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(B) S.W.A.T.

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
If this movie was going to be sold in a grocery store, it would be in a plain white box with black letters that say, "GENERIC SUMMER EXPLOSION MOVIE." It is as predictable as the rhymes in a limer...

(C) Safe Haven

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
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(B-) Sahara

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
"Sahara," based on one of Clive Cussler's series of novels about dashing adventurer Dirk Pitt feels more like a 1940's serial than a book written in 1991 or a movie made in 2005. The characters ar...

(B+) Saving Mr. Banks

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(C) School for Scoundrels

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This movie asks the age-old question: Do nice guys finish last? Kind of the evil twin of last year's Will Smith romantic comedy Hitch, this, too, is about a life coach who helps awkward, insecure m...

(A-) The School of Rock

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If there was ever someone born to portray the true spirit of rock and roll, it is Jack Black. In this movie, that is what they needed, and that is just what he does.

Black plays Dewey Finn...

(C+) The Scorpion King

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Some very scary looking guys are about to kill a guy who would be even scarier-looking if he wasn't tied up. But then everyone steps back in awe of a guy who steps in looking scariest of all and a...

(B+) Secret Ballot

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Those who are interested in the Iranian election and protests should see this superb Iranian film that is one of the finest explorations of freedom, elections, democracy, and the rule of law I have...

(A) Secret Ballot

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Middle School
Those who are interested in the Iranian election and protests should see this superb Iranian film that is one of the finest explorations of freedom, elections, democracy, and the rule of law I have...

(B) The Sentinel

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
What this movie gets right is the dry, cynical, slightly gallows-ish humor of people who spend their lives on constant alert, knowing that 999 out of a thousand of the "suspicious" activities they ...

(A-) Serenity

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Creator of Buffy the the Vampire Slayer Joss Whedon has populated another world with tough, smart-talking characters fighting the darkest evil. And once again the heart of the force for good is a ...

(B) Seven Days in Utopia

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) Shanghai Calling

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
"Shanghai Calling" is a fish out of water story filled with charm. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKjBRWh5RdE[/youtube] Kore...

(A-) Shaolin Soccer

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
You know, we just don't get enough kung fu soccer fairy tale movies.

At least, I know it now, because this one is such fun I can't wait to see another. The most successful Hong Kong film e...

(A-) Shattered Glass

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
"If your mother says she loves you, check it out."

That's what editors tell young reporters. Journalists believe that telling the truth is more than their job; it is almost a sacred obliga...

(B+) She's the Man

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It worked for Shakespeare, so why not for Amanda Bynes?

Shakespeare had female characters pretending to be male because they were all played by men anyway. While his prodigious heart and b...

(B) Sherlock Holmes

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Perhaps even the great detective himself could not solve the mystery of why Sherlock Holmes holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for having been portrayed on screen than any other fiction...

(B+) Signs

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
M. Night Shyamalan knows what scares us. It scares him, too.

As in "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable," writer/producer/director Shyamalan’s latest is a story of a crisis of faith, a wise...

(B+) Simone

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Movie director Viktor Taransky (Al Pacino) has had it with actors. The star of his new movie (Winona Ryder, relishing her cameo as a temperamental "model with a SAG card") insists that he pick all...

(B+) The Simpsons Movie

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
"I can't believe we're paying to see something we get to see on TV for free. Everyone in this theater is a giant sucker, especialy YOU." And thus, Homer Simpson lets us know that he's onto us, as...

(B+) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
This is a story about one summer in the life of four friends, told with sincerity, heart, and a little bit of magic -- the very same qualities that made the original book and its sequels a "you hav...

(B+) Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
When the first five minutes of a film show us a wedding, a graduation, a pregnancy, some kisses, and two grave sites, followed by a reunion scene involving shrieking and hugging, we know we are in ...

(B+) The Situation

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School

Parents should know that this film contains disturbing wartime violence involving military and insurgent groups. Characters are injured and killed. There are some non-explicit sexual situat...

