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(A-) Barbershop

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
"Barbershop" is an unassuming ensemble comedy with a surprisingly gentle and heartfelt center. It is impossible not to be charmed by it.

It all takes place on one day as Calvin (Ice Cube), ...

(B+) Batman Begins

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Every so often, it's time to re-boot Batman.

Bob Kane created Batman in 1939. What made him different was that in an era of superheroes, he ha...

(F) Battlefield Earth

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
In the future, a race of 9-foot-tall, dreadlocked aliens called Psychlos takes over the earth following a nine-minute battle. A thousand year later, the few remaining humans are hunter-gatherers a...

(B+) Battleship

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
As if it wasn't enough of a challenge to try to create a movie based on a board game -- and a board game based on a game that is perfectly adequately played with pencil and paper -- this movie has ...

(B+) Be Kind Rewind

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(D) Bean

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
One of the classic set-ups for comedy is what I refer to as the "Cat in the Hat" plot -- one or more "normal," somewhat bored characters find their lives completely (and yet somehow enjoyably) disr...

(B+) Beijing Bicycle

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A classic romance always involves a certain formula: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. Beijing Bicycle is a romance, except the love interest is a bicycle and not a girl.

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(B+) Believe Me

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(B+) Belle

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
A dream team ensemble cast of British acting superstars gives a predictable story of displaced retirees spark and depth in this cozy tale based on the novel  » Read Review

(A) The Best Years of Our Lives

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School
Three men are returning home from service during WWII. Fred Derry (Dana Andrews), a bombardier, Al Stephenson (Frederic March), a middle- aged footsoldier, and Homer Parrish (Harold Russell), a sai...

(A-) Bewitched

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This update of the 1960's television series that is still running on TV Land is as cute as the magical twitch of Samantha Stephens' nose. Direc...

(C-) Big Momma's House 2

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The poster for this movie shows Martin Lawrence in fat-lady drag tugging at a wedgie. This is as funny as it gets.

A completely unnecessary sequel to a mildly amusing 2000 movie with Marti...

(C) The Big Year

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
"The Big Year" would be a lot better if it didn't try so hard to be The Big Movie.   This over-Hollywood-ized take on the real-life story of passionate-to-obsessed birders (don't say "bird-watche...

(B+) Biker Boyz

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
It's just a bunch of music video-style motorcycle races punctuated with brief interludes that are more dramatic place-holders than story, but a top-notch cast, some flashy camera work, and attitude...

(B+) Black Nativity

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
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(D) Blast From the Past

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Brendan Fraser plays Adam, who was born in 1962, in an elaborate bomb shelter constructed by his eccentric genius of a father (Christopher Walken). His parents, mistakenly believing that a nuclear ...

(D) Blood Work

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The presence of a Hollywood icon as an actor and director cannot overcome the predictability in the script in "Blood Work."

Clint Eastwood stars as Terry McCaleb, a veteran FBI profiler simila...

(C) Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Bobby Jones was a great man and a great golfer. He deserves a better movie than this one, as clumsy as its title.

Jones may be the greatest golfer who ever lived. He's the only one to win...

(B) The Book Thief

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The title character in "The Book Thief" is Liesel (Sophie Nélisse), a little girl in pre-WWII Germany.  We first see her on a train with her mother and dying younger brother.  The children were ...

(C+) Bounce

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Like "Return to Me," this is a love story that is better than its gimmick. In a variation on the "cute meet" of romantic comedies, this movie has a "buried secret that will be revealed at the wors...

(B+) The Bourne Supremacy

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This is a smooth thriller for grown-ups. That means it has lots of chase scenes and action scenes but the mood is dark, even grim. The dialogue is smart but not smart-alecky. No one wears a dinn...

(C) Bride Wars

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Movies thrive on smackdowns. "Clash of the Titans." "Alien vs. Predator." "Freddy vs. Jason." "Kramer vs. Kramer." Rocky vs. Apollo Creed. And now, Bridezilla vs. Bridezilla. Kate Hudson (wh...

(B-) The Brothers Grimm

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Too scary for kids and too thin for anyone else, Terry Gilliam's latest movie, like his heroes' tricks, has a lot of visual flair, but no substance.

Gilliam's version of the story about the...

(C) The Bucket List

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It's The Shawshank Redemption...

(B+) Bulletproof Monk

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Here is how cool Hong Kong action superstar Chow Yun-Fat ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") is: while clearly capable of outshining just about anyone and anything in movies today, instead he manage...

(B+) Bully

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This is a message for Alex.  You are a great kid.  You will be a great, happy, successful adult.  And those high school boys who torture you so brutally on the school bus every day will spend th...



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