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Movie Reviews

Coffeytalk is an online family magazine that offers both expert parenting advice and family friendly movie reviews. As parents, when we’re looking for a movie to see with our kids, we’re concerned with more than the rating. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) assigns each movie a rating based on the amount of violence, the swear words used, any sexual content, and the general tone of the movie. Movies are rated with a G (for General Audiences), meaning that the film basically contains nothing that anyone would find offensive and that parents can feel comfortable taking children of all ages to see this movie. PG means that Parental Guidance is suggested. There is no age requirement set, but parents are advised that some words or images might not be suitable for younger children. PG-13 means that Parental Guidance is suggested for children under the age of 13 years old. To further explain how they came up with the rating, the MPAA has also given its reasons. For a more specific run-down of a movies rating, go to http://www.parentalguide.org . An R rating indicates that a movie is restricted, and that no one under the age of 17 will be admitted without an adult accompanying them. An NC-17 rating means that the movie is for adults only, and no one under age 17 will be admitted at all.
The ratings are just a guideline. It’s up to us, as parents, to decide what movies our kids can handle, and which they will benefit from. We are bombarded with advertisements and previews, which don’t really tell us the whole story. We do have choices in how we spend our movie-going dollars.

In my movie reviews, I look at the film from a parent’s point of view. And, of course, I want to be entertained by the whole experience as well! I don’t go to see every movie that comes out, just the ones I choose to see – which happens to be a lot anyway! And I grade the movies with letter grades like you’d get in school. Any film that gets an A is definitely worth seeing. It’s probably award-worthy. A B means that it’s enjoyable, but you could wait to see it on DVD if you’re not in a hurry. A C is just barely passable. Wait for the DVD, or skip it all together. A D is a total waste of time and money. An F, well, speaks for itself. I don’t give many F’s because I feel like people put time and effort into creating this movie and the fact that it made it into the theatres is an accomplishment in itself. And I am not totally generous with A’s either. I’m looking for quality in the story, in the acting, in the cinematography – I want to be taken away for a couple of hours and enjoy it. So an A really means something in my book!

12 Most Recent Movie Reviews

Brooklyn

Grade: A By Vivian Rhodes                When I went to see it, I didn’t know much about the film, Brooklyn, other ...

5 FLIGHTS UP

Grade: B By Vivian Rhodes In the past few years there have been an abundance of films too obviously designed ...

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

Grade: B- By Vivian Rhodes Admittedly, I have never been a particular fan of author, Thomas Hardy, having been forced ...

I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS

Grade: A- By Vivian RhodesI had arrived at the movie theatre to see I’ll See You in My Dreams fully ...

INSIDE OUT

Grade: A+ By Vivian Rhodes            When my son and daughter were young I had the perfect excuse to go to ...

MR. HOLMES

Grade: B+ By Vivian RhodesThere has been a trend in in the past few years to re-visit our literary heroes ...

THE INTERN

Grade: B+ By Vivian Rhodes Producer/director/writer Nancy Meyers creates adult comedies for, well, for adults. She has cast past hits ...

Thor

Grade: B Thor is a nice surprise.  My husband and I got to see it early with Australians in Film ...

The Words

Grade: B+ The Words is a powerful, intelligent drama that keeps the audience guessing until the very end.  Bradley Cooper ...

The Upside of Anger

Grade: B+ Look for a “Best Actress” nomination for Joan Allen for her role in this family drama. I have ...

3:10 to Yuma

Grade: B+ I'm usually not a Western fan, but 3:10 to Yuma has a really great story.  And some really ...

Zero Dark Thirty

Grade: B+ Zero Dark Thirty is a powerful movie based on the true story  of the events that led up ...

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10,000 B.C.

Grade: B- This is one of those movies that we fondly refer to as "Greg's Pick" in our household.  It ...

12 Years a Slave

Grade: B+ 12 Years a Slave is nominated for 7 Golden Globe Awards, including a Best Actor nomination for Chiwetel ...

16 Blocks

Grade: B Way better than I thought it was going to be. Bruce Willis as a burnt out alcoholic cop ...

21

Grade: B+ Kevin Spacey stars and produces 21, a movie both about the game, and coming of age.� A brilliant ...

27 Dresses

Grade: C+ Sweet, light romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl as the bridesmaid of all bridesmaids, 27 Dresses has chick-flick written ...

3:10 to Yuma

Grade: B+ I'm usually not a Western fan, but 3:10 to Yuma has a really great story.  And some really ...

42

Grade: A 42 has all the elements of an amazing movie - it's a true story, it's got an underdog ...

5 FLIGHTS UP

Grade: B By Vivian Rhodes In the past few years there have been an abundance of films too obviously designed ...

A Lot Like Love

Grade: B- Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet star in this quirky romantic comedy that’s been compared to “When Harry Met ...

A Mighty Heart

Grade: A- A Mighty Heart is based on the book of the same name by Mariane Pearl.  Mariane Pearl is ...

A Prarie Home Companion

Grade: B Stellar cast! Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Lily Tomlin, Lindsay Lohan, Maya Rudolph, Woody Harrelson, and many more including ...

About Time

Grade: B+ What is it about Rachel McAdams and time travelers?  This is the third movie that she's starred in ...

Across the Universe

Grade: B Julie Taymor directs this magical mystery tour through the lives of two young lovers in the 1960's using ...

Adjustment Bureau

Grade: A- It's still early in the year, but I have to say that so far, The Adjustment Bureau is ...

Aeon Flux

Grade: D+ Oh, my... what a long movie. And it lasted just one hour and 20 minutes. My hubby likes ...

After the Sunset

Grade: B Pierce Brosnan has cornered the market on the sexy spy/thief roles in our lifetime. He is hotter than ...

Alexander

Grade: D Sorry, but this much-anticipated epic movie is a big flop. The sets are spectacular, the costumes and make-up ...

Alfie

Grade: C+ Alfie is billed as a romantic comedy, and while it does have its romantic, and funny, moments, overall ...

Alice in Wonderland

Grade: A A real treat!  Tim Burton directs this magical, mystical 3D extravaganza!  This Alice in Wonderland is a kind ...

Amazing Grace

Grade: A Based on the true story of William Wilberforce's fight to abolish the slave trade in England, Amazing Grace ...

American Dreamz

Grade: B+ It's a comedy, it's a satire, it's a political commentary.  American Dreamz is a little all over the ...

American Gangster

Grade: B+ American Gangster is a powerful movie based on a true story.  Set in the 1960's, the time of ...

American Hustle

Grade: B Christian Bale carries American Hustle as toupee wearing con man Irving Rosenfeld.  When Irving meets Sydney (Amy Adams) ...

An Inconvenient Truth

Grade: A This should be required viewing in schools. Al Gore has made it his mission to inform the world ...

Argo

Grade: A Argo is a dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel ...

Atonement

Grade: A- I haven't seen all of the movies of 2007 yet, but I have to say that Atonement is ...

August Rush

Grade: B+ August Rush is a love story between three people torn apart by circumstances, and how they find their ...

Australia

Grade: A Officially my favorite movie of 2008.  I absolutely LOVE "Australia!"  It's like Gone With the Wind - epic ...

Awake

Grade: B Awake is a documentary that looks at the life of Paramahansa Yogananda, the founder of the Self Realization ...

Babel

Grade: C I know that Babel is getting all the buzz right now, and it's on lots of "Best" lists ...

Batman Begins

Grade: B I probably would have not gone to this movie, except Brian and Freddy really wanted to see this ...

