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(B) Safe House

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Denzel Washington is the vodka and Ryan Reynolds is the orange juice in this spy story with top-notch action, middle-notch story, and bottom-notch ending, with a "surprise" plot twist that is obvio...

(C) Sanctum

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The stunningly beautiful cave scenes are breathtakingly realistic in this James Cameron-produced 3D "inspired by a true story" saga of a cave-diving expedition gone wrong.

The plot and...

(B) Save the Last Dance

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is real logic and there is movie logic. Audiences are usually very forgiving of lapses in movie logic -- we recognize that people always get perfect parking spaces and have correct change an...

(A-) Saved

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The first thing teenagers figure out is that it is enticingly easy to make fun of believers in any category. What's nice about this movie is that it does so while still entirely respectful of belie...

(C+) Saving Silverman

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I’ll admit it with some embarrassment – this movie made me laugh. Yes, it is a very dumb comedy, but as dumb comedies go, it is one of the best because it stars four of the most able comic act...

(C) Saw

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Grizzly does not mean scary, which is a lesson that first-time director James Wan and co-writer (and actor) Leigh Whannell do not master in this 100 minute long mish-mash of a horror flick.

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(A) Say Anything

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) is an engagingly aimless high school graduate who likes junk food and kickboxing. Courageously, he sets his heart on Diane Court (Ione Skye), the most beautiful and brill...

(D) Say It Isn't So

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Audiences who have been wondering when we were going to get a great comedy about incest can keep wondering. "Say it Isn’t So" is a mediocre comedy about incest, a pale retread from the producers...

(D) Scary Movie 2

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The credits for "Scary Movie 2" show seven different screenwriters, which means an average of 1.3 good jokes per writer. But hey, if you thought that this movie would have witty repartee, you neve...

(C) Scary Movie 3

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The first two "Scary Movies" written and directed by the Wayans brothers, were R-rated, cheerfully raunchy, and cheekily politically incorrect parodies of popular movies, including Scream and its s...

(C+) The Score

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Movies are made for heist stories. Great robberies can be fun to watch on stage or read about in a book, but movies provide an immediacy and economy of narrative that no other form of story-tellin...

(A-) Seabiscuit

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is a reason that good movies about sports, almost always about an underdog who overcomes obstacles to succeed, appeal to us in such a visceral fashion. Americans fiercely love athletic heroe...

(C+) Secret Window

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
We know what scares Stephen King. That most prolific of writers is still terrified by an empty computer screen, or, even worse, a screen with writing that is unfixably bad. And that author whose ...

(C-) Semi-Pro

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
semipro.jpg"Semi-Pro" is not even semi-funny. It takes what...

(B+) Serendipity

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This romantic confection has all the weight of a soap bubble, but it has all the sheen and charm of one, too.

Serendipity is (1) a "happy accident" and (2) a New York restaurant that serves ...

(B+) A Serious Man

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Larry Gopnik (theater actor Michael Stuhlbarg) is a physics professor in 1967 Minneapolis. He covers a ...

(C+) Shadow of the Vampire

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The story of Dracula has been filmed dozens of times, but one of the most unforgettable is the silent German film, "Nosferatu." The director, F.W. Murnau, was not able to get permission from the a...

(B+) Shaft

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie gets four stars just for coolness. Samuel L. Jackson, the Armani leather coat, and the Oscar-winning theme song are a match made in heaven, and it is just plain summer-popcorn-movie fun...

(A-) Shall We Dance?

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Chicago lawyer John Clark (Richard Gere) writes wills. He listens to people sum up their lives -- their assets, their liabilities, their legacies. When it's done, they ask, "Is that it, then?" an...

(C+) Shallow Hal

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The Farrelly Brothers, known for shattering the good taste barrier with gross-out comedies like "There's Something About Mary" and "Dumb and Dumber" have taken a couple of giant, if uncertain, step...

(A-) Shanghai Knights

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are no surprises in "Shanghai Knights," but that's only because it delivers exactly what we came to see: a cheerfully anachronistic buddy/action/comedy movie starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wil...

(C+) Shanghai Noon

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Jackie Chan has his best American movie role so far as Chon Wang, an imperial guard sent from China’s Forbidden City to Colorado’s Carson City to rescue a kidnapped Princess (Lucy Liu) in the o...

(A-) Shaun of the Dead

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(B) She Hate Me

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The hero of a popular radio program and movie serial of the 1930's and 40's was "Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy," whose very name evokes wholesome strength and fortitude. The hero of this pro...

(D) She's All That

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Get ready. The success of movies like "Scream" has led to an upcoming avalanche of movies transplanting every possible movie plot into high school. This one takes "Pygmalion" with a few touches fro...

