Reviews: What's New This Week

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Our favorite boy wizard is back in "Harry Porter The Deathly Hallows: Part 1." Credit: Jaap Buitendijk, Warner Bros. Pictures/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: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"
Harry, Ron and Hermione are on the run as they try to destroy the increasingly powerful Lord Voldemort in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1." The body count is higher than ever and there are some gruesome scenes, but the language is mild and the romantic scenes are appropriate for the age of the characters. Rated PG-13, OK for kids 12+

DVD: "The Search for Santa Paws"
While the cute talking puppies and adorable kids are sure to attract young viewers, "The Search for Santa Paws" has a rather sad storyline involving orphans and a cruel caregiver. In the end, it's all happily every after, but the tragedy and loss suffered along the way might be too much for some kids. Rated G, OK for kids 6+

TV: "iStart a Fan War" (iCarly)
The young web stars attend and inadvertently disrupt a fan convention in the iCarly special "iStart a Fan War." While Carly tries to impress her crush, her older brother comically clashes with an over-the-top fan played by the hilarious Jack Black. Just like the Nickelodeon series, the one-hour special is silly, harmless fun. Rated TV-G, OK for kids 8+

Books: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth"
The fifth book in the popular series by Jeff Kinney, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth" finds Greg on the outs with his best friend Rowley as he struggles through the awkwardness of puberty. He's as clueless as ever, bumbling through middle school and trying to live up to his parents' expectations. OK for kids 9+

Music: "Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show"
Just like the show, "Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show" is not intended for the "High School Musical" set. Although many of the lyrics to the familiar songs have been cleaned up, references to sex and sexuality remain. Teens and their parents, however, will enjoy the impressive performances of this talented cast. OK for kids 13+

Games: "DanceMasters"
For Xbox 360, "DanceMasters" works with Kinect, a motion sensing add-on peripheral that allows for hands-free gaming. Despite the name, players won't learn dance moves as much as they will test their ability to synchronize their posing and arm-waving with the on-screen characters. Many of the dancers are scantily clad and some of the songs contain sexually suggestive lyrics. Rated E10+, OK for kids 11+

Web: The Leaky Cauldron
Harry Potter fans will find a safe place to hang out at "The Leaky Cauldron," a site that has earned the praise of author J.K. Rowling herself. Visitors can view and submit fan art, watch videos, read news and communicate with each other via moderated chat rooms. OK for kids 10+


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