Reviews: What's New This Week

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Diane Lane and John Malkovich star in "Secretariat." Credit: John Bramley, Disney / 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: "Secretariat"
Uplifting and educational, "Secretariat" tells the true story of an extraordinary woman and the horse who would be champion. As much a story about horse racing as it is about gender equality, the film is a heartwarming tale the entire family can enjoy together. Rated PG, OK for kids 8+

DVD: "The Karate Kid (2010)"
A remake of the 1984 film, "The Karate Kid (2010)" features Jaden Smith as a 12-year-old American struggling to adjust to his new home in China. After becoming the target of local bullies, he finds the strength to face his fears through the practice of martial arts. The film is necessarily violent, but the language is clean and the message is ultimately one of peace. Rated PG, OK for kids 9+

TV: "Planet Sheen"
A spin-off of "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron," "Planet Sheen" follows the adventures of a boy who takes a ride on a rocket and ends up on an uncharted planet. Silly cartoon violence and lots of potty humor are the hallmarks of this just-for-fun animated series. Rated TV-Y7, OK for kids 7+

Books: "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"
Originally published in 1952, C.S. Lewis' "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" is the third book in the "Chronicles of Narnia" series and the basis of the soon-to-be-released movie of the same name. After falling into a painting of a great ship, three children are swept away on an epic adventure where they encounter magical creatures, enchanted islands and one angry sea serpent. OK for kids 8+

Music: "Only Girl (In the World)" by Rihanna
Though not as racy and rough as some of her previous offerings, Rihanna's "Only Girl (In the World)" CD single is far from kid-friendly. The references to sex are indirect but obvious and make this song an inappropriate choice for younger teens. Iffy for kids 14-16

Games: "Wii Party"
For Nintendo Wii, "Wii Party" offers more than 80 mini-games to play in pairs or groups. From simple match games to educational globe-trotting adventures, there is something for everyone in this impressive and unique collection. Some games involve cartoonish violence resulting in sad faces, but nobody really gets hurt and everyone has fun. Rated E, OK for kids 8+

Web: Innerstar University
Created by American Girl, "Innerstar University" lets doll owners use a special code to access a virtual world of games and activities. Registered visitors can try on different hairstyles, learn yoga and earn medals that are stored in an online yearbook. Star points are earned by completing tasks and can be used to decorate virtual rooms and buy new clothes. OK for kids 8+


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