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Nim's Island Review


Grim
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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Madeline Review


Grim
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


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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