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(D) Sabotage

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
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(B) Safe House

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Denzel Washington is the vodka and Ryan Reynolds is the orange juice in this spy story with top-notch action, middle-notch story, and bottom-notch ending, with a "surprise" plot twist that is obvio...

(C) Sanctum

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The stunningly beautiful cave scenes are breathtakingly realistic in this James Cameron-produced 3D "inspired by a true story" saga of a cave-diving expedition gone wrong.

The plot and...

(C) Savages

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult

(B+) The Science of Sleep

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal of The Motorcycle Diaries) lives across the hall from Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), though for some reason he goes to elaborate lengths to have her think he lives o...

(C-) Semi-Pro

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
semipro.jpg"Semi-Pro" is not even semi-funny. It takes what...

(B+) A Serious Man

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Larry Gopnik (theater actor Michael Stuhlbarg) is a physics professor in 1967 Minneapolis. He covers a ...

(C) Severance

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Severance is a quirky yet compellingly gory tale of a few great characters begrudgingly forced to spend a weekend together. And then they are hunted down, suffer grizzly deaths, and are, for the mo...

(B+) Sex and the City

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
No spoiler alert is required before disclosing that the very appropriate and deeply satisfying fade-out at the end of this film has its four heroines happily going off into the metaphorical sunset....

(B-) Sex and the City 2

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
After two years as Mrs. Big, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) admits that she's feeling a bit too "Mr. and Mrs. Married." Mr. Big (Chris Noth) wants to stay at home with take-out and cuddle while wat...

(C) She's Out of My League

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
"She's Out of My League" recognizes that raunchiness is easy, but sweetness is the challenge. Making both parts of the equation work is something of a struggle but this movie comes closer than man...

(B+) Shoot 'Em Up

Genre: Genre
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
shoot%20%27em%20up.jpgWriter-director Michael Davis has stripped the action movie...

(B-) Shooter

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Pulitzer prize-winning film critic Stephen Hunter of the Washington Post has seen a lot of movies, both good and bad, and this film, based on his highly cinematic novel » Read Review

(B+) Shrink

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
"Physician, heal yourself!" Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey) is the best-selling author of a book called Happiness Now and a Los Angeles psychiatrist to glamorous and highly successful people...

(B+) Shutter Island

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
Dennis Lehane, author of gritty crime novels like Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone and one of the writers of "The Wire," and director Martin Scorsese, best known for movies like "Goodfellas" and "Ca...

(B+) Side Effects

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) A Single Man

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Designer Tom Ford has exquisite taste, and his first movie is an exquisite movie. Based on a story by Christopher Isherwood, as adapted by Ford, it is the story of one day in the life of a British...

(C) The Sitter

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
Basically "Bad Santa" crossed with "Adventures in Babysitting," "The Sitter" stars Jonah Hill as Noah, an ambitionless doof living with his mother who cannot be bothered to answer the phone, much l...

(B+) The Situation

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School

Parents should know that this film contains disturbing wartime violence involving military and insurgent groups. Characters are injured and killed. There are some non-explicit sexual situat...

(B+) Slumdog Millionaire

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Like its title character, this film has had highly improbable success, ending up with the Best Picture Oscar for 2008. The title character is Jamal (Dev Patel) a "slumdog" orphan child who grew up...

(B-) Smart People

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
A burned-out literature professor named Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) has written an "unpublishable" book called The Price of Postmodernism: Epistemology, Hermeneutics and the Literary Can...

(C) Smokin' Aces

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a flashy, nasty, hyper-violent story about a lot of people who are very, very interested in a snitch, magician and five time entertainer-of-the-year Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven).

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(B) Snakes on a Plane

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If there's ever an Oscar for truth in titling, it will go to "Snakes on a Plane." As zillions of internet fans have noted for months, that says it all. This is the snakiest plane movie and the pla...

(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...

(B) Spinning Into Butter

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School
The best of intentions and a welcome willingness to engage on the touchiest issues is not enough to keep this movie from feeling more like a seminar than a story. It betrays its origins as a play,...

(A-) Splendor in the Grass

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
In this classic of repressed teenage sexuality, set in the 1920s, Bud (Warren Beatty) and Deanie (Natalie Wood) are high school students who are newly in love and breathless with desire, physical a...

(B+) The Square

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When the first 10 minutes of film introduce us to an illicit affair, a kickback scheme, and a hidden bag filled with money, we know we're in for a twisty thriller, and "The Square" delivers. Bro...

(B) Stand Up Guys

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(D) Step Brothers

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
I have an idea for a movie comedy. A writer-director has a couple of huge hits and so all the Hollywood studio hacks descend on him adoringly. "Give us your ideas," they tell him, "Anything at al...

(B-) Stop-Loss

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience:
stop%20loss.jpgA young soldier who has come home from Ira...

(A-) The Story of the Costume Drama

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School
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(C) Street Kings

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Street Kings" is a like a Cliff's Notes version of T...

(B+) Sunshine

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
The sun is dying. A rocket ship from earth, meaningfully named "Icarus," failed in its mission to reboot the sun with a supercharged nuclear payload designed to "create a star within a star." Now...

(B+) Superbad

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Cheerfully outrageous and unabashedly offensive, this saga of three high school seniors in search of sex and liquor works because the vulgarity is in the context of a very sweet story about growing...

(B+) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
sweeney%20todd.jpg There could be no better match for the gothic saga of the barber w...

(B+) Syriana

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Most movies tell us everything and then they tell it to us again, just to make sure. Some movies, like this one, tell us too little, making us work at it, making us lean forward in our seats, fill...



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