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(B+) Tadpole

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Tadpole" is as slight and charming as the title character, a 15-year-old prep school kid named Oscar (played by 25-year-old Aaron Stanford) with a crush on his stepmother.

Oscar comes home ...

(B) Taking Lives

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Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie) is an FBI profiler who immerses herself in her cases. She eats alone in an elegant hotel room, staring at photos of crime scenes and corpses. When construction equi...

(B-) The Taking of Pelham 123

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This third version of the story of a hijacked New York subway car may be superfluous but it still delivers some zip thanks to Tony Scott's music-video flash and even a bit of heft thanks to Denzel ...

(B-) Taking Woodstock

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a movie about what went on in the community near Woodstock while the concert that would forever be known by that name was happening. And a happening. In other words, this is a footnote mo...

(B) Tamara Drewe

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler

You might think that in a movie called "Tamara Drewe," the character named Tamara Drewe would be the protagonist. She isn't. You might then think she could be the primary antagonist creating t...

(B+) The Tao of Steve

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Dex (Donal Logue) is a fat, irresponsible, pot-smoking slacker with no ambition. But he is so charming that women cannot resist him. And neither can the viewers. Dex may have no ambition, but he...

(A-) Tarnation

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Jonathan Caouette, "Tarnation's" director/writer/producer/cinematographer/ composer/editor and leading man, took home movies and other family memorabilia, added some cultural flotsam and jetsam, ra...

(B) Team America: World Police

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the team behind "South Park," take such pleasure in being naughty that it makes their work more silly than smutty. It's all just too cheerful to be shocking, even with ...

(C) Tears of the Sun

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This movie feels like a script written for John Wayne that someone finally got around to filming 40 years later without any sense that times have changed. There are some good action sequences, but ...

(A) Tell Them Who You Are

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A young man sees someone he would like to meet, but he is shy and unsure of how to approach him. His father pushes him, saying, "Tell them who you are." What he means is, "Tell them you're my son....

(C) Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If you're going to make an unapologetic slob/druggy/rock and roll comedy it has to be snark-free, without a hint of irony. Self-deprecation is welcome, but winking at the audience spoils the effec...

(A-) Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

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Fasten your seatbelts: The Terminator is back.

The new model has lots of upgrades, lots of new powers and some interesting new shapes. These changes lead to surprising plot twists and some ...

(B) Terminator: Salvation

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
How can you have a war between humans and machines when the line between them is hard to find? In the first three Terminator movies, cyborgs from the future were sent back in time to prevent fut...

(C+) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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There is absolutely no need for you to read any further than the title of the film if you are not a fan of slasher flicks. If you are a fan, than this is a solid enough, if derivative, scare-fest ...

(C) That Awkward Moment

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) The Thing About My Folks

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You never know."

What does that mean? Of course you never know, but why would someone adopt that as an all-purpose rejoinder?

Writer/producer/actor Paul Reiser has a good feel for the...

(B) Think Like a Man

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) The Third Testament

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler

The discovery of a Third Testament leads to a mystery -- a whole series of them -- in this ambitious, intricately constructed film from first-time writer-director Matt Dallman.

Caroly...

(A-) Thirteen

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They say that the two worst years of a woman's life are the year she is 13 and the year her daughter is.

We get to experience both at once in this film about a 7th grader named Tracy (Evan ...

(C+) The Thomas Crown Affair

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This is the movie equivalent of a beach book, a glossy story about beautiful, wealthy, people that not only doesn't require much thinking but actually repels it. Think too much (They allow briefcas...

(B) Till Human Voices Wake Us

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Two kinds of audiences will appreciate this movie. The first are those who will be so taken by the flashback scenes of first love between two bright, engaging 15-year-olds that they will be willin...

(B) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are spy stories with glamor and chases and explosions and answers.  And there are spy stories like this one, murky, gritty, grubby, complicated.  The brilliant » Read Review

(B) To Rome With Love

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B-) To the Wonder

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Director Terrence Malick has made a movie for those fans who loved "Tree of Life" but thought it was too linear and easy to follow. » Read Review

(B) Toast

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"Being normal is overrated," a young boy's friend assures him.  "You'll probably turn out to be very interesting." He was right.  British chef and food writer » Read Review

(C) Torque

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Ford (Martin Henderson) comes back to town with a score to settle and a woman to win back, just like a cowboy in an old western. Only in this movie, instead of horses, there are motorcycles, very ...

(A-) Touching the Void

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Repeat after me: "We know they survived because they are up on the screen telling the story." You'll need to hold onto that thought tightly to get you through this almost unbearably tense re-enact...

(F) Town and Country

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Part Woody Allen-style mid-life crisis movie, part old-fashioned, door-slamming bedroom farce, part "let's laugh as rich folks mess everything up while we enjoy looking at their beautiful homes and...

(B+) Traffic

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A hard-line judge is selected as the President's new general in the war on drugs. Front-line cops in Mexico and the US go after the small-time distributors and try to make cases against the source...

(C+) Training Day

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Denzel Washington has a coiled, controlled energy that puts tremendous power behind his coolness and grace. That quality works well for him when he plays good guys, adding complexity and ambiguity...

(B+) The Transporter

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Pure popcorn pleasure, this is a heady combination that is half testosterone, half attitude, and all action. "The Transporter" really delivers.

Don’t pay much attention to the plot – no...

(B) Transporter 2

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Silly but stylish, this sequel to The Transporter is, like the original, all about the chases and fight scenes. It's about the usual for a sequel -- 2/3 of the quality of the original, but like it...

(C+) The Triumph of Love

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Once upon a time there was a princess. She discovered that she was not the real princess after all. Her late father had imprisoned the real king and queen. All were now dead, but the real rulers...

(B) Troy

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The Iliad begins, "Sing, O goddess, of the anger of Achilles." It is a story about love, honor, betrayal, fate, ambition, and of course, hubris. And it is the adventure of the best warrior ...

(D) The Truth About Charlie

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I can’t figure out how a studio decided to take "Charade," one of the world’s most delectable movies, and remake it without a single one of the ingredients that made it great. The dreamy theme...

(A) Tupac: Resurrection

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This mesmerizing documentary about the late rap star Tupac Shakur makes clear what a talented performer and vibrant presence he was, even for audiences who don't listen to rap music and aren't quit...

(F+) Turistas

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The growing trend in horror is to be as disgusting as possible — the story need not be involved, as long as it includes some form of stainless-steel torture and preferably five to six young backp...

(B-) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In trying to balance the hopes of the passionately devoted fans of the  » Read Review

(D) Twisted

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Fifteen minutes into this movie, before the very first murder victim turned up, I figured out who the murderer was. That left me the rest of the movie to ponder much more fascinating mysteries, li...

(B) Two for the Money

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There's only one possible reason that Brandon Lang (Matthew McConaughey), a one-time quarterback with a busted knee turned 900-number sportsline win-predictor sticks around after he finds out what ...

(B) Two Weeks Notice

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For many of us, romantic comedies are like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, providing comfort food and simple consistency in a messy world. We relax and enjoy the familiar experience, knowing t...



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