9 and Older
"Sky High" (PG). Funny, inventive live-action flick deftly blends and spoofs teen dating comedies and superhero movies; Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano), son of world-savers Captain Stronghold (Kurt Russell) and Josie Jetstream (Kelly Preston), enters Sky High, a stratospheric high school for superheroes' kids, with no special powers; he and childhood pal, Layla (Danielle Panabaker), and friends land in sidekick class until a flirtation with the superpowered crowd helps Will focus his strength. Comic book-style mayhem, bullying -- no one gets hurt; characters hurtle through walls, burst into flame, fly, melt, shape-shift, run with blurring speed, stretch to silly lengths, but aren't scary; mild sexual innuendo, toilet humor. Older kids will get more gags.
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (PG). Tim Burton's delicious, edgy adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic about Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), a poor boy who gets to tour eccentric chocolate magnate Willy Wonka's (Johnny Depp) factory; grim flashbacks of Wonka as a boy in orthodontic head brace, forbidden sweets by his dour dentist dad (Christopher Lee); bratty kids on the tour get stretched like taffy, swarmed by squirrels, bloated into a huge blueberry -- all survive; kids won't get jokey reference to cannibalism but might not like to see a cow whipped by Oompa Loompas (Deep Roy) to make whipped cream; Wonka tastes icky green bug goop.
"The Dukes of Hazzard." Crude, raucous, dumb-but-entertaining update of old TV series, with Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville as cousins Bo and Luke Duke of Hazzard County, Ga., evading the law to deliver moonshine for Uncle Jesse (Willie Nelson), protecting buxom cousin Daisy's (Jessica Simpson) honor, racing Bo's beloved Dodge Charger and learning why a crooked politico (Burt Reynolds) wants their land. Barnyard profanity, stronger oaths; much sexual innuendo as guys flirt with scantily clad coeds; Daisy Duke, