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(B+) Cadillac Records

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In the words of Etta James, at last. At last, albeit imperfectly, the extraordinary story of the rise and fall of Chess Records has b...

(C) The Campaign

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) Capitalism: A Love Story

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Twenty years after his groundbreaking "Roger & Me," documentarian-provocateur Michael Moore returns to some of the same themes with "Capitalism: A Love Story," about the financial meltdown and what...

(B+) Carnage

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Some boys are arguing in a park but we are too far away to hear what it is about.  One of them whacks another in the face with a stick. And then we are in a spacious apartment as the parents of...

(C) Carrie

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The remake of "Carrie" is not a bad movie; it's just a completely unnecessary one.   » Read Review

(B-) Casa de Mi Padre

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
You think having sunny-spirited Californian Will Ferrell play the son of a...

(C+) Casanova

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Mistake number one may be the title. There may be times in history when it is possible to have an appealing lead character whose primary interest in life is women, but this doesn't seem to be it. ...

(B+) Casino Jack and the United States of Money

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
As print media crumbles and broadcast and cable media splinters, documentaries have become one of the most thorough and dependable formats for delivering long-form journalism. From the acid (in bo...

(B+) Cedar Rapids

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
The day after they invented cities, they invented stories about what happens when country bumpkins arrive in them. The adventures of the innocent in the big, bad metropolis have been popular for c...

(B-) The Change-Up

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The movie has barely begun and Dave (Jason Bateman) already has projectile baby poop all over his face and in his mouth.  There is so much excretory material in this film that doctors specializing...

(B) Changeling

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Radiantly beatific, Angelina Jolie glows with mother love in bright red lipstick and a series of divine cloche hats as Christine Collins, a devoted single mother, in this fact-based drama directed ...

(B-) Charlie Bartlett

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
charlie%20bartlett.jpgCharlie Bartlett (Anton Yelc...

(A-) Charlie Wilson's War

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
charlie%20wilson.jpg It is not easy to take a wealt...

(B+) Chef

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
You're writer/director/actor Jon Favreau.  You've been making big-budget films, mostly huge blockbuster successes ("Elf," "Iron Man"), but also a big-budget bust ( » Read Review

(A) Chicka Chicka 123... and More Counting Fun

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
First-time preschoolers can get a head start, kids returning in the fall can get a refresher, and everyone in the family can have fun with this terrific new DVD of counting stories from my very fav...

(B+) Children of Men

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
"A baby is God's opinion life should go on," Carl Sandburg said. So, in a world where babies have stopped being born and the death of the youngest person on earth is an international tragedy, ther...

(B) Closed Circuit

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) Cloud Atlas

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) The Company Men

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Remember all those executives George Clooney fired last year in Up in the Air? Here is their story. Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, and Tommy Lee Jones play charact...

(B) The Company You Keep

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School
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(C) Contraband

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Oh, not another one last job movie!  This remake of an Icelandic thriller, directed by the actor who played the lead role in the original, is a by-the-numbers heist, chase, and shoot-em-up.  It's...

(B+) Conviction

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Sam Rockwell gives one of the best performances of the year as Kenny Waters, a man wrongly convicted of murder for eighteen years until his sister was able to prove that he was innocent and get him...

(C) Cop Out

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If you have some affection for the 1980's-era buddy cop movies (the "Lethal Weapon" series, "Running Scared," "48 Hours," etc.), rent one of those. Don't try to re-create the genre by seeing Kevin...

(B-) The Counselor

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
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(A+) The Court Jester

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
“Life could not better be” than the pure cinematic joy of this movie from the first frame to the last.  Danny Kaye has his best role as Hawkins, a follower of the Black Fox, a Robin Hood- styl...

(B-) Crank

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Crank -- as in the highly potent and highly agitating street drug, as in cranked up, as in dizzying cuts and swoops with the camera to replicate a disorienting strung-out high followed by an even m...

(B+) Crazy Heart

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Jeff Bridges does not portray Bad Blake, a broken-down, once-successful country singer; he inhabits the role, showing us not just what is happening to the man on screen but everything, every succes...

(C) Crossing Over

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A well-intentioned but ham-handed exploration of U.S. immigration policies, this movie's message is undermined by its cardboard characters and clunky script. Like "Babel" and "Crash" it is a multi...



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