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(B+) Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Paul Torday's satiric novel of politics, money, love, and fishing has been brought to the screen with Ewan McGregor as a government fisheries expert and Emily Blunt as an aide to a Yemeni sheik who...

(B+) Saving Mr. Banks

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) The Science of Sleep

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal of The Motorcycle Diaries) lives across the hall from Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), though for some reason he goes to elaborate lengths to have her think he lives o...

(B+) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) Secondhand Lions

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Walter (Haley Joel Osment) is dumped on the unwelcoming front porch of his two great-uncles, Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine) by his flighty mother (Kyra Sedgewick) so she can go to sc...

(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...

(B+) Secretariat

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades

This is the story of two champions. One is the most celebrated horse of the 20th century, the only non-human athlete to be included on Sport's Illustrated's 1999 list of the top 100 athletes o...

(B+) Serendipity

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This romantic confection has all the weight of a soap bubble, but it has all the sheen and charm of one, too.

Serendipity is (1) a "happy accident" and (2) a New York restaurant that serves ...

(B+) A Serious Man

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Larry Gopnik (theater actor Michael Stuhlbarg) is a physics professor in 1967 Minneapolis. He covers a ...

(B+) Sex and the City

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
No spoiler alert is required before disclosing that the very appropriate and deeply satisfying fade-out at the end of this film has its four heroines happily going off into the metaphorical sunset....

(B+) Shaft

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie gets four stars just for coolness. Samuel L. Jackson, the Armani leather coat, and the Oscar-winning theme song are a match made in heaven, and it is just plain summer-popcorn-movie fun...

(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...

(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+) The Shipping News

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) is a huge, almost-silent lump of a man who married the first woman who spoke to him, a selfish good-time girl named Petal (Cate Blanchett). She ignores him and their daughter...

(B+) Shoot 'Em Up

Genre: Genre
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
shoot%20%27em%20up.jpgWriter-director Michael Davis has stripped the action movie...

(B+) Shorts

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
A rainbow-colored wishing rock creates comic chaos in a film from Robert Rodriguez about bullies, family communication and being very, very careful what you wish for. It is also about an army of c...

(B+) Showtime

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Who imagined that one of the best comic actors of the 21st century would be…Robert DeNiro? The brilliant timing and utter fearlessness when it comes to looking goofy that DeNiro showed in "Analy...

(B+) Shrek 2

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Oh, stop reading now and just go to the movie.

All you need to know from me is that "Shrek 2" is pure enjoyment, with stunningly brilliant technology and hilarious performances. And (here i...

(B+) Shrink

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
"Physician, heal yourself!" Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey) is the best-selling author of a book called Happiness Now and a Los Angeles psychiatrist to glamorous and highly successful people...

(B+) Shutter Island

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
Dennis Lehane, author of gritty crime novels like Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone and one of the writers of "The Wire," and director Martin Scorsese, best known for movies like "Goodfellas" and "Ca...

(B+) Side Effects

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(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

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
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+) Sin City

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Looming shadows fall starkly across rain-slick streets. A door chain jiggles because a very bad man wants to come in and hurt someone. Hookers pull guns from garter belts. Tough, tough talk comes f...

(B+) Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This is a swashbuckling romp of a movie, which –- with a couple of clever plot tweaks and some jaw-dropping animation -—exceeds the low expectations you might have for the hundredth remake of t...

(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

Genre:
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

Genre:
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...

(B+) The Sixth Sense

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is one of the rarest of movie treats, a thinking person's thriller that is genuinely haunting. You're lucky if you see a movie that you are still thinking about by the time you reach your car;...

(B+) Slumdog Millionaire

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Like its title character, this film has had highly improbable success, ending up with the Best Picture Oscar for 2008. The title character is Jamal (Dev Patel) a "slumdog" orphan child who grew up...

(B+) Snowpiercer

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
A pinch of movie magic makes this fantasy action movie a summer movie popcorn pleasure for kids and their families. The story goes back to an » Read Review

(B+) Speed Racer

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Andy and Larry Wachowski, the folks behind the Matrix trilogy, have taken the iconic but decidedly low-tech 1960's Japanese cartoon character and put the pedal to the metal with dazzling effects an...

