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(D) The Back-Up Plan

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie's best use could be population control. No one who sees it will want to get pregnant or raise children. It could also be used to show aspiring screenwriters what not to do. Other tha...

(D) Bad Boys II

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The old-fashioned real-deal movie star charm of Will Smith can occasionally be glimpsed somewhere inside this overlong cacaphony of car chases, shoot-em-ups, and explosions. It is impossible not t...

(C+) Bad Company

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This generic summer popcorn movie would be instantly forgettable if not for the sour aftertaste left by its climax, with a nuclear bomb set to explode in New York City’s Grand Central Station. W...

(D) Bad News Bears

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(D) Bad Santa

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This is a movie about a very bad Santa, indeed. He's worse than bad. He's vile. He's disgusting. Billy Bob Thornton plays Willie, a department store Santa who is constantly either drunk, horrif...

(D) Bad Teacher

Genre: School
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Are you a fan of comedy based on the sole premise that it is funny to see a beautiful woman make outrageously crude and narcissistic statements?  Then go watch Sarah Silverman.  This movie will o...

(D) Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

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We don't ask for much from explosion and chase movies, just some cool explosions and chases, plus some attitude, a couple of lines of snappy dialogue, an interesting bad guy, and a plot that doesn'...

(B+) Bamboozled

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Spike Lee's new movie is ambitious, provocative, complex, thoughtful, and just about review-proof. Anyone who doesn't like it could be accused of not getting it. Anyone who does like it could be ...

(B+) Bandits

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In the grand tradition of Butch and Sundance and Hope and Crosby, we have Terry (Billy Bob Thornton) and Joe (Bruce Willis), two charming rascals in love with the same woman. They don’t want to ...

(C+) The Banger Sisters

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The considerable pleasures of watching Oscar-winners Susan Sarandon, Goldie Hawn, and Geoffrey Rush displaying all of their combined charm and talent are repeatedly tripped up by a lame script that...

(B+) The Bank Job

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
the_bank_job_poster.jpgAh, the pleasures of the ...

(D) Basic

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It's probably not even worth explaining the premise of this sorry attempt at a thriller because the "basic"premise is to tell you one thing and then turn it upside down and then do that again abou...

(F-) Basic Instinct 2

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Someone should tell Sharon Stone that you can't step in the same river twice. Or you can't go home again. Or that for every Godfather II there a...

(B) Be Cool

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"I won't say any more than I have to, if that." That's John Travolta as Chili Palmer in Get Shorty, and it's a great character, a great line, and a great movie.

Chili says it again in this...

(D) Beautiful

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Minnie Driver does her best, but, sadly, she gets no help from the movie's producers (14 of them!). She gets no help from the screenwriter, whose only previous credit was Jerry Springer's "Ringmas...

(A+) A Beautiful Mind

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A man sees what no one else can, and we call him a genius. A man sees what no one else does, and we call him crazy.

This Oscar-winner for Best Picture is a movie about a man who was both, the...

(B) Beauty Shop

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This film is less a movie than a brand extension. Speaking of which, it is as synthetic as cut-rate hair extensions and as obvious as its intrusive product placements. Beauty Shop is more

(F) Because I Said So

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I blame "Sex and the City."

Now everyone thinks that what it takes -- or all it takes -- for a story about a bunch of women characters to work is non-stop talk about sex and shoes and a com...

(B+) Bedazzled

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The classic English comedy written in 1967 by Peter Cook and starring Cook and Dudley Moore has been Americanized. In other words, it has less deadpan humor, sly wit, and existential comedy and mo...

(A-) Bee Season

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A little girl who thought she was the ordinary member of the family discovers a talent for spelling, in this thoughtful movie based on the best-seller by Myla Goldberg. But this is not a fictional...

(C) Beerfest

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The boys of Broken Lizard have no shame. That's what their fans like about them.

There’s something quant, cute and even endearing (stick with me here) about their more innocent jokes, the...

(A-) Before Midnight

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(A) Before Sunset

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Fair warning: five minutes into this film the critic checked out of my head and the fan took over. It may not be great art and it won't work for everyone, but it kept me smiling all day.

Ni...

(B+) Beginners

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is engaged in the saddest of tasks, clearing out his late father's home, choosing what to take, what t...

(B+) Behind Enemy Lines

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"Behind Enemy Lines" is an old-fashioned, heart-thumping, send-in-the-Marines, "I don’t care what the orders say" rescue mission story, and the most purely exciting movie of the year.

Equa...

