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(B+) A.C.O.D.

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(D) Abandon

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Given the talent involved, it really is almost impressive how bad "Abandon" is.

The movie is written by Stephen Gaghan, who last won an Oscar for "Traffic" and here makes his directing debut...

(B+) About a Boy

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"About a Boy" is the story of a shallow man appropriately named Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) who believes, contrary to John Donne, that every man is an island.

Or at least he believes that that...

(C+) About Adam

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It begins as a sweet, simple love story. A flirtatious waitress named Lucy (Kate Hudson) falls for a man named Adam (Stuart Townsend). All the other men in Lucy's life pursued her, but Adam lets ...

(A-) About Schmidt

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) sits at his desk as though he was standing at attention during a full-dress inspection. As he watches the clock move from 4:58 to 5:00, he is as clenched as a fist....

(B) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) Act of Valor

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The Navy SEALS approached the Bandito Brothers film-makers ab...

(D) Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"8 Crazy Nights" is a bit of an enigma. In the Venn diagram of movie goers, Adam Sandler fans are not an easy overlap with those who cherish holiday musicals. This lame attempt at comedy is more li...

(A) Adaptation

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are people who care so passionately about something that it fills them up completely. And then there are the rest of us, who can never lose themselves that way, people who divide their inter...

(C) After the Sunset

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie features two of the most glorious sights on earth -- Paradise Island and Salma Hayak in a bikini. Unfortunately, it keeps putting unappealing characters and a dumb story in front of the...

(B) The Alamo

Genre: Epic/Historical
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is only one reason to see "The Alamo," and it is Billy Bob Thornton. His portrayal of Davy Crockett is magnificently vibrant, fully imagined, and so breathtakingly evocative of the essence o...

(B-) Alex and Emma

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Kate Hudson is so irresistibly charming that it is easy to forget how tepid and uninspired this movie is. It is always a delight to see Hudson's saucer-eyed smile and impeccable timing, but it wou...

(C-) Alex Cross

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In "Alex Cross," Tyler Perry is called upon to: show devastating grief, show incendiary fury, make threats, throw punches, and take over a part played twice on screen by Morgan Freeman.  He is not...

(D) Alexander

Genre: Epic/Historical
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Alexander the person was great. "Alexander" the movie is not.

It is a horrendously bad movie, a genuine 40-car pile-up of literally epic proportions, a three-way head-on collision of bad wr...

(B) Alfie

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
What's it all about, Charlie?

Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers used to be married and they used to make movies together (Baby Boom, the remakes of Father of th...

(A+) Ali

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Will Smith delivers a knock-out punch as Muhammed Ali in this outstanding film that follows the champ from his first heavyweight title to the "Rumble in the Jungle" when he won the title again by d...

(D) All About the Benjamins

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"All About the Benjamins" is to Ice Cube what "Crossroads" is to Britney Spears, a vanity vehicle designed by a star who has very little sense of how people like the characters in the movie (or the...

(D) All I Wanna Do

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
An appealing cast of talented performers and some mild good intentions cannot save this uneven and sour comedy (originally released with the title "Strike!") about a girls' boarding school that is ...

(D) Alone in the Dark

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There's something far scarier about this movie than its CGI monsters, whose lack of any apparent weight makes them seem as threatening as the floating Clifford balloon in the Macy's parade. What's...

(D-) Along Came a Spider

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Morgan Freeman returns as Dr. Alex Cross in this prequel to "Kiss the Girls." Like the original, this movie has a nursery rhyme title and centers on a kidnapped girl. This time it is not a serial k...

(C+) Along Came Polly

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The writer and star of Meet the Parents reunite in this much tamer comedy about a risk-averse guy who meets a free spirit.

Reuben (Ben Stiller) evaluates risk for a living. ...

(C) Alpha Dog

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"This whole thing is about parenting," explains the ironically named Sonny Truelove (Bruce Willis). He is telling an off-screen questioner about his son Johnny (Emile Hirsch). Or, the questioner ...

(A) Amelie

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Amélie" is filled with whimsical charm the way that a chocolate soufflé is filled with air.

Amélie (Audrey Tatou) grows up the lonely child of parents who do not know how to show t...

(B) The American

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There's a reason so many movies give us a character who has just one last job to do before he (it's almost always a he) can get free. It is because we can sympathize with someone despite even the ...

(B+) American Beauty

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a 42-year-old man who has lost touch with anything that made him feel alive. His wife Carolyn (Annette Benning) is a realtor, so highly focused that she is clenched...

