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(B) S.W.A.T.

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
If this movie was going to be sold in a grocery store, it would be in a plain white box with black letters that say, "GENERIC SUMMER EXPLOSION MOVIE." It is as predictable as the rhymes in a limer...

(D) Sabotage

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
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(C) Safe Haven

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
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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...

(B-) Sahara

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
"Sahara," based on one of Clive Cussler's series of novels about dashing adventurer Dirk Pitt feels more like a 1940's serial than a book written in 1991 or a movie made in 2005. The characters ar...

(B+) Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Paul Torday's satiric novel of politics, money, love, and fishing has been brought to the screen with Ewan McGregor as a government fisheries expert and Emily Blunt as an aide to a Yemeni sheik who...

(B-) Salt

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
"Salt" is the story of a CIA agent with an exemplary record who is accused by a mole of being a Russian spy, part of a cadre trained as children to infiltrate America by living normal lives until o...

(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+) The Santa Clause 2

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Even though I am a well-known softie when it comes to Christmas movies, "The Santa Clause 2" gets a "bah humbug" from me.

Indeed, if the Ghost of Christmas Present had shown Ebenezer Scrooge...

(C-) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Genre:
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Tim Allen and Martin Short are funny guys. How do we know this? Because when this movie is finally over, there are some outtakes during the credit sequence that remind us. Up to that point, it's...

(C) Savages

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult

(B) Save the Last Dance

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is real logic and there is movie logic. Audiences are usually very forgiving of lapses in movie logic -- we recognize that people always get perfect parking spaces and have correct change an...

(A-) Saved

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The first thing teenagers figure out is that it is enticingly easy to make fun of believers in any category. What's nice about this movie is that it does so while still entirely respectful of belie...

(B+) Saving Mr. Banks

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(C+) Saving Silverman

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I’ll admit it with some embarrassment – this movie made me laugh. Yes, it is a very dumb comedy, but as dumb comedies go, it is one of the best because it stars four of the most able comic act...

(C) Saw

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Grizzly does not mean scary, which is a lesson that first-time director James Wan and co-writer (and actor) Leigh Whannell do not master in this 100 minute long mish-mash of a horror flick.

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(A) Say Anything

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) is an engagingly aimless high school graduate who likes junk food and kickboxing. Courageously, he sets his heart on Diane Court (Ione Skye), the most beautiful and brill...

(D) Say It Isn't So

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Audiences who have been wondering when we were going to get a great comedy about incest can keep wondering. "Say it Isn’t So" is a mediocre comedy about incest, a pale retread from the producers...

(A+) The Scarlet and the Black

Genre: War
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Gregory Peck plays Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty in this true story of WWII Rome. The Vatican had diplomatic neutrality, so that no one within its borders could be arrested. O'Flaherty used the V...

(D) Scary Movie 2

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The credits for "Scary Movie 2" show seven different screenwriters, which means an average of 1.3 good jokes per writer. But hey, if you thought that this movie would have witty repartee, you neve...

(C) Scary Movie 3

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The first two "Scary Movies" written and directed by the Wayans brothers, were R-rated, cheerfully raunchy, and cheekily politically incorrect parodies of popular movies, including Scream and its s...

(C) School for Scoundrels

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This movie asks the age-old question: Do nice guys finish last? Kind of the evil twin of last year's Will Smith romantic comedy Hitch, this, too, is about a life coach who helps awkward, insecure m...

(A-) The School of Rock

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
If there was ever someone born to portray the true spirit of rock and roll, it is Jack Black. In this movie, that is what they needed, and that is just what he does.

Black plays Dewey Finn...

(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+) Scooby-Doo

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
It’s trickier than you might think to translate a Saturday morning cartoon program into a live-action movie. The first challenge is figuring out who your audience is going to be. Is it the litt...

(B-) Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Scooby fans will enjoy this affectionate live-action tribute to the unquenchably popular cartoon series.

Wisely abandoning the first version's wobbly attempt to appeal both to children with...

(C) Scoop

Genre: Mystery
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Woody Allen's recent scripts, yes, even the revered Match Point, are so lightweight the pages must just float up into the air. His latest is "Scoop," no relation to the Evelyn Waugh comic novel ab...

