Game Reviews

Port Royale 4 Game Poster Image
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age 13+
Historical simulation may help kids learn about trade.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
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Dog Loves Books TV Poster Image
age 4+
Canine book lovers bring stories to life in preschool show.
Network: CBeebies
(2020)
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The Trip to Greece Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Coogan and Brydon's final road trip has warmth but swearing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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The Challenger: Contender, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Modern teens fight as gladiators in more violent sequel.
By Taran Matharu
(2020)
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Rocket Arena Game Poster Image
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age 12+
High-explosive competitive shooter is a literal blast.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
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Home Movie: The Princess Bride TV Poster Image
age 8+
Star-studded remake is most fun for original film's fans.
Network: Quibi
(2020)
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I, Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster Story Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Irreverent docu challenges religion; violent news clips.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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The Winterhouse Mysteries: Winterhouse, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Last spooky vacation at Winterhouse is well worth the visit.
By Ben Guterson
(2019)
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Four Kids and It Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Magical family adventure has positive messages, mild peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Days of the Bagnold Summer Movie Poster Image
age 13+
Tender British comedy about a mismatched mother and son.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea Book Poster Image
age 14+
Epic romantic fantasy adventure is poetic and violent.
By Maggie Tokuda-Hall
(2020)
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Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices Book Poster Image
age 8+
Lots of great life lessons as families celebrate holiday.
By S.K. Ali, Aisha Saeed
(2020)
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The Vanishing Deep Book Poster Image
age 12+
Teen sisters race death in tepid futuristic thriller.
By Astrid Scholte
(2020)
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Dragons: Rescue Riders: Hunt for the Golden Dragon Movie Poster Image
age 5+
Adventure quest fun despite cartoon violence, stereotypes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Black Christmas Movie Poster Image
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age 14+
Haywire holiday horror remake takes a feminist position.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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Carol of the Bells Movie Poster Image
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age 10+
Earnest, inclusive, diverse, but flawed holiday tale.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Ember Queen: Ash Princess, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Angsty, slow burn of a finale ultimately satisfies.
By Laura Sebastian
(2020)
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Pete The Cat: A Very Groovy Valentine’s Day TV Poster Image
age 4+
Sweet blue cat learns about friendship and differences.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2020)
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All the Stars and Teeth, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Swirl of cool magical ideas has mermaids, sea monsters, too.
By Adalyn Grace
(2020)
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Last Christmas Movie Poster Image
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age 13+
Musically inspired romcom has big heart; language, innuendo.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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