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(C+) The Santa Clause 2

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Even though I am a well-known softie when it comes to Christmas movies, "The Santa Clause 2" gets a "bah humbug" from me.

Indeed, if the Ghost of Christmas Present had shown Ebenezer Scrooge...

(C-) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

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MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Tim Allen and Martin Short are funny guys. How do we know this? Because when this movie is finally over, there are some outtakes during the credit sequence that remind us. Up to that point, it's...

(C+) Scooby-Doo

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
It’s trickier than you might think to translate a Saturday morning cartoon program into a live-action movie. The first challenge is figuring out who your audience is going to be. Is it the litt...

(B-) Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Scooby fans will enjoy this affectionate live-action tribute to the unquenchably popular cartoon series.

Wisely abandoning the first version's wobbly attempt to appeal both to children with...

(A+) The Secret Garden

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Mary Lennox is a sour and selfish girl, spoiled by an Indian nanny and neglected by her parents. When they are killed, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle Archibald Craven, a m...

(B) The Secret World of Arrietty

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A spirited young heroine and an enchantingly beautiful setting make a story of friendship and courage beguiling in Studio Ghibli's adaptation of Mary Norton's popular series of "Borrower" books.  ...

(D) See Spot Run

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
What were they thinking? This movie is rated-PG and heavily marketed to kids. But in the first ten minutes, the title character, a dog trained by the FBI to catch criminals, bites off a bad guy...

(A+) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Handsome backwoodsman Adam Pontabee (Howard Keel) strides into town, singing "Bless Your Beautiful Hide" to his future wife "whoever she may be." He has given himself one day to find a wife t...

(B) The Shaggy Dog

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A ring falls into the pants cuff worn by teenager Wilby Daniels (Tommy Kirk) while he is visiting a museum, and, not noticing, he carries it home with him. The ring’s ancient spell turns him int...

(B-) The Shaggy Dog

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
An uninspired all-the-best-parts-are-in-the-trailer remake, this is a showcase for two things: Tim Allen's mugging and some computer wizard-style special effects. The limited entertainment value o...

(A-) Shark Tale

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This hip-hop/mob action comedy set undersea is fast, fresh, fun, and finny -- I mean --punny -- I mean funny.

Okay, you watch the movie and see if you don't come out making silly jokes like ...

(A+) Shrek

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
It has an enchanted princess in a tower, guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. It has a big, green ogre with a Yiddish name. It has a donkey that not only talks, and not only sings, but sings the o...

(B+) Shrek 2

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Oh, stop reading now and just go to the movie.

All you need to know from me is that "Shrek 2" is pure enjoyment, with stunningly brilliant technology and hilarious performances. And (here i...

(B) Shrek the Third

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Did you ever wonder what happens to the villains while the hero and heroine are living happily ever after? We get to find out in this third chapter in the saga of Shrek. In the previous episode, ...

(B) Shrek the Third

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Did you ever wonder what happens to the villains while the hero and heroine are living happily ever after? We get to find out in this third chapter in the saga of Shrek. In the previous episode, ...

(B+) Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

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This is a swashbuckling romp of a movie, which –- with a couple of clever plot tweaks and some jaw-dropping animation -—exceeds the low expectations you might have for the hundredth remake of t...

(A) Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This is a story about one summer in the life of four friends, told with sincerity, heart, and a little bit of magic -- the very same qualities that made the original book and its sequels a "you hav...

(A-) Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

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Dashing pilot Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan (Jude Law) and intrepid reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) investigate the disappearance of a group of top scientists and the invasion of enormous rob...

(A-) Sky High

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It's the classic anxiety dream -- embarrassing yourself in front of the whole class on the first day of school. Now imagine that instead of being called upon to answer some question about the summ...

(A+) Sleeping Beauty

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Disney has beautifully restored one of its most treasured classics, "Sleeping Beauty," in honor of its 50th anniversary. The King and Queen happily celebrate the birth of their daughter, Princes...

(C) The Smurfs

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
After a promising beginning with the tart but sweet romantic comedy “Never Been Kissed,” director Raja Gosnell has been mired in the quagmire of movie junk food, "family" movies like “Scooby-...

(D) Snow Dogs

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Two Oscar-winners are no match for some irresistible dogs (with a little assistance from puppeteers and computer animators) in this so-so slapstick comedy about a Miami dentist who ends up in a dog...

(C-) The Snow Queen

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
It may be a coincidence that a Russian animation studio decided to make a movie based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the Snow Queen at the same time as Disney's big-budget feature, "F...

(D) Son of the Mask

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The Mask had a clever and inventive director, striking design, wildly imaginative special effects, and Jim Carrey, who is something of a wildly imaginative special effect all by himself. ,P>

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(B) Space Chimps

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(C+) Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Many kids will enjoy this traditionally animated story about a brave wild mustang in the 19th century American west, but parents may find it overlong even at a running time of less than 90 minutes....

(B+) Spirited Away

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B) The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
"Spongebob Squarepants" is a pleasantly silly animated television show for children that has earned the gratitude of parents for not being sugary or dull. It also has a bit of a cult following amo...

(A-) Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

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Hurray for "Spy Kids 2," this summer's most imaginatively joyous adventure.

Carmen and Juni Cortez are back, now full-time operatives of the spy organization OSS and its new kids unit. As t...

(C+) Spy Kids 3D: Game Over

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
To be scrupulously fair to the sensibilities of its target audience, I must admit that halfway through this movie my 8-year-old godson leaned over to me and whispered, "This is AWESOME!" I wish I ...

(B-) Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4D

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Jessica Alba was dressed for her role in Robert Rodriguez's ultra-violent "Machete" when, on a break from filming, she stopped to change her baby's diaper.  Rodriguez says he saw her performing th...

(A-) Step Into Liquid

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The classic 1966 documentary The Endless Summer by Buce Brown introduced audiences around the world to the glories of surfing and made the search for the perfect wave thrilling and epic. Now Brown...

(B+) Stuart Little 2

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Stuart Little 2 is a sweet family movie with excellent voice talent and special effects. Fans of the first one will enjoy it and it is one of the best family movies of the summer.

It takes ...

(B+) Surf's Up

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Every so often an unpretentious little charmer like "Surf's Up" darts ahead of the pack of big, over-hyped, over-long, resistance-is-futile summer blockbusters lumbering into multiplexes. This one ...



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