Batman: The Dark Knight

Grade: A This new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight" broke all kinds of box office records opening weekend.  And with ...

Be Cool

Grade: B The sequel to the very popular, money-making Get Shorty. This time John Travolta is paired with the comely ...

Becoming Jane

Grade: B+ Based on the story of Jane Austen, one of the best-loved, and best-selling, novelists of all time, Becoming ...

Bee Movie

Grade: C Bee Movie is an animated film from DreamWorks.  Jerry Seinfeld produced and voices Barry, the bee, our hero.  ...

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Grade: B Sidney Lumet directs this movie - which gives you a good idea of its tone - very dark, ...

Being Julia

Grade: B+ Would someone please give this girl an Oscar?! Annette Bening is nominated this year for her performance as ...

Beowulf

Grade: C If you're going to see Beowulf, see it in 3D - it's pretty cool how they did the ...

Bernie

Grade: A- Bernie is an utterly charming black comedy based on a true story.  Truth is always more interesting than ...

Bewitched

Grade: B+ What a fun summer movie! Of couse, I'm a big "Bewitched" fan since I remember the original series ...

Birdman

Grade: B Birdman is getting a lot of awards-season buzz this year. And rightfully so. Michael Keaton is all but ...

Birth

Grade: A- Certain movies are designed to make you think. Birth is one of them. You can’t help but take ...

Black Swan

Grade: A Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky, is intense, to say the least!  Set in the world of ballet, ...

Blood Diamond

Grade: B Blood Diamond is a story set not too many years ago in Africa.  It's about the diamond business, ...

Bobby

Grade: B "Bobby" refers to Robert Kennedy - and the movie takes place during the last few day of his ...

Body of Lies

Grade: C+ I can appreciate that "Body of Lies" is an expensive, well-made, well-produced movie with two high-wattage stars in ...

Bolt

Grade: C Bolt is an animated feature film from the Walt Disney Studioos and done in digital animation, produced by ...

Bottle Shock

Grade: A- I guess since I'm from California I'm a little biased, but I really love this movie.  It's set ...

Bran Nu Dae

Grade: A- Bran Nu Dae, pronounced "Brand New Day" is a wonderful movie from Australia.  It's a musical, which is ...

Breach

Grade: B+ Based on the true story of the biggest breach in FBI history, "Breach" stars Ryan Phillippe as the ...

Bride & Prejudice

Grade: B Not for everyone, but I totally loved it! A kooky combination of Hollywood and Bollywood, with characters breaking ...

Bridesmaids

Grade: C While it's great that there's a female-driven comedy that is doing well at the box office - I ...

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Grade: C+ This sequel stars the original cast, Renee Zellweger as Bridget herself, Colin Firth as her new beau, and ...

Brokeback Mountain

Grade: A Brokeback Mountain has to be the most talked about movie this season. Yes, it's about two cowboys and ...

Broken Flowers

Grade: B- I love Bill Murray, but he pretty much plays the same character he played in "Lost in Translation" ...

Brooklyn

Grade: A By Vivian Rhodes                When I went to see it, I didn’t know much about the film, Brooklyn, other ...

Buck

Grade: A "Buck" follows Buck Brannaman on his job as a horse trainer/people trainer as he's on the road 9 ...

Burlesque

Grade: A- I'm a sucker for musicals, and Burlesque is exceptionally good!  How can you miss with Cher and Christina ...

Burn After Reading

Grade: A- The Coen Brothers have come up with another dark comedy.  Burn After Reading has an eclectic cast of ...

Cadillac Records

Grade: B+ Chess Records was a record label named after it's owner and founder and was fondly known as "Cadillac ...

Capote

Grade: A Best Picture nominee this year, and with good reason. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Truman Capote, won Best ...

Cars

Grade: A Loved, it, loved it, loved it!!! Saw it opening weekend and my husband and I were just about ...

Casanova

Grade: A It's been a long time since I've had so much fun at a movie! Casanova is absolutely delightful! ...

Casino Royale

Grade: B- We have a new Bond, James Bond.  Not just a new actor in Daniel Craig, but a new ...

Catch and Release

Grade: C+ Catch and Release is supposed to be a romantic comedy, but it's light on the comedy part.  When ...

Changeling

Grade: A- Changeling is a powerful movie, based on a true story.  Set in Los Angeles in 1928, we meet ...

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Grade: B+ There are bound to be comparisons to the Gene Wilder movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," which many ...

Charlie Wilson’s War

Grade: B Mike Nichols is one of my favorite directors, and he doesn't disappoint in "Charlie Wilson's War."  Based on ...

Cinderella Man

Grade: A So far, this is the best movie I’ve seen all year. Russell Crowe plays the title character, in ...

City Island

Grade: A- Andy Garcia has lived in City Island, a remote neighborhood in New York, for his entire life.  The ...

Closer

Grade: C+ This is an intense relationship drama, rated R for language, mostly talk about sex. Originally a play, Closer ...

Cloud Atlas

Grade: C+ Cloud Atlas is certainly ambitious.  And utterly original.  There's really no specific genre for this film - it's ...

Coach Carter

Grade: B+ Samuel L. Jackson is pretty much the only “name” star in this real life story about a high ...

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Grade: C Isla Fisher stars in Confessions of a Shopaholic, based on the best-selling chick-lit novel.  It's light and fluffy, ...

Constantine

Grade: C Here’s Keanu Reeves, the only one who seems to get the “tortured soul who has taken on the ...

Coraline

Grade: B Charming, quirky and utterly original animated movie, Coraline is a true work of art.  Interesting storyline about a ...

Country Strong

Grade: B Country Strong is set in the world of country music.  We start out meeting country star Kelly (Gwyneth ...

Crash

Grade: A- Crash is one of the five Academy Award nominees for Best Picture 2005. And deservedly so. This movie ...

Crazy Stupid Love

Grade: B+ What an amazing cast in Crazy Stupid Love - a romantic comedy that is timely and hilarious!  Steve ...

Dallas Buyers Club

Grade: B Dallas Buyers Club is based on the true story of Ron Woodroof, a small time rodeo rider.  It's ...

Dan in Real Life

Grade: A- Steve Carell stars in the title role in "Dan in Real Life," an adult romantic comedy, emphasis on ...

Dark Shadows

Grade: B Dark Shadows was on my "must see" list because I love the whole Tim Burton/Johnny Depp combo.  Dark ...

Date Night

Grade: B+ Finally a comedy for adults, starring adults, written by adults!  Can we have more of these, please?  My ...

Defiance

Grade: B Defiance is based on the true story about three Jewish brothers in Poland who managed to help hundreds ...

Deja Vu

Grade: B Deja Vu is a thriller with a little sci-fi element to it.  Denzel Washington is our hero, handsome ...

Despicable Me

Grade: B+ Despicable Me has to be the happy surprise of the summer.  Animated feature has Steve Carrell as the ...

Doubt

Grade: B Doubt was first a play and is very dialogue heavy.  It is set in a Catholic school, and ...

Dream Girls

Grade: A What a nice Christmas present!  We went to see Dream Girls on Christmas Day, opening day for the ...

Duplicity

Grade: B+ Duplicity is a strong and smart romantic drama set in the world of corporate espionage.  Julia Roberts and ...

Eagle Eye

Grade: B Eagle Eye is a solid futuristic thriller set in the present.  Shia LeBeouf plays a college drop-out who ...

Earth

Grade: A- From Disney Nature, Earth is a magical film in so many ways.  Mostly because it is real.  We ...