(C+) The Score

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Movies are made for heist stories. Great robberies can be fun to watch on stage or read about in a book, but movies provide an immediacy and economy of narrative that no other form of story-tellin...

(C+) The Scorpion King

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Some very scary looking guys are about to kill a guy who would be even scarier-looking if he wasn't tied up. But then everyone steps back in awe of a guy who steps in looking scariest of all and a...

(B+) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Director Edgar Wright's latest movie is based on the popular series of graphic novels about » Read Review

(A-) Seabiscuit

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is a reason that good movies about sports, almost always about an underdog who overcomes obstacles to succeed, appeal to us in such a visceral fashion. Americans fiercely love athletic heroe...

(C-) Season of the Witch

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
This is sword-and-sorcery film named after a Donovan song that features a joke swiped from "Jaws" -- a priest looks balefully up at a looming demon and actually says, "We're going to need more holy...

(B+) Secondhand Lions

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Walter (Haley Joel Osment) is dumped on the unwelcoming front porch of his two great-uncles, Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine) by his flighty mother (Kyra Sedgewick) so she can go to sc...

(A) Secret Ballot

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Middle School
Those who are interested in the Iranian election and protests should see this superb Iranian film that is one of the finest explorations of freedom, elections, democracy, and the rule of law I have...

(B+) Secret Ballot

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Those who are interested in the Iranian election and protests should see this superb Iranian film that is one of the finest explorations of freedom, elections, democracy, and the rule of law I have...

(A+) The Secret Garden

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Mary Lennox is a sour and selfish girl, spoiled by an Indian nanny and neglected by her parents. When they are killed, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle Archibald Craven, a m...

(B) The Secret Life of Bees

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The beloved best-seller by Sue Monk Kidd has been brought to screen with great care, deep sincerity, and a perfect cast. Unfortunately, it is so careful, so lovingly burnished, so deliberate that ...

(B-) The Secret of Moonacre

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is often asked what book she loved most when she was a child and she always answers » Read Review

(B) Secret of the Wings

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
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(C+) Secret Window

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
We know what scares Stephen King. That most prolific of writers is still terrified by an empty computer screen, or, even worse, a screen with writing that is unfixably bad. And that author whose ...

(B) The Secret World of Arrietty

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A spirited young heroine and an enchantingly beautiful setting make a story of friendship and courage beguiling in Studio Ghibli's adaptation of Mary Norton's popular series of "Borrower" books.  ...

(B+) Secretariat

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

This is the story of two champions. One is the most celebrated horse of the 20th century, the only non-human athlete to be included on Sport's Illustrated's 1999 list of the top 100 athletes o...

(D) See Spot Run

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
What were they thinking? This movie is rated-PG and heavily marketed to kids. But in the first ten minutes, the title character, a dog trained by the FBI to catch criminals, bites off a bad guy...

(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) The Sentinel

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
What this movie gets right is the dry, cynical, slightly gallows-ish humor of people who spend their lives on constant alert, knowing that 999 out of a thousand of the "suspicious" activities they ...

() Sequels Coming: "Anchorman" and...."Twins??"

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience:
Stay classy, San Diego!  There is going to be a sequel to  » Read Review

(B+) Serendipity

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This romantic confection has all the weight of a soap bubble, but it has all the sheen and charm of one, too.

Serendipity is (1) a "happy accident" and (2) a New York restaurant that serves ...

(A-) Serenity

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Creator of Buffy the the Vampire Slayer Joss Whedon has populated another world with tough, smart-talking characters fighting the darkest evil. And once again the heart of the force for good is a ...

(B+) A Serious Man

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

(A+) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Handsome backwoodsman Adam Pontabee (Howard Keel) strides into town, singing "Bless Your Beautiful Hide" to his future wife "whoever she may be." He has given himself one day to find a wife t...

(B) Seven Days in Utopia

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Middle School
Sports psychologist David L. Cook wrote a book called » Read Review

(C) Seven Pounds

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The way you feel about "Seven Pounds" will depend on the way you feel about the choice made by the main character at the end of the film. Some may consider it admirable and selfless but for me the...

(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+) Shadow of the Vampire

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The story of Dracula has been filmed dozens of times, but one of the most unforgettable is the silent German film, "Nosferatu." The director, F.W. Murnau, was not able to get permission from the a...

(B+) Shaft

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie gets four stars just for coolness. Samuel L. Jackson, the Armani leather coat, and the Oscar-winning theme song are a match made in heaven, and it is just plain summer-popcorn-movie fun...

(B) The Shaggy Dog

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A ring falls into the pants cuff worn by teenager Wilby Daniels (Tommy Kirk) while he is visiting a museum, and, not noticing, he carries it home with him. The ring’s ancient spell turns him int...

(B-) The Shaggy Dog

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
An uninspired all-the-best-parts-are-in-the-trailer remake, this is a showcase for two things: Tim Allen's mugging and some computer wizard-style special effects. The limited entertainment value o...

(A-) Shall We Dance?

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Chicago lawyer John Clark (Richard Gere) writes wills. He listens to people sum up their lives -- their assets, their liabilities, their legacies. When it's done, they ask, "Is that it, then?" an...

(C+) Shallow Hal

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The Farrelly Brothers, known for shattering the good taste barrier with gross-out comedies like "There's Something About Mary" and "Dumb and Dumber" have taken a couple of giant, if uncertain, step...

(B+) Shanghai Calling

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
"Shanghai Calling" is a fish out of water story filled with charm. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKjBRWh5RdE[/youtube] Kore...

(A-) Shanghai Knights

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are no surprises in "Shanghai Knights," but that's only because it delivers exactly what we came to see: a cheerfully anachronistic buddy/action/comedy movie starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wil...

(C+) Shanghai Noon

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Jackie Chan has his best American movie role so far as Chon Wang, an imperial guard sent from China’s Forbidden City to Colorado’s Carson City to rescue a kidnapped Princess (Lucy Liu) in the o...

(A-) Shaolin Soccer

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
You know, we just don't get enough kung fu soccer fairy tale movies.

At least, I know it now, because this one is such fun I can't wait to see another. The most successful Hong Kong film e...

(A-) Shark Tale

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This hip-hop/mob action comedy set undersea is fast, fresh, fun, and finny -- I mean --punny -- I mean funny.

Okay, you watch the movie and see if you don't come out making silly jokes like ...

(A-) Shattered Glass

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
"If your mother says she loves you, check it out."

That's what editors tell young reporters. Journalists believe that telling the truth is more than their job; it is almost a sacred obliga...

(A-) Shaun of the Dead

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) She Hate Me

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The hero of a popular radio program and movie serial of the 1930's and 40's was "Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy," whose very name evokes wholesome strength and fortitude. The hero of this pro...

(D) She's All That

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Get ready. The success of movies like "Scream" has led to an upcoming avalanche of movies transplanting every possible movie plot into high school. This one takes "Pygmalion" with a few touches fro...

(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+) She's the Man

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It worked for Shakespeare, so why not for Amanda Bynes?

Shakespeare had female characters pretending to be male because they were all played by men anyway. While his prodigious heart and b...

(B) Sherlock Holmes

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Perhaps even the great detective himself could not solve the mystery of why Sherlock Holmes holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for having been portrayed on screen than any other fiction...

(B) Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
All Sherlockians know that the only villain who could match the most famous and celebrated of all fictional detectives is the fiendish Professor Moriarty.  As we were promised in the postscript to...

(B+) The Shipping News

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) is a huge, almost-silent lump of a man who married the first woman who spoke to him, a selfish good-time girl named Petal (Cate Blanchett). She ignores him and their daughter...

(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) Shopgirl

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Shopgirl" is a luminous, if melancholy, modern-day fairy tale about a lost princess named Mirabelle (Claire Danes) whose path to true love is complicated when she meets an evil enchanter. Okay, h...

(B+) Shorts

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
A rainbow-colored wishing rock creates comic chaos in a film from Robert Rodriguez about bullies, family communication and being very, very careful what you wish for. It is also about an army of c...

(B+) Showtime

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Who imagined that one of the best comic actors of the 21st century would be…Robert DeNiro? The brilliant timing and utter fearlessness when it comes to looking goofy that DeNiro showed in "Analy...

(A+) Shrek

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
It has an enchanted princess in a tower, guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. It has a big, green ogre with a Yiddish name. It has a donkey that not only talks, and not only sings, but sings the o...

(B+) Shrek 2

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Oh, stop reading now and just go to the movie.

All you need to know from me is that "Shrek 2" is pure enjoyment, with stunningly brilliant technology and hilarious performances. And (here i...

(A-) Shrek Forever After

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: All Ages
Talk about happily ever after! "Shrek Forever After" is the best Shrek since the first one. After a third episode that proved they couldn't take it much furthe...

(B) Shrek the Third

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Did you ever wonder what happens to the villains while the hero and heroine are living happily ever after? We get to find out in this third chapter in the saga of Shrek. In the previous episode, ...

(B) Shrek the Third

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Did you ever wonder what happens to the villains while the hero and heroine are living happily ever after? We get to find out in this third chapter in the saga of Shrek. In the previous episode, ...

(B+) Shrink

Genre:
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...

(A-) Sicko

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Presenting symptoms: queasiness, fever, hyperventilation, and mood swings.

Diagnosis: You've just seen Michael Moore's latest film, "Sicko." As the tagline says, "This might hurt a little."...

(B+) Side Effects

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(A) Sideways

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Miles (Paul Giamatti), dips his nose deep inside the bowl of a glass of white wine and it is clear that this is where he is happiest and most at home. All of his mind, body, and spirit are focused...

(B+) Signs

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
M. Night Shyamalan knows what scares us. It scares him, too.

As in "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable," writer/producer/director Shyamalan’s latest is a story of a crisis of faith, a wise...

(B) Silver City

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A movie about a dim, rich, conservative political candidate named "Pilager" (pronounced "pillager") who finds a corpse on the end of his fishing line when he is makng a commercial is not going for ...

(B+) Simone

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Movie director Viktor Taransky (Al Pacino) has had it with actors. The star of his new movie (Winona Ryder, relishing her cameo as a temperamental "model with a SAG card") insists that he pick all...

(B+) The Simpsons Movie

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
"I can't believe we're paying to see something we get to see on TV for free. Everyone in this theater is a giant sucker, especialy YOU." And thus, Homer Simpson lets us know that he's onto us, as...

(B+) Sin City

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Looming shadows fall starkly across rain-slick streets. A door chain jiggles because a very bad man wants to come in and hurt someone. Hookers pull guns from garter belts. Tough, tough talk comes f...

(C) Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Adult
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(B+) Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This is a swashbuckling romp of a movie, which –- with a couple of clever plot tweaks and some jaw-dropping animation -—exceeds the low expectations you might have for the hundredth remake of t...

(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...

(A) Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This is a story about one summer in the life of four friends, told with sincerity, heart, and a little bit of magic -- the very same qualities that made the original book and its sequels a "you hav...

(B+) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
This is a story about one summer in the life of four friends, told with sincerity, heart, and a little bit of magic -- the very same qualities that made the original book and its sequels a "you hav...

(B+) Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
When the first five minutes of a film show us a wedding, a graduation, a pregnancy, some kisses, and two grave sites, followed by a reunion scene involving shrieking and hugging, we know we are in ...

(C) The Sitter

Genre:
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

Genre:
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+) The Sixth Sense

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is one of the rarest of movie treats, a thinking person's thriller that is genuinely haunting. You're lucky if you see a movie that you are still thinking about by the time you reach your car;...

(B-) The Skeleton Key

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Buoyed by Gena Rowlands’ magisterial presence, this mediocre little bit of hoodoo-voodoo mystery casts enough of a spell to propel it through the trancelike lethargy of the first 80 minutes until...

(A-) Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Dashing pilot Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan (Jude Law) and intrepid reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) investigate the disappearance of a group of top scientists and the invasion of enormous rob...

(A-) Sky High

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
It's the classic anxiety dream -- embarrassing yourself in front of the whole class on the first day of school. Now imagine that instead of being called upon to answer some question about the summ...

(A+) Sleeping Beauty

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Disney has beautifully restored one of its most treasured classics, "Sleeping Beauty," in honor of its 50th anniversary. The King and Queen happily celebrate the birth of their daughter, Princes...

(D) Sleepover

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Fourteen-year-old girls at a sleepover party violate every rule they agreed to. They lie, cheat, vandalize, steal, sneak out of the house and into a bar, order a drink with a man they met on the i...

(D) Sleepy Hollow

Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is less the Washington Irving story than it is "Scream" set in post- revolutionary times. Its production design by Rick Heinrichs is ravishingly eerie, all gray skies, looming spires, gnarled ...

