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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-) Salt

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
"Salt" is the story of a CIA agent with an exemplary record who is accused by a mole of being a Russian spy, part of a cadre trained as children to infiltrate America by living normal lives until o...

(B-) Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Scooby fans will enjoy this affectionate live-action tribute to the unquenchably popular cartoon series.

Wisely abandoning the first version's wobbly attempt to appeal both to children with...

(B-) The Secret of Moonacre

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is often asked what book she loved most when she was a child and she always answers » Read Review

(B-) Sex and the City 2

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
After two years as Mrs. Big, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) admits that she's feeling a bit too "Mr. and Mrs. Married." Mr. Big (Chris Noth) wants to stay at home with take-out and cuddle while wat...

(B-) The Shaggy Dog

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
An uninspired all-the-best-parts-are-in-the-trailer remake, this is a showcase for two things: Tim Allen's mugging and some computer wizard-style special effects. The limited entertainment value o...

(B-) Shooter

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Pulitzer prize-winning film critic Stephen Hunter of the Washington Post has seen a lot of movies, both good and bad, and this film, based on his highly cinematic novel » Read Review

(B-) The Skeleton Key

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Buoyed by Gena Rowlands’ magisterial presence, this mediocre little bit of hoodoo-voodoo mystery casts enough of a spell to propel it through the trancelike lethargy of the first 80 minutes until...

(B-) Smart People

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
A burned-out literature professor named Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) has written an "unpublishable" book called The Price of Postmodernism: Epistemology, Hermeneutics and the Literary Can...

(B-) Snow White and the Huntsman

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(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 ...

(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-) Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4D

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Jessica Alba was dressed for her role in Robert Rodriguez's ultra-violent "Machete" when, on a break from filming, she stopped to change her baby's diaper.  Rodriguez says he saw her performing th...

(B-) The Spy Next Door

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Jackie Chan, the most graceful and acrobatic of men when it comes to action scenes, is also one of the most clumsy when it comes to dialogue. So it is clever to cast him as a man who is awkward an...

(B-) Stateside

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Good intentions and passionate feelings are sometimes the enemy of vivid and coherent storytelling, as this movie, based on the real-life experiences of its writer/director, demonstrates. Sometime...

(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-) Stop-Loss

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience:
stop%20loss.jpgA young soldier who has come home from Ira...

(B-) Sweet Home Alabama

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It's official. Reese Witherspoon is the new Meg Ryan.

That means Witherspoon has the charm, sparkle, and impeccable comic timing to keep an entire movie afloat and make it look effortless. ...

(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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