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(B+) Cabin Fever

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Imagine the basic Texas Chainsaw/Blair Witch formula, where five college kids go out into the woods for a vacation in an old cabin, meeting a few eccentric townies along the way and ending up with ...

(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...

(A-) Camp

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Camp Ovation does not look like much, but to the high school kids who return there summer after summer, it is close to heaven. Heaven being Broadway, that is.

Camp Ovation is a camp for "t...

(C) The Campaign

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

Genre:
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...

(A-) Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) Captain January

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Star (Shirley Temple), an orphan, lives with Captain January (Guy Kibbee), a retired sailor who runs a lighthouse. They adore each other, and she loves her life there, with the large communit...

(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+) Cars

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Look closely at the little flying bugs buzzing and bumping in the hot light of the desert. They are, of course, Bugs: VW Bugs with wings. In the world of this story, all of the characters are car...

(B) Cars 2

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Pixar has made another enchanting film, witty, touching, and utterly delightful. It is "Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation," a brief opener followed by the less delightful "Cars 2." In "Toy Story Hawai...

(B+) Casa de Los Babys

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
John Sayles is not going to make it easy for you.

He is much more interested than questions than answers. Sayles is the ultimate "on the other hand" guy, which may make for more thoughtfu...

(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...

(A+) Casablanca

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Rick (Humphrey Bogart) owns a popular nightclub in Casablanca, in the early days of WWII. France is under the control of the Vichy government, which has close ties to the Nazis, but Casablanc...

(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) 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...

(C+) Cast Away

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
What happens when everything we hold on to is taken away from us?

This is the story of Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), trouble-shooter for Federal Express, who travels to Moscow to remind the wayw...

(B+) Cat Ballou

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: In the days of the old West, Catherine (Cat) Ballou (Jane Fonda) takes the train home, after finishing school. She does her best to appear proper, but peeks at potboilers about the notorious...

(B+) Cat On a Hot Tin Roof

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: Big Daddy’s (Burl Ives) family is celebrating both his 65th birthday and his medical report, which shows his health problems have proven to be minor. He has two grown sons, Brick (Paul Newm...

(B+) The Cat's Meow

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Peter Bogdanovich is still in love with the movies.

He has paid tribute to classic movies sucessfully ("Paper Moon," "The Last Picture Show," "What's Up Doc?") and unsuccessfully ("At Long L...

(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 ...

(A) Catch Me If You Can

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Steven Spielberg has made the real-life story of the youngest person ever to make the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List into a terrifically entertaining movie. It is set in the candy-colored ring-a-ding...

(C+) Cats & Dogs

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Preschool
Anyone who has ever lived with a cat or dog already knows what this movie finally reveals to the rest of the world – they are the ones who are really in charge. While humans go about their busin...

(C+) Cats Don't Dance

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A singing, dancing cat named Danny goes to Hollywood to become a star in this colorful and energetic animated musical suitable for all but the very youngest toddlers. He finds, however, that no one...

(D) Catwoman

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Catwoman" is kitty litter.

Awkward and clumsy as a cat in high heels, this version of the comic book character Catwoman does not have enough to sustain one life, much less nine.

Wri...

(C+) The Cave

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie unfolds as though the scenes were assembled in random order. At least I think that's what it looks like; it is hard to say because it was so dark and murky looking.

It appears t...

(C+) The Caveman's Valentine

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Once a brilliant, Julliard-trained musician and composer, Romulus Ledbetter (Samuel L. Jackson) now lives in a cave in the park. He is severely mentally ill. Images of giant moths and fears of an ...

(B+) Cedar Rapids

Genre:
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...

(D) The Cell

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I think the idea here was to cross "Silence of the Lambs" with "The Matrix." It's a story about a serial killer, now in some sort of irreversible catatonia. How can the police find where he has h...

(B) Cellular

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This serviceable little thriller suffers even more than most from the dreaded "none of this would have happened if our hero had even made one logical choice" syndrome. It more than makes up for it ...

