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(B+) Babel

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
In the Bible, the story of Babel is a cautionary tale of hubris. The whole world had a common language until God, seeing that the people were building a huge tower together, "confused their speech...

(B+) Baby Mama

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
"Baby Mama" is not just smart, warm, funny, and romantic, it is an especially welcome dose of XX chromosome humor in an Apatow-flooded XY era. Tina Fey ("30 Rock") plays Kate, a single woman who...

(C) Battle: Los Angeles

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School

Destined to be remembered primarily as yet another step toward closing the gap between games and movies, the essence of "Battle: Lost Angeles" is a lot of boom-boom and a bunch of "ooo-rah." An...

(B+) Beastly

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
It's the great challenge for all the versions of "Beauty and the Beast" that no one seems able to overcome: the beast is always a far more interesting, appealing, and yes, attractive character than...

(A-) Beasts of the Southern Wild

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
A prize-winner at Cannes and Sundance, this near post-apocalyptic story of a father and daughter in a condemned part of Southern Louisiana is a stunningly assured debut by first-time feature direct...

(A-) Beaufort

Genre: War
MPAA Rating:     Audience: High School
'Beaufort," the first Israeli movie nominated for the best foreign film Oscar in 24 years, is a meditation on the tragic ironies that soldiers face while ending an 18-year occupation of a medieval ...

(F+) The Benchwarmers

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Booger jokes. Potty jokes. Hit on the head jokes. Hit on the crotch jokes. And underdog characters so annoying that they have you rooting for the bullies. These guys should have stayed on the ...

(B+) Beyond the Lights

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B) A Birder's Guide to Everything

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B) Blades of Glory

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Will Ferrell seems to be working his way through every sport ever covered on ESPN. With figure skating, he has found a target-rich environment for comedy. The collision of sport and showbiz is no...

(B+) Block Party

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
The regal Erykah Badu takes the stage, her slender form topped with an enormous puff of hair that hangs down over her face. But the stage is outdoors on a gusty, rainy day, and all of a sudden it ...

(C-) Blood and Chocolate

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
There was enthusiastic applause in the theater when the name of author Annette Curtis Klause appeared in the opening credits. The » Read Review

(B) Blood Diamond

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
December brings us the thinking person's thrillers -- all of the explosions and shooting and close calls of a summer movie, but with a more serious purpose and a more distinguished pedigree.

(B) Blue Jasmine

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Two sisters. One imagines herself living a life of ease, comfort, graciousness, and elegance that does not really exist. The other is more accepting of her lower middle class life, her carnality, h...

(B+) The Bourne Ultimatum

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
There is not much story here. The set-up was two movies ago, when a man with a gunshot wound was fished out of the water. He had no memory but when it came to the tricks of the spy trade, he had ...

(C) The Box

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
I loved "Donnie Darko" and was eager to listen to the DVD commentary by writer/director Richard Kelly. But I had to turn it off after the first ten minutes. Kelly explained too much, and his expl...

(B-) Boxboarders!

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The writer of the delightful Clockstoppers has written and directed an unpretentious little comedy about a crazy "sport" ...

(B+) Breach

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Robert Hanssen was the head of the Soviet department in the FBI. And he was working for the enemy. Over a period of 22 years, he sold vital secrets to the Soviet and Russian governments for $1.5 m...

(F+) The Break-Up

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Someone should file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about false advertising for this film. The trailer and the ads indicate that it is a romantic comedy. But it is, in fact, neither...

(B+) Brokeback Mountain

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Director Ang Lee is a master of repressed love whether between young Taiwanese men in The Wedding Banquet, Jane Austen's class-conscious Brits in Sense & Sensibility, duty-bound warriors in Cro...

(B-) Burlesque

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School

Somewhere on the continuum that connects "Showgirls," "Glitter," and drag shows is a place for "Burlesque," a vanity project from producer Christina Aguilera for pop star and would-be actress Ch...




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