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(B+) Baby Mama

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
"Baby Mama" is not just smart, warm, funny, and romantic, it is an especially welcome dose of XX chromosome humor in an Apatow-flooded XY era. Tina Fey ("30 Rock") plays Kate, a single woman who...

(D) The Back-Up Plan

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie's best use could be population control. No one who sees it will want to get pregnant or raise children. It could also be used to show aspiring screenwriters what not to do. Other tha...

(C) Battle: Los Angeles

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School

Destined to be remembered primarily as yet another step toward closing the gap between games and movies, the essence of "Battle: Lost Angeles" is a lot of boom-boom and a bunch of "ooo-rah." An...

(B+) Battleship

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
As if it wasn't enough of a challenge to try to create a movie based on a board game -- and a board game based on a game that is perfectly adequately played with pencil and paper -- this movie has ...

(B+) Be Kind Rewind

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) Beastly

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
It's the great challenge for all the versions of "Beauty and the Beast" that no one seems able to overcome: the beast is always a far more interesting, appealing, and yes, attractive character than...

(A-) Beasts of the Southern Wild

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
A prize-winner at Cannes and Sundance, this near post-apocalyptic story of a father and daughter in a condemned part of Southern Louisiana is a stunningly assured debut by first-time feature direct...

(F) Because I Said So

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I blame "Sex and the City."

Now everyone thinks that what it takes -- or all it takes -- for a story about a bunch of women characters to work is non-stop talk about sex and shoes and a com...

(F+) The Benchwarmers

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Booger jokes. Potty jokes. Hit on the head jokes. Hit on the crotch jokes. And underdog characters so annoying that they have you rooting for the bullies. These guys should have stayed on the ...

(B) Beowulf

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
One of the oldest surviving stories is retold through one of the most modern of technologies in a thrilling 3-D adventure from director Robert Zemeckis. beowulf_beowulf_photo_01_lg.jpg

(B+) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
A dream team ensemble cast of British acting superstars gives a predictable story of displaced retirees spark and depth in this cozy tale based on the novel  » Read Review

(B+) Beyond the Lights

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(C-) Big Momma's House 2

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The poster for this movie shows Martin Lawrence in fat-lady drag tugging at a wedgie. This is as funny as it gets.

A completely unnecessary sequel to a mildly amusing 2000 movie with Marti...

(B) A Birder's Guide to Everything

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B) Blades of Glory

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Will Ferrell seems to be working his way through every sport ever covered on ESPN. With figure skating, he has found a target-rich environment for comedy. The collision of sport and showbiz is no...

(C) Blended

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(C-) Blood and Chocolate

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
There was enthusiastic applause in the theater when the name of author Annette Curtis Klause appeared in the opening credits. The » Read Review

(B) Blue Jasmine

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Two sisters. One imagines herself living a life of ease, comfort, graciousness, and elegance that does not really exist. The other is more accepting of her lower middle class life, her carnality, h...

(B) The Book Thief

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The title character in "The Book Thief" is Liesel (Sophie Nélisse), a little girl in pre-WWII Germany.  We first see her on a train with her mother and dying younger brother.  The children were ...

(C) The Bounty Hunter

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Jennifer Aniston is a beautiful and talented woman, but this film had me thinking some very mean thoughts about her, thoughts like, "She is too old for this kind of movie" and "Probably not a good ...

(B+) The Bourne Ultimatum

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
There is not much story here. The set-up was two movies ago, when a man with a gunshot wound was fished out of the water. He had no memory but when it came to the tricks of the spy trade, he had ...

(C) The Box

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
I loved "Donnie Darko" and was eager to listen to the DVD commentary by writer/director Richard Kelly. But I had to turn it off after the first ten minutes. Kelly explained too much, and his expl...

(B-) Boxboarders!

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The writer of the delightful Clockstoppers has written and directed an unpretentious little comedy about a crazy "sport" ...

(B+) Breach

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Robert Hanssen was the head of the Soviet department in the FBI. And he was working for the enemy. Over a period of 22 years, he sold vital secrets to the Soviet and Russian governments for $1.5 m...

(F+) The Break-Up

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Someone should file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about false advertising for this film. The trailer and the ads indicate that it is a romantic comedy. But it is, in fact, neither...

(B) Bruce Almighty

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
You could not ask for a better showcase for what Jim Carrey does best than this comedy about a man who is given all of God's powers and has no compunction about using them for cheap thrills and pet...

(C) The Bucket List

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It's The Shawshank Redemption...

(B+) Bully

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This is a message for Alex.  You are a great kid.  You will be a great, happy, successful adult.  And those high school boys who torture you so brutally on the school bus every day will spend th...

(B-) Burlesque

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School

Somewhere on the continuum that connects "Showgirls," "Glitter," and drag shows is a place for "Burlesque," a vanity project from producer Christina Aguilera for pop star and would-be actress Ch...




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