(B) Chalk

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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-) 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+) Changing Lanes

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Most thrillers have audiences asking themselves what the characters will do next. This one will have them asking themselves what they might do in this situation, because it is a movie about how cl...

(A-) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Like a bowl of peanut butter-pretzel, chocolate ice-cream with a marshmallow swirl, this “Charlie” is a delicious confection that is gluttony for the senses and has novel twists placed in a fam...

(B-) Charlie Bartlett

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

(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

(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+) Charlie's Angels

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Charlie's Angels" manages to fulfill the middle-school-age fantasies of both boys and girls and to make it clear that it does not take itself too seriously. The result is a lot of silly popcorn fun...

(A-) Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The silly summer explosions and kick-boxing movie of 2003 has arrived.

It's pretty much the same movie as the first one, except more of everything, and this movie has a lot of everything to...

(C+) Charlotte Gray

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is an old-fashioned WWII movie, with gallant heroes and vile bad guys, romantic longing and fabulous 1940’s clothes, heartbreaking betrayal and even more heartbreaking loyalty, odious collab...

(B) Charlotte's Web

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
E.B. White's book, Charlotte's Web, is a genuine classic for readers of any age, a beautifully written literary novel about loyalty and loss, friendship and the importance of a perfectly cho...

(C+) Chasing Liberty

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Pop princess Mandy Moore plays the President's runaway 18-year-old daughter in this formula romantic comedy designed for middle school girls and not of much interest or appeal for anyone else.

...

(C+) Chasing Papi

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Chiquita Banana and the Frito Bandito were subtle compared to the caricatures of Latino culture in this movie, but because it was created by Latinos, it is supposed to be all right.

The sto...

(C) Cheaper by the Dozen

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This is not a movie; it is a product, with a script right off the assembly line, a mix of Teen People pin-ups to attract tween demographics, apparently directed on cruise control. Its intended aud...

(C+) Cheaper by the Dozen 2

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
As synthetically generic as a "Happy Holidays" card from your realtor, this by-the-numbers pratfall-fest is, at least, a teensy bit better than the 2004 original. I'll explain why in a moment. Bu...

(A-) Chicago

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Like the case put on by the defense in the leading lady’s murder trial, “Chicago” is all razzle-dazzle – and it is only about razzle-dazzle, too.

The story is based on a real-life j...

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

Genre:
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...

(A-) Chicken Little

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
You know that nightmare of appearing at school in your underwear? That happens to poor Chicken Little (voice of Zach Braff of TV's "Scrubs"), a tiny little chick with big glasses perched uncertain...

(B+) Chicken Run

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Chicken Run" has arrived to the joy and relief of the many fans of Nick Parks' Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit short films. In his studio's first feature-length movie, a brave chicken plots an es...

(B) Chihuahua Too!

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: All Ages
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(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...

(D) Chill Factor

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie should come in a white box with a generic label -- it is all concept and explosions, with nothing worthwhile in its plot, character, or dialogue.

The concept is this: a scientist...

(B+) Chocolat

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This choice little fairy tale even begins with "once upon a time."

It takes place in rural France, in a "quaint little village whose villagers believed in tranquility." They have "learned not...

(B+) The Chocolate War

Genre: High School, School
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Plot: While Jerry Renault (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) a freshman at Trinity Prep boy's school, is belittled by the football coach, two boys, Archie (Wally Ward) and Orbie (Dough Hutchison) sit high up in...

(A-) The Chorus

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
A shy teacher comes to a school for wayward boys and decides to organize a choir.

This plot could be a cheesy after-school special or Sister Act 3. Or, it could be this lovely, tender, ...

(B-) The Christmas Candle

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is now in the faith-based movie busin...

(B) A Christmas Snow

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
A snowstorm at Christmas time makes a busy woman stop and reconsider her priorities when she is stuck in her apartment with two people she has just met: a little girl who does not want to be there ...

