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Reviews: What's New This Week
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: "Yogi Bear"
A beloved cartoon character since the early 1960s, "Yogi Bear" finally makes his big-screen debut. The cast is talented, but the generic plot and silly humor make this a film only a little kid could love. Watch out for lots of slapstick violence and insulting language. Rated PG, OK for kids 7+
DVD: "Despicable Me"
An evil villain with mommy issues adopts three little girls in "Despicable Me," an animated comedy featuring the voice talent of Steve Carell. Some families may take issue with the film's portrayal of the adoption process, which is as unrealistic as it could be. Otherwise, the movie is silly fun with a positive message about the underlying good that can be found in everyone. Rated PG, OK for kids 6+
TV: "The All Nighter Before Christmas"
The Penguins of Madagascar celebrate the holidays in Nickelodeon's "The All Nighter Before Christmas." As usual, King Julian mucks things up as the zoo residents prepare for the annual celebration. It's good clean fun, but some kids might be alarmed to see Santa tied up, slapped around and hit by a truck. Rated TV-Y7, OK for kids 6+
Books: "Auntie Claus, Home for the Holidays"
The third in the series by author Elise Primavera, "Auntie Claus, Home for the Holidays" brings the North Pole to New York City. The story, involving a little girl, a Sugar Plum Fairy and Santa Claus, is sweet, but the gorgeous illustrations steal the show. OK for kids 5+
Music: "My Worlds Acoustic" by Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber is unplugged and as wholesome as ever on "My Worlds Acoustic," a collection that includes previously released tunes as well as two new ones. G-rated lyrics with a positive message make this album appropriate for young music fans. OK for kids 10+
Games: "NFL Training Camp"
For Nintendo Wii, "NFL Training Camp" lets kids take the field and get fit alongside virtual NFL stars. Players can set up a customized exercise routine and monitor fitness levels while earning points redeemable in the virtual pro shop. Rated E, OK for kids 12+
Web: The Slap
A social networking site tied in to the television show "Victorious," "The Slap" lets visitors create an avatar and become fans of their favorite characters. User can't submit content, but can watch video clips, read blogs and look at photos of the fictitious Hollywood Arts students. OK for kids 9+
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