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(B+) Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Paul Torday's satiric novel of politics, money, love, and fishing has been brought to the screen with Ewan McGregor as a government fisheries expert and Emily Blunt as an aide to a Yemeni sheik who...

(B-) Salt

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
"Salt" is the story of a CIA agent with an exemplary record who is accused by a mole of being a Russian spy, part of a cadre trained as children to infiltrate America by living normal lives until o...

(B+) The Science of Sleep

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal of The Motorcycle Diaries) lives across the hall from Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), though for some reason he goes to elaborate lengths to have her think he lives o...

(C) Scoop

Genre: Mystery
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Woody Allen's recent scripts, yes, even the revered Match Point, are so lightweight the pages must just float up into the air. His latest is "Scoop," no relation to the Evelyn Waugh comic novel ab...

(B+) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Director Edgar Wright's latest movie is based on the popular series of graphic novels about » Read Review

(C-) Season of the Witch

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
This is sword-and-sorcery film named after a Donovan song that features a joke swiped from "Jaws" -- a priest looks balefully up at a looming demon and actually says, "We're going to need more holy...

(B) The Secret Life of Bees

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The beloved best-seller by Sue Monk Kidd has been brought to screen with great care, deep sincerity, and a perfect cast. Unfortunately, it is so careful, so lovingly burnished, so deliberate that ...

(C) Seven Pounds

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The way you feel about "Seven Pounds" will depend on the way you feel about the choice made by the main character at the end of the film. Some may consider it admirable and selfless but for me the...

(C) Severance

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Severance is a quirky yet compellingly gory tale of a few great characters begrudgingly forced to spend a weekend together. And then they are hunted down, suffer grizzly deaths, and are, for the mo...

(B) Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
All Sherlockians know that the only villain who could match the most famous and celebrated of all fictional detectives is the fiendish Professor Moriarty.  As we were promised in the postscript to...

(B-) Shooter

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Pulitzer prize-winning film critic Stephen Hunter of the Washington Post has seen a lot of movies, both good and bad, and this film, based on his highly cinematic novel » Read Review

(B+) Slumdog Millionaire

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Like its title character, this film has had highly improbable success, ending up with the Best Picture Oscar for 2008. The title character is Jamal (Dev Patel) a "slumdog" orphan child who grew up...

(B-) Smart People

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
A burned-out literature professor named Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) has written an "unpublishable" book called The Price of Postmodernism: Epistemology, Hermeneutics and the Literary Can...

(C) Snitch

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School

(B-) Snow White and the Huntsman

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(A-) The Social Network

Genre: School
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Change is not polite. The bigger the change, the more likely that it is messy and painful and ugly. Even its beginnings are often disturbingly uninspired and uninspiring. Despite what Hollywood ...

(B) The Soloist

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
All around Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey, Jr.), everything seems to be broken or breaking. The newspaper is losing readers and laying off staff. His marriage to editor Ma...

(B) Sparkle

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(C) The Spirit

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
If there is ever an Oscar category for best performance by an article of clothing, the red tie worn by the title character in this film would be the clear winner and the rain coat would most likely...

(A-) Splendor in the Grass

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
In this classic of repressed teenage sexuality, set in the 1920s, Bud (Warren Beatty) and Deanie (Natalie Wood) are high school students who are newly in love and breathless with desire, physical a...

(B+) State of Play

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
You need six things for a successful Washington thriller: a reporter, a Congressman, a dead girl, a choleric editor, some ugly secrets, and, for some reason, a chase inside a parking garage, not so...

(B+) Stranger Than Fiction

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Who among us has not leaned into the bathroom mirror as we brushed our teeth, thinking about what a narrator might be saying about us if we were in a story? "Our hero prepared for battle as though...

(B+) Sunshine

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
The sun is dying. A rocket ship from earth, meaningfully named "Icarus," failed in its mission to reboot the sun with a supercharged nuclear payload designed to "create a star within a star." Now...

(A-) Super 8

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
A couple of kids who are deeply in love with making movies have made a movie about kids deeply in love with making movies, and it is one of the most joyously thrilling treats of the summer, a love ...

(C) Swing Vote

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Kevin Costner the producer severely underestimates the ability of Kevin Costner the actor to win over the audience in this tepid satire of electoral politics. Through a technical and mechanical gl...

(B+) Syriana

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Most movies tell us everything and then they tell it to us again, just to make sure. Some movies, like this one, tell us too little, making us work at it, making us lean forward in our seats, fill...



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