(B) Being Flynn

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Nick Flynn was working at a Boston homeless shelter when his father, Jonathan Flynn, came in looking for a place to stay. Nick was raised by his mother and had little contact with his father except...

(A-) Being Julia

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Julia (Annette Bening) is a star who craves an audience. She thrills the paying customers in the theater night after night, but that is not enough for her anymore.

Her husband, Michael(Jere...

(A) Bend It Like Beckham

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Spunky and easy to watch, this feel-good movie bridges the distance between old country and new with the deft touch of a David Beckham [British soccer star] penalty kick. For any girl whose athlet...

(B) Beowulf

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
One of the oldest surviving stories is retold through one of the most modern of technologies in a thrilling 3-D adventure from director Robert Zemeckis. beowulf_beowulf_photo_01_lg.jpg

(A-) Best in Show

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Fans of offbeat humor will get a big kick out of this follow-up to "Waiting for Guffman," but there will be more appreciative, "Oh, that's funny!" comments than outright laughs.

Director Chris...

(C) Beyond Borders

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An important and affecting story about relief workers gets buried under a syrupy romance in "Beyond Borders," which has Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen gazing longingly at each other across starving ...

(B+) Beyond the Mat

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This is the best documentary since "Hoop Dreams," and it is not a coincidence that it, too, is about sports. That means that it is about money, ambition, competition, dreams realized and dashed, r...

(B+) Beyond the Sea

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Parents should know that the movie has situations and behavior that may be upsetting to some viewers including tense and emotional confrontations. Characters drink (one abuses alcohol in res...

(B-) The Big Bounce

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"Big Bounce" wants to be comic caper movie, but the real crime is inflicted on the Elmore Leonard book credited with inspiring it.

You can tell that somewhere in there there is a book with ...

(C+) Big Daddy

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Big Daddy" has all the unavoidable elements of an Adam Sandler film: slapstick humor, gross jokes, bodily functions galore, spectacular pratfalls and more than a sprinkling of sexual innuendo. Yet,...

(D) Big Momma's House

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This is less a movie than a string of skits based on one concept -- Martin Lawrence in a fat suit and a dress.

It's a great concept, crossing two terrific movies: "Stakeout" and "Tootsie," w...

(B+) Big Trouble

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If not quite as sharp as it could be, "Big Trouble" is still a sharp, funny movie. Based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Berry, it has a terrific cast getting caught up in del...

(A) Billy Elliot

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As two 11-year-olds walk home from school, the girl casually bounces a stick along the side of a building. The building ends and, still chatting, she keeps bouncing it along the shields held up by...

(D) Birth

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In the middle of a story that lurches from unsettling to preposterous by way of sheer ookiness, there is a moment of sheer, breathtaking bravura, shared by actress and director.

At her enga...

(C+) Birthday Girl

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A very uneven thriller-romance is brightened by dark comedy and another magnetic performance by Nicole Kidman as the 21st century equivalent to a mail order bride. Shy bank teller John (Ben Chaplin...

(C) The Black Dahlia

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Director Brian de Palma is all about the look and the mood and paying tribute to the classic old movies he loves. He loves them so much he crawls inside them. He imitates them like an art student...

(C+) Black Knight

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Martin Lawrence is a very funny guy who is usually a lot better than the movies around him, which tend to play as though half the script reads, "Martin enters and does funny things." This time, th...

(C-) Black Snake Moan

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Things are not going well for Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson). He has been living a life right out of a blues song. His wife left him. For his brother.

And now, he has found an almost-naked ...

(D) Blade II

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An ordinary sequel to the first Wesly Snipes vehicle, based on the Marvel Comics superhero, this bloody punch-fest lacks the charming antagonists that livened the original movie.

Wesley Snip...

(C+) Blade: Trinity

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Let’s not pretend that “Trinity”, the third chapter in the ongoing tale of a human-vampire hybrid out to kill all vampires, is a good movie and instead say it is a solid “Blade” movie - m...

(C+) The Blair Witch Project

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More conceptual art and marketing phenomenon than movie, "The Blair Witch Project" is poised to become the most profitable movie of all time. Directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick have learne...

(B+) The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

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There is a tap-dancing scene in the samurai film, “Zatoichi”.

For fans of the genre, using the words “samurai” and “tap-dancing” in the same sentence should capture both the ey...

(B+) Bloody Sunday

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On January 30, 1972, thousands of civil rights demonstrators in Derry (Londonderry), Ireland, held a rally to protest the British Government’s use of internment without due process in Northern Ir...

(C+) Blue Crush

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If you want to ride this movie the way its heroine rides the waves, the best thing to do is bring a walkman and a really good pair of headphones and watch it while listening to your favorite assort...

