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(C+) G

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Audacious, ambitious, and provocative but uneven and ultimately unsatisfying, this long-delayed film adapts F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel of class, love, and power, The Great Gatsby, to the p...

(C) G-Force

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Top voice talent and good 3D computer graphics cannot make up for the fact that this film is utterly synthetic as well as crass, loud, and vulgar. Even at a brief running time of under 90 minutes,...

(B) G.B.F.

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Writer George Northy and director Darren Stein manage to subvert and salute the traditions of the high school comedy in this smart, fresh, and funny story that shakes up the classic elements of tee...

(B) G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B) Gabe the Cupid Dog

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
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(B+) Galaxy Quest

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
This is one of the funniest movies of the year, hilariously but affectionately skewering television sci-fi, its stars, and its fans. Not since William Shatner told Trekkers Dana Carvey and Jon Lovi...

(B) The Game of Their Lives

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
When a movie is called "The Game of Their Lives," you know they're not going for subtlety. ...

(B-) The Game Plan

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
There is undeniable little girl appeal in this story of a big, selfish meanie of a quarterback who is tamed by the 8-year-old daughter he never knew he had. Some audiences will find it as sugary a...

(A) Gangs of New York

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Martin Scorsese is a director of astonishing power and “Gangs of New York” is a movie of astonishing imagination, ambition, and scope. The first fifteen minutes are as dazzling as any images e...

(A-) Garden State

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Andrew Largeman's head seems to float in the air. Largeman (director/writer Zach Braff) has been given a shirt made from the fabric left over when his mother covered the walls, so when he wears it...

(C) Garfield

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Garfield is a big, orange, lazy glutton of a cat created by cartoonist Jim Davis in 1978. His musings on life's essential concerns -- meaning mostly how he can get more of everything, especially f...

(C-) Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This is lowest common denominator movie-making. Why not, it's based on a lowest-common denominator comic strip.

Garfield's lighter-than-air comic strip is utterly generic because its motiv...

(A+) Gaslight

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Paula Alquist (Ingrid Bergman) falls in love with Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer), a musician, and once they are married, he persuades her to move into the house she lived in as a child, which has be...

(C) Gentlemen Broncos

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
"Gentlemen Broncos" is about the fantasies of a 15 year old boy and it has some of the charm but all of the failings of those stories. The charm is its unguarded purity of emotion and unchecked en...

(B-) George A. Romero's Land of the Dead

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A groaning buffet table of cannibalistic carnage and cheesy dialogue, “Land of the Dead” unevenly masks its stale plot elements with campy winks and a dash of humor. The extreme carnivore’s ...

(C) Georgia Rule

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Minow rule: If Hector Elizondo barely makes an appearance in a Garry Marshall film, watch out.

Or, I should say, don't watch.

Marshall wisely does his best to include the talented Eli...

(B) Get Him to the Greek

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) Get on Up

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It begins with a burst of energy and charisma as Marcus (rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) and his friends break into a store so they can rob it. They don't break in so much as explode in. Directo...

(B+) Get Smart

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(C-) Getaway

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(C) Ghost Rider

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
"Ghost Rider" needs a new ghost writer.

Well, it needs something. You might not think that a movie based on a comic book about a flaming skeleton in a leather outfit who rides a (literally...

(B) Ghost Town

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Bertram Pincus, D.D.S. sees dead people. And he's very crabby about it. Bertram (Ricky Gervais, creator and star of the original British version of "The Office") doesn't much like any kind of peo...

(C) Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
"Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" feels like ghosts of movies past, with a been-there, seen-that feeling that goes far beyond its familiar appropriation of the structure of "A Christmas Carol." It is no...

(B+) The Gift

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Cate Blanchett plays Annie Wilson, a widow from rural Georgia who has the gift of second sight. She supports her three sons by doing readings with cards, so she hears a lot of problems and secrets...

(D) Gigli

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This misbegotten mess is less a movie than a string of over-the-top audition monologues, those random set-pieces designed to show off an actor's facility with language and attitude. Those can be e...

(D) The Girl Next Door

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a romantic fantasy about a straight arrow high school senior who falls for the girl next door, a porn star. That's not the most offensive part, though. It is a shameless rip-off of the fa...

(B+) Girl with a Pearl Earring

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A portrait by Johannes Vermeer inspired a best-selling novel by Tracy Chevalier, who imagined the relationship between the artist and his subject, not as a Shakespeare in Love-style romance but as ...

(B+) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
The late Swedish author Steig Larsson created a series of books originally titled "Men Who Hate Women" with a character who was an idealized version of himself -- an investigative journalist of imp...

(B) The Giver

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

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Gladiator" is a movie of such astounding scope and sweep and such masterful story-telling that it makes its storyline seem classic rather than clichéd. Breathtakingly sumptuous visuals credibly r...

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MPAA Rating:     Audience:
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(B+) Glee Live! 3D

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Gather up, Gleeks, "Raise Your Glass" and get ready for "Fireworks!"  The musical TV series about a high school show choir, now poised to move from hit to cult, continues its juggernaut from telev...

