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(B+) The A-Team

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
I love it when a plan comes together. And I love it when a summer movie delivers all of the chases, crashes, explosions, wisecracks, and sheer exuberant fun that we have a right to expect when the...

(B+) A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Cross "2001" with "ET" and "Blade Runner" and throw in some "Pinocchio," some "Wizard of Oz," some "Velveteen Rabbit" and a touch of "Our Town," and you might have some sense of what to expect from...

(D) Abandon

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Given the talent involved, it really is almost impressive how bad "Abandon" is.

The movie is written by Stephen Gaghan, who last won an Oscar for "Traffic" and here makes his directing debut...

(B+) About a Boy

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"About a Boy" is the story of a shallow man appropriately named Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) who believes, contrary to John Donne, that every man is an island.

Or at least he believes that that...

(B-) Accepted

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Bartleby (Justin Long) has been turned down at every single college he applied to. His friends' college plans have also turned out badly.

No problem. Bartleby is a can-do Ferris Bueller ty...

(C) Across the Universe

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) Adam

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Adam (Hugh Dancy), appropriately shares his name with the first man because even though he lives in contemporary Manhattan, he is in a very real way new to the world. He seems at once tightly woun...

(D) Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"8 Crazy Nights" is a bit of an enigma. In the Venn diagram of movie goers, Adam Sandler fans are not an easy overlap with those who cherish holiday musicals. This lame attempt at comedy is more li...

(A-) The Adjustment Bureau

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The first great movie of 2011 is thought-provoking, exciting, and swooningly romantic. Writer/director George Nolfi takes on the biggest questions of all -- faith...

(B-) Admission

Genre: School
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B-) Aeon Flux

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Maybe it's just that my expectations were so low because it was not screened for critics (meaning the studios did not think they would get even one good review), but "Aeon Flux" was not so bad. A ...

(C-) After Earth

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(C) After the Sunset

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie features two of the most glorious sights on earth -- Paradise Island and Salma Hayak in a bikini. Unfortunately, it keeps putting unappealing characters and a dumb story in front of the...

(B) The Alamo

Genre: Epic/Historical
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is only one reason to see "The Alamo," and it is Billy Bob Thornton. His portrayal of Davy Crockett is magnificently vibrant, fully imagined, and so breathtakingly evocative of the essence o...

(B-) Alex and Emma

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Kate Hudson is so irresistibly charming that it is easy to forget how tepid and uninspired this movie is. It is always a delight to see Hudson's saucer-eyed smile and impeccable timing, but it wou...

(C-) Alex Cross

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In "Alex Cross," Tyler Perry is called upon to: show devastating grief, show incendiary fury, make threats, throw punches, and take over a part played twice on screen by Morgan Freeman.  He is not...

(D) All About Steve

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Somewhere deep inside this movie, like the little tiny pea in the bed of the princess, is an idea that could have been an interesting movie. Unfortunately, as with that bed of the princess, it is ...

(D) All I Wanna Do

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
An appealing cast of talented performers and some mild good intentions cannot save this uneven and sour comedy (originally released with the title "Strike!") about a girls' boarding school that is ...

(B-) All the King's Men

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Huey Long was man of gigantic proportions, an epic, almost operatic figure who rose to power as the greatest of populists, succumbed to corruption, and was murdered at age 42. His story inspired a ...

(C+) Along Came Polly

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The writer and star of Meet the Parents reunite in this much tamer comedy about a risk-averse guy who meets a free spirit.

Reuben (Ben Stiller) evaluates risk for a living. ...

(B+) The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(D) America's Sweethearts

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It sounds like it can't miss -- a delicious situation created by a guy who knows how to write jokes, with an all-star cast. But it does miss. Billy Crystal, who wrote the script with Peter Tolan,...

(B) American Dreamz

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The Roman rulers used to distract the populace from the problems of corruption and decadence with "bread and circuses." Today's equivalent might be junk food and television, especially "reality" t...

(C+) American Outlaws

Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
American Outlaws" is a rock and roll western for the MTV era. It may be a little on the dumb and cheesy side, but it does not take itself or its characters too seriously and it has enough cute cow...

(B+) American Violet

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Meet two extraordinary women -- Dee Roberts, based on a real-life single mother who took on corrupt and racist law enforcement officials in Texas and Nicole Beharie, the woman who plays her, who ma...

(A-) An Education

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Part of the charm of "An Education," a bittersweet coming of age story based on a brief memoir by Lynn Barber, is how much we know what its main character does not. Jenny (an incandescent Carey Mu...

(B) An Unfinished Life

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
A bear is wandering through farms looking for something to eat. An angry and abusive man is following the woman who left him because he wants her to come back, or because he wants to hit her again,...

(B) Anchorman

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Remember the old "Spanky and Our Gang" episodes where the boys wouldn't let Darla into the treehouse? Imagine that plot set in the all-white-guys world of 1970's television news, when there were o...

(B-) And So It Goes

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Despite lavish settings and sweeping camera movement, this sumptuously produced Andrew Lloyd Weber musical feels static, stuffy, and stagey. This is in part because so much of it takes place on a...

(B-) Angels & Demons

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Harvard professor of Symbology Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) returns for another round of save the world heroics peppered with chases, kidnapping, murders, clues, codes, and ancient manuscripts, a bea...

(B+) Anger Management

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are two odd couples in this movie. One is the traditional pairing of two opposite characters just for the fun of seeing the sparks (and the inevitable "I learned so much from you!" conclusio...

(C+) Anna and the King

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is the fourth movie version -- and the second this year -- of the story of Anna Leonowens, brought to Siam in 1864 by King Monghut to teach his children. Anna and the King end up teaching each...

(C+) Annapolis

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Sincere performances and some star charisma can't save this movie from its derivative screenplay, a retread of every "callow youth learns what it means to be a man" service drama. This movie sampl...

(B+) Armageddon

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The summer thrill ride movie is becoming as much of a 4th of July tradition as the picnic and the fireworks, and the 1998 version is "Armageddon," the second movie of the year about a meteor headed...

(C) Arthur

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Russell Brand takes over the title role in this unnecessary remake of the better-remembered-than-re-watched 1981 film starring Dudley Moore and the Oscar-winning Sir John Gielgud. It's harder to fi...

(B+) ATL

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The star of this movie is first-time director Chris Robinson, who took an appealing but conventional story of five friends on the brink of adulthood and made it come alive with a vibrant, pulsing, ...

(B+) Austenland

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B-) Australia

Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Writer/director Baz Luhrmann is known for his surprises. In » Read Review

(B+) Avatar

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
NOTE: The DVD being released this week is a stripped-down 2D version. Later this year there will be another release with many more extras. Writer-director-producer James Cameron ("Titanic," "Term...

(B) Away From Her

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

Parents should know that this is a very sad movie with themes that may be disturbing to some audience members. Characters use brief strong language.

Families who see this movie shoul...




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