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(A+) The Scarlet and the Black

Genre: War
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Gregory Peck plays Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty in this true story of WWII Rome. The Vatican had diplomatic neutrality, so that no one within its borders could be arrested. O'Flaherty used the V...

(B+) Secondhand Lions

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Walter (Haley Joel Osment) is dumped on the unwelcoming front porch of his two great-uncles, Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine) by his flighty mother (Kyra Sedgewick) so she can go to sc...

(B-) The Secret of Moonacre

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is often asked what book she loved most when she was a child and she always answers » Read Review

(B+) Secretariat

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades

This is the story of two champions. One is the most celebrated horse of the 20th century, the only non-human athlete to be included on Sport's Illustrated's 1999 list of the top 100 athletes o...

(B+) Shorts

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
A rainbow-colored wishing rock creates comic chaos in a film from Robert Rodriguez about bullies, family communication and being very, very careful what you wish for. It is also about an army of c...

(A-) Sicko

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Presenting symptoms: queasiness, fever, hyperventilation, and mood swings.

Diagnosis: You've just seen Michael Moore's latest film, "Sicko." As the tagline says, "This might hurt a little."...

(A+) Some Like it Hot

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: In the first moments of the movie, what appears to be a hearse turns out to be carrying bootleg liquor, and we are prepared for a movie in which nothing will be what it seems and nothing will...

(B+) The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
A pinch of movie magic makes this fantasy action movie a summer movie popcorn pleasure for kids and their families. The story goes back to an » Read Review

(B+) Speed Racer

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Andy and Larry Wachowski, the folks behind the Matrix trilogy, have taken the iconic but decidedly low-tech 1960's Japanese cartoon character and put the pedal to the metal with dazzling effects an...

(A) Spider-Man 2

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
This is why they invented movies.

It is a dazzling story of love, loss, adventure, courage, heartbreak, tough choices, and tender feelings with a rescue from a burning building, a runaway t...

(B) The Spiderwick Chronicles

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
spiderwick%20poster.jpgThe best-selling series o...

(B-) The Spy Next Door

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Jackie Chan, the most graceful and acrobatic of men when it comes to action scenes, is also one of the most clumsy when it comes to dialogue. So it is clever to cast him as a man who is awkward an...

(B+) Star Wars

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
In what is now Episode 4 but what was the first episode filmed, the story starts right in the middle of the action, with a battle on a spaceship. Two robots or "droids" escape, the elegant C-3PO an...

(B+) Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
It may not be as great as you hoped, but it is not as bad as you feared. In fact, it exactly has the same strengths and weaknesses as the original three, plus breathtakingly spectacular visual desi...

(B+) Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Okay, it's "Star Wars," everyone. So don't be surprised if the plot is murky, the dialogue is stiff, and the performances look like the only direction the actors received was "Look over there! Wh...

(C) Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(C) Stormbreaker

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
I never thought I'd miss Cody Banks. But the dull and lifeless Alex Rider brought back surprisingly fond thoughts of the better-than mediocre Agent Cody Banks and the terrific first two Spy Kids. ...

(A+) Sullivan's Travels

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
"Sully" Sullivan (Joel McCrea) is a successful director of silly comedies, including Ants in Your Pants and Hey, Hey in the Hayloft. The studio wants him to make more, but he wants to make a movie ...

(B+) Sunrise at Campobello

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
"Plot: This is the story of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy), from the time he became disabled by polio to his comeback into mainstream politics, as he introduced candidate Al S...

(B) Supercross

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
I've got to give this movie some credit for its lack of pretense and the modesty of its goals. The title says it all. This movie is called "Supercross" and that's exactly what it is. It's prett...

(B+) Superman Returns

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Superman has returned. In the movie, Superman (now played by Brandon Routh) comes back to earth after five years in search of his roots on the exploded planet Krypton, and the inhabitants of earth...



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