(B+) Glory Road

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A man who coaches high school girls' basketball gets a job at a small Texas school and not only takes them to the nationals, where they defeat the long-time champions in a stunning upset, he change...

(B+) Gnomeo & Juliet

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
What's in a gnome? Shakespeare's tragic romance about the children of warring families has been adapted countless times (a high point: "West Side Story;" a low point: » Read Review

(C) Goal!

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
A soccer-mad friend sat beside me in the theater, leaning over from time to time to explain what was going on in the game on the screen or point out an in-joke about the appearance of a real-life f...

(B) Gods and Generals

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Sometimes, what is best for history is not best for drama. And here, where we know how the story of the Civil War ends, the film-maker's relentless even-handedness removes whatever drama the story...

(C) Godsend

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I think it is a good bet that some day there will be an Oscar lifetime achievement award for Robert DeNiro. And I think it is a better bet that clips from this movie will be nowhere near that even...

(B-) Godzilla

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(D) Godzilla

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The classic Japanese monster film has been updated by the team that produced and directed "Stargate" and "Independence Day," and what we get is basically "Jurassic Park" with one very, very big din...

(B-) Going the Distance

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
Even in the era of Skype and Foursquare, it is hard to stay connected when one half of a couple is in New York and the other half is in California. Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (real-life on-a...

(B+) The Golden Compass

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
goldencompass.jpg Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) is disobedient, obstinate, craf...

(C+) Gone in 60 Seconds

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This is a check-your-brain-at-the-door, dig into some popcorn, sit back and enjoy summer explosion movie, brought to you by the same folks who did "Con Air."

Nicolas Cage again stars as the ...

(A+) Gone With the Wind

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) is the beautiful and headstrong daughter of of the owner of a Southern plantation called Tara. She has "the smallest waist in three counties" and dozens of be...

(B) Good Boy!

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
"Good Boy" is a not-so-good movie, but it is not so bad, either.

It's a watered-down canine version of "ET." It is not particularly imaginative and it goes on too long, dragging through the...

(B) A Good Day to Die Hard

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
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(B-) The Good German

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Director Steven Soderbergh has created a loving tribute to the films of the 1940's that is more accomplished than effective. It is such a meticulous re-creation of the techniques and technology of...

(D) Good Luck Chuck

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
At age 10, following an awkward Spin the Bottle encounter, a little goth girl puts a hex on Charlie so that he will be surrounded by love but never find it himself. But it is the audience who will ...

(A+) Good Night, And Good Luck.

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
I love this movie so much I wanted to go up and hug the screen when it was over. And then I wanted to sit down with everyone I know and watch it over again.

It's a triple threat, and then ...

(B+) The Good Shepherd

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
You can see what drew director Robert DeNiro and co-producer Francis Ford Coppola to this film about the beginnings of the CIA. It resonates with many of the same themes as their great triumph Godf...

(A+) Good Will Hunting

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Mature teens will appreciate this story, written by its appealing two stars, of a brilliant young man with a troubled past. Will (Matt Damon), who grew up as an abused foster child in tough South B...

(B-) A Good Year

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Plonk is a Britishism for cheap, low-quality wine -- not undrinkable, by any means, just nothing special. As much could be said for this film, lightly based on the helium-weight plonk of a best-se...

(B-) The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
"The Goods" is an unabashedly outrageous comedy about a team of hard-charging, harder-living, hardest-partying "mercenary" car salesmen who go from town to town for short-term sales promotions, rac...

(A) A Goofy Movie

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
One of the great existential questions of childhood, memorably explored in “Stand By Me,” is “If Mickey is a mouse, and Pluto is a dog, what is Goofy?” Goofy may be in a class (and genus) o...

(A) Gosford Park

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Has there ever been a life as blessed as that of the wealthy English country house owner of the 1930’s?

Imagine being able to toss off casual commands to a huge staff who are there to anti...

(B+) The Gospel of John

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
"The Gospel of John" is a reverent, moving, and dignified depiction of the life of Christ as described in the New Testament. It is a literal re-telling, actually a recitation of the Gospel, word f...

(C) Gothika

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Dr. Miranda Gray (Halle Berry) explains that "Logic is overrated" in the middle of a climactic confrontation. It feels like a last-minute attempt to justify the resolution of a movie that begins a...

(B) Gracie

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When it rains, baseball players go to the locker rooms and put on their street clothes, but soccer players stay on the field, according to father/coach Bryan Bowen (Dermot Mulroney). So we get not...

(B+) The Grand Seduction

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(A+) The Grapes of Wrath

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: The classic John Steinbeck novel about dust-bowl farmers emigrating from Oklahoma to California became a classic film with Henry Fonda as Tom Joad and Jane Darwell (in an Oscar-winning perfor...

(B) The Great Buck Howard

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: High School
This story about a retro performer itself has a very retro feeling, as though it is a recently rediscovered artifact. The likable Colin Hanks plays Troy Gabel, who drops out of law school with som...