(B+) The Shipping News

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) is a huge, almost-silent lump of a man who married the first woman who spoke to him, a selfish good-time girl named Petal (Cate Blanchett). She ignores him and their daughter...

(B) Shopgirl

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Shopgirl" is a luminous, if melancholy, modern-day fairy tale about a lost princess named Mirabelle (Claire Danes) whose path to true love is complicated when she meets an evil enchanter. Okay, h...

(B+) Showtime

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Who imagined that one of the best comic actors of the 21st century would be…Robert DeNiro? The brilliant timing and utter fearlessness when it comes to looking goofy that DeNiro showed in "Analy...

(B+) Side Effects

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(A) Sideways

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Miles (Paul Giamatti), dips his nose deep inside the bowl of a glass of white wine and it is clear that this is where he is happiest and most at home. All of his mind, body, and spirit are focused...

(B) Silver City

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A movie about a dim, rich, conservative political candidate named "Pilager" (pronounced "pillager") who finds a corpse on the end of his fishing line when he is makng a commercial is not going for ...

(B+) Sin City

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Looming shadows fall starkly across rain-slick streets. A door chain jiggles because a very bad man wants to come in and hurt someone. Hookers pull guns from garter belts. Tough, tough talk comes f...

(B) A Single Man

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Designer Tom Ford has exquisite taste, and his first movie is an exquisite movie. Based on a story by Christopher Isherwood, as adapted by Ford, it is the story of one day in the life of a British...

(B+) The Sixth Sense

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is one of the rarest of movie treats, a thinking person's thriller that is genuinely haunting. You're lucky if you see a movie that you are still thinking about by the time you reach your car;...

(B-) The Skeleton Key

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Buoyed by Gena Rowlands’ magisterial presence, this mediocre little bit of hoodoo-voodoo mystery casts enough of a spell to propel it through the trancelike lethargy of the first 80 minutes until...

(D) Sleepover

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Fourteen-year-old girls at a sleepover party violate every rule they agreed to. They lie, cheat, vandalize, steal, sneak out of the house and into a bar, order a drink with a man they met on the i...

(D) Sleepy Hollow

Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is less the Washington Irving story than it is "Scream" set in post- revolutionary times. Its production design by Rick Heinrichs is ravishingly eerie, all gray skies, looming spires, gnarled ...

(C) Smokin' Aces

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a flashy, nasty, hyper-violent story about a lot of people who are very, very interested in a snitch, magician and five time entertainer-of-the-year Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven).

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(B) Snakes on a Plane

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If there's ever an Oscar for truth in titling, it will go to "Snakes on a Plane." As zillions of internet fans have noted for months, that says it all. This is the snakiest plane movie and the pla...

(C+) Snow Falling on Cedars

Genre: War
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There has never been a movie more literally true to its title -- this is indeed a movie with many long, loving scenes of snow falling on cedars. There are also scenes of raindrops plopping in puddl...

(B+) Snowpiercer

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(C+) Solaris

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More meditation than story, “Solaris” is a series of images and moments that address themes of identity, memory, and loss, ambitious in both form and content.

George Clooney plays Chris...

(C+) Someone Like You

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Animal Husbandry," a wry and witty book about a single woman’s efforts to understand men, has become "Someone Like You" a generic looking-for- love-in-all-the-wrong-places romance with plot twist...

(A-) Something's Gotta Give

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This delightful romantic comedy is the ultimate middle-age woman's fantasy -- not the part about being romanced by Keanu Reeves and Jack Nicholson, just the part about being Diane Keaton.

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(B) Soul Plane

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
What happens when you take a relatively big budget for a comedy ($16 million), a tried-and-true comic vehicle in the plane from which no one can escape, and a handful of actors clearly having fun? ...

(C+) South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Parents may think that nothing can be more outrageous than the "South Park" television show, with its macabre humor, strong language, and singing poop. They need to understand that this theatrical ...

(A-) Spanglish

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Every few years, writer/director James Brooks makes another smart, sensitive movie about smart, sensitive people who love each other and drive each other crazy. In "Spanglish," as in Broadcast New...

(C+) Spartan

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are three different stories in this latest effort from writer/director David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, State and Main). Only one of the three is pretty good -- a rescue mission to retrieve...

(B+) Spy Game

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is not one of those movies where the spies wear elegant dinner jackets, drink martinis, use cool gadgets and have sex with gorgeous women in between huge explosions and shoot-outs. There is n...