(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...

(C+) Small Time Crooks

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Woody Allen’s lightest comedy in years is a slight story of an unsuccessful crook named Ray who comes up with a plan for one big heist. He wants to rent a storefront that is two doors down from ...

(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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(C) The Smurfs

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
After a promising beginning with the tart but sweet romantic comedy “Never Been Kissed,” director Raja Gosnell has been mired in the quagmire of movie junk food, "family" movies like “Scooby-...

(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) Snitch

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School

(D) Snow Dogs

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Two Oscar-winners are no match for some irresistible dogs (with a little assistance from puppeteers and computer animators) in this so-so slapstick comedy about a Miami dentist who ends up in a dog...

(C+) Snow Falling on Cedars

Genre: War
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There has never been a movie more literally true to its title -- this is indeed a movie with many long, loving scenes of snow falling on cedars. There are also scenes of raindrops plopping in puddl...

(C-) The Snow Queen

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
It may be a coincidence that a Russian animation studio decided to make a movie based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the Snow Queen at the same time as Disney's big-budget feature, "F...

(B-) Snow White and the Huntsman

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) Snowpiercer

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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() Snowtorious B.I.G.

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience:
Snowpocalypse. Snownami. Snowmageddon. A couple of shots from the big snow of 2010.
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(A-) The Social Network

Genre: School
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Change is not polite. The bigger the change, the more likely that it is messy and painful and ugly. Even its beginnings are often disturbingly uninspired and uninspiring. Despite what Hollywood ...

(C+) Solaris

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
More meditation than story, “Solaris” is a series of images and moments that address themes of identity, memory, and loss, ambitious in both form and content.

George Clooney plays Chris...

(B) The Soloist

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
All around Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey, Jr.), everything seems to be broken or breaking. The newspaper is losing readers and laying off staff. His marriage to editor Ma...

(A+) Some Like it Hot

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: In the first moments of the movie, what appears to be a hearse turns out to be carrying bootleg liquor, and we are prepared for a movie in which nothing will be what it seems and nothing will...

(C+) Someone Like You

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Animal Husbandry," a wry and witty book about a single woman’s efforts to understand men, has become "Someone Like You" a generic looking-for- love-in-all-the-wrong-places romance with plot twist...

(B) Something New

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
They are so afraid we won't get the point that this movie has our heroine literally letting down her hair, literally putting some color into her beige world, and -- in case we still don't get it --...

(A-) Something's Gotta Give

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This delightful romantic comedy is the ultimate middle-age woman's fantasy -- not the part about being romanced by Keanu Reeves and Jack Nicholson, just the part about being Diane Keaton.

...

(D) Son of the Mask

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The Mask had a clever and inventive director, striking design, wildly imaginative special effects, and Jim Carrey, who is something of a wildly imaginative special effect all by himself. ,P> ...

(B+) The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
A pinch of movie magic makes this fantasy action movie a summer movie popcorn pleasure for kids and their families. The story goes back to an » Read Review

(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) Soul Plane

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
What happens when you take a relatively big budget for a comedy ($16 million), a tried-and-true comic vehicle in the plane from which no one can escape, and a handful of actors clearly having fun? ...

(B) Soul Surfer

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb) tells us that as a child she spent more time wet than dry. She is the daughter of competitive surfers, home-schooled so that nothing would interfere with her trai...

(B-) A Sound of Thunder

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The most remarkable special effect in this movie based on Ray Bradbury's classic science fiction short story is Ben Kingsley's hair. The usually-bald actor has been given a thick thatch so ...

(C+) South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Parents may think that nothing can be more outrageous than the "South Park" television show, with its macabre humor, strong language, and singing poop. They need to understand that this theatrical ...

(B) Space Chimps

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(C+) Space Cowboys

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
If we needed someone to save the world, wouldn't Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, and Donald Sutherland be the guys to do it? Or at least wouldn’t it be fun to watch those guys pla...

(A-) Spanglish

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Every few years, writer/director James Brooks makes another smart, sensitive movie about smart, sensitive people who love each other and drive each other crazy. In "Spanglish," as in Broadcast New...

(B) Sparkle

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(A+) Spartacus

Genre: Tragedy
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) is a slave in the Roman empire, about 70 years before the birth of Christ. A rebellious and proud man, he is sentenced to death for biting a guard but rescued by Biat...

(C+) Spartan

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are three different stories in this latest effort from writer/director David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, State and Main). Only one of the three is pretty good -- a rescue mission to retrieve...

(B+) Speed Racer

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Andy and Larry Wachowski, the folks behind the Matrix trilogy, have taken the iconic but decidedly low-tech 1960's Japanese cartoon character and put the pedal to the metal with dazzling effects an...

(A-) Spider-Man

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(A) Spider-Man 2

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
This is why they invented movies.

It is a dazzling story of love, loss, adventure, courage, heartbreak, tough choices, and tender feelings with a rescue from a burning building, a runaway t...

(B-) Spider-Man 3

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It isn't just Spider-Man who loses his way in the third and last installment. It's the movie.

A superhero movie should have (1) cool special effects, (2) a great villain, (3) thrilling act...

(B) The Spiderwick Chronicles

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
spiderwick%20poster.jpgThe best-selling series o...

(B) Spinning Into Butter

Genre:
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,...

(C) The Spirit

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
If there is ever an Oscar category for best performance by an article of clothing, the red tie worn by the title character in this film would be the clear winner and the rain coat would most likely...

(C+) Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Many kids will enjoy this traditionally animated story about a brave wild mustang in the 19th century American west, but parents may find it overlong even at a running time of less than 90 minutes....

(B+) Spirited Away

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(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 SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
"Spongebob Squarepants" is a pleasantly silly animated television show for children that has earned the gratitude of parents for not being sugary or dull. It also has a bit of a cult following amo...

(B+) Spy Game

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is not one of those movies where the spies wear elegant dinner jackets, drink martinis, use cool gadgets and have sex with gorgeous women in between huge explosions and shoot-outs. There is n...

(A-) Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Hurray for "Spy Kids 2," this summer's most imaginatively joyous adventure.

Carmen and Juni Cortez are back, now full-time operatives of the spy organization OSS and its new kids unit. As t...

(C+) Spy Kids 3D: Game Over

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
To be scrupulously fair to the sensibilities of its target audience, I must admit that halfway through this movie my 8-year-old godson leaned over to me and whispered, "This is AWESOME!" I wish I ...

(B-) Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4D

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Jessica Alba was dressed for her role in Robert Rodriguez's ultra-violent "Machete" when, on a break from filming, she stopped to change her baby's diaper.  Rodriguez says he saw her performing th...

(B-) The Spy Next Door

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Jackie Chan, the most graceful and acrobatic of men when it comes to action scenes, is also one of the most clumsy when it comes to dialogue. So it is clever to cast him as a man who is awkward an...

(B+) The Square

Genre:
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...

(A-) The Squid and the Whale

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A hyper-verbal, deeply wounded man who is almost as clever (but not nearly as brilliant) as he thinks he is has an ego that has been triply hit. His unfaithful wife wants a divorce, his writing ca...

(B+) Stalag 17

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: As the movie opens, the narrator says that the movies he has seen about WWII are about "flyboys" in leather jackets, and do not reflect his own experience as an American prisoner of war in a ...

(B) Stand Up Guys

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) Star Trek: Nemesis

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Star Trek has a language and following all its own. For those who are not devotees of the series, the way the characters speak often needs to be decoded, causing the viewer to spend more time tryin...

(B+) Star Wars

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
In what is now Episode 4 but what was the first episode filmed, the story starts right in the middle of the action, with a battle on a spaceship. Two robots or "droids" escape, the elegant C-3PO an...

(B+) Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
It may not be as great as you hoped, but it is not as bad as you feared. In fact, it exactly has the same strengths and weaknesses as the original three, plus breathtakingly spectacular visual desi...

(B+) Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Okay, it's "Star Wars," everyone. So don't be surprised if the plot is murky, the dialogue is stiff, and the performances look like the only direction the actors received was "Look over there! Wh...

(B+) Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
I admit it. My heart still starts to beat faster when I see those words: "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...." And it beat faster still when I read the opening crawl and found not a si...

(C) Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(B+) Stardust

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This is an enchanting story that lives up to the promise of a "once upon a time beginning," filled with romance, adventure, magic, and wit. It has witch sisters who need to find a fallen star to m...

