Reviews: What's New This Week

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Callan McAuliffe, left, and Madeline Carroll in a scene from "Flipped." Credit: Ben Glass, Warner Bros. / AP

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: "Flipped"
A childhood crush evolves over time in "Flipped," a coming-of-age story based on Wendelin Van Draanen's novel of the same name. Set in a simpler time before social networking and texting, the film takes an age-appropriate look at growing up and falling in love. Rated PG, OK for kids 11+

DVD: "The Back-Up Plan"
A single woman is desperate to have a child in "The Back-Up Plan," a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez. After becoming pregnant via artificial insemination, Lopez' character meets the man of her dreams and the complications ensue. The rough language and frank talk about sex and pregnancy make this one inappropriate for teens. Rated PG-13, Iffy for kids 15-17

TV: "MADE: The Movie"
Based on the popular MTV reality series, "MADE: The Movie" features an awkward girl trying to break into the popular crowd by going out for the school cheerleading squad. With the help of her popular brother's girlfriend, she faces her fears and stays true to herself. The language is mild, but the frank sexual talk and scenes of underage drinking make it inappropriate for young audiences. Not Rated, OK for kids 13+

Books: "Catching Fire: The Hunger Games, Book 2"
A sequel to "The Hunger Games," Suzanne Collins' "Catching Fire: The Hunger Games, Book 2" is a well-written page-turner featuring a strong female lead fighting against a terroristic government. While the story is violent, it's not overly graphic and is free of rough language and sexual content. OK for kids 12+

Music: "Mine" by Taylor Swift
Country music darling Taylor Swift's latest single is "Mine," a squeaky clean love song with a happy ending. Other than a reference to "a drawer of my things at your place," there's nothing of concern in the lyrics and the message is a positive one. OK for kids 12+

Web: BuildABearville
A virtual world created by Build-A-Bear Workshop, "BuildABearville" is a safe place for kids to build an avatar, play games and chat safely with their online friends. Kids who have purchased a real Build-A-Bear plush toy have access to more areas, but even those going solo will find this site has lots of fun things to do. OK for kids 8+

Games: Mafia II
For PlayStation 3, Windows and Xbox 360, "Mafia II" lets players take on the role of a mobster looking for wealth and respect through murder and mayhem. In this vicious world of organized crime, it's all about graphic violence, sexually suggestive imagery and extremely strong and offensive language. Rated M, not for kids


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