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(B-) W.

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Maybe it is just too soon, maybe we are just too used to the high-gloss satire of "Saturday Night Live" and "The Daily Show," maybe it's the kaleidoscopic structure, but this movie feels like a rou...

(B) Waist Deep

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
A standard gangsta bang-bang movie with a script like a rap song benefits from charismatic performers and smooth writing and direction by Vondie Curtis Hall, who plays it like an urban western -- a...

(F) Waiting

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I've said it before, but apparently some out there were not listening, so here I go again.

Disgusting is not the same as funny.

Now, please, pay attention this time, because I ...

(A) Waking Life

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
People will react very strongly to this movie – they will either love it or hate it. And after some consideration, I’ve decided that I love it.

Those who will enjoy it are people who have...

(B+) Waking Ned Devine

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) lives in a tiny Irish village called Tulaigh Mhor (pronounced Tully More). Like many of the other residents, he is an enthusiastic buyer of lottery tickets, and when he r...

(B+) Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
Childhood tragedy and attendant guilt feelings. A big career-defining concert followed by a flashback of everything that went before. Adults amazed by early evidence of extraordinary talent and f...

(A-) Walk the Line

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
At first it just seems like a pulse. Then we realize it is a sound. Then we realize it is a very loud sound, muffled because it is on the other side of some very thick walls. Johnny Cash (Joaqui...

(B-) A Walk to Remember

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
I got more enjoyment out of the squeals of joy from the 9-14-year-olds in the audience than from anything on the screen in this syrupy re-tread of "Love Story" set in a Beaufort, North Carolina hig...

(C) Walking Tall

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Apparently, the people who stage professional wrestling matches looked for the story that was most like a wrestling match and picked the story of Buford Pusser, the sheriff who cleaned up a small S...

(B) Walking with Dinosaurs 3D

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B) Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Is greed still good? Does greed still, for want of a better word, work? Twenty-three years later, Gordon Gekko is back, still played by Oscar-winner Michael Douglas and now running short on money ...

(A+) Wallace & Gromit - The Wrong Trousers

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Oscar-winner Nick Parks' claymation masterpieces are thrilling, witty, and enormous fun. In this one, dim inventor Wallace has created mechanical trousers designed for walking his wise but silent d...

(A) Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
There are so many reasons to love writer-director Nick Park's dim, gentle, cheese-loving inventor Wallace and his patient, practical, and loyal dog, Gromit. First, they are brilliant at every kind ...

(A-) Wall•E

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
700 years after the last humans left the planet they had made uninhabitable through environmental degradation, one small robot is still continuing to crunch the mountains of trash. He is a Waste A...

(D) Wanderlust

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It is painful to watch Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, who were superb together in "The Object of My Affection," try to make the most from the fourth-rate Judd Apatow gross-out comedy "Wanderlust."...

(B) Wanted

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
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(B) The War Horse

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B) War of the Worlds

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
“Is it the terrorists?” a frightened child asks, because that is the scariest thing she knows. But what makes this thing scary is that it is something no one knows. It is beyond our knowledge, ...

(B+) Warrior

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Imagine if Rocky, instead of fighting Apollo Creed, got into the ring with another Rocky.  And they were brothers. I know, I know, but somehow it works in a surprisingly affecting story of the ...

(C-) The Watch

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
Yet another attempt to go for the "Ghostbusters" funny-scary vibe crashes and burns in the under-written "The Watch," originally titled "Neighborhood Watch" until the Treyvon Martin shooting create...

() Watch Coldplay Live Today!

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MPAA Rating:     Audience:
You can watch Coldplay perform live today on YouTube at 1:00 Eastern/4:00 Pacific!  If you miss it, try later as it will replay al...

(D) The Watcher

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A couple of clever turns don't rescue this movie from its tired plot, laughable dialogue, and disastrous casting. James Spader plays Campbell, a burned-out FBI agent from Los Angeles who was unabl...

(B+) Watchmen

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
This movie deserves two separate reviews. The first is for fans of the the award-winning » Read Review

(B) Water For Elephants

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
According to the ringmaster of the Benzini Brothers Traveling Circus, “a circus survives on blood, sweat, pain and [excrement].”  In "Water for Elephants" we experience all of these, along wit...

(B+) The Water-Horse

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
waterhorse-poster-0.jpg In the grand tradition of "he followed me home -- can I ...

(F) The Waterboy

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
If you've seen the coming attraction and you still want to see this movie, then you are probably between the ages of 12 and 16 and will probably recognize all of the "played by themselves" sports s...

(B) The Way Home

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
It is every parents' worst fear. Look away for just a split second and a child is gone. You have to swallow the terror to create a sense of calm for those around you and help you think through th...

(C+) The Way of the Gun

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Christopher McQuarrie, the screenwriter of the deviously brilliant "The Usual Suspects" wrote and directed this bleak, tough-talking story about a couple of petty criminals named Longbaugh (Benicio...

(B-) We Are Marshall

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Mature High Schooler
At least in movies, sports are almost always about redemption, community, and triumph. Sports -- like movies -- provide a controlled world with boundaries within which we can work through issues t...

