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(C+) The Santa Clause 2

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Even though I am a well-known softie when it comes to Christmas movies, "The Santa Clause 2" gets a "bah humbug" from me.

Indeed, if the Ghost of Christmas Present had shown Ebenezer Scrooge...

(C+) Saving Silverman

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I’ll admit it with some embarrassment – this movie made me laugh. Yes, it is a very dumb comedy, but as dumb comedies go, it is one of the best because it stars four of the most able comic act...

(C+) Scooby-Doo

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
It’s trickier than you might think to translate a Saturday morning cartoon program into a live-action movie. The first challenge is figuring out who your audience is going to be. Is it the litt...

(C+) The Score

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Movies are made for heist stories. Great robberies can be fun to watch on stage or read about in a book, but movies provide an immediacy and economy of narrative that no other form of story-tellin...

(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...

(C+) Secret Window

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
We know what scares Stephen King. That most prolific of writers is still terrified by an empty computer screen, or, even worse, a screen with writing that is unfixably bad. And that author whose ...

(C+) Shadow of the Vampire

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The story of Dracula has been filmed dozens of times, but one of the most unforgettable is the silent German film, "Nosferatu." The director, F.W. Murnau, was not able to get permission from the a...

(C+) Shallow Hal

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The Farrelly Brothers, known for shattering the good taste barrier with gross-out comedies like "There's Something About Mary" and "Dumb and Dumber" have taken a couple of giant, if uncertain, step...

(C+) Shanghai Noon

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Jackie Chan has his best American movie role so far as Chon Wang, an imperial guard sent from China’s Forbidden City to Colorado’s Carson City to rescue a kidnapped Princess (Lucy Liu) in the o...

(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 ...

(C+) Snow Falling on Cedars

Genre: War
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There has never been a movie more literally true to its title -- this is indeed a movie with many long, loving scenes of snow falling on cedars. There are also scenes of raindrops plopping in puddl...

(C+) Solaris

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
More meditation than story, “Solaris” is a series of images and moments that address themes of identity, memory, and loss, ambitious in both form and content.

George Clooney plays Chris...

(C+) Someone Like You

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Animal Husbandry," a wry and witty book about a single woman’s efforts to understand men, has become "Someone Like You" a generic looking-for- love-in-all-the-wrong-places romance with plot twist...

(C+) Soul Men

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
If you see this movie, stay through the end credits to watch an interview with co-star Bernie Mac, who died not long after filming was completed. It is a better reminder of his gifts than the movi...

(C+) South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Parents may think that nothing can be more outrageous than the "South Park" television show, with its macabre humor, strong language, and singing poop. They need to understand that this theatrical ...

(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...

(C+) Spartan

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are three different stories in this latest effort from writer/director David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, State and Main). Only one of the three is pretty good -- a rescue mission to retrieve...

(C+) Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Many kids will enjoy this traditionally animated story about a brave wild mustang in the 19th century American west, but parents may find it overlong even at a running time of less than 90 minutes....

(C+) Spy Kids 3D: Game Over

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
To be scrupulously fair to the sensibilities of its target audience, I must admit that halfway through this movie my 8-year-old godson leaned over to me and whispered, "This is AWESOME!" I wish I ...

(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...

(C+) The Sum of All Fears

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Part of the magic of movies is the way they make us not just willing - even eager to suspend all kinds of disbelief. It isn't just that we are willing to believe that Jet Li can knock out a guy wi...

(C+) The Sweetest Thing

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
None of the men at the screening I attended liked this movie. Some of them even came out of the theater looking a little shell-shocked. But many of the women walked out smiling.

This movie'...

(C+) Swordfish

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If attitude and very cool explosions were enough to make a movie worthwhile, then this one would win an Oscar. But movies generally require something along the lines of characters and plot, and th...



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