Eat Pray Love

Grade: B+ Based on the best-selling book by Elizabeth Gilbert, made popular by none other than Oprah herself, Eat Pray ...

Elegy

Grade: B Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz star in Elegy, a poignant romance between a professor and his much-younger student.  ...

Elektra

Grade: B I had no expectations going in to see “Elektra.” As the mother of two teenage boys, I think ...

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Grade: A Wow.  This is the first real Oscar contender I've seen - and I think it just might sweep ...

Elizabethtown

Grade: A- It's a good thing that "Elizabethtown" is rated PG-13 because all the teenage girls are going to be ...

Elsa and Fred

Grade: B+ It's not hard to love a movie like Elsa and Fred. First of all we've got Shirley MacLaine, ...

Elysium

Grade: C- Oh, Matt Damon - what are you doing in this movie? Elysium starts off all right - it's ...

Enchanted

Grade: A "Enchanted" will sweep you away into a world of romance and whimsy.  It's over-the-top fun, in a really ...

Enough Said

Grade: B+ Enough Said isn't a "big budget" movie by any means.  The story is simple, there are no special ...

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Grade: B This is a documentary along the lines of “Fahrenheit 9/11.” And the fact that the Bush family is ...

Evan Almighty

Grade: B At a price tag of $175 million dollars, "Evan Almighty" is the most expensive comedy ever made.  And ...

Evening

Grade: B What a cast - Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson (Vanessa's daughter!), Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer (Meryl's daughter!), ...

Failure to Launch

Grade: B Failure to Launch is a pretty much predictible by-the-numbers romantic comedy... and we don't get enough of those ...

Fair Game

Grade: B  Based on the true story of former CIA agent Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) and her husband Joe Wilson ...

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

Grade: B- By Vivian Rhodes Admittedly, I have never been a particular fan of author, Thomas Hardy, having been forced ...

Fast Food Nation

Grade: B The title Fast Food Nation sounds like a comedy to me, and that's what I was expecting from ...

Fever Pitch

Grade: B- Fever Pitch stars Drew Barrymore as the driven career woman facing the big “20-10” without a boyfriend. She ...

Finding Neverland

Grade: A+ Wow. There is just so much good about this movie. The acting is wonderful. Johnny Depp is going ...

Firewall

Grade: B- Pretty standard dad-as-hero fare. Harrison Ford stars as the dad who runs security on a bank - the ...

Flash of Genius

Grade: B+ Greg Kinnear stars in "Flash of Genius" based on a true story.  An inventor in Detroit comes up ...

Flight

Grade: B In my book, Denzel Washington can do no wrong.  He is an amazing actor, who has carried many ...

Fool’s Gold

Grade: C Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson re-team (the last time was "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days") ...

Forbidden Kingdom

Grade: B Forbidden Kingdom stars martial arts masters Jet Li and Jackie Chan.  This is a fanciful movie that is ...

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Grade: A- Judd Apatow (40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked-Up) produced and Jason Segal (How I Met Your Mother) wrote the ...

Fracture

Grade: A- An intelligent thriller with intelligent performances by two of the best actors of their generations.  Fracture stars the ...

Frank and the Robot

Grade: B Frank Langella is a retired thief in the onset of dementia in this drama set in the near ...

Frankenweenie

Grade: A- From Disney, and based on a book by Tim Burton, Frankenweenie is fresh and fun and sweet - ...

Freedom Writers

Grade: B+ Based on a true story about a school in Long Beach after the famous Los Angeles riots in ...

Friends With Money

Grade: C This is one of those movies where all the good parts are in the previews.  I was really ...

Frost/Nixon

Grade: B I was a young child when all of the Nixon Watergate fallout came into being.  It is interesting ...

Frozen

Grade: A Frozen, based on the classic tale "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Anderson, is another beautiful animated film ...

Fun With Dick and Jane

Grade: C+ I need to go back and watch the original of "Fun With Dick and Jane" and see what ...

Get On Up

Grade: B Get On Up is the biography of James Brown - a super talented performer, who also happened to ...

Get Smart

Grade: B- This movie version of Get Smart lacks a lot of the charm and quirkiness of the old television ...

Ghost Town

Grade: B+ "Ghost Town" is a sweet romantic comedy that plays off of the "seeing dead people" theme.  Ricky Gervais ...

Glory Road

Grade: A Based on a true story, Glory Road is set in the world of college basketball. Josh Lucas stars ...

Going the Distance

Grade: B Romantic Comedy about a long distance romance.  Drew Barrymore is 31 years old and finishing up grad school ...

Good Night and Good Luck

Grade: A- Good Night and Good Luck is the true story of Edward R. Murrow and all that was going ...

Gran Torino

Grade: A Clint Eastwood directs and stars as Walt Kowalski in "Gran Torino."  Walt is a crusty old Korean war ...

Gravity

Grade: A- Gravity can't be compared to any other movie because it is truly original.  If there's one word to ...

Hairspray

Grade: A+ My absolutely FAVORITE movie of the year so far!  Wow!  I couldn't stop smiling all through it -  ...

Hancock

Grade: B You can't go wrong with a Will Smith movie. Especially when it opens 4th of July weekend.  Hancock ...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Grade: B I have not read the Harry Potter books, but I have seen all of the Harry Potter movies.  ...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Grade: A- It's the finale! And what a finale it is. After 7 previous Harry Potter films we've seen these ...

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Grade: B+ The fourth movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire follows Harry and his friends ...

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Grade: B+ This is the 5th movie in the Harry Potter series, and as the characters (and the actors) are ...

He’s Just Not That Into You

Grade: C The title is taken from the bestselling book, but I don't know how much of the advice from ...

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Grade: B+ When a psychiatrist reaches a crossroads in his life, he decides to drop everything and travel the world ...

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

Grade: B+ Guillermo Del Toro, who directed Pan's Labyrinth, directed Hellboy.  The effects, the creatures, are all spectacular.  That is ...

Henry Poole is Here

Grade: A Henry Poole is Here is one of my favorite movies of this year.  I just loved it.  Luke ...

Hide and Seek

Grade: D I’m not one for horror movies, or scary kid movies, so I really didn’t want to go to ...

Hitch

Grade: A Delightful! This is the kind of movie that’s great for a fun night out – where you exit ...

Hitchcock

Grade: B Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most famous film directors in history, and now he's the subject of ...

Hollywoodland

Grade: C- Hollywood used to be known as "Hollywoodland" before it was edited down. The movie "Hollywoodland" could have used ...

Home Song Stories

Grade: A- This is the true story of Tony Ayres' life when he was 11 years old.  He and his ...

Hope Springs

Grade: B Put Tommy Lee Jones together with Meryl Streep and you're bound to get movie magic.  In Hope Springs ...

Hostage

Grade: B Bruce Willis is the conflicted hero in this super-intense drama. Lots of action, lots of violence. And a ...

Hot Fuzz

Grade: B- British comedy/buddy movie spoof from the team that brought us "Shaun of the Dead."  Lots of dry humor.  ...

Hotel Rwanda

Grade: A- Based on real life events. Don Cheadle stars as a hotel manager owned by a Belgium company in ...

House Bunny

Grade: C House Bunny is sweet enough, just not meaty enough.  It's a big puff of cotton candy, which makes ...

How Do You Know

Grade: B How Do You Know is a charming romantic comedy written and directed by James L. Brooks.  Reese Witherspoon ...

I (Heart) Huckabees

Grade: C- Offbeat title for an offbeat film – “Huckabees” is the department store that ties several of the characters ...

