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: "Charlie St. Cloud"
Teen heartthrob Zac Efron stars in "Charlie St. Cloud," the story of a young man overwhelmed with grief after the tragic death of his little brother. Older teens and adults may shed a few tears, but this emotionally charged film is too mature for Efron's younger fans. Rated PG-13, OK for kids 13+
DVD: "Repo Men"
Artificial body parts are available to those who are willing to pay for them in "Repo Man," a futuristic thriller starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker. Once in charge of repossessing unpaid organs, Law's character becomes a fugitive when he himself becomes delinquent on his payments. It's gory, violent and full of explicit sex scenes and rough language. Rated R, iffy for kids 16-18
TV: "Plain Jane"
Average girls get glammed up in order to catch a man in "Plain Jane," a new reality series on The CW network. While the stated goal is to makeover the women inside and out, most of the work seems to be happening on the outside. Host Louise Roe is likable enough, but it's hard to love a show that literally gives a girl an electric shock for not flirting properly. Rated TV-14, iffy for kids 14-18
Books: "The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel"
A fantasy tale set in San Francisco, "The Necromancer: The Secret of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel" is the fourth in the series by author Michael Scott. Peopled by historical figures, immortals and gods, the book is a complicated read that weaves several complex but compelling story lines together. OK for kids 11+
Music: "JONAS L.A."
The Jonas Brothers may have a new Hollywood address, but they don't stray far from their roots on "JONAS L.A.," the soundtrack from the second season of their Disney Channel television show. While the songs may seem like more of the same -- catchy tunes with squeaky clean lyrics -- this is exactly why kids and their parents love these guys. OK for kids 8+
A joint production of the Jonas Brothers' management company and AOL, "Cambio," is a web broadcasting site featuring videos of today's hottest young celebrities. In addition to sharing candid moments with their favorite stars, visitors can watch an entertainment talk show presented by former MTV host Quddus. OK for kids 11+
Games: "100 Classic Books"
For Nintendo DS and DSi, "100 Classic Books" is just what it sounds like: A collection of literary masterpieces ranging from "Treasure Island" to "Little Women." A handy quiz helps players choose a book and a user-friendly menu allows for easy navigation through the virtual pages. While some of the books have mature themes, others are geared toward younger readers. NR, OK for kids 12+