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Pete the Cat: A Very Groovy Christmas TV Poster Image
age 4+
Heartwarming holiday story emphasizes gifts of the heart.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2018)
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The Little Mermaid (2018) Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Watered-down retelling has poor acting, production values.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Puppy Star Christmas Movie Poster Image
age 6+
Cute puppies, slapstick silliness in sweet sequel.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Beat Saber Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Amazing VR music game moves to its own neon-fueled groove.
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR
(2018)
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The Sims 4: Get Famous Game Poster Image
age 12+
Substantial add-on boosts focus on fame and consumerism.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2018)
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The Wiggles App Poster Image
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age 3+
Kids wiggle into songs and stories for some silly fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2018)
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Lasso - Short, Fun Videos App Poster Image
age 16+
Facebook-created TikTok clone has some growing to do.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
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When You Wish Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special TV Poster Image
age 3+
Role playing reinforces affirming themes in fun TV special.
Network: HBO
(2018)
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Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix:  Rise of the Empress, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Exciting fantasy sequel is less dark, more adventurous.
By Julie C. Dao
(2018)
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Bodied Movie Poster Image
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age 16+
Edgy comedy attacks stereotypes; strong language, drinking.
In Theaters Now
(Release Year: 2018)
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Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! Game Poster Image
age 10+
Move to the (repetitive) beat and leave the drum behind.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2018)
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Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Irreverent, immature comedy cleverly mocks superhero genre.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Gal Metal Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Interesting, cluttered music game forces rhythmic precision.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2018)
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Movie Poster Image
age 13+
Musical sequel is escapist fun; some innuendo, drinking.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Just Dance 2019 Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Catchy beat, but too many moves you've seen before.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2018)
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Let's Read App Poster Image
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age 4+
Story recording is static but easy to use for everyone.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
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Whitney Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Intimate, frank doc reveals insight behind icon's addiction.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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ReMastered: Who Shot the Sheriff? Movie Poster Image
age 13+
Excellent docu on attempted shooting of reggae icon.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Musitude App Poster Image
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age 10+
Convert keyboard into instrument; simple tunes work best.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
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The Snow Queen: Fire and Ice Movie Poster Image
age 6+
Some weapons, peril in engaging fairy tale adventure.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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