I am Legend

Grade: B I am Legend stars Will Smith in pretty much a solo performance.  For much of the movie, he's ...

I Love You Phillip Morris

Grade: B- It's really difficult to rate this movie because it's so unlike anything I've seen before.  It's kind of ...

I.O.U.S.A.

Grade: B+ As far as documentaries go, I.O.U.S.A. is not quite as exciting or funny as one of Michael Moore's ...

I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS

Grade: A- By Vivian RhodesI had arrived at the movie theatre to see I’ll See You in My Dreams fully ...

In Bruges

Grade: C Bruges is a city in Belgium.  In Bruges is a movie with Colin Farrell as a hitman hiding ...

In Good Company

Grade: A- I wish there were more movies like this one. Good story, good acting, sweet messages – let’s you ...

In Her Shoes

Grade: A There was a point when I was sitting there watching "In Her Shoes" where I was thinking - ...

Inception

Grade: A Inception is by far the best picture I've seen this year.  It is AMAZING in so many ways.  ...

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Grade: A- This newest Indiana Jones is not just a throwback to the action movies of the '50s - it's ...

Inglorious Basterds

Grade: B+ Be prepared.  This is a Quentin Tarantino movie, so that usually means lots of violence - even if ...

Inside Man

Grade: A- Nice cat and mouse caper - very engaging and entertaining. Denzel Washington is always good, and he's so ...

INSIDE OUT

Grade: A+ By Vivian Rhodes            When my son and daughter were young I had the perfect excuse to go to ...

Into the Wild

Grade: A Into the Wild is based on the book, which is the true story of Christopher McCandless. Chris graduates ...

Invincible

Grade: A- I'm a sucker for true stories with happy endings. Disney does those well, and this one is no ...

Iron Man

Grade: B+ Another big hit from Marvel!  Iron Man is a character straight out of their comic book series - ...

Iron Man 2

Grade: C+ The first blockbuster of the summer season opened strong, and set records.  Robert Downey Jr reprises his role ...

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Grade: B  In this movie, a prequel to the series featuring the same character, Chris Pine plays Jack Ryan.  We ...

Jane Eyre

Grade: B Jane Eyre is based on the classic novel that has been interpreted many times in film and on ...

Jersey Boys

Grade: B Jersey Boys, directed by Clint Eastwood, is a movie based on the stage play, based on the real ...

Jindabyne

Grade: B+ As members of Australians in Film my husband (the Aussie in the family) were lucky enough to see ...

Jumper

Grade: C+ Great movie for anyone with Attention Deficit Disorder, Jumper is non-stop action, moving not only from one scene ...

Juno

Grade: A- I really like this movie.  Juno the character is a sixteen year old girl who finds out she ...

Just Like Heaven

Grade: B Reese Witherspoon plays another spunky, smart character, and Mark Ruffalo is her love interest. It's definitely a romantic ...

Killers

Grade: C I think this is supposed to be a romantic comedy, and there are a few romantic moments - ...

King Kong

Grade: B- I wish I could get excited about King Kong - I mean, after all the build up, it ...

Kinsey

Grade: B Well, things certainly were different in the 40’s and 50’s. This movie, which takes place during that time, ...

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Grade: B+ Normally Kiss Kiss Bang Bang isn't the kind of movie that I'd rush out and see - but ...

Knight and Day

Grade: B- Knight and Day stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.  He's a spy and she's the regular girl who ...

Knocked Up

Grade: B+ Knocked Up is rated R, mostly for the language and some simulated sex scenes, which are absolutely hilarious, ...

Knowing

Grade: C- Knowing is promoted as a sci-fi thriller, but it's really more of a horror movie.  Scary - creepy ...

Kung Fu Hustle

Grade: C- This parody takes itself a little too seriously. Gotta give Stephen Chow kudos, though – he wrote, directed ...

Kung Fu Panda

Grade: B+ Kung Fu Panda is a Dreamworks animated film.  Jack Black is the panda, Po.  We first see Po ...

Larry Crowne

Grade: B You can't really go wrong having Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks star in a movie together.  Larry Crowne ...

Lars and the Real Girl

Grade: A Ryan Gosling stars as Lars, a troubled and lonely young man who lives in the garage of his ...

Last Chance Harvey

Grade: B Dustin Hoffman plays Harvey, an old-school jingle writer who flies to London for his daughter's wedding, which is ...

Last Holiday

Grade: B I love Queen Latifah - she's so fun to watch, she's so comfortable in her own skin - ...

Leatherheads

Grade: B+ Leatherheads stars George Clooney, Renee Zellweger and John Krasinski.  The name comes from the leather helmets that football ...

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Grade: B- Very stylized and campy. Jim Carrey chews up the scenery. A little scary for younger kids who might ...

Les Miserables

Grade: A Wow!  Les Miserables totally blew me away.  I loved the stage play - and I had high hopes ...

Letters from Iwo Jima

Grade: B+ Clint Eastwood directed "Letters from Iwo Jima" as a companion piece to "Flags of our Fathers."  Iwo Jima ...

Letters to Juliet

Grade: B+ What a delight!  Letters to Juliet is sweet and refreshing, perfect for a summer weekend. Amanda Seyfried plays ...

Libertine

Grade: D Hated this one. It was pointless, crass, rude, gross and boring. I would love to see Johnny Depp ...

License to Wed

Grade: C License to Wed is a goofy romantic comedy.  Robin Williams is the antagonist, he's the priest who is ...

Life of Pi

Grade: A- Director Ang Lee's adaptation of Yann Martel's novel "Life of Pi" is nothing short of magnificent. When a ...

Like Dandelion Dust

Grade: C+ Like Dandelion Dust is a small independent film based on Karen Kingsbury's novel of the same name.  It ...

Limitless

Grade: B Bradley Cooper stars in Limitless - his character is a slacker writer who happens upon a mysterious pill ...

Lincoln

Grade: B Daniel Day Lewis has the title role of Abraham Lincoln in this period drama from director Steven Spielberg.  ...

Lions for Lambs

Grade: C+ Robert Redford directs Lions for Lambs, and stars as a University of California Political Science Professor.  Meryl Streep ...

Little Children

Grade: B The movie may be called "Little Children" but it is definitely a very adult film.  It's more melodrama ...

Little Miss Sunshine

Grade: Loved it!  What can I say?  I haven't laughed so much in a movie in a Loved it!  What ...

Live Free or Die Hard

Grade: B Bruce Willis is back!  I don't even know what number this would be in the Die Hard series ...

Looper

Grade: B+ Sci-fi fans will love Looper, a futuristic thriller that is completely original.  Joseph Gordon Leavitt and Bruce Willis ...

Love and Other Drugs

Grade: B+ Love and Other Drugs is a romantic comedy with lots of heart.  Jake Gyllenhall plays Jamie, an ambitious ...

Lucky Number Slevin

Grade: C Josh Hartnett... quite the heartthrob!  I saw him on Jay Leno one time when we went to a ...

Lust, Caution

Grade: B Directed by Ang Lee, "Lust, Caution" is set in Japanese occupied China in the 1940's.  The actors speak ...

Mad Money

Grade: C+ Diane Keaton is the mastermind behind a plot to take money from the Federal Reserve.  Her idea is ...

Madagascar

Grade: B Madagascar is the new animated feature from Dreamworks SKG Animation. Starring the voices of Ben Stiller as Alex ...

Made of Honor

Grade: B- Made of Honor is a pretty standard romantic comedy.  It's basically the same story as "My Best Friend's ...

