Mean Girls

BBB.5 (out of 5) A fresh-faced sixteen year-old girl (Lindsay Lohan) who has spent her life home-schooled in Africa is brought back to the States and put into a public school for the first time. She immediately befriends both misfits and in-crowders, plus falls for the cutest boy in school (Jonathan Bennett) who sits right…

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Freaky Friday

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly terrific adaptation of the comedy that originally starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. Jamie Lee Curtis plays an overworked therapist and mother who is about to get married to her boyfriend (Mark Harmon), despite the emotional objections of her difficult teenaged daughter (Lindsay Lohan). The two fight about various mother-daughter conflict…

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Spy Kids

BBB.5 (out of 5) Parents will undoubtedly approve of this extremely enjoyable kids’ romp that features no excessive violence, foul language or scary scenes. Newcomers Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara play two regular schoolkids who find themselves turning into international spies when their parents (Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino) mysteriously disappear without a trace. It is…

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The Faculty

BB (out of 5) A group of teenagers begin to wise up to the fact that their high school teachers have become taskmasters, not because of an increased work ethic at their financially beleaguered school, but because their bodies have been taken over by aliens. One by one the faculty members are turned into otherworldly…

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The Hot Spot

BBB.5 (out of 5) Enjoyable throwback to the good old days of noir filmmaking features a story that could be described as shallow James Ellroy.  Don Johnson plays a sexy drifter who wanders into a dusty Texas town and gets a job working for a used car salesman. His intention is to pull off a major…

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