popular block-dropping game let players work together to create patterns on the same game board. Rated E, OK for kids 8+


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