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(B) Casino Royale

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
They got a lot right with this new rebooted Bond, but -- let me get this straight -- when Bond and the Bad Guy have their big confrontation, it's...a poker game?

First things first. Daniel...

(B+) Cat On a Hot Tin Roof

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: Big Daddy’s (Burl Ives) family is celebrating both his 65th birthday and his medical report, which shows his health problems have proven to be minor. He has two grown sons, Brick (Paul Newm...

(A) Catch Me If You Can

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Steven Spielberg has made the real-life story of the youngest person ever to make the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List into a terrifically entertaining movie. It is set in the candy-colored ring-a-ding...

(B) Chalk

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
A kinder, gentler mockumentary, this black and white film's greatest strength and weakness is its unwillingness to be too tough on the high school teachers and administrators it portrays. The writ...

(B+) Charlie's Angels

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Charlie's Angels" manages to fulfill the middle-school-age fantasies of both boys and girls and to make it clear that it does not take itself too seriously. The result is a lot of silly popcorn fun...

(C+) Chasing Liberty

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Pop princess Mandy Moore plays the President's runaway 18-year-old daughter in this formula romantic comedy designed for middle school girls and not of much interest or appeal for anyone else.

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(C+) Chasing Papi

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Chiquita Banana and the Frito Bandito were subtle compared to the caricatures of Latino culture in this movie, but because it was created by Latinos, it is supposed to be all right.

The sto...

(A-) The Chorus

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A shy teacher comes to a school for wayward boys and decides to organize a choir.

This plot could be a cheesy after-school special or Sister Act 3. Or, it could be this lovely, tender, ...

(A+) A Christmas Story

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
There's no better way to start off the Christmas season than this holiday classic, now celebrating its 25th anniversary and so popular that Turner Classic Movies runs it for 24 hours each year. Mi...

(B+) The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
prince%20caspian.jpgThe Pevensie children are back ...

(B+) Citizen Koch

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The 2010 Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case opened the door -- no, opened the floodgates -- to unlimited and unaccountable political spending by corporations and wealthy in...

(C) Clash of the Titans

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Director Louis Leterrier (the second "Hulk" movie) says that he was a big fan of the 1981 » Read Review

(C) Code Name: Cleaner

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
With a script that couldn't find 22 minutes of jokes to fill a sitcom on the USA Network, even Cedric the Entertainer can't make this attempt at comedy anything but inert. It want to be a spy spoo...

(B) The Company You Keep

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School
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(C) Confessions of a Shopaholic

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Even the endlessly talented and infinitely adorable Isla Fisher cannot overcome the script problems in this unfrothy romantic comedy about a writer who just can't stop shopping. As hard as they tr...

(A-) Coraline

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
In the grand tradition of Alice, Dorothy, Milo, and the Pevensie children, Coraline enters a portal to a magical world that is both thrilling and terrifying, one that will both enchant her and dema...

(B-) The Core

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This is a big, dumb, explosion movie. That's not necessarily a bad thing -- often big, dumb, explosion movies are fun to watch and do very well at the box office. But this one suffers from very b...

(A-) The Corporation

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This documentary from writer Joel Bakan and directors Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott argues that "today's dominant institution" is not government or the church but the corporation. While Michael ...

(C) Crossover

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This is one air ball of a movie, a talented cast and an appealing idea stranded by a clunky script. It shoots. And it shoots and shoots and shoots, but it never scores.

Tech (Anthony Mackie...

(A+) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This is a ravishing fairy tale/epic, and the best movie of the year.

It is passionately romantic -- the story of two sets of star-crossed lovers who face enormous obstacles, within themselve...

(B+) The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

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Woody Allen pays loving tribute to movies like "Double Indemnity" and "The Big Sleep" with this delicious comedy for grown-ups about a 1940's insurance investigator who, under hypnosis becomes a br...



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