(C+) Blue Streak

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Martin Lawrence stars in a made-to-order story of a jewel thief who returns to the scene of the crime to retrieve his loot, only to find that the construction site where he stashed the stolen diamo...

(B-) Body of Lies

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Once movie spies were sleek and cool and impeccably dressed. They were devil-may-care, they had joie de vivre, they seemed to know everything, and they were unstoppable. The bad guys had endless ...

(A-) Boiler Room

Genre: Family Issues
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Seth (Giovanni Ribisi) wants two things very badly. He wants to make a lot of money quickly, and he wants the respect of his father (Ron Rifkin), a federal judge. Seth drops out of college to run a...

(D) Boogeyman

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With a storyline thinner than the protagonist’s stereotyped rich girlfriend and enough lead-heavy dialogue to sink a movie of twice the caliber, “Boogeyman” is a bloated 86 minutes of overzea...

(B+) Borat

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
First and foremost, let me make it clear that this movie has extremely outrageous and offensive material and is not for the faint of heart or the easily shocked, and inappropriate for sensitive or...

(C) The Bounty Hunter

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Jennifer Aniston is a beautiful and talented woman, but this film had me thinking some very mean thoughts about her, thoughts like, "She is too old for this kind of movie" and "Probably not a good ...

(B+) The Bourne Identity

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"The Bourne Identity" does not have much in the way of plot or characters, but it is a better-than-average guns, gadgets, and chases in interesting locations movie.

The film starts off with...

(C+) Bowfinger

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Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) wants desperately to make a movie, and as he approaches his 50th birthday he thinks he is running out of time. He tries to interest a studio executive in a script cal...

(A) Bowling for Columbine

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Any documentary about gun violence in America in which the single most intelligent and insightful comment is made by a guy named after a dead beauty queen and a serial killer is worth a look. Then...

(C+) Breakin' All the Rules

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Bright stars can't save this over-plotted and under-directed romantic comedy. Jamie Foxx plays Quincy, a magazine editor who is about to propose to his girlfriend when she dumps him. So he writes...

(B+) Bridesmaids

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is something intriguingly subversive in "Bridesmaids" that goes beyond the anarchy inherent in all humor and its reliable sub-category, the switch-up.  But we'll talk about those first to ge...

(B+) Bridget Jones's Diary

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Renée Zellwegger is irresistible as Bridget Jones, in this delectable romantic comedy with some sly references to that uber-romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice. From the opening credits, when w...

(B) Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

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In the first movie, Bridget Jones (Renee Zellwegger) learned that she could be loved just as she was. Now she has to figure out whether she can love herself.

As the sequel begins, she has h...

(C+) Bring It On

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I may sound like the Movie Grandmom here, but it is a darned shame that this smart and sassy movie has to include unnecessarily raunchy humor. Otherwise, this would be a terrific movie for kids, b...

(A-) Bringing Down the House

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This movie falls squarely in what I call the "Cat in the Hat" genre, one of the most popular and enduring movie themes, in which a straight-laced person (A) who plays by the rules has his or her li...

(C) Broken City

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(A-) Broken Flowers

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George Orwell said that by age 50 every man has the face he deserves. Now in Hollywood, by age 50 it's more likely that movie stars pretty much have the faces they can buy (are you listening, Cher...

(D) Broken Lizard's Club Dread

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Does the world really need a comic slasher movie? Or, to be more precise, does it need another failed attempt at one?

The would-be wild and crazy guys from would-be comedy troupe Broken Li...

(B+) Brotherhood of the Wolf

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Some may say that only a guy could enjoy Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des Loupes). After all, the movie contains lots of guy elements: gore, martial-arts, and werewolves. But, there’...

(B) Bruce Almighty

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
You could not ask for a better showcase for what Jim Carrey does best than this comedy about a man who is given all of God's powers and has no compunction about using them for cheap thrills and pet...

(A-) Buffalo Soldiers

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A lot of people are going to have problems with Buffalo Soldiers because of the timing. It was written and filmed before we went to war. Now, when it is so important to support American troops and...

(A+) Bus Stop

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Bo (Don Murray) is a rough cowboy who comes to the city for the first time with his worldlier friend, Virgil (Arthur O'Connell), to compete in a rodeo. They meet Cherie (Marilyn Monroe), a good-hea...

(D) The Butterfly Effect

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This movie is not just pretentious twaddle. It is inept and exploitive pretentious twaddle, not even worth a "so bad it's good" video rental.

The title comes from the idea, here attributed...




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