Mama Mia

Grade: B+ I've seen the stage show of Mama Mia and I loved it - and I loved the movie ...

Man of the Year

Grade: B in Man of the Year, the jokes are hilarious, but the subject matter is straight-up serious. What would ...

Mao’s Last Dancer

Grade: A Loved it.  Mao's Last Dancer is a true story set in both China and the U.S.  A young ...

March of the Penguins

Grade: A "March of the Penguins" is already the second highest-grossing documentary feature, second only to "Fahrenheit 9/11." And this ...

Margot at the Wedding

Grade: C Margot at the Wedding has its moments, but mostly it's dark and depressing.  It's one of those independent ...

Marie Antoinette

Grade: B+ Sofia Coppola directs and Kirsten Dunst stars in this fun and refreshing version of Marie Antoinette. This is ...

Marigold

Grade: B- Marigold is a Bollywood movie starring an American actress (Ali Larter from the TV show "Heroes") about an ...

Marley and Me

Grade: C+ Based on the book by columnist John Grogan which is based on his own life experiences with his ...

Martian Child

Grade: B John Cusack stars as the widower who takes in a troubled child.  John is a science fiction author, ...

Match Point

Grade: C Woody Allen wrote and directed Match Point, but this is not your typical Woody Allen movie. It's dark ...

Meet the Fockers

Grade: B+ “Meet the Fockers” has set all kinds of box office records over the holiday weekends, and with good ...

Melinda and Melinda

Grade: C+ Interesting premise: the same story told two ways simultaneously, as a drama and as a comedy. This is ...

Memoirs of a Geisha

Grade: A- I've been waiting a long time for Memoirs of a Geisha to come out. I think a lot ...

Men in Black 3

Grade: B- It's Men in Black, 3 for 3D.  Our two heroes are back, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.  ...

Miami Vice

Grade: I'm probably dating myself if I say that I remember the TV series Miami Vice.&nb I'm probably dating myself ...

Michael Clayton

Grade: B+ Michael Clayton is George Clooney's Erin Brokovich.  He'll likely get nominated for this role as the attorney his ...

Midnight in Paris

Grade: A- Owen Wilson plays the Woody Allen role in this Woody Allen film, Midnight in Paris.  We're in Paris ...

Milk

Grade: A- I grew up in the Bay Area in the 1970's so I remember when Harvey Milk and Mayor ...

Million Dollar Arm

Grade: A- In this real-life story set in 2008, J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) is a sports agent who desperately needs ...

Million Dollar Baby

Grade: A Clint Eastwood is back on my good list. The past few movies of his that I’ve seen have ...

Millions

Grade: A I was hesitant to go see Millions. I was afraid it was going to be another of those ...

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

Grade: B- The sequel to Miss Congeniality, which came out about 3 years ago, actually takes place on screen 3 ...

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Grade: A The always-wonderful Frances McDormand plays Miss Pettigrew, a down on her luck nanny without a job.  She stumbles ...

Miss Potter

Grade: A There's a lot to love about "Miss Potter."  The whole movie is sweet and sentimental, with gorgeous landscapes, ...

Mission Impossible 3

Grade: C Cut to the chase:  I would have liked this movie SO much better if anyone other than Tom ...

Monster House

Grade: C I don't really know how to characterize this movie.  It's an animated film from Steven Spielberg and Robert ...

Monster in Law

Grade: B+ It’s worth it to go see Monster in Law just to see Jane Fonda back in action again ...

Moonrise Kingdom

Grade: A Moonrise Kingdom stars Frances McDormand, Ed Norton, Bill Murray and Bruce Willis.  Directed by Wes Anderson, it has ...

Morning Glory

Grade: A- Morning Glory is such a fun movie!  Rachel McAdams stars as the optimistic, determined new producer at a ...

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Grade: A After all the hype about “Brangelina” I was so curious to see Mr. And Mrs. Smith. And I ...

Mr. Brooks

Grade: C Kevin Costner is back.  Maybe he didn't go anywhere, I just haven't seen him in anything lately - ...

MR. HOLMES

Grade: B+ By Vivian RhodesThere has been a trend in in the past few years to re-visit our literary heroes ...

Mrs. Henderson Presents

Grade: B Dame Judy Densch has the title role. The movie is based on the true story of a widow ...

Must Love Dogs

Grade: B Romantic comedies are my favorite - and we don't get enough of them anymore. Remember the Preston Sturges ...

My Super Ex-Girlfriend

Grade: C Standard comedy.  Uma Thurman is the Superhero, "G-Girl" and Luke Wilson is her boyfriend.  They meet cute, date, ...

National Treasure

Grade: A- This is one of those fun movies that the whole family will enjoy! I just loved it. It’s ...

National Treasure 2

Grade: A- I think I like this sequel better than the original!  It's a romp - pure adventure, lots of ...

Nebraska

Grade: C+ An aging, booze-addled father (Bruce Dern) makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son (Will ...

Never Let Me Go

Grade: A- Never Let Me Go is dark, haunting and mysterious - you can tell that even just by the ...

No Country For Old Men

Grade: B- No Country For Old Men is kind of beyond description.  It is definitely an original.  And it's not ...

No Reservations

Grade: B No Reservations stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhardt, and Abigail Breslin.  It's based on the movie Mostly Martha, which ...

No Strings Attached

Grade: B No Strings Attached is a romantic comedy that is rated R for strong language and sex.  And we ...

Notes on a Scandal

Grade: B Expect to see acting nominations for both Judi Densch and Cate Blanchett for their performances in "Notes on ...

Now You See Me

Grade: A- I love a movie that surprises me.  And Now You See Me definitely did that!  Mark Ruffalo plays ...

Ocean’s 13

Grade: B The Oceans crew is back - and they're at their best when they're bouncing off of each other.  ...

Ocean’s Twelve

Grade: B This is the sequel to the hugely popular “Ocean’s Eleven” with it’s all-star cast headed up by George ...

Once

Grade: C Once is an Irish movie - an independent film.  A street musician/singer-songwriter/vacuum repair man meets a Czech girl ...

Pan’s Labyrinth

Grade: A I have to put Pan's Labyrinth up there as one of my most favorite movies of 2006.  It ...

Parental Guidance

Grade: B+ It's pretty rare lately to see a family friendly movie in the theater that's not animated.  Parental Guidance ...

Penelope

Grade: B+ Penelope is a modern day fairy tale.  Penelope (Christina Ricci) is a young girl who is the victim ...

Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest

Grade: A- Fun, light, adventurous - and Johnny Depp!  The special effects are effectively creepy - Bill Nighy is Davy ...

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Grade: C This is the third Pirates movie - not as good as the first, but better than the second.  ...

Please Give

Grade: B+ Please Give is an independent film directed by Nicole Holofcener.  It stars Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt as ...

Premonition

Grade: C- I love Sandra Bullock.  Just for the record, if they ever do a movie of my life I ...

Priceless

Grade: A- Priceless is a french movie starring the adorable Audrey Tatou.  This movie is reminiscent of Breakfast at Tiffany's: ...

Pride

Grade: A Pride is a true story set in the U.K. in 1984. Gay activists take up the cause of ...

Prime

Grade: C+ Sweet movie, with great characters, but lacking in depth because the subject doesn't really sustain a feature film ...

Prometheus

Grade: D+ Prometheus is a Sci-Fi flick that features Charlize Theron, although Charlize isn't the star - she gets to ...

