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Nim's Island Review


Weak
Movies aimed at preteen boys are a dime a dozen, particularly as we approach the summertime when superhero movies compete with science-fiction sequels and bawdy high school comedies for available multiplex screens.

Young girls, unfortunately, aren't so lucky. On the rare occasion that Hollywood does decide to throw teen girls a bone, they're spoon-fed skeletal garbage like the dreadful Nancy Drew or a doomed vehicle for Hilary Duff. Asking Kirsten Dunst to sharpen an edge for Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man movies doesn't count.

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Little Manhattan Review


Excellent
In a year that has seen both Simpson sisters on screen, Scarlett Johansson in a Michael Bay movie, and Scotty from Boogie Nights playing Truman Capote, it's fitting that the forerunner for the feel-good movie of the year is Little Manhattan, a romantic comedy focusing on two grammar school students. What's surprising is that more people haven't heard of it. It's that good.

Gabe (Josh Hutcherson) is a 10-year-old kid whose life is, as he puts it, "very fulfilling," despite his parents' pending divorce. His summer days consist of basketball, video games, and hanging out with his friends. His decision to take karate is looked upon as just one more part of a life well-lived. That is until longtime schoolmate Rosemary Telesco (newcomer Charlie Ray) becomes his sparring partner.

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Madeline Review


Weak
Fairly misguided and droll retelling of the original Madeline children's story. Not a lot in the way of positive role models or values... just some nutty, go-nowhere hijinks, much like Disney's live-action fare.

Wimbledon Review


Very Good
Unless you play the sport, tennis ranks right up there with golf as one of the most boring sports to watch on television. And with a few minor exceptions, the same can be said about these sports' big screen counterparts. Anticipating that Wimbledon would serve up little more than a predictable romantic comedy, I hoped the film's setting would provide a few more aces than foot faults to compensate. Much to my surprise, Wimbledon exceeds meager expectations.

As the world's 119th ranked player, a tired Peter Colt (Paul Bettany) has long been the doormat for the younger, flashier players on the professional tennis circuit. But when Peter gets an unexpected wild-card invite to play at Wimbledon, few give him any chance of making it out of the first round - including himself and his brother who wagers against him with a local bookie.

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