All Reviews

csm_movie
age 12+
 
Superman's back in brooding, action-packed reboot.
On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
age 12+
 
Survivalist reenactments are informative but intense.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2013)
csm_app
age 12+
 
LEARNING
No-frills app helps build vocabulary by focusing on roots.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
age 12+
 
LEARNING
Fun fitness dancing game not very original.
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii
(2013)
csm_book
age 12+
 
Harrowing tale of Gypsy film extra in World War II.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2013)
csm_tv
age 12+
 
Get the big picture in sometimes-violent fact-based series.
Network: History
(2013)
age 12+
 
Funny fantasy series finds its footing in second volume.
By Jasper Fforde
(2013)
csm_music
age 12+
 
Arcane rock album is reflective, rewarding, a bit mature.
By Arcade Fire
(2013)
csm_app
age 12+
 
LEARNING
Focused drills for vocab building; no bells and whistles.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
age 12+
 
Evocative illustrated nonfiction, great for history buffs.
By Don Brown
(2013)
age 12+
 
Emotional rock song deals with heavy themes in music video.
By Imagine Dragons
(2013)
age 12+
 
Aspiring-country-singer reality show with some iffy moms.
Network: Lifetime Television
(2013)
age 12+
 
LEARNING
Mind-mapping tool lets kids easily create visual organizers.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
csm_music
age 12+
 
Mostly trite pop album has a few hooks and some sexy stuff.
By Katy Perry
(2013)
age 12+
 
LEARNING
History adventure challenges kids to make difficult choices.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
age 12+
 
Uninspired building game gets old quickly.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
csm_movie
age 12+
 
Loud robots vs. monsters movie could have used more heart.
On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
csm_movie
age 12+
 
Docu traces crucial moment in U.S. civil rights history.
On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
csm_website
age 12+
 
LEARNING
Free quiz site is simple but effective -- and customizable.
URL: http://www.thatquiz.org/
(2013)
age 12+
 
Riveting Slated sequel ups the violence, darkens the mood.
By Teri Terry
(2013)

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