(A+) A Christmas Story

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
There's no better way to start off the Christmas season than this holiday classic, now celebrating its 25th anniversary and so popular that Turner Classic Movies runs it for 24 hours each year. Mi...

(D) Christmas with the Kranks

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This meretricious claptrap is exactly the kind of baloney it purports to be saving us from.

There's a reliable genre of family holiday movie that is made up of three-fourths slapstick follow...

(B+) The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
prince%20caspian.jpgThe Pevensie children are back ...

(A-) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
The perennial children's classic by C. S. Lewis has been lovingly, thrillingly, enchantingly, brilliantly brought to screen in this flawless adaptation of the first of the "Narnia" series. (Note fo...

(B+) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
A gallant warrior mouse and a dragon with a secret join the two youngest Pevensie children for a voyage and a quest in the third and best so far in the Narnia series. War has come to England and E...

(C+) The Chronicles of Riddick

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Pitch Black was an outer space horror film about a group stranded on a planet with some very scary creatures. One member of the group was Riddick (Vin Diesel), a convict being transported to priso...

(C+) The Cider House Rules

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire) reads David Copperfield aloud to his fellow orphans, letting us know that like Copperfield, he will let us decide for ourselves whether he is the hero of his own life. H...

(A+) Cinderella

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The classic fairy tale by Charles Perrault is lovingly and imaginatively brought to life in this animated Disney version, also a classic. Cinderella, a sweet, docile, and beautiful girl forced to a...

(B+) Cinderella Man

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The people behind A Beautiful Mind have re-teamed on another real-life story, but with less successfui results. It has the ingredients -- evocative portrayal of an earlier time, an inspiring story...

(A-) A Cinderella Story

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Girls will love this fresh, funny, and sweet, update of the Cinderella story, and it might win some fans among their older siblings and parents as well.

High school senior Sam (Hilary Duff)...

(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

(B) Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(A+) Citizen Kane

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades

Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) dies, alone in Xanadu, his enormous mansion. His last word is the mysterious "Rosebud." A newsreel gives us the highlights of his life, the wealthy young m...

(C+) City by the Sea

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"City by the Sea" is an ambitious drama that never reaches any of its goals but has some watchable moments along the way.

It is based on a true story, but one so improbably agonizing that it...

(B+) City of Angels

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The German film "Wings of Desire", Wim Wenders' dreamlike meditation on the angels among us, has been Hollywoodized into a dreamlike but glossy romance between an angel named Seth (Nicolas Cage) an...

(B+) City of Ember

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Under the earth's surface for so long they have forgotten how and why they got there and even that there is another place to be, the citizens of the City of Ember have just about lost their sense o...

(A-) City of God

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Brazil’s nomination for Oscar consideration, “Cidade de Deus“ (“City of God”) is a blood-spattered, non-stop ride as much into the life of a ‘favela’ (squatter settlement) as it is in...

(B+) Clash of the Titans

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Director Louis Leterrier (the second "Hulk" movie) says that he was a big fan of the 1981 » 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-) The Clearing

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Why would such a murky movie be called "The Clearing?"

Robert Redford plays Wayne, a very successful businessman who lives in a beautiful house with Eileen, his loving if somewhat reserved ...

(B-) Click

Genre:
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...

(C+) Clifford's Really Big Movie

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Preschool
Clifford is not just a Big Red Dog; he's a big, red phenomenon, hero of a series of books by Norman Bridwell, an animated PBS series, and even a live road show. Now he has moved (briefly) to the b...

(B+) Clockstoppers

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This special effects action comedy is fun for kids and fairly painless for adults. More important, it is a rare film directed at kids from 4th-8th grade, that most neglected of movie audiences. N...

(A+) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: When Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) and Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon) "encounter" a UFO, they travel to its landing site, Devil's Tower, Wyoming. Jillian is seeking her son, who disappeared w...

(B+) Close Your Eyes

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Those who like atmospheric thrillers that feature pentagrams and second sight and mysterious incantations from ancient texts will enjoy guaranteed goosebumps in this story of a doctor who tries to ...

