Reviews: What's New This Week

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Seth Rogen, left, and Jay Chou star in "The Green Hornet." Credit: AP Photo/Jaimie Trueblood, Columbia Pictures-Sony

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: "The Green Hornet"
A superhero "bromance" based on the popular '60s TV series, "The Green Hornet" stars Seth Rogen and Jay Chou. While the childish jokes may make tween boys laugh, the film's violence, sexual content and rough language make it more suitable for older kids. Rated PG-13, OK for kids 13+

DVD: "Alpha and Omega"
The daughter of a wolf pack leader and her best pal fall in love in "Alpha and Omega," a 3-D adventure comedy featuring Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere and the late Dennis Hopper. The message that love is more important than status is a good one, but most of the laughs come courtesy of sexually suggestive jokes that little kids won't even get. Rated PG, OK for kids 8+

TV: "Wild Animal Baby Explorers"
A nature show for preschoolers, "Wild Animal Baby Explorers" takes viewers on a virtual field trip to learn about wild animals and the environment in which they live. Based on the National Wildlife Federation's "Wild Animal Baby" magazine, the show is as educational as it is entertaining. OK for kids 3+

Books: "Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same!"
Written and illustrated by Grace Lin, "Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same" introduces new readers to a pair of Chinese-American twins who look alike but couldn't be more different. Funny and engaging, the book is a celebration of individuality. OK for kids 5+

Music: "Hold it Against Me" by Britney Spears
Britney Spears cleans up her act on her new single, "Hold it Against Me," an ode to responsible partying. With the exception of a single suggestive line, the dance tune is surprisingly appropriate for young music fans. OK for kids 12+

Games: "Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare"
For PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, "Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare" is an extremely violent, first-person shooter game in which the goal is to kill zombies, "undead" animals and other creatures. With disturbing graphics, sexual references and strong language, this one is for adults only. Rated M, not for kids

Web: My Yearbook
A social networking site create by and for teens, "My Yearbook" lets visitors connect with their classmates in an unfiltered and unmoderated forum. Because there are no restrictions on what users can post, the site is full of inappropriate content. Iffy for kids 15-18


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