(B+) Starsky & Hutch

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is the latest in the genre I call lunchbox movies. Here is how these movies get made. A 30-something studio executive's eyes light up when someone suggests a movie based on a cheesy-but-popu...

(B+) Startup.com

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Jehane Noujaim left her job at MTV to make documentaries just as her roommate, Kaliel Isaza Tuzman, was leaving his job at Goldman Sachs to run a new Internet company. They combined their two vent...

(B+) State and Main

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Shoot first -- ask questions afterward." That's the motto on the lucky pillow carried to location by director Walt Price (William H. Macy). This is actually the second choice of location, a last...

(B+) State of Play

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
You need six things for a successful Washington thriller: a reporter, a Congressman, a dead girl, a choleric editor, some ugly secrets, and, for some reason, a chase inside a parking garage, not so...

(B-) Stateside

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Good intentions and passionate feelings are sometimes the enemy of vivid and coherent storytelling, as this movie, based on the real-life experiences of its writer/director, demonstrates. Sometime...

(A) The Station Agent

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Fin (Peter Dinklage) was a part of a small community of train lovers in Hoboken. He had a job repairing model trains. And he attended gatherings of train chasers, who showed their home movies and...

(D) Steal This Movie!

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It might have worked if this movie had been frustrating in the way that the peace movement or the 60's as a whole were frustrating. But this movie about the life of Hippie/Yippie leader Abbie Hoff...

(C+) Stealth

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The middle of the summer is always the time for a big, dumb, loud explosion movie, with a lot of thumping bass to show how manly it all is, and "Stealth" has arrived right on schedule. Its name is...

(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...

(A-) Step Into Liquid

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The classic 1966 documentary The Endless Summer by Buce Brown introduced audiences around the world to the glories of surfing and made the search for the perfect wave thrilling and epic. Now Brown...

(B) Step Up

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
A ballet dancer needs a partner for the biggest show of the year. She sees a boy working off his community service time at her school showing some of his dance moves off to a friend. Could he do? W...

(B-) Step Up 2 the Streets

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
step%20up%202.jpgIsn't it too soon for a remake of "How...

(B) Step Up 3D

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
"Will I be able to understand it if I never saw the first two 'Step Up' movies?" asked a friend. Uh, you'll be able to understand it if you have never seen a single movie and don't speak English. ...

(B+) Step Up Revolution

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B) The Stepford Wives

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The women's movement of the 1970's was one of the most seismic social movements in U.S. history because it affected every single household. It was about more than equal pay for equal work; it was a...

(B) Stepford Wives

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The women's movement of the 1970's was one of the most seismic social movements in U.S. history because it affected every single household. It was about more than equal pay for equal work; it was a...

(B+) Still Mine

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(A) Stone Reader

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Bookworm, you know who you are, you glorified loafer, you word-nerd. You, at times, have shunned humans, shirked work, stayed up too late, skipped showers, spent beautiful days inside, hiked mount...

(B-) Stop-Loss

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

(C) Stormbreaker

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
I never thought I'd miss Cody Banks. But the dull and lifeless Alex Rider brought back surprisingly fond thoughts of the better-than mediocre Agent Cody Banks and the terrific first two Spy Kids. ...

(A-) The Story of the Costume Drama

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) The Straight Story

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Do not let the G-rating and the Disney label mislead you - this is an adult movie in the old-fashioned sense of the word, meaning that its story and themes will most appeal to adults and some teens...

(B+) Stranger Than Fiction

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Who among us has not leaned into the bathroom mirror as we brushed our teeth, thinking about what a narrator might be saying about us if we were in a story? "Our hero prepared for battle as though...

(C) Street Kings

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

(B+) Stuart Little

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Preschool
E.B. White's story of a family whose son happens to be a mouse is lovingly Hollywood-ized. In other words, it bears very little relationship to the book but has a lot of great special effects. Fa...

(B+) Stuart Little 2

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Stuart Little 2 is a sweet family movie with excellent voice talent and special effects. Fans of the first one will enjoy it and it is one of the best family movies of the summer.

It takes ...

(B) Stuck on You

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The Farrelly brothers (There's Something About Mary, Me, Myself and Irene, Shallow Hal) have shifted the mix a bit with their latest movie. There is still plenty of outrageous physical humor, but ...

