Reviews: What's New This Week
In Theaters: "Country Strong"
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, "Country Strong" tells the story of a big-time country music singer battling alcohol and an overbearing husband. Mature themes, sexual situations and lots of swearing make this an inappropriate choice for young teens. Rated PG-13, iffy for kids 14-15
DVD: "The Yellow Handkerchief"
Despite the presence of "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, "The Yellow Handkerchief" is not a tween-friendly film. The story revolves around a misfit group of strangers traveling together in search of love and redemption in New Orleans. Stewart's character is sexually assertive and, although ultimately uplifting, the film is far too mature for young teens. Rated PG-13, iffy for kids 14-16
TV: "Bob's Burgers"
A new animated comedy on Fox, "Bob's Burgers" features the Belcher family struggling to keep their burger joint afloat. Crass humor, crude language and lots of sexual innuendo make this one inappropriate for young viewers. Rated TV-14, iffy for kids 13-15
Books: "Behemoth: Leviathan Trilogy, Book 2"
Weaving real history with fantasy, "Behemoth: Leviathan Trilogy, Book 2" is a science fiction adventure story set at the beginning of World War I. Picking up where the first book left off, the story features positive role models in the young heroes and surprisingly little violence. OK for kids 12+
Music: "No Hands" by Waka Flocka Flame
An uninspired rap single by Waka Flocka Flame, "No Hands" is your typical ode to drinking, drugging and partying. With graphic sexual references, extremely crude language and an overall negative message, this one is inappropriate for tweens and even teens. Iffy for kids 17
Games: "TouchMaster: Connect"
For Nintendo DS and DSi, "TouchMaster: Connect" is a basic collection of puzzles, strategy, action and card games. Although the games themselves are nothing new, they are kid-friendly and easy to play. Rated E, OK for kids 8+
An excellent math education site, "CoolMath" features practice worksheets, games, a math dictionary and lesson help for students. Parents can find tips on helping with homework as well as a link to a companion site for younger kids. OK for kids 12+
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