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  • The School of Rock (PG-13)

    Broadly speaking, this 2003 comedy is Richard Linklater's French Cancan—that is to say, a humanist's joyful exploration of the musical in which the actors' personalities resonate as much as the characters they play. more...
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  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13)

    Michael Cera elevates deadpan to an art, starring as a slacker turned action hero in this wildly inventive comedy that's one of the most vivid and spirited adaptations of a comic book since Spider-Man—;and one of the hippest since Ghost World. more...
  • Scrooged (PG-13)

    A Christmas Carol variant with Bill Murray as a network TV president who hates Christmas and plans to exploit the holidays to the hilt until he's visited by three ghosts who set him straight. more...
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  • The Sea Inside (PG-13)

    This thoughtful, sometimes beautiful feature (2004) by Alejandro Amenabar (Thesis, Open Your Eyes, The Others) is loosely based on the true story of Spanish poet Ramon Sampedro, a quadriplegic who fought a 30-year legal battle for his right to die. more...
  • Seabiscuit (PG-13)

    Gary Ross, the scenarist for Dave and writer-director of Pleasantville, tries to fashion another inspirational patriotic myth out of Laura Hillenbrand's best seller about a famous racehorse of the mid-1930s and three broken men who find salvation through their association with the quirky equine. more...
  • Secret in Their Eyes
  • Secret in Their Eyes (PG-13)

    Critics are supposed to dump on Hollywood remakes of foreign-language films, but this Americanized version of Juan Jose Campanella's overrated art-house hit The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) is at least as good as the original and, with a running time well under two hours, certainly more concise. more...
  • Self/less
  • Self/less (PG-13)

    The first half hour of this sci-fi thriller plays like an update of John Frankenheimer's cult classic Seconds (1966), as a dying billionaire (Ben Kingsley) agrees to let a mysterious organization transfer his mind into the body of a younger man (Ryan Reynolds). more...
  • Selma (PG-13)

    Martin Luther King is the central character but not the central focus of this docudrama about the historic marches King led through Alabama in 1965, which helped bring about the passage of the Voting Rights Act. more...
  • Senna (PG-13)

    Formula One racing champion Ayrton Senna, who died in a 1994 crash, is the subject of this documentary by Asif Kapadia, which is most interesting for the way its construction builds on the inherent austerity of auto racing. more...
  • A Separation (PG-13)

    A tale of two families linked by tragedy, this extraordinary drama by Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi (Fireworks Wednesday) is hugely compelling on a moral and emotional level, yet it also reveals in numerous small and concrete ways what it's like to live in a contemporary theocracy. more...
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