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: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
A mix of comedy, mythology, drama and romance, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" has a little something for everyone. Partly inspired by the Disney classic "Fantasia," the film puts a fantastical spin on the classic good-against-evil story. There are some violent scenes, but they are mostly bloodless and the romance is limited to a few kisses. Rated PG, OK for kids 9+
DVD: Our Family Wedding
The impending marriage of an interracial couple causes friction among their family members in "Our Family Wedding." As the soon-to-be marrieds plan their big day, their respective families go to war in a culture clash of stereotypes and prejudices. In addition to the mature theme, some heavy kissing and rough language make it unsuitable for pre-teens. Rated PG-13, OK for kids 14+

TV: Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated
The classic mystery cartoon gets an update in "Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated." Fred, Shaggy, Velma and Daphne now have parents and, when they aren't out solving mysteries, attend high school. While the addition of family drama, relationship issues and school stuff may irk fans of the original, pre-teens will likely love it. Rated TV-Y7, OK for kids 7+

Books: Sweet Little Lies: An L.A. Candy Novel
"The Hills" star Lauren Conrad gives readers an inside view of the reality of reality shows in her second book, "Sweet Little Lies: An L.A. Candy Novel." It's a drama-filled world full of fame-hungry fake friends, boozing, shopping and, of course, sex. It's total trash but a fun read for older teens. Iffy for kids 15-16

Music: Somebody to Love by Justin Bieber
Tween heartthrob Justin Bieber is still looking for the perfect girl in his latest single, "Somebody to Love." As with all the songs on his hit album "My World 2.0," the lyrics are squeaky clean and sweet. OK for kids 10+

Web: Urban Dictionary
An online dictionary of slang terms, "Urban Dictionary," is a user-created repository of information that ranges from the hilarious to the shocking. Volunteer editors review content before it's posted, but because there is no language filter, the site is full of edgy and often offensive terms. Beyond the definitions, the availability of live text and video chat make the site inappropriate for young teens. Iffy for kids 13-15

Games: Dragon Ball Origins 2
For Nintendo DS and DSi, "Dragon Ball Origins 2" continues the story of a young warrior searching the world for the legendary power orbs. In this installment of the action-fighting game, the martial arts violence is intense and, in some cut scenes, quite bloody. Lots of sexual innuendo, references to perverts and coarse language help earn this game its rating. Rated T, iffy for kids 13-14

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