Promised Land

Grade: B Matt Damon and John Krasinski both wrote the original screenplay and star in Promised Land.  We first see ...

Proof

Grade: C+ Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhall and Anthony Hopkins star in "Proof" the movie based on the play. Whenever a ...

Push

Grade: C- The best way I can describe "Push" is that it is like the X-Men without costumes.  It seems ...

Quantum of Solace: 007

Grade: B Daniel Craig stars in his second installment as James Bond, agent 007.  This movie is a sequel, and ...

Quartet

Grade: B Quartet is a heart warming movie set in a retirement home in England.  This particular retirement home is ...

Rabbit Hole

Grade: B+ Based on the Pulitzer prize winning play, Nicole Kidman produces and stars in Rabbit Hole.  A husband and ...

Rachel Getting Married

Grade: C+ Rachel Getting Married stars Anne Hathaway as a young woman fresh out of rehab who returns home for ...

Ratatouille

Grade: A Pixar has done it again - and they'll likely win "Best Animated Picture" again this year for "Ratatouille."  ...

Ray

Grade: A I’m a sucker for biographies. Truth is always more interesting to me than fiction. If someone wrote the ...

RED

Grade: C- The title of the movie RED refers to "Retired Extremely Dangerous."  We first meet Bruce Willis, who seems ...

Religulous

Grade: B+ Religulous is hilarious, ridiculous, and very clever.  It's also a great conversation starter.  Bill Maher interviews various people ...

Revolutionary Road

Grade: C+ Heart-wrenching story of an unhappy marriage.  Set in the 1950's Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April (Kate Winslet) Wheeler ...

Robin Hood

Grade: B+ Russell Crowe takes on the role of Robin Hood in this new version of the classic film.  It's ...

Robots

Grade: B Wonderful voice cast includes Ewan McGregor, Amanda Bynes, Robin Williams and Halle Berry. The theme throughout is “it ...

Ruby Sparks

Grade: A- Ruby Sparks is a fun independent movie about a writer who has basically isolated himself after a failed ...

Runner Runner

Grade: B Runner Runner movie stars Justin Timberlake as a Princeton grad student who becomes an "affiliate" for an online ...

Rush

Grade: B+ Chris Hemsworth, brother of Liam and best known currently as "Thor" stars as English Formula 1 racer James ...

Safe Haven

Grade: B- Safe Haven is based on the novel by Nicolas Sparks - so right away you know it's going ...

Sahara

Grade: B Sahara reminded me of “Romancing the Stone” or “Indiana Jones.” It is fun, adventurous, smart, and funny. Matthew ...

SALT

Grade: B SALT is an action movie that was originally written with Tom Cruise in mind for the lead character, ...

Sanctum

Grade: C Sanctum takes place in underground caves.  There's lots of rock climbing, scuba diving, and all kinds of dangerous, ...

Saving Mr. Banks

Grade: A Of course I was drawn to "Saving Mr. Banks" - the story of Walt Disney's pursuit and ultimate ...

Secretariat

Grade: B+ Secretariat is a Disney movie that plays on all the feel-good emotions that come when you take a ...

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Grade: C+ Keira Knightley and Steve Carrell star in this movie that's not quite comedy, not quite drama.  There are ...

Seven Pounds

Grade: B Seven Pounds is actually a lot heavier than seven pounds - more like fifty.  Will Smith plays a ...

Sex and the City

Grade: B Fans of the TV series Sex and the City will absolutely adore the movie version.  The four actresses ...

Shadow of the Moon

Grade: B Shadow of the Moon is a documentary about the Apollo Space Program.  It "stars" the real astronauts who ...

Shark Tale

Grade: B I was never a Jack Black fan, but “School of Rock” changed all that. Now he’s in another ...

Shoot ‘Em Up

Grade: D The trailer for Shoot 'Em Up looks good - and my husband thought it would be quite a ...

Shooter

Grade: C We first see Mark Wahlberg's character as a sniper in the army - he's in Ethiopia with his ...

Shrek the Third

Grade: B+ Delightful!  All of our favorite characters are back, as funny as ever.  Mike Myers voices Shrek, who has ...

Sicko

Grade: A+ It's very rare that I give a movie an A+.  I can't even remember the last time I ...

Side Effects

Grade: A- If you're looking for a Hitchcock style thriller - Side Effects is IT!  This is edge-of-your-seat, hands-over-your-mouth, non-stop, ...

Sideways

Grade: C- I really wanted to like this movie. I liked the previews. And I like to support independent film ...

SkyFall

Grade: B SkyFall is the latest in the James Bond 007 franchise.  Daniel Craig returns as the super spy - ...

Slumdog Millionaire

Grade: A Danny Boyle directs "Slumdog Millionaire" with a stellar cast of up-until-now unknown actors.  The story is about a ...

Smart People

Grade: B+ Smart People is a smart movie with a smart cast.  The irony is that it's about the stupid ...

Spanglish

Grade: B+ James L. Brooks directs – he’s so good. What’s great about Spanglish is that it’s not another one ...

Spiderwick

Grade: B+ Based on the popular children's books, Spiderwick is rated PG, and has enough action to keep the whole ...

Star Trek

Grade: A- What a surprise!  Star Trek is a really fun movie.  It's sci-fi, but not heavy handed.  It's more ...

Star Wars 3: Revenge of the Sith

Grade: A I am proud to say that I have now seen every one of the Star Wars movies, in ...

Stardust

Grade: A- Stardust is a fairy tale for adults.  The movie brings us into a magical, mystical world full of ...

State of Play

Grade: B+ It would be great if there were more movies like "State of Play."  This is actually a movie ...

Stealth

Grade: D I have to struggle to find something good to say about "Stealth." I liked the locations. But other ...

Step Up 2 The Streets

Grade: B- Step Up 2 The Streets is a combination of Fame and Flashdance, set in present day Baltimore.  Instead ...

Stop Loss

Grade: B Stop Loss is a really difficult movie to watch because it is so real, and so tragic to ...

Stranger Than Fiction

Grade: B This is not your typical Will Ferrell movie... but I think it's his best one yet.  There's no ...

Sunshine Cleaning

Grade: A- Amy Adams and Emily Blunt star as down-on-their-luck sisters who start a hazardous waste cleaning company.  It's pretty ...

Superman

Grade: B The "new" Superman, Brandon Routh, looks so much like Christopher Reeve it really brought back memories.  He even ...

Sweeney Todd

Grade: A- Tim Burton, Stephen Sondheim and Johnny Depp - what a combination!  And wow, does it work!  It's a ...

Swing Vote

Grade: B- Swing Vote is all about Kevin Costner.  He stars in it, and he put up the money to ...

Syriana

Grade: A- Powerful. Thought-provoking. Serious. Deep. That's how I describe Syriana. It's heavy, too, and you have to totally pay ...

Taken

Grade: B- Liam Neeson gets to play action hero in Taken.  He's a retired CIA kind of guy, trying to ...

Tell No One

Grade: A- Tell No One is a French movie with English subtitles.  It's a thriller, a mystery that will keep ...

Thank You For Smoking

Grade: A An interesting story, almost done like a documentary, Thank You For Smoking is original, and quirky, thoughtful and ...

The 100 Foot Long Journey

Grade: A- The 100 Foot Long Journey is the kind of movie I'd like to see more of. Sweet, funny, ...

The 11th Hour

Grade: A The 11th Hour is a documentary produced and hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio - here he's an eco-activist more ...

The A Team

Grade: B Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper make up half of The A Team - based on the hit '80's ...