(C+) Small Time Crooks

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Woody Allen’s lightest comedy in years is a slight story of an unsuccessful crook named Ray who comes up with a plan for one big heist. He wants to rent a storefront that is two doors down from ...

(B) Something New

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
They are so afraid we won't get the point that this movie has our heroine literally letting down her hair, literally putting some color into her beige world, and -- in case we still don't get it --...

(B) Soul Surfer

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb) tells us that as a child she spent more time wet than dry. She is the daughter of competitive surfers, home-schooled so that nothing would interfere with her trai...

(B-) A Sound of Thunder

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The most remarkable special effect in this movie based on Ray Bradbury's classic science fiction short story is Ben Kingsley's hair. The usually-bald actor has been given a thick thatch so ...

(C+) Space Cowboys

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
If we needed someone to save the world, wouldn't Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, and Donald Sutherland be the guys to do it? Or at least wouldn’t it be fun to watch those guys pla...

(A+) Spartacus

Genre: Tragedy
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) is a slave in the Roman empire, about 70 years before the birth of Christ. A rebellious and proud man, he is sentenced to death for biting a guard but rescued by Biat...

(A-) Spider-Man

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B-) Spider-Man 3

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It isn't just Spider-Man who loses his way in the third and last installment. It's the movie.

A superhero movie should have (1) cool special effects, (2) a great villain, (3) thrilling act...

(B) Spinning Into Butter

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School
The best of intentions and a welcome willingness to engage on the touchiest issues is not enough to keep this movie from feeling more like a seminar than a story. It betrays its origins as a play,...

(B+) Stalag 17

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: As the movie opens, the narrator says that the movies he has seen about WWII are about "flyboys" in leather jackets, and do not reflect his own experience as an American prisoner of war in a ...

(B+) Star Trek: Nemesis

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Star Trek has a language and following all its own. For those who are not devotees of the series, the way the characters speak often needs to be decoded, causing the viewer to spend more time tryin...

(B+) Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
I admit it. My heart still starts to beat faster when I see those words: "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...." And it beat faster still when I read the opening crawl and found not a si...

(B+) Stardust

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This is an enchanting story that lives up to the promise of a "once upon a time beginning," filled with romance, adventure, magic, and wit. It has witch sisters who need to find a fallen star to m...

(C+) Stealth

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The middle of the summer is always the time for a big, dumb, loud explosion movie, with a lot of thumping bass to show how manly it all is, and "Stealth" has arrived right on schedule. Its name is...

(B) Step Up

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
A ballet dancer needs a partner for the biggest show of the year. She sees a boy working off his community service time at her school showing some of his dance moves off to a friend. Could he do? W...

(B-) Step Up 2 the Streets

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
step%20up%202.jpgIsn't it too soon for a remake of "How...

(B) Step Up 3D

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
"Will I be able to understand it if I never saw the first two 'Step Up' movies?" asked a friend. Uh, you'll be able to understand it if you have never seen a single movie and don't speak English. ...

(B+) Step Up Revolution

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) Still Mine

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(A) Stone Reader

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Bookworm, you know who you are, you glorified loafer, you word-nerd. You, at times, have shunned humans, shirked work, stayed up too late, skipped showers, spent beautiful days inside, hiked mount...

(A-) The Story of the Costume Drama

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) The Straight Story

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Do not let the G-rating and the Disney label mislead you - this is an adult movie in the old-fashioned sense of the word, meaning that its story and themes will most appeal to adults and some teens...

(A) Super Size Me

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Mordantly funny and trenchantly sobering, this is a Big Mac attack you can sink your teeth into. And then it will bite you back.

Film-maker Morgan Spurlock takes on American fast food cult...

(B-) Sydney White

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This updated fairy tale has some clever riffs on “Snow White” but never makes use of the considerable talents of its star, Amanda Bynes. sydney.jpg » Read Review



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