(B) Closed Circuit

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) Closer

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
With an anguished wail, Larry (Clive Owen) asks where he can find intimacy. In a private room in a strip club, where the rules say that you can look, but not touch. The stripper's ex-boyfriend is...

(B+) Cloud Atlas

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B+) Cloverfield

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
cloverfield-1-18-08-poster.jpg Stories, ...

(A-) Coach Carter

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
We all love movies about underdog teams that come from behind because they (1) learn the importance of teamwork, (2) learn the importance of discipline and of respect for themselves and each other,...

(B-) Code 46

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The world director Michael Winterbottom creates is much more interesting then the story or the characters.

The story is set in a future when reproductive technology is so advanced and wides...

(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...

(D) Cold Creek Manor

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If it was just that it was dumb, really, I would not be so annoyed with "Cold Creek Manor." After all, most "don't go into the house"-style thrillers have their dumb plot contrivances, like "Anyon...

(A-) Cold Mountain

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Inman (Jude Law), a wounded Confederate soldier, walks away from the hospital to return to his home and to Ada (Nicole Kidman), a woman he barely knows.

But then, he barely knows himself or...

(A) Collateral

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
As cool as a jazz riff from a tenor sax, this stylish and powerful thriller has it all -- consistently absorbing characters, twisty dialogue and an even twistier story, and action that engages the ...

(C+) Collateral Damage

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Gordy, a fireman whose wife and son are killed when a bomb goes off in a terrorist attack. As he becomes convinced that the government will not do anything to bring jus...

(D) College Road Trip

Genre:
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
college%20road%20trip.jpgWhat bugs me the most ...

(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'...

(C+) Committed

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Joline (Heather Graham) is a woman of her word. Her parents "had a way of moving on from things, including each other." But Joline believes in commitment. When she gets married, she has the ring...

(A) The Company

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Form follows content in Robert Altman's latest film. As in the lives of the ballet troupe it portrays, it is the dance that takes center stage. The rest of the characters' lives are glimpsed only...

(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

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School
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(B) The Concert

Genre:
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...

(C) Confessions of a Shopaholic

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Even the endlessly talented and infinitely adorable Isla Fisher cannot overcome the script problems in this unfrothy romantic comedy about a writer who just can't stop shopping. As hard as they tr...

(B) Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Lindsay Lohan plays a 15-year-old who has a lot to be dramatic about, or at least she thinks she does. First of all, her parents had the bad judgment to name her "Mary," when she was born to be a ...

(B+) Confidence

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The "con" in "con man" comes from the word "confidence," because a con man doesn't use stealth or force to steal from his victims -- he wins their confidence, and so they give him their money, ofte...

(B+) The Constant Gardener

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Director Fernando Meirelles (City of God) turns his Brazilian –cinematic—jujitsu on an emotionally gnarled book by England’s spy king, John LeCarré, with an equatorial glare that dares the a...

(B+) Constantine

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Take a 1930's movie detective, a guy who shoots straight and talks tough. You know, the kind of guy who may have a soft spot for a dame in a jam but that doesn't necessarily mean he believes what ...

(C+) Contact

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
This film, based on the late Carl Sagan's novel about a young scientist's efforts to make contact with intelligent life beyond our world provides a sharp contrast in tone to slam-bang shoot-'em-ups...

(B+) The Contender

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The Contender" isn't authentic. It isn't even credible. It falls just short of preposterous. Now that we have that out of the way, let me say that it is thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyabl...

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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...

(A) Control Room

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Truth is a mosaic. Facts are the tiles that have to be pieced together, and it is only in standing back and looking at the whole that one can see the patterns.

This documentary by Jehane N...

(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-) The Cookout

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It's too bad that a fresh, smart, and courageous look at the conflicts African-Americans feel about racist stereotypes that sometimes feel more real to them then they would like to admit gets lost ...

(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...

(A-) Coraline

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
In the grand tradition of Alice, Dorothy, Milo, and the Pevensie children, Coraline enters a portal to a magical world that is both thrilling and terrifying, one that will both enchant her and dema...