(B+) The Square

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When the first 10 minutes of film introduce us to an illicit affair, a kickback scheme, and a hidden bag filled with money, we know we're in for a twisty thriller, and "The Square" delivers. Bro...

(A-) The Squid and the Whale

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A hyper-verbal, deeply wounded man who is almost as clever (but not nearly as brilliant) as he thinks he is has an ego that has been triply hit. His unfaithful wife wants a divorce, his writing ca...

(B) Stand Up Guys

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) Starsky & Hutch

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This is the latest in the genre I call lunchbox movies. Here is how these movies get made. A 30-something studio executive's eyes light up when someone suggests a movie based on a cheesy-but-popu...

(B+) Startup.com

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Jehane Noujaim left her job at MTV to make documentaries just as her roommate, Kaliel Isaza Tuzman, was leaving his job at Goldman Sachs to run a new Internet company. They combined their two vent...

(B+) State and Main

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Shoot first -- ask questions afterward." That's the motto on the lucky pillow carried to location by director Walt Price (William H. Macy). This is actually the second choice of location, a last...

(B-) Stateside

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Good intentions and passionate feelings are sometimes the enemy of vivid and coherent storytelling, as this movie, based on the real-life experiences of its writer/director, demonstrates. Sometime...

(A) The Station Agent

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Fin (Peter Dinklage) was a part of a small community of train lovers in Hoboken. He had a job repairing model trains. And he attended gatherings of train chasers, who showed their home movies and...

(D) Steal This Movie!

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It might have worked if this movie had been frustrating in the way that the peace movement or the 60's as a whole were frustrating. But this movie about the life of Hippie/Yippie leader Abbie Hoff...

(B) The Stepford Wives

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The women's movement of the 1970's was one of the most seismic social movements in U.S. history because it affected every single household. It was about more than equal pay for equal work; it was a...

(B) Stepford Wives

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The women's movement of the 1970's was one of the most seismic social movements in U.S. history because it affected every single household. It was about more than equal pay for equal work; it was a...

(C) Street Kings

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Street Kings" is a like a Cliff's Notes version of T...

(B) Stuck on You

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The Farrelly brothers (There's Something About Mary, Me, Myself and Irene, Shallow Hal) have shifted the mix a bit with their latest movie. There is still plenty of outrageous physical humor, but ...

(C) Sucker Punch

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Girls in thigh-hi stockings and tiny spangled miniskirts take on steam-powered corpses, WWI bi-planes, samurai robots, and an angry dragon, along with a series of odiously predatory men in the late...

(D) Sugar and Spice

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The title may be "Sugar and Spice," but the content is closer to snips and snails and puppy dog tails in this supposedly cute story of a pregnant teenage cheerleader and her friends who rob a bank....

(C+) The Sum of All Fears

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Part of the magic of movies is the way they make us not just willing - even eager to suspend all kinds of disbelief. It isn't just that we are willing to believe that Jet Li can knock out a guy wi...

(D) Super Troopers

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Toward the end of this movie, a character explains the difference between the pranks he and his friends play and those devised by a colleague. "Our shenanigans are cheeky and fun. His are cruel a...

(B+) Superbad

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Cheerfully outrageous and unabashedly offensive, this saga of three high school seniors in search of sex and liquor works because the vulgarity is in the context of a very sweet story about growing...

(D) Superstar

Genre: High School, School
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Even fans of the Mary Katherine Gallagher skits on Saturday Night Live will find this movie overlong at 82 minutes. It is one thing for a 30-something woman to play the part of a high school girl ...

(D) Surviving Christmas

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In what is intended to be one of the most revealing and touching scenes in "Surviving Christmas," the main character turns a lovely gesture into a crass, garish, and cringe-inducing display. Take ...

(B-) Sweet Home Alabama

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It's official. Reese Witherspoon is the new Meg Ryan.

That means Witherspoon has the charm, sparkle, and impeccable comic timing to keep an entire movie afloat and make it look effortless. ...

(C+) The Sweetest Thing

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
None of the men at the screening I attended liked this movie. Some of them even came out of the theater looking a little shell-shocked. But many of the women walked out smiling.

This movie'...

(F) Swept Away

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Imagine the potential: a gritty, innovative director remakes a provocative film about gender and class and the clash of diametrically opposed individuals when the tables are turned on their situat...

(D) Swimfan

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Haven’t we all seen this already? Many times? Too many times?

A nice, cute guy who seems to have it all meets extremely attractive girl who promises him guilt-free sex learns the sad less...

(C+) Swordfish

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If attitude and very cool explosions were enough to make a movie worthwhile, then this one would win an Oscar. But movies generally require something along the lines of characters and plot, and th...



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