(B+) We Don't Live Here Anymore

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Situated somewhere between John Updike and "Knott's Landing," this is a story of suburban angst and adultery, with meaningful glances, inexpressible longing, fumbled groping, and a lot of hangovers...

(B-) We Own the Night

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a curious hybrid combining contemporary language and violence with a retro set-up right out of a 1930's James Cagney/Pat O'Brien movie and pulsating undercover law enforcement action of 197...

(A-) We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) We Were Soldiers

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The Viet Nam battle drama "We Were Soldiers" spends half an hour making us care about each of the characters and the rest of the movie blowing them up.

It is based on the book by Lt. Colonel...

(C) We're the Millers

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
Thankfully, we are spared the dreary backstories in this saga of a small-time drug dealer who recruits a stripper, a homeless girl, and a neglected teenage neighbor to provide cover for crossing th...

(B) The Weather Man

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In this movie, David Spritz (Nicolas Cage) pays tribute to his father, Robert (an immaculate performance by Michael Caine) by quoting a Bob Seger song. So I'll begin my review with a quote from a ...

(B) Wedding Crashers

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A bawdy summer comedy for adults and mature teens, this movie features rapid-fire dialogue and sincere affection between best-friend leads and strong chemistry between the actors who portray them, ...

(C+) The Wedding Date

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
All the romantic comedy gloss in the world can't save a script as stale as last week's wedding cake. Despite a promising set-up and talented performers, it leaks air like a tire that ran over a ta...

(D) The Wedding Planner

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This disappointing would-be romantic comedy is neither comic nor particularly romantic. Its biggest problem is a sitcom-style script with too much emphasis on the situation and not enough on the c...

(C) Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(C+) Welcome to Collinwood

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) Welcome to Mooseport

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
It's a juicy premise: The most popular President of modern times retires to his summer home in the tiny town of Mooseport, Maine and ends up running for mayor against the handyman who owns the loca...

(A) Whale Rider

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
This lovely, lyrical fable of a movie is set in the Maori community of New Zealand. According to legend, the Maori came to Whangara when their great leader Paikea led them by riding on a whale.

(B+) What a Girl Wants

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
This is not just a fairy tale -- it is a full-out fantasy straight from the heart of all young girls and former young girls who really really love their daddies. It may feel to other people like a ...

(C+) What Dreams May Come

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Robin Williams plays Chris Nielson, a doctor who arrives in heaven after he is killed by a car as he attempts to help the victims of an accident. His wife, Annie (Anabella Sciorra), already devasta...

(C) What Happens in Vegas...

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A romantic comedy needs to get us on the side of its couple as individuals and on the side of romance. This one fails by giving us characters so crude and unlikeable that even the star wattage of ...

(D) What Lies Beneath

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Think "Fatal Attraction" crossed with "Poltergeist" and considerably dumbed down, and you have an idea of what this movie has in store for you. There are a couple of surprises and chills, but I am ...

(D) What to Expect When You're Expecting

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
No matter how carefully you plan and how diligently you read books like » Read Review

(B+) What Women Want

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Mel Gibson shows us just what women want in his first-ever romantic comedy -- we want Mel Gibson.

Mel plays Nick Marshall, a Chicago advertising executive who is successful at work (he think...

(D) What's the Worst That Could Happen?

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie has a terrific cast and some very funny moments. But there is an overall slackness and an underlying cynicism that takes this outside of the category of mindless fun and makes it uncomf...

(C+) What's Up Doc?

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: "Once upon a time there was a plaid overnight bag," this movie begins. But actually there are four, identical on the outside, but with very different contents. One contains a set of rare rock...

(D) What's Your Number?

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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() When a Movie Scares Your Child

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MPAA Rating:     Audience:
There's a viral video this week of a couple of children who were upset by the new Disney film, » Read Review

(C) When a Stranger Calls

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
“He is calling from within the house.” What a line! Since the original version of When a Stranger Calls came out in 1979, that sentence -- packed with impending terror --has resonated with ba...

(B-) When in Rome

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
An exceptionally strong cast makes this fantasy romantic comedy trifle pleasantly watchable despite its chick-lit conventions. Kristen Bell is Beth, the (of course) supremely competent museum "cur...

(B+) Where the Heart Is

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
You don’t have to ask where the heart is in this movie – it’s all heart. As you might expect from a movie based on an Oprah book and starring several of Hollywood's most talented actresses, ...

(C+) Where the Money Is

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Two characters stare blankly at the closed door, as flashing lights from the patrol cars circle the room and a voice booms out, "Come out with your hands up!" Henry (Paul Newman) turns to Carol (L...

(B) Whip It

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Drew Barrymore has devoted more time than most people to growing up and has done it more publicly than most people, too. At age 34, she has been acting for nearly three decades. Here she makes he...

(D) White Chicks

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Appealing performers and a couple of very funny moments don't make up for a lazy and generic script in this predictable farce about two black male FBI agents who go undercover as spoiled rich white...

(B+) White House Down

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(C+) White Noise

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Remember in Poltergeist when the little blonde girl was talking to the television broadcasting only that snowy nothingness they used to show when there was nothing on the air back in the days befor...

