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(C+) G

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Audacious, ambitious, and provocative but uneven and ultimately unsatisfying, this long-delayed film adapts F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel of class, love, and power, The Great Gatsby, to the p...

(B) G.B.F.

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Writer George Northy and director Darren Stein manage to subvert and salute the traditions of the high school comedy in this smart, fresh, and funny story that shakes up the classic elements of tee...

(A) Gangs of New York

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Martin Scorsese is a director of astonishing power and “Gangs of New York” is a movie of astonishing imagination, ambition, and scope. The first fifteen minutes are as dazzling as any images e...

(A-) Garden State

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Andrew Largeman's head seems to float in the air. Largeman (director/writer Zach Braff) has been given a shirt made from the fabric left over when his mother covered the walls, so when he wears it...

(B-) George A. Romero's Land of the Dead

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A groaning buffet table of cannibalistic carnage and cheesy dialogue, “Land of the Dead” unevenly masks its stale plot elements with campy winks and a dash of humor. The extreme carnivore’s ...

(C) Georgia Rule

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Minow rule: If Hector Elizondo barely makes an appearance in a Garry Marshall film, watch out.

Or, I should say, don't watch.

Marshall wisely does his best to include the talented Eli...

(B) Get Him to the Greek

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) Get Rich or Die Tryin'

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It begins with a burst of energy and charisma as Marcus (rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) and his friends break into a store so they can rob it. They don't break in so much as explode in. Directo...

(B+) The Gift

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Cate Blanchett plays Annie Wilson, a widow from rural Georgia who has the gift of second sight. She supports her three sons by doing readings with cards, so she hears a lot of problems and secrets...

(D) Gigli

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This misbegotten mess is less a movie than a string of over-the-top audition monologues, those random set-pieces designed to show off an actor's facility with language and attitude. Those can be e...

(D) The Girl Next Door

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a romantic fantasy about a straight arrow high school senior who falls for the girl next door, a porn star. That's not the most offensive part, though. It is a shameless rip-off of the fa...

(B+) Girl with a Pearl Earring

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A portrait by Johannes Vermeer inspired a best-selling novel by Tracy Chevalier, who imagined the relationship between the artist and his subject, not as a Shakespeare in Love-style romance but as ...

(B+) Gladiator

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Gladiator" is a movie of such astounding scope and sweep and such masterful story-telling that it makes its storyline seem classic rather than clichéd. Breathtakingly sumptuous visuals credibly r...

(C) Godsend

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I think it is a good bet that some day there will be an Oscar lifetime achievement award for Robert DeNiro. And I think it is a better bet that clips from this movie will be nowhere near that even...

(B-) The Good German

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Director Steven Soderbergh has created a loving tribute to the films of the 1940's that is more accomplished than effective. It is such a meticulous re-creation of the techniques and technology of...

(D) Good Luck Chuck

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
At age 10, following an awkward Spin the Bottle encounter, a little goth girl puts a hex on Charlie so that he will be surrounded by love but never find it himself. But it is the audience who will ...

(A+) Good Will Hunting

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Mature teens will appreciate this story, written by its appealing two stars, of a brilliant young man with a troubled past. Will (Matt Damon), who grew up as an abused foster child in tough South B...

(A) Gosford Park

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Has there ever been a life as blessed as that of the wealthy English country house owner of the 1930’s?

Imagine being able to toss off casual commands to a huge staff who are there to anti...

(C) Gothika

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Dr. Miranda Gray (Halle Berry) explains that "Logic is overrated" in the middle of a climactic confrontation. It feels like a last-minute attempt to justify the resolution of a movie that begins a...

(B) Gracie

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When it rains, baseball players go to the locker rooms and put on their street clothes, but soccer players stay on the field, according to father/coach Bryan Bowen (Dermot Mulroney). So we get not...

(B+) The Grand Budapest Hotel

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B-) The Greatest

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Two gifted young women whose best work will be in other films are the reason to see this one. Carey Mulligan, so enchanting in last year's An Education, plays a pr...

(B+) The Green Mile

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It's pretty easy to make a movie where the hero saves the Earth from asteroids or blasts the bad guys into smithereens, because those kinds of battles give us lots of very cool stuff to look at. It...

(B) The Green Zone

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The star and director of the last two "Bourne" movies are back and much is the same -- the gritty, intimate, documentary feel, the sense of peril and dynamic staging of action, the able but conflic...

(D) Grind

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The press materials for this movie explain that "grind" refers to a particularly spectacular skateboarding move. In my case, it referred to what my teeth were doing as I had to sit through this du...

(B+) Grindhouse

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
NOTE: This movie has extremely graphic, grisly, violent, and disgusting images, situations, and characters. It is not appropriate for anyone under 18 or for many adults. The positive rating is o...

(D) Grown Ups

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Adam Sandler fans would do well to re-watch "The Wedding Singer" or "Happy Gilmore" rather than suffer through this excruciating mess of gross-out humor, eww-inspiring vulgarity, and soppy sentimen...

(C+) The Grudge

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is one of those "Don't go into the house" movies, a remake of a popular Japanese horror film by Takashi Shimizu, the writer/director of the original.

It is again set in Japan, but t...

(D) Grudge Match

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) Guess Who

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Karl Marx once wrote that "history repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second as farce." That must be how the earnest drama Guess Who's Coming to Dinner got remade as this silly comedy....

(A-) Gunner Palace

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A bunch of American kids in or just out of their teens are now living and working in Baghdad's Azimiya Palace, built by Saddam Hussein for his son Uday. They are the Army's 2/3 Field Artillery, k...

(D) A Guy Thing

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If you made a copy of a copy of a copy of “Meet the Parents” and then ran it through one of those script-generating software programs advertised in the back of movie magazines, you might come o...



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