(B+) Spirited Away

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B+) Spy Game

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is not one of those movies where the spies wear elegant dinner jackets, drink martinis, use cool gadgets and have sex with gorgeous women in between huge explosions and shoot-outs. There is n...

(B+) The Square

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When the first 10 minutes of film introduce us to an illicit affair, a kickback scheme, and a hidden bag filled with money, we know we're in for a twisty thriller, and "The Square" delivers. Bro...

(B+) Stalag 17

Genre:
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

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
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

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
In what is now Episode 4 but what was the first episode filmed, the story starts right in the middle of the action, with a battle on a spaceship. Two robots or "droids" escape, the elegant C-3PO an...

(B+) Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
It may not be as great as you hoped, but it is not as bad as you feared. In fact, it exactly has the same strengths and weaknesses as the original three, plus breathtakingly spectacular visual desi...

(B+) Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Okay, it's "Star Wars," everyone. So don't be surprised if the plot is murky, the dialogue is stiff, and the performances look like the only direction the actors received was "Look over there! Wh...

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

Genre:
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...

(B+) Starsky & Hutch

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is the latest in the genre I call lunchbox movies. Here is how these movies get made. A 30-something studio executive's eyes light up when someone suggests a movie based on a cheesy-but-popu...

(B+) Startup.com

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Jehane Noujaim left her job at MTV to make documentaries just as her roommate, Kaliel Isaza Tuzman, was leaving his job at Goldman Sachs to run a new Internet company. They combined their two vent...

(B+) State and Main

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Shoot first -- ask questions afterward." That's the motto on the lucky pillow carried to location by director Walt Price (William H. Macy). This is actually the second choice of location, a last...

(B+) State of Play

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
You need six things for a successful Washington thriller: a reporter, a Congressman, a dead girl, a choleric editor, some ugly secrets, and, for some reason, a chase inside a parking garage, not so...

(B+) Step Up Revolution

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

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     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...

(B+) Stranger Than Fiction

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Who among us has not leaned into the bathroom mirror as we brushed our teeth, thinking about what a narrator might be saying about us if we were in a story? "Our hero prepared for battle as though...

(B+) Stuart Little

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Preschool
E.B. White's story of a family whose son happens to be a mouse is lovingly Hollywood-ized. In other words, it bears very little relationship to the book but has a lot of great special effects. Fa...

(B+) Stuart Little 2

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Stuart Little 2 is a sweet family movie with excellent voice talent and special effects. Fans of the first one will enjoy it and it is one of the best family movies of the summer.

It takes ...

(B+) Sunrise at Campobello

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
"Plot: This is the story of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy), from the time he became disabled by polio to his comeback into mainstream politics, as he introduced candidate Al S...

(B+) Sunshine

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
The sun is dying. A rocket ship from earth, meaningfully named "Icarus," failed in its mission to reboot the sun with a supercharged nuclear payload designed to "create a star within a star." Now...

(B+) Superbad

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Cheerfully outrageous and unabashedly offensive, this saga of three high school seniors in search of sex and liquor works because the vulgarity is in the context of a very sweet story about growing...

(B+) Superman Returns

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Superman has returned. In the movie, Superman (now played by Brandon Routh) comes back to earth after five years in search of his roots on the exploded planet Krypton, and the inhabitants of earth...

(B+) Surf's Up

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Every so often an unpretentious little charmer like "Surf's Up" darts ahead of the pack of big, over-hyped, over-long, resistance-is-futile summer blockbusters lumbering into multiplexes. This one ...

(B+) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
sweeney%20todd.jpg There could be no better match for the gothic saga of the barber w...

(B+) The Sword in the Stone

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Preschool
Plot: Based on the book by T.H. White, this is the story of the early years of King Arthur. Nicknamed "Wart," the future King Arthur is squire to a knight when he meets Merlin the magician, who pro...

(B+) Syriana

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Most movies tell us everything and then they tell it to us again, just to make sure. Some movies, like this one, tell us too little, making us work at it, making us lean forward in our seats, fill...



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