Reviews: What's New This Week

Filed under: Toys, That's Entertainment, Music, Movies, Gear Guides: Toddlers & Preschoolers, Gear Guides: Big Kids, Gear Guides: Tweens, New In Pop Culture


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: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Bella, Edward and Jacob continue their supernatural love triangle in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." This third installment in the series is the most violent and features a more sexually charged atmosphere. While the underlying theme of love, friendship and loyalty is a positive one, the obsessive nature of Bella's affections make her a poor role model for the film's impressionable fans. Rated PG-13, OK for kids 13+

DVD: Hot Tub Time Machine
The positive message about having the power to change your life is buried beneath the constant swearing, objectification of women and general bad behavior of the main characters in "Hot Tub Time Machine." It's a raunchy ride in a hot tub-powered time machine that is better left to the adults. Rated R, not for kids

TV: JONAS L.A.
The JoBros Disney sitcom gets a new address and a total makeover in "JONAS L.A." Now Kevin, Joe and Nick find themselves amidst the glitz and glamor as they spend their summer vacation in Los Angeles. They may have given up on "keeping it real," but they are as family-friendly as ever. Rated TV-G, OK for kids 8+

Books: Stone Rabbit Series
A time traveling bunny is the star of the "Stone Rabbit Series," a collection of comic book stories written and illustrated by Erik Craddock. Stone Rabbit goes back in time to defeat evil, uncover corruption and stand up for the little guy in a funny and educational way. Young history buffs can learn even more by reading the glossary included at the end of each book. OK for kids 7+

Music: Undo It by Carrie Underwood
The latest single from her "Play On" album, Carrie Underwood's "Undo It" delves into romantic regret without resorting to graphic details. Her lyrics are clean and her voice proves once again why she's one of the most successful "American Idol" winners to date. OK for kids 10+

Web: Mononos
A social site for tweens, "Mononos" focuses on two things that are of the utmost importance in a young girl's life: Friendship and shopping. Five "all-American girls with a Latin flavor" lead visitors through activities that include creating an avatar, playing games and listening to music. So far, the content is sparse but the site's positive and empowering message holds promise. OK for kids 9+

Games: Kid Adventures: Sky Captain
For Nintendo Wii, "Kid Adventures: Sky Captain" is a high-flying adventure game for novice pilots. Players complete missions to gain experience and rise to the rank of Sky Captain, who oversees a magical chain of islands. Colorful, exciting and mostly free of time limits and penalties, it's a game that will thrill little aviators and their parents. Rated E, OK for kids 7+

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