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(B+) Captain January

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Star (Shirley Temple), an orphan, lives with Captain January (Guy Kibbee), a retired sailor who runs a lighthouse. They adore each other, and she loves her life there, with the large communit...

(B+) Cars

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Look closely at the little flying bugs buzzing and bumping in the hot light of the desert. They are, of course, Bugs: VW Bugs with wings. In the world of this story, all of the characters are car...

(B) Cars 2

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Pixar has made another enchanting film, witty, touching, and utterly delightful. It is "Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation," a brief opener followed by the less delightful "Cars 2." In "Toy Story Hawai...

(B+) Cat Ballou

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: In the days of the old West, Catherine (Cat) Ballou (Jane Fonda) takes the train home, after finishing school. She does her best to appear proper, but peeks at potboilers about the notorious...

(C+) Cats Don't Dance

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A singing, dancing cat named Danny goes to Hollywood to become a star in this colorful and energetic animated musical suitable for all but the very youngest toddlers. He finds, however, that no one...

(A-) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Like a bowl of peanut butter-pretzel, chocolate ice-cream with a marshmallow swirl, this “Charlie” is a delicious confection that is gluttony for the senses and has novel twists placed in a fam...

(B) Charlotte's Web

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
E.B. White's book, Charlotte's Web, is a genuine classic for readers of any age, a beautifully written literary novel about loyalty and loss, friendship and the importance of a perfectly cho...

(C) Cheaper by the Dozen

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This is not a movie; it is a product, with a script right off the assembly line, a mix of Teen People pin-ups to attract tween demographics, apparently directed on cruise control. Its intended aud...

(C+) Cheaper by the Dozen 2

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
As synthetically generic as a "Happy Holidays" card from your realtor, this by-the-numbers pratfall-fest is, at least, a teensy bit better than the 2004 original. I'll explain why in a moment. Bu...

(A) Chicka Chicka 123... and More Counting Fun

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
First-time preschoolers can get a head start, kids returning in the fall can get a refresher, and everyone in the family can have fun with this terrific new DVD of counting stories from my very fav...

(A-) Chicken Little

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
You know that nightmare of appearing at school in your underwear? That happens to poor Chicken Little (voice of Zach Braff of TV's "Scrubs"), a tiny little chick with big glasses perched uncertain...

(B+) Chicken Run

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Chicken Run" has arrived to the joy and relief of the many fans of Nick Parks' Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit short films. In his studio's first feature-length movie, a brave chicken plots an es...

(D) Christmas with the Kranks

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This meretricious claptrap is exactly the kind of baloney it purports to be saving us from.

There's a reliable genre of family holiday movie that is made up of three-fourths slapstick follow...

(A+) Cinderella

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The classic fairy tale by Charles Perrault is lovingly and imaginatively brought to life in this animated Disney version, also a classic. Cinderella, a sweet, docile, and beautiful girl forced to a...

(A-) A Cinderella Story

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Girls will love this fresh, funny, and sweet, update of the Cinderella story, and it might win some fans among their older siblings and parents as well.

High school senior Sam (Hilary Duff)...

(B) Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B+) Clash of the Titans

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Director Louis Leterrier (the second "Hulk" movie) says that he was a big fan of the 1981 » Read Review

(B+) Clockstoppers

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This special effects action comedy is fun for kids and fairly painless for adults. More important, it is a rare film directed at kids from 4th-8th grade, that most neglected of movie audiences. N...

(A+) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: When Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) and Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon) "encounter" a UFO, they travel to its landing site, Devil's Tower, Wyoming. Jillian is seeking her son, who disappeared w...

(B+) Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(A+) The Court Jester

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
“Life could not better be” than the pure cinematic joy of this movie from the first frame to the last.  Danny Kaye has his best role as Hawkins, a follower of the Black Fox, a Robin Hood- styl...

(B) The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
"The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course" is basically a 70-minute version of the show with an additional 20 minutes of an instantly forgettable premise that barely rises to the level of the term "p...



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