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(F) Waiting

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I've said it before, but apparently some out there were not listening, so here I go again.

Disgusting is not the same as funny.

Now, please, pay attention this time, because I ...

(A) Waking Life

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People will react very strongly to this movie – they will either love it or hate it. And after some consideration, I’ve decided that I love it.

Those who will enjoy it are people who have...

(A-) Walk the Line

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At first it just seems like a pulse. Then we realize it is a sound. Then we realize it is a very loud sound, muffled because it is on the other side of some very thick walls. Johnny Cash (Joaqui...

(C) Walking Tall

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Apparently, the people who stage professional wrestling matches looked for the story that was most like a wrestling match and picked the story of Buford Pusser, the sheriff who cleaned up a small S...

(D) Wanderlust

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It is painful to watch Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, who were superb together in "The Object of My Affection," try to make the most from the fourth-rate Judd Apatow gross-out comedy "Wanderlust."...

(B) War of the Worlds

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
“Is it the terrorists?” a frightened child asks, because that is the scariest thing she knows. But what makes this thing scary is that it is something no one knows. It is beyond our knowledge, ...

(D) The Watcher

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A couple of clever turns don't rescue this movie from its tired plot, laughable dialogue, and disastrous casting. James Spader plays Campbell, a burned-out FBI agent from Los Angeles who was unabl...

(C+) The Way of the Gun

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Christopher McQuarrie, the screenwriter of the deviously brilliant "The Usual Suspects" wrote and directed this bleak, tough-talking story about a couple of petty criminals named Longbaugh (Benicio...

(B-) We Are Marshall

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Mature High Schooler
At least in movies, sports are almost always about redemption, community, and triumph. Sports -- like movies -- provide a controlled world with boundaries within which we can work through issues t...

(B+) We Don't Live Here Anymore

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Situated somewhere between John Updike and "Knott's Landing," this is a story of suburban angst and adultery, with meaningful glances, inexpressible longing, fumbled groping, and a lot of hangovers...

(B-) We Own the Night

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a curious hybrid combining contemporary language and violence with a retro set-up right out of a 1930's James Cagney/Pat O'Brien movie and pulsating undercover law enforcement action of 197...

(A-) We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) We Were Soldiers

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The Viet Nam battle drama "We Were Soldiers" spends half an hour making us care about each of the characters and the rest of the movie blowing them up.

It is based on the book by Lt. Colonel...

(B) The Weather Man

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In this movie, David Spritz (Nicolas Cage) pays tribute to his father, Robert (an immaculate performance by Michael Caine) by quoting a Bob Seger song. So I'll begin my review with a quote from a ...

(B) Wedding Crashers

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A bawdy summer comedy for adults and mature teens, this movie features rapid-fire dialogue and sincere affection between best-friend leads and strong chemistry between the actors who portray them, ...

(C+) The Wedding Date

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All the romantic comedy gloss in the world can't save a script as stale as last week's wedding cake. Despite a promising set-up and talented performers, it leaks air like a tire that ran over a ta...

(D) The Wedding Planner

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This disappointing would-be romantic comedy is neither comic nor particularly romantic. Its biggest problem is a sitcom-style script with too much emphasis on the situation and not enough on the c...

(C+) Welcome to Collinwood

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(C) What Happens in Vegas...

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A romantic comedy needs to get us on the side of its couple as individuals and on the side of romance. This one fails by giving us characters so crude and unlikeable that even the star wattage of ...

(D) What Lies Beneath

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Think "Fatal Attraction" crossed with "Poltergeist" and considerably dumbed down, and you have an idea of what this movie has in store for you. There are a couple of surprises and chills, but I am ...

(B+) What Women Want

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Mel Gibson shows us just what women want in his first-ever romantic comedy -- we want Mel Gibson.

Mel plays Nick Marshall, a Chicago advertising executive who is successful at work (he think...

(D) What's the Worst That Could Happen?

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This movie has a terrific cast and some very funny moments. But there is an overall slackness and an underlying cynicism that takes this outside of the category of mindless fun and makes it uncomf...

(D) What's Your Number?

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) Where the Heart Is

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You don’t have to ask where the heart is in this movie – it’s all heart. As you might expect from a movie based on an Oprah book and starring several of Hollywood's most talented actresses, ...

(C+) Where the Money Is

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Two characters stare blankly at the closed door, as flashing lights from the patrol cars circle the room and a voice booms out, "Come out with your hands up!" Henry (Paul Newman) turns to Carol (L...

(D) White Chicks

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Appealing performers and a couple of very funny moments don't make up for a lazy and generic script in this predictable farce about two black male FBI agents who go undercover as spoiled rich white...

(C+) White Noise

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Remember in Poltergeist when the little blonde girl was talking to the television broadcasting only that snowy nothingness they used to show when there was nothing on the air back in the days befor...

(B+) White Oleander

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Like all Oprah-selected books, White Oleander is the story of a girl who has to overcome the most severe trauma and abuse. The book’s language was both vivid and lyrical, making the terrible eve...

(C+) The Whole Nine Yards

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Surprisingly enough, there is a nice little comedy genre about mob hit men living in suburbia. This one doesn't quite live up to Steve Martin's neglected gem "My Blue Heaven," but it has some very ...

(F) The Whole Ten Yards

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Could it BE any more atrocious?

This stupifyingly appalling mess of a movie takes the definition of "not funny" to a new low. The gravitational pull of its massive lack of humor is so strong...

(C) Wicker Park

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This is one of those dopey thrillers that are frustrating to write about because I can't tell you why it is dopey without spoiling the surprises. Even dumb surprises are sacrosanct according to th...

(B+) Wild

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"If your Nerve, deny you— Go above your Nerve—" Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) adds the name of the author, Emily Dickinson, to the quote she has inscribed in a journal for hik...

(B) A Will for the Woods

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[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57j4x0uKygE[/youtube] "Without this," Clark Wang says, "dying from lymphoma feels so empty and meaningless and pointless."  Dr. Wang was diagnosed in 20...

(B) Willard

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It is unlikely that there will ever be a better horror movie about the relationship of a repressed young man to his ravenous rats than this remake of the 1973 version starring Bruce Davison and Ern...

(B+) Wimbledon

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Sun splashed shots and a series of beautiful, thoroughly English sets get this sports-romantic-comedy over the net, but a clumsy romance with flat dialogue means “Wimbledon” is far from an ace....

(C+) Windtalkers

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"Windtalkers" is not the right name for John Woo’s new film. A more apt title would be "Sergeant Enders and the Windtalkers," because the film mainly focuses on the complicated, half-crazed main ...

(B-) Wish I Was Here

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
My intention was to review Zach Braff's new film without mentioning the controversy he stirred up in funding it via Kickstarter.  My view was that what mattered was the movie itself, and the kerfl...

(D) Without a Paddle

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"Without a Paddle" is also without talent, originality, anything to laugh at, or a reason to buy a ticket.

The opening moments of faux home movies showing four boys up to all kinds of faux ...

(A-) Wonder Boys

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie has a lot in common with its main character. Both are shambling and directionless, with a literary gloss and great deal of charm and intelligence. And both need all of that to be forgive...

(C+) Wonderland

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Heartfelt performances and tricked-up flashy film-making are not enough to distract us from the fact that we never find a reason to care about what happens in this story of porn star John Holmes an...



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