(B+) The Great Debaters

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Great%20Debaters.jpg In 1935, the debate team from ...

(B-) The Great Gatsby

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Kids, here's a hint: Don't think you can pass a sophomore English exam on F. Scott Fitzgerald's jazz age classic and high school reading list perennial by watching this movie.  While this version ...

(B+) The Great Race

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Dedicated to "Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy," this movie is both a spoof and a loving tribute to the silent classics, with good guys, bad guys, romance, adventure, slapstick, music, wonderful antique ca...

(B+) The Great Race

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: All Ages
Dedicated to "Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy," this movie is both a spoof and a loving tribute to the silent classics, with good guys, bad guys, romance, adventure, slapstick, music, wonderful antique ca...

(B-) The Greatest

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Two gifted young women whose best work will be in other films are the reason to see this one. Carey Mulligan, so enchanting in last year's An Education, plays a pr...

(B) The Greatest Game Ever Played

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
When you give a movie the title "The Greatest Game Ever Played," expectations will be pretty high. When it turns out that the game in question is a golf match that occured almost a century ago bet...

(B+) Greedy Lying Bastards

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B-) The Green Hornet

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Anyone here remember Van Williams? He was the star of the 1966-67 television series, "The Green Hornet." But the only thing anyone remembers about the show today was the actor who played the ti...

(B) Green Lantern

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) The Green Mile

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It's pretty easy to make a movie where the hero saves the Earth from asteroids or blasts the bad guys into smithereens, because those kinds of battles give us lots of very cool stuff to look at. It...

(B) The Green Zone

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The star and director of the last two "Bourne" movies are back and much is the same -- the gritty, intimate, documentary feel, the sense of peril and dynamic staging of action, the able but conflic...

(B-) The Greening of Whitney Brown

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
A middle schooler who thinks she has it all figured out finds herself tossed from 1 percent-ville to 99-percent-land in a cute new film in limited release called "The Greening of Whitney Brown."  ...

(B-) Gridiron Gang

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The biggest shock in this film comes at the very end. It is not a spoiler to say that there's the usual "here's what happened to the characters" round-up. The shocker is the reminder that the mur...

(D) Grind

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The press materials for this movie explain that "grind" refers to a particularly spectacular skateboarding move. In my case, it referred to what my teeth were doing as I had to sit through this du...

(B+) Grindhouse

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
NOTE: This movie has extremely graphic, grisly, violent, and disgusting images, situations, and characters. It is not appropriate for anyone under 18 or for many adults. The positive rating is o...

(D) Grown Ups

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Adam Sandler fans would do well to re-watch "The Wedding Singer" or "Happy Gilmore" rather than suffer through this excruciating mess of gross-out humor, eww-inspiring vulgarity, and soppy sentimen...

(C+) The Grudge

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is one of those "Don't go into the house" movies, a remake of a popular Japanese horror film by Takashi Shimizu, the writer/director of the original.

It is again set in Japan, but t...

(C) The Grudge 2

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
There are two types of people who awake with an uneasy feeling on Friday the 13th: the superstitious, and those who just can’t stomach the release of another horror sequel, remake, or (in this ca...

(D) Grudge Match

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(C-) The Guardian

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
"Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and ...

(A-) Guardians of the Galaxy

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B) Guess Who

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Karl Marx once wrote that "history repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second as farce." That must be how the earnest drama Guess Who's Coming to Dinner got remade as this silly comedy....

(C) The Guilt Trip

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(D) Gulliver's Travels

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A cringe-inducing catastrophe with all of the appeal of fingernails on blackboard, this movie's first early warning sign should have been the omission of Jonathan Swift from the opening credits. <...

(B+) Gulliver's Travels

Genre:
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
A cringe-inducing catastrophe with all of the appeal of fingernails on blackboard, this movie's first early warning sign should have been the omission of Jonathan Swift from the opening credits. <...

(B) Gulliver's Travels: the Animated Feature

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
In the early days of animation, Disney's biggest rival was the studio run by the Fleischer brothers, whose Betty Boop, Popeye, and Out of the Inkwell cartoons were very popular. Their first featur...

(A+) The Gunfighter

Genre: Western
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Jimmy Ringo (Gregory Peck) is the fastest gun who ever lived, which makes him a target for every young man who wants to prove himself. On his way to Cayenne, Ringo stops in a bar. A "young sq...

(A-) Gunner Palace

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A bunch of American kids in or just out of their teens are now living and working in Baghdad's Azimiya Palace, built by Saddam Hussein for his son Uday. They are the Army's 2/3 Field Artillery, k...

(D) A Guy Thing

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If you made a copy of a copy of a copy of “Meet the Parents” and then ran it through one of those script-generating software programs advertised in the back of movie magazines, you might come o...

(B+) Guys and Dolls

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: The story takes place among the small-time underworld characters of New York. Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) runs a "floating crap game" (held in a different place each time) that provides en...



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