(A+) American Graffiti

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The movie takes place on a single night in 1962, immediately before two good friends, Curt (Richard Dreyfus) and Steve (Ron Howard), are about to leave for college. Curt and Steve are facing enormo...

(B) American Pie

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a movie about teenagers who promise each other that they will have sex before the night of the prom, and then do whatever they can to make it happen. It is one of the raunchiest and most ex...

(C+) American Pie 2

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Teenagers will want to see this movie because it is raunchy and gross. But like the original, the gross and raunchy moments, though frequent, are less important than the movie's core sensibility, ...

(C) American Reunion

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The first indication of a problem with this fourth in the series that began with the ground-breaking (and pastry-breaking) "American Pie" is that stars Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott are liste...

(A+) American Splendor

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Harvey Pekar says, "Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff." His own life is a good example. He has the most ordinary of professions - he is a file clerk in a veteran's hospital. He lives in the m...

(B) American Wedding

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Okay, I admit it -- I laughed. A lot. Even more surprising, I smiled.

I was even a little sorry that this is the last of the American Pie trilogy.

For any...

(B+) Amistad

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Plot: In 1839, a group of Africans sold into slavery were being transported to the United States on a Spanish ship. Off the coast of Cuba, they escaped from their shackles and attacked the crew, le...

(C) The Amityville Horror

Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Going over the same ground as the original 1975 cult classic and its many derivative offspring, this "Amityville Horror" provides enough of a shiver for novice horror fans to guarantee an opening-w...

(B+) Analyze That

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Robert DeNiro loves comedy. Who knew?

After decades as America's most respected dramatic actor, DeNiro discovered that he enjoyed making people laugh in "Analyze This," where he tweaked his mo...

(B) Anchorman

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Remember the old "Spanky and Our Gang" episodes where the boys wouldn't let Darla into the treehouse? Imagine that plot set in the all-white-guys world of 1970's television news, when there were o...

(B+) Angel Eyes

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Watch out -- they're trying to sell this movie as a thriller with supernatural overtones, but it turns out that it is a very traditional love story, and a surprisingly touching one, too.

Jenni...

(B+) Anger Management

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are two odd couples in this movie. One is the traditional pairing of two opposite characters just for the fun of seeing the sparks (and the inevitable "I learned so much from you!" conclusio...

(C+) Anna and the King

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is the fourth movie version -- and the second this year -- of the story of Anna Leonowens, brought to Siam in 1864 by King Monghut to teach his children. Anna and the King end up teaching each...

(B+) Antwone Fisher

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Therapy films usually follow the same pattern as romance films, a sort of one-sided romance of the subjects with themselves. In other words, it’s therapist meets patient, therapist loses patient...

(B+) Anvil: The Story of Anvil

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If this story wasn't true, they'd have to invent it. Indeed, they already did. "This is Spinal Tap," one of the most outrageous, influential, and utterly hilarious movies ever made, is a "mockume...

(C+) Anything Else

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Woody Allen has repackaged characters, themes, and even jokes from his best movies in this soggy and lackluster trifle about a young comedy writer stuck in various relationships.

This time,...

(C+) Anywhere But Here

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Adele (Susan Sarandon), a free-spirited teacher, takes her 14 year old daughter Ann (Natalie Portman) to Los Angeles in a gold-colored Mercedes. Ann resents her mother for taking her away from ever...

(B-) Apocalypto

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are at least three movies here and two of them are great. There is the classic adventure saga of the hero who is trying to get home and save his family. Mel Gibson, as director, has created b...

(C+) Arlington Road

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a very scary movie about a very scary subject -- terrorism. Indeed, its release was delayed due to concerns about the sensitivity of the material. Jeff Bridges plays Michael Faraday, a prof...

(B+) Assault on Precinct 13

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A juicy premise, a powerhouse cast, and energetic direction combine for a satisfying thriller about a police station under seige. It's a big-budget remake of John Carpenter's 1976 film of the same...

(A-) Atonement

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) Austenland

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(C+) Austin Powers in Goldmember

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Another year, another Austin Powers movie. And that means 30 very funny minutes surrounded by 60 minutes of far less funny jokes about body parts and body functions, primarily those relating to th...

(D) Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie is only slightly behind "Phantom Menace" in anticipation and excitement among kids, but parents need to know that it is very, very, very raunchy, with incessant and prolonged sexual humo...

(B+) The Aviator

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A true story that is both touching and thrilling and tons of talent on both sides of the camera are enough to make this a good movie, but not enough to make it a great one.

It is in part th...




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