(C) Sucker Punch

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Girls in thigh-hi stockings and tiny spangled miniskirts take on steam-powered corpses, WWI bi-planes, samurai robots, and an angry dragon, along with a series of odiously predatory men in the late...

(D) Sugar and Spice

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The title may be "Sugar and Spice," but the content is closer to snips and snails and puppy dog tails in this supposedly cute story of a pregnant teenage cheerleader and her friends who rob a bank....

(A+) Sullivan's Travels

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
"Sully" Sullivan (Joel McCrea) is a successful director of silly comedies, including Ants in Your Pants and Hey, Hey in the Hayloft. The studio wants him to make more, but he wants to make a movie ...

(C+) The Sum of All Fears

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Part of the magic of movies is the way they make us not just willing - even eager to suspend all kinds of disbelief. It isn't just that we are willing to believe that Jet Li can knock out a guy wi...

(B+) Sunrise at Campobello

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
"Plot: This is the story of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy), from the time he became disabled by polio to his comeback into mainstream politics, as he introduced candidate Al S...

(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...

(A-) Super 8

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
A couple of kids who are deeply in love with making movies have made a movie about kids deeply in love with making movies, and it is one of the most joyously thrilling treats of the summer, a love ...

(A) Super Size Me

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Mordantly funny and trenchantly sobering, this is a Big Mac attack you can sink your teeth into. And then it will bite you back.

Film-maker Morgan Spurlock takes on American fast food cult...

(D) Super Troopers

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Toward the end of this movie, a character explains the difference between the pranks he and his friends play and those devised by a colleague. "Our shenanigans are cheeky and fun. His are cruel a...

(B+) Superbad

Genre:
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) Supercross

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
I've got to give this movie some credit for its lack of pretense and the modesty of its goals. The title says it all. This movie is called "Supercross" and that's exactly what it is. It's prett...

(B+) Superman Returns

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Superman has returned. In the movie, Superman (now played by Brandon Routh) comes back to earth after five years in search of his roots on the exploded planet Krypton, and the inhabitants of earth...

(D) Superstar

Genre: High School, School
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Even fans of the Mary Katherine Gallagher skits on Saturday Night Live will find this movie overlong at 82 minutes. It is one thing for a 30-something woman to play the part of a high school girl ...

(B+) Surf's Up

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Every so often an unpretentious little charmer like "Surf's Up" darts ahead of the pack of big, over-hyped, over-long, resistance-is-futile summer blockbusters lumbering into multiplexes. This one ...

() Surprising Facts about "Singin' in the Rain"

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience:
In honor of the 60th anniversary of » Read Review

(D) Surviving Christmas

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In what is intended to be one of the most revealing and touching scenes in "Surviving Christmas," the main character turns a lovely gesture into a crass, garish, and cringe-inducing display. Take ...

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

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

(B-) Sweet Home Alabama

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It's official. Reese Witherspoon is the new Meg Ryan.

That means Witherspoon has the charm, sparkle, and impeccable comic timing to keep an entire movie afloat and make it look effortless. ...

(C+) The Sweetest Thing

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
None of the men at the screening I attended liked this movie. Some of them even came out of the theater looking a little shell-shocked. But many of the women walked out smiling.

This movie'...

(F) Swept Away

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Imagine the potential: a gritty, innovative director remakes a provocative film about gender and class and the clash of diametrically opposed individuals when the tables are turned on their situat...

(D) Swimfan

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Haven’t we all seen this already? Many times? Too many times?

A nice, cute guy who seems to have it all meets extremely attractive girl who promises him guilt-free sex learns the sad less...

(C) Swing Vote

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Kevin Costner the producer severely underestimates the ability of Kevin Costner the actor to win over the audience in this tepid satire of electoral politics. Through a technical and mechanical gl...

(B+) The Sword in the Stone

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Preschool
Plot: Based on the book by T.H. White, this is the story of the early years of King Arthur. Nicknamed "Wart," the future King Arthur is squire to a knight when he meets Merlin the magician, who pro...

(C+) Swordfish

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If attitude and very cool explosions were enough to make a movie worthwhile, then this one would win an Oscar. But movies generally require something along the lines of characters and plot, and th...

(B-) Sydney White

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This updated fairy tale has some clever riffs on “Snow White” but never makes use of the considerable talents of its star, Amanda Bynes. sydney.jpg » Read Review

(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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