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: "Megamind"
After conquering his long-time nemesis, an alien super villain looks for new purpose in his life in "Megamind," an animated comedy starring Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Brad Pitt. The jokes are clean, the romance is chaste and the violence is cartoonish and unrealistic. Rated PG, OK for kids 6+

DVD: "Toy Story 3"
Andy's animated toys are back in "Toy Story 3," the third installment of Disney Pixar's hugely popular franchise. This time, Andy's off to college and the gang is off to day care. With a mix of laughs, tears and a few scares, it's that rare film the entire family can enjoy together. Rated G, OK for kids 5+

TV: "Shake It Up"
New on the Disney Channel, "Shake It Up" features CeCe and Rocky, two best friends learning to deal with the pressures and perks of fame after landing spots on a weekly televised dance show. While there's lots of dancing and a little flirting with boys, the show focuses mostly on the enduring friendship of the quirky pair as they adjust to life in the spotlight. Rated TV-G, OK for kids 7+

Books: "Around the World in 100 Days"
An aimless boy with no ambition finds purpose in life in "Around the World in 100 Days," a sequel to Jules Verne's classic "Around the World in 80 Days." In this adventure story with built-in history and geography lessons, author Gary Blackwood chronicles the wacky adventures of Henry Fogg and his misfit pals as they attempt to drive around the world. OK for kids 11+

Music: "Speak Now" by Taylor Swift
Country music's golden girl grows up a little on her new album, "Speak Now." Her lyrics, predominately about love and loss, are more mature than in the past but remain wholesome, clean and appropriate for her young fans. OK for kids 12+

Games: "Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales"
For Nintendo Wii, "Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales" lets players create their own characters and participate in wacky adventures with Mater, the story-telling tow truck from the movie "Cars." Players earn coins playing fun mini-games in which they perform stunts, race ninjas, flee UFOs and more. Rated E, OK for kids 6+

Web: Zoodles
A kid-safe browser that allows access to content based on age and skill level, "Zoodles" gives preschoolers a safe place to play on the web. With games, drawing activities, stories and more, the site allows for lots of independent play. The basics are free but paid premium users gain access to tools for monitoring and customizing online activities. OK for kids 3+


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