(B-) The Core

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This is a big, dumb, explosion movie. That's not necessarily a bad thing -- often big, dumb, explosion movies are fun to watch and do very well at the box office. But this one suffers from very b...

(D) Corky Romano

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This tired attempt at comedy has no imagination or energy. The script is like a smudgy carbon originally rejected by Jerry Lewis as too dumb and then reworked for Gilbert Gottfried. It isn't even ...

(B+) The Corn is Green

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Miss Moffat (Bette Davis), an educated and very independent woman, arrives in a small Welsh mining village in 1895 to live in a house she inherited and start a school for the miners’ children. Sh...

(A-) The Corporation

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This documentary from writer Joel Bakan and directors Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott argues that "today's dominant institution" is not government or the church but the corporation. While Michael ...

(B-) The Counselor

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
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(B+) The Count of Monte Cristo

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Two things that almost always capture our attention in movies are watching someone learning something and watching someone getting revenge. Both are in "The Count of Monte Cristo" in abundance, an...

(C) The Country Bears

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Less story than product placement, "The Country Bears" may go down in history as the first movie ever based on a theme park attraction. I hope it goes down as the last. Much as I enjoy the ride, ...

(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

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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...

(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) 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...

(C+) Coyote Ugly

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The people behind "Flashdance" have delivered another movie with about the same level of believabilty, but with little less flash and a lot less dance. You won't see much more dance on screen than...

(C) Cradle 2 the Grave

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This slapdash mess of an explosion movie wastes the talents of its cast and can't even slow down to let us enjoy the fight scenes. I don't care if the plot doesn't make sense to me, but I like to ...

(B+) Cradle Will Rock

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
How do you stay true to ideals when there is pressure to compromise in order to make a living? How can you sell without selling out? These questions are provocatively posed in "mostly true" interse...

(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...

(A) Crash

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Everyone is angry. Everyone is scared. They all feel that something that belongs to them has been taken away and they don't know how to get it back. And in this movie, they say so. "Crash," t...

(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...

(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+) crazy/beautiful

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Sensitive but highly responsible and straight-laced guys have been falling for sensitive but high-maintenance and irresponsible girls in movies since before they started selling popcorn from theate...

(B+) Criminal

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The con man's greatest asset is not the gullibility of the mark, but the greed. It is much easier to persuade someone that you are dishonest than honest, especially if he is intrigued by the chanc...

(D) Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

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You would think that a movie called "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles" would just about make itself work. It starts with two strong assets: an engaging character already well known and fondly remem...

(B) The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

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"The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course" is basically a 70-minute version of the show with an additional 20 minutes of an instantly forgettable premise that barely rises to the level of the term "p...

(B) The Croods

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(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...

(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...

(D) Crossroads

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Here is the good news: Britney Spears is a better actress than Mariah Carey. Here is the bad news: the movie is not very good. Here is the worse news: it is not appropriate for the girls who shou...

(A+) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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This is a ravishing fairy tale/epic, and the best movie of the year.

It is passionately romantic -- the story of two sets of star-crossed lovers who face enormous obstacles, within themselve...

(C+) Crush

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Three close friends get together every week to share their saddest stories about looking for love. The one with the worst story of the week gets the consolation prize of a box of candy. Then, one...

(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...

(B-) Curious George

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MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Preschool
This gentle little film about the monkey whose curiosity gets him into trouble and the man who befriends him will make 4-8-year olds very happy and give their parents a chance for a nice nap.

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(C+) Curse of the Cat People

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Plot: Despite the title (insisted on by the studio following the producer’s very successful -- and scary -- "The Cat People"), this is a gentle story of a lonely and sensitive girl and her "frien...

(B+) The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

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Woody Allen pays loving tribute to movies like "Double Indemnity" and "The Big Sleep" with this delicious comedy for grown-ups about a 1940's insurance investigator who, under hypnosis becomes a br...



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