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(B+) Tadpole

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Tadpole" is as slight and charming as the title character, a 15-year-old prep school kid named Oscar (played by 25-year-old Aaron Stanford) with a crush on his stepmother.

Oscar comes home ...

(B+) Tangled

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

Disney has taken a 200-year-old story from the Brothers Grimm and made it just modern enough, sassy without being snarky, fresh and contemporary without any po-mo air quotes. It's the classic f...

(B+) The Tao of Steve

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Dex (Donal Logue) is a fat, irresponsible, pot-smoking slacker with no ambition. But he is so charming that women cannot resist him. And neither can the viewers. Dex may have no ambition, but he...

(B+) Tarzan

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Disneys latest animated epic owes as much to The Lion King and the tale of the ugly duckling than to the Johnny Weissmuller live-action series or the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. Like The Lion King...

(B+) There Will Be Blood

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
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(B+) The Thing About My Folks

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
You never know."

What does that mean? Of course you never know, but why would someone adopt that as an all-purpose rejoinder?

Writer/producer/actor Paul Reiser has a good feel for the...

(B+) This is It

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
"This is It" is here to rescue us from the tabloids and remind us what true star power looks like. There are moments of aching sadness as we get a behind-the-scenes look at the concert tour that n...

(B+) Thor: The Dark World

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) Thunder Soul

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
A real-life "Mr. Holland's Opus," this is the inspiring story of a dedicated teacher who transformed the lives of his students and the gathering 35 years later, when he was 92 years old, to perform...

(B+) Thunderbirds

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
There are two kinds of people in the world, the people who know the 1960's British television show "Thunderbirds" well enough to hum the theme song and those who say "who?"

The show was eno...

(B+) Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
It's the details that matter in this movie more than the characters, the story, or even the music, all blander than in writer/director Tim Burton's first claymation movie, » Read Review

(B+) The Time Machine

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
In honor of this year's B-Movie celebration, the DVD pick of the week is one of the films they are showing at the festival, the classic George...

(B+) Titanic

Genre: Tragedy
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Classic Greek tragedies explored the theme of hubris as human characters dared to take on the attributes of the gods only to find their hopes crushed. This is a real-life story of hubris, as the sh...

(B+) Total Recall

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Will the 2012 version of the story inspired by Philip K. Dick's "We Can Remember it for You Wholesale<...

(B+) Tracks

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) Traffic

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A hard-line judge is selected as the President's new general in the war on drugs. Front-line cops in Mexico and the US go after the small-time distributors and try to make cases against the source...

(B+) Transformers

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The surprising transformation here is not from machines into enormous robots but from a modest Saturday morning » Read Review

(B+) The Transporter

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Pure popcorn pleasure, this is a heady combination that is half testosterone, half attitude, and all action. "The Transporter" really delivers.

Don’t pay much attention to the plot – no...

(B+) Treasure Planet

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
If “Treasure Planet” is not Disney at its best, it is still Disney at its still-pretty-much-better-than-anyone else, and well worth a look with this 10th anniversary re-release. It is based on ...

(B+) The Tree of Life

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
On those dark nights of the soul, when we consider not just life but Life, and Meaning, and our place in the cosmos, our lives don't play out in our minds in sequence.  Images and snatches of...

(B+) Tropic Thunder

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
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(B+) The Truman Show

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is an insurance salesman who gradually realizes that everyone around him is part of an elaborate "show," and that every aspect of his life has been orchestrated and broa...

(B+) Tuck Everlasting

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Disney has made a lovely film version of the book that is a perennial middle-school favorite.

Angus Tuck (William Hurt) tells rich, overprotected Winnie Foster ("Gilmore Girls’" Alexis Bled...

(B+) The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
"You're good with weird," a character tells Bella mid-way through "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." That's an understatement. In the first » Read Review

(B+) Two Brothers

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This is the story of magnificent creatures gorgeously photographed in a story that is quietly told and genuinely touching.

Two tigers meet in the jungle of Southeast Asia and are drawn to o...

(B+) Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Tyler Perry's latest film is more traditional and with a more consistent tone than his "Medea" movies, but it has his trademark trio: sincerity, spirituality, and story. And if he passes on that o...



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