(B+) White Oleander

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Like all Oprah-selected books, White Oleander is the story of a girl who has to overcome the most severe trauma and abuse. The book’s language was both vivid and lyrical, making the terrible eve...

(B+) Whiz Kids!

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Preschool
Children 18 months to three years old will enjoy this gentle DVD, filled with happy children learning colors, numbers, letters, and just enjoying each other. Babies and toddlers will be drawn into...

(A-) Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
In this technical marvel of a movie, human and animated actors interact seamlessly. It begins with a cartoon, loveable Roger Rabbit taking care of adorable Baby Herman, despite every kind of slaps...

(C+) The Whole Nine Yards

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Surprisingly enough, there is a nice little comedy genre about mob hit men living in suburbia. This one doesn't quite live up to Steve Martin's neglected gem "My Blue Heaven," but it has some very ...

(F) The Whole Ten Yards

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Could it BE any more atrocious?

This stupifyingly appalling mess of a movie takes the definition of "not funny" to a new low. The gravitational pull of its massive lack of humor is so strong...

(F+) The Wicker Man

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Fans of the original The Wicker Man appreciate the film for many reasons: Its dichotomy of paganism and Christianity, its skillful use of Celtic folk music, its eerie and overbearing ambience. Alth...

(C) Wicker Park

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is one of those dopey thrillers that are frustrating to write about because I can't tell you why it is dopey without spoiling the surprises. Even dumb surprises are sacrosanct according to th...

(B-) The Wild

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
"The Wild" is more like "The Mild." But it is pleasant enough; its the timing that's rotten.

Like last year's suprisingly successful Madagascar, this is an animated film about zoo animals w...

(D) Wild Hogs

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
It was almost 40 years ago that E...

(A-) Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Genre:
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Telegraph Hill, overlooking the North Beach section of San Francisco, is a place where all kinds of creatures from all kinds of places can feel welcome. One of them is onetime musician Mark Bittner...

(B-) The Wild Thornberrys Movie

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
“The Wild Thornberrys” are a family that travels to exotic locales all over the world to film nature documentaries for television. The on-camera talent is the relentlessly cheerful father, Nig...

(C+) Wild Wild West

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
"The Wild Wild West" has the weak, weak script. It is not unusual to see a trailer that is better than the movie, but in this case the music video is brighter, wittier, and more exciting than the m...

(B) Willard

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It is unlikely that there will ever be a better horror movie about the relationship of a repressed young man to his ravenous rats than this remake of the 1973 version starring Bruce Davison and Ern...

(B+) Wimbledon

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Sun splashed shots and a series of beautiful, thoroughly English sets get this sports-romantic-comedy over the net, but a clumsy romance with flat dialogue means “Wimbledon” is far from an ace....

(C+) Windtalkers

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Windtalkers" is not the right name for John Woo’s new film. A more apt title would be "Sergeant Enders and the Windtalkers," because the film mainly focuses on the complicated, half-crazed main ...

(A-) Winged Migration

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
When was the last time you saw a movie where the audience cheered for characters who accomplished amazing feats without ever exposing a mid-rift or flexing a dramatic muscle, and never once relied ...

(B+) Winnie the Pooh

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
Disney's latest film lovingly captures the magic of A.A. Milne's » Read Review

(B-) Winter's Tale

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

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
"Wiseguy" was a tough, smart 1980's television series about a cop (Ken Wahl) who goes deep undercover, starting with 18 months in prison to establish his criminal credentials. In this first season...

(B+) The Witches

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Luke hears about witches from his grandmother (Mai Zetterling). She says they have to wear gloves to hide their claw-like hands and shoes that fit their square feet without toes, and that the...

(D) Without a Paddle

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Without a Paddle" is also without talent, originality, anything to laugh at, or a reason to buy a ticket.

The opening moments of faux home movies showing four boys up to all kinds of faux ...

(A+) The Wizard of Oz

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
The 70th anniversary of this all-time classic is being celebrated with a beautiful new DVD release, a great chance for the family to sit down and watch what is probably the all-time greatest family...

(B) The Wolverine

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B-) The Women

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
It isn't so much that they have updated or re-invented the brilliantly acidic Claire Boothe Luce play that was adapted for a classic 1939 movie; they completely misunderstood it. The surface detai...

(B-) Won't Back Down

Genre: School
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
What should have been a rousing, feel-good, "inspired by a true story" film about a mother and a teacher who take on the teacher's union and the school board to turn around a failing elementary sch...

(A-) Wonder Boys

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie has a lot in common with its main character. Both are shambling and directionless, with a literary gloss and great deal of charm and intelligence. And both need all of that to be forgive...

(C+) Wonderland

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Heartfelt performances and tricked-up flashy film-making are not enough to distract us from the fact that we never find a reason to care about what happens in this story of porn star John Holmes an...

(C) The Words

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B-) World Trade Center

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
September 11, 2001 was one of those days that cleave history in two, forever separating the Before and the After as irrecovably as it separated those who were lost from those who survived. As we w...

(C-) Wrath of the Titans

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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