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: "Gulliver's Travels"
A modern retelling of Jonathan Swift's classic tale, "Gulliver's Travels" features Jack Black as a little man who becomes big after being shipwrecked on the island of Lilliput. It's typical Jack Black fare with silly sight gags, cartoonish violence and a few sexual references. Rated PG, OK for kids 9+





DVD: "Step Up 3-D"
The third film in the franchise, "Step Up 3-D" won't win any acting awards, but young viewers will no doubt enjoy the spectacular 3-D dance sequences. Though not overly violent, the film does include a few scenes of brawling dancers, plenty of sexy moves and some fairly rough language. Rated PG-13, OK for kids 13+

TV: "Blais Off"
Former Top Chef contestant Richard Blais makes use of unconventional cooking methods to spice up traditional dishes on "Blais Off," a new reality cooking show on Science Channel. While viewers will find most of the recipes impossible to duplicate, they just might be inspired to get creative in the kitchen themselves. Rated TV-G, OK for kids 8+

Books: "Bink and Gollie"
Unlikely best friends work through their differences in "Bink and Gollie," a graphic novel written by Alison McGhee and Kate DiCamillo. With minimal text and lots of illustrations, the book is appropriate for young readers who are ready to move beyond picture books. OK for kids 6+

Music: "That's All She Wrote" by Eminem
Sexually graphic, dark and aggressive, Eminem's "That's All She Wrote" is an angry response to anyone who has ever wronged the rapper and his collaborator, T.I. The language and the troubling message make this inappropriate for teens. Iffy for kids 16-17


Games: "Pictionary"
For Nintendo DS and DSi, "Pictionary" is the electronic version of the popular board game in which players sketch clues for others to guess. In groups, the play is fun enough, but going solo, even on "easy" level, may prove to be frustrating for kids and adults. Rated E, OK for kids 9+

Web: Speakaboos
An online storytelling site, "Speakaboos" offers not just stories read by celebrities, but games, songs and educational activities as well. While some of the content on the site is free, much of the good stuff requires a monthly membership fee. OK for kids 4+
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