The American

Grade: D+ Cinematically The American is a beautiful film.  Shot on location in Italy and Sweden, it is beautiful to ...

The Avengers

Grade: B- Really this is a split grade.  I'd have to say that for fan-boys - those who love comic ...

The Aviator

Grade: A All I can say is “wow.” Another awesome biopic, this one about the life of Howard Hughes. It’s ...

The Bank Job

Grade: B Based on a true story, set in 1972 London, the bank job is a crime caper drama.  When ...

The Beaver

Grade: B It if weren't for all of Mel Gibson's personal troubles and issues that have been so prevalent in ...

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Grade: A I wish there were more movies like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel!  Stellar cast: Judi Densch, Dev Patel, ...

The Black Dahlia

Grade: C Brian DePalma directs "The Black Dahlia" based on a novel based on the unsolved mystery of a young ...

The Bourne Legacy

Grade: B The Bourne series continues, this time without Jason Bourne (Matt Damon).  Instead we have Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner).  ...

The Bourne Ultimatum

Grade: A The Bourne Ultimatum is the third Bourne movie, and it answers all those unanswered questions that have come ...

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Grade: B+ The Boy in the Striped Pajamas takes place in Germany during the time of the Concentration Camps.  It ...

The Break Up

Grade: D I've been waiting for a good romantic comedy to come around for a long time. Unfortunately "The Break ...

The Bucket List

Grade: C+ When rich hospital owner Edward (Jack Nicholson) ends up a patient in his own hospital, his roommate is ...

The Butler

Grade: A Finally a movie that is a must-see! The Butler is the true story of Cecil Gaines, a butler ...

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Grade: B+ It helps a lot to have seen the first movie.  That's where a lot of the character development ...

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Grade: B I saw this first installment of The Chronicles of Narnia on DVD.  I wanted to make sure I ...

The Company Men

Grade: B The Company Men is a drama that almost plays like a documentary.  Ben Affleck stars as a successful ...

The Constant Gardener

Grade: B The Constant Gardener is billed as a thriller, but I didn't find it all that thrilling. The mystery ...

The Counselor

Grade: D Despite an all star cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Cameron Diaz, ...

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Grade: B The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is truly original.    Brad Pitt stars as a man who is born ...

The Dark Knight Rises

Grade: B Technically, this latest installment in the Batman franchise is very well done.  But it's named the "dark" knight ...

The DaVinci Code

Grade: B+ Ok, the book was better.  But isn't that always the case?  But the movie is pretty darn good.  ...

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Grade: C In The Day the Earth Stood Still Keanu Reeves stars as Klaatu an alien sent to save the ...

The Departed

Grade: A- "The Departed" is definitely an Oscar contender. Well written, amazingly directly by Martin Scorcese, strong performances by everyone ...

The Duchess

Grade: A- Based on a true story, The Duchess stars Keira Knightley in the title role.  She's still a teenager ...

The Expendables

Grade: C+ You've got to give these guys credit, they take a lickin' and keep on tickin'!  Just when we ...

The Family Stone

Grade: B Hard to categorize this movie. It's a drama, it's a comedy, it's a family movie, it's a chick ...

The Fantastic Four

Grade: B �Fantastic� just about sums it up! What a fun movie. Kinda corny, but hey, I like it that ...

The Fastest Indian

Grade: A- The Fastest Indian has all the elements I love in a movie - it's a true story, it's ...

The Fault in Our Stars

Grade: B The Fault in Our Stars is a basic teenage love story, complicated by the fact that the two ...

The Fighter

Grade: A- The Fighter is a definite CONTENDER for Awards season this year.  Expect a nomination for supporting actor for ...

The Fountain

Grade: A "The Fountain" has been on my radar for awhile now - my son, Freddy, the film student, is ...

The Golden Compass

Grade: A- Although The Golden Compass looks like a children's movie, it is rated PG-13 and there is so much ...

The Good Shepherd

Grade: B+ Robert DeNiro directs and has a cameo role in The Good Shepherd, based on a true story.  Matt ...

The Grandmaster

Grade: B The Grandmaster is a powerful film that chronicles the life of Ip Man (played by Tony Leung),  the ...

The Great and Powerful Oz

Grade: B No movie is ever going to live up to The Wizard of Oz - so don't even think ...

The Great Buck Howard

Grade: A- The Great Buck Howard is based on the life of The Amazing Kreskin.  This man was quite talented, ...

The Great Debaters

Grade: A Based on a true story, set in 1935 Marshall, Texas, "The Great Debaters" stars Denzel Washington as the ...

The Great Gatsby

Grade: B A great movie requires a great story - and it doesn't get much better than F. Scott Fitzgerald's ...

The Greatest Game Ever Played

Grade: A Finally, a movie I really love! The Greatest Game Ever Played is a true story, and one that ...

The Green Zone

Grade: B- The Green Zone is set in present day Iraq, in the middle of the war.  Matt Damon is ...

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Grade: D I didn’t read the book. I think there’s a small group of fans who read the book and ...

The Hoax

Grade: B Based on true events, probably exaggerated for dramatic effect, The Hoax tells the story of how small-time author ...

The Holiday

Grade: B+ Ah, the romantic comedy!  We see too few of these.  "The Holiday" is a delightful date night movie ...

The House of Flying Daggers

Grade: B+ Subtitled. Beautiful Chinese movie about a Robin-Hood type of group of criminals who fight against the military. Mei ...

The Hurt Locker

Grade: A After I saw The Hurt Locker I knew it would win the Academy Award for Best Picture this ...

The Illusionist

Grade: A What a nice surprise! I didn't expect to like this movie. From the previews, I really couldn't tell ...

The Imitation Game

Grade: B+ The Imitation Game is the true story of British mathematician and logician Alan Turing. During World War II ...

The Impossible

Grade: B+ The Impossible is based on the true story of a family from Spain that survived the recent tsunami, ...

The Incredibles

Grade: A Yay, Pixar!!! They’ve done it again. The Incredibles is a real winner. Fun for everyone in the family ...

THE INTERN

Grade: B+ By Vivian Rhodes Producer/director/writer Nancy Meyers creates adult comedies for, well, for adults. She has cast past hits ...

The International

Grade: C I like Clive Owen, he's dark, intense, and not too bad to look at for 2 hours.  In ...

The Interpreter

Grade: A- Sydney Pollack directs and has a small part in this action-thriller that keeps you guessing. It’s a puzzle, ...

The Invisible

Grade: D+ I pick and choose the movies I go to, I don't have to see everything, so it's been ...

The Island

Grade: A- I got to see �The Island� at a sneak preview � one week before it�s official release. I ...

The Jane Austen Book Club

Grade: B+ I really like this movie.  5 women and a token man come together to form a book club ...

The Joneses

Grade: B+ The Joneses is a dark comedy set in present day upscale suburbia.  Demi Moore and David Duchovny star ...

The Judge

Grade: B+ Robert Duvall has the title role in The Judge. He's been the judge in a small town court ...

The Karate Kid

Grade: A The remake of this classic movie is now set in China.  I can't say enough good things about ...

The Kids Are All Right

Grade: B- The Kids Are all Right is just... well, all right.  Not spectacular.  It's basically a relationship movie. Annette ...

The King’s Speech

Grade: A The King's Speech is probably my favorite movie of 2010.  It's certainly in my top three - and ...

The Kingdom

Grade: B Political thriller with some war action, The Kingdom has an amazing cast including Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Chris ...

The Kite Runner

Grade: A- Marc Forster directs "The Kite Runner" based on the bestselling book by Khaled Hosseini.  I haven't read the ...

The Lake House

Grade: B The Lake House is sweet and romantic, with a kind of metaphysical twist to it. The two lead ...

The Last Airbender

Grade: C Oh, I wanted to love this movie.  The previews looked promising, and M. Night Shyalaman is an amazing ...

The Last Mimzy

Grade: A Love this movie!  A little reminiscent of E.T., "The Last Mimzy" follows a brother and sister who find ...

The Life Aquatic

Grade: C- The previews for “The Life Aquatic” make this look like a kooky movie, and guess what? It is! ...

The Lincoln Lawyer

Grade: B+ We haven't seen Matthew McCoughnahey in a while - and this part, the title character in The Lincoln ...

The Love Guru

Grade: C Mike Myers is a gifted comedian. Unfortunately, his are the gifts that keep on giving - over and ...

The Master

Grade: C The Master stars Joaquin Phoenix in a role that earned him an Oscar nomination for best actor.  His ...

The Matador

Grade: B+ This is Pierce Brosnan like you've never seen him before. He's scruffy, uncouth, socially inept, awkward, but not ...

The Monuments Men

Grade: B+ The Monuments Men is an entertaining film based on a real life story. George Clooney directed the movie, ...

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Grade: D+ The first two Mummy movies weren't bad.  They should have just stopped there.  In this third installment the ...

The Namesake

Grade: B+ Beautiful movie directed by one of my favorite directors, Mira Nair.  The story follows a young man from ...

The Nanny Diaries

Grade: B- Scarlett Johanssen stars in the movie version of the popular chick-lit novel, "The Nanny Diaries."  The premise is ...

The Night Listener

Grade: The Night Listener is billed as a thriller, but I didn't find it very thrilling. The Night Listener is ...

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Grade: B+ The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a beautiful story about how one child can change the lives ...

The Other Boleyn Girl

Grade: B The Other Boleyn Girl is a historical drama about King Henry XIII (Eric Bana), and his relationship with ...

The Painted Veil

Grade: A "The Painted Veil" is a beautiful movie - the cinematography is spectacular.  The acting is wonderful - Naomi ...

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Grade: B+ The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an independent film that focuses on a group of high school ...

The Phantom of the Opera

Grade: A- I saw the stage version of Andrew Lloyd Weber's "The Phantom of the Opera" three times in Los ...

The Prestige

Grade: B+ It's difficult to put "The Prestige" into a category because it certainly is original. And I think that's ...

The Pursuit of Happyness

Grade: B Based on the real life story of Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness stars Will Smith and his ...

The Queen

Grade: B Helen Mirren is pretty much assured of an Academy Award nomination for playing the part of Queen Elizabeth, ...

The Reader

Grade: A- The Reader is one of the films nominated in the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards.  If ...

The Rise of the Silver Surfer: The Fantastic 4 #2

Grade: C I wouldn't have chosen to go to The Silver Surfer on my own, but I owed Greg one.  ...

The Sapphires

Grade: A- The Sapphires is an Australian movie based on the true story set in the late 1960's.  Four Aboriginal ...

The Savages

Grade: B This is one of those movies that was a little bit difficult for me to watch because it ...

The Secret Life of Bees

Grade: A- I read the book: "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd and I loved it.  I ...

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Grade: B Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) is a day-dreamer who works in the photo department at Life Magazine.  He escapes ...

The Silver Lining Playbook

Grade: A- Sometimes simple is best.  The Silver Lining Playbook is a film about people who are real, relatable, flawed, ...

The Social Network

Grade: A The Social Network is based on the real story of Facebook.  No matter how much we might know ...

The Soloist

Grade: A- In "The Soloist" Robert Downey Jr. plays Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez.  This is a true story ...

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Grade: B- The Sorcerer's Apprentice has a great premise - and so much potential.  Unfortunately, the whole movie falls short.  ...

The Spirit

Grade: D Is it too early in 2009 to pick one of the worst movies of the year?  Big star ...

The Switch

Grade: B+ With Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman as co-stars you might think this is a chick-flick, but it's really ...

The Theory of Everything

Grade: A- The Theory of Everything is likely to be a big winner during awards season this year. Eddie Redmayne ...

The Tourist

Grade: B The Tourist is a fun, light, date movie.  Stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie are beautiful to look ...

The Town

Grade: B+ Ben Affleck directs and stars in "The Town" based on the novel "Prince of Thieves." A group of ...

The U.S. vs. John Lennon

Grade: B We've been lucky to see some really good documentaries this year. "The U.S. vs. John Lennon" is another ...

The Ultimate Gift

Grade: B- The Ultimate Gift features mostly unknown actors, with brief appearances by Lee Meriweather, James Garner, and Brian Dennehy.  ...

The Upside of Anger

Grade: B+ Look for a “Best Actress” nomination for Joan Allen for her role in this family drama. I have ...

The Visitor

Grade: B Richard Jenkins stars as a lonely and bored college professor named Walter.  Since his wife passed away a ...

The Warrior’s Way

Grade: C- The Warrior's Way stars Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush and Don-gun Jang.  Set in the wild west, I'm not ...

The Waterhorse

Grade: B+ Set in Loch Ness, Scotland, this is the story of the Loch Ness Monster, or one man's interpretation ...

The Wedding Date

Grade: D+ I thought this looked like a cute romantic comedy. I was disappointed. Debra Messing is darling – she’s ...

The Wolf of Wall Street

Grade: C- You'd think from the title that The Wolf of Wall Street would be about Wall Street - but ...

The Women

Grade: C The Women is a re-make of the 1939 movie, and it's updated by Diane English.  Meg Ryan plays ...

The Words

Grade: B+ The Words is a powerful, intelligent drama that keeps the audience guessing until the very end.  Bradley Cooper ...

The Wrestler

Grade: C Darren Aronofsky famous for directing The Fountain and Pi directs The Wrestler.  The direction is interesting.  Good shots, ...

There Will Be Blood

Grade: B Daniel Day Lewis earned an Oscar nomination for his leading role in "There Will Be Blood," a movie ...

This is 40

Grade: C Judd Apatow's new film "This is 40" picks up with the characters of married couple Pete and Debbie ...

Thor

Grade: B Thor is a nice surprise.  My husband and I got to see it early with Australians in Film ...

Total Recall

Grade: C+ Total Recall is a Total Remake of the classic sci-fi film that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.  This time around ...

Toy Story 3

Grade: A Toy Story 3 is the kind of movie that is easy to love.  We already know the core ...

Trance

Grade: B+ In Danny Boyle's Trance, James McAvoy plays Simon, an art auctioneer who is seriously injured while trying to ...

Vampires Suck

Grade: C "Vampires Suck" but this movie actually doesn't!  It's actually a very clever little parody of the first two ...

Water for Elephants

Grade: B+ Mega-stars Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson star in Water for Elephants, based on the novel.  We start off ...

Win Win

Grade: A- Win Win stars Paul Giamatti as full time lawyer struggling to maintain his practice while he coaches the ...

Winter’s Bone

Grade: B- Winter's Bone is an independent film which might be hard to find in some areas.  It's a dark ...

Words and Pictures

Grade: B Set in a private high school, Words and Pictures looks at the lives of two very different people ...

X-Men: The New Class

Grade: B The newest X-Men movie is a prequel to what we have seen so far.  You don't have to ...

Zero Dark Thirty

Grade: B+ Zero Dark Thirty is a powerful movie based on the true story  of the events that led up ...