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(B+) Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Paul Torday's satiric novel of politics, money, love, and fishing has been brought to the screen with Ewan McGregor as a government fisheries expert and Emily Blunt as an aide to a Yemeni sheik who...

(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+) Saving Mr. Banks

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(C) School for Scoundrels

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This movie asks the age-old question: Do nice guys finish last? Kind of the evil twin of last year's Will Smith romantic comedy Hitch, this, too, is about a life coach who helps awkward, insecure m...

(C) Scoop

Genre: Mystery
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Woody Allen's recent scripts, yes, even the revered Match Point, are so lightweight the pages must just float up into the air. His latest is "Scoop," no relation to the Evelyn Waugh comic novel ab...

(B+) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Director Edgar Wright's latest movie is based on the popular series of graphic novels about » Read Review

(C-) Season of the Witch

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
This is sword-and-sorcery film named after a Donovan song that features a joke swiped from "Jaws" -- a priest looks balefully up at a looming demon and actually says, "We're going to need more holy...

(B) The Secret Life of Bees

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The beloved best-seller by Sue Monk Kidd has been brought to screen with great care, deep sincerity, and a perfect cast. Unfortunately, it is so careful, so lovingly burnished, so deliberate that ...

(B) The Sentinel

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
What this movie gets right is the dry, cynical, slightly gallows-ish humor of people who spend their lives on constant alert, knowing that 999 out of a thousand of the "suspicious" activities they ...

(C) Seven Pounds

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The way you feel about "Seven Pounds" will depend on the way you feel about the choice made by the main character at the end of the film. Some may consider it admirable and selfless but for me the...

(B+) Shanghai Calling

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
"Shanghai Calling" is a fish out of water story filled with charm. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKjBRWh5RdE[/youtube] Kore...

(B+) She's the Man

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It worked for Shakespeare, so why not for Amanda Bynes?

Shakespeare had female characters pretending to be male because they were all played by men anyway. While his prodigious heart and b...

(B) Sherlock Holmes

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Perhaps even the great detective himself could not solve the mystery of why Sherlock Holmes holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for having been portrayed on screen than any other fiction...

(B) Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
All Sherlockians know that the only villain who could match the most famous and celebrated of all fictional detectives is the fiendish Professor Moriarty.  As we were promised in the postscript to...

(A-) Sicko

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Presenting symptoms: queasiness, fever, hyperventilation, and mood swings.

Diagnosis: You've just seen Michael Moore's latest film, "Sicko." As the tagline says, "This might hurt a little."...

(B+) The Simpsons Movie

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
"I can't believe we're paying to see something we get to see on TV for free. Everyone in this theater is a giant sucker, especialy YOU." And thus, Homer Simpson lets us know that he's onto us, as...

(B+) Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
When the first five minutes of a film show us a wedding, a graduation, a pregnancy, some kisses, and two grave sites, followed by a reunion scene involving shrieking and hugging, we know we are in ...

(C) Snitch

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School

(B-) Snow White and the Huntsman

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(A-) The Social Network

Genre: School
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Change is not polite. The bigger the change, the more likely that it is messy and painful and ugly. Even its beginnings are often disturbingly uninspired and uninspiring. Despite what Hollywood ...

(B) The Soloist

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
All around Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey, Jr.), everything seems to be broken or breaking. The newspaper is losing readers and laying off staff. His marriage to editor Ma...

(B) Something New

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
They are so afraid we won't get the point that this movie has our heroine literally letting down her hair, literally putting some color into her beige world, and -- in case we still don't get it --...

(B) Son of God

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B) Sparkle

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(A-) Spider-Man

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(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...

(C) The Spirit

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
If there is ever an Oscar category for best performance by an article of clothing, the red tie worn by the title character in this film would be the clear winner and the rain coat would most likely...

(B+) Stardust

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This is an enchanting story that lives up to the promise of a "once upon a time beginning," filled with romance, adventure, magic, and wit. It has witch sisters who need to find a fallen star to m...

(B+) State of Play

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
You need six things for a successful Washington thriller: a reporter, a Congressman, a dead girl, a choleric editor, some ugly secrets, and, for some reason, a chase inside a parking garage, not so...

(B) Step Up

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
A ballet dancer needs a partner for the biggest show of the year. She sees a boy working off his community service time at her school showing some of his dance moves off to a friend. Could he do? W...

(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) Step Up 3D

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
"Will I be able to understand it if I never saw the first two 'Step Up' movies?" asked a friend. Uh, you'll be able to understand it if you have never seen a single movie and don't speak English. ...

(B+) Step Up Revolution

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) Still Mine

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) Stranger Than Fiction

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Who among us has not leaned into the bathroom mirror as we brushed our teeth, thinking about what a narrator might be saying about us if we were in a story? "Our hero prepared for battle as though...

(C) Sucker Punch

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Girls in thigh-hi stockings and tiny spangled miniskirts take on steam-powered corpses, WWI bi-planes, samurai robots, and an angry dragon, along with a series of odiously predatory men in the late...

(A-) Super 8

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
A couple of kids who are deeply in love with making movies have made a movie about kids deeply in love with making movies, and it is one of the most joyously thrilling treats of the summer, a love ...

(B+) Superman Returns

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Superman has returned. In the movie, Superman (now played by Brandon Routh) comes back to earth after five years in search of his roots on the exploded planet Krypton, and the inhabitants of earth...

(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. ...

(C) Swing Vote

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Kevin Costner the producer severely underestimates the ability of Kevin Costner the actor to win over the audience in this tepid satire of electoral politics. Through a technical and mechanical gl...

(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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