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(B) Casino Royale

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
They got a lot right with this new rebooted Bond, but -- let me get this straight -- when Bond and the Bad Guy have their big confrontation, it's...a poker game?

First things first. Daniel...

(B+) Catch a Fire

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
A sizzling performance by Derek Luke ignites this story about Patrick Chamusso, a South African oil refinery worker who became caught up in the fight against apartheid.

Chamusso who did his...

(C) Catch and Release

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
For the first time, screenwriter Susannah Grant not only writes but directs with this messy romantic weepie about a woman whose fiance is killed just before the wedding.

Grant is known for ...

(B) Chalk

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
A kinder, gentler mockumentary, this black and white film's greatest strength and weakness is its unwillingness to be too tough on the high school teachers and administrators it portrays. The writ...

(B+) Charlie St. Cloud

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Zac Efron makes an affecting and credible dramatic lead in "Charlie St. Cloud," the movie Nicholas Sparks wishes he could write, based on the » Read Review

(B+) Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Vampires are everywhere these days. There are the Romeo and Juliet-style stories of Twilight and the steamier » Read Review

(C) Clash of the Titans

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Director Louis Leterrier (the second "Hulk" movie) says that he was a big fan of the 1981 » Read Review

(B-) Click

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Like Tom Cruise, Adam Sandler has based his career on playing shallow, callow boy-men who learn painful for him/humorous for us lessons about the importance of growing up. Those stories have endur...

(B+) Cloverfield

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(C) Code Name: Cleaner

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
With a script that couldn't find 22 minutes of jokes to fill a sitcom on the USA Network, even Cedric the Entertainer can't make this attempt at comedy anything but inert. It want to be a spy spoo...

(B+) Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
There's an old joke about a woman who goes to a therapist.  "Why are you here?" he asks.  "My family wants me to come because I love pancakes," she answers.  "Well," he says reassuringly, "that'...

(B) The Concert

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
A Russian conductor, demoted to symphony hall janitor, intercepts an invitation to perform in Paris and decides that he will accept. Andreï Filipov (Aleksei Guskov) was once a celebrated conduc...

(B-) Country Strong

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The husband manager of the beloved country singer just out of rehab says to her, "Do I tell you how to sing, darlin'? Hmm? Have I ever told you how to sing a song?" "That ain't the point," she wea...

(D) Couples Retreat

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I'm guessing that what happened here is that BFFs Jon Favreau (director of Iron Man but here as an actor), Vince Vaughn, and...

(B) Cowboys & Aliens

Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The last word I thought I'd be using about a movie called "Cowboys & Aliens" is "realistic," but what I like best about this film is the way it uses the most speculative of fantasies for though...

(D) Crazy, Stupid, Love

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This painful comedy about the agonies of love has some deftly observed moments and strong performances but its essential tawdriness overwhelms its efforts to be cuddly and life-affirming. Everyo...

(C) Crossover

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This is one air ball of a movie, a talented cast and an appealing idea stranded by a clunky script. It shoots. And it shoots and shoots and shoots, but it never scores.

Tech (Anthony Mackie...

(B+) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Brad Pitt is a very fine actor (see "Twelve Monkeys" and "True Romance") but in this epic fantasy his diligent and thoughtful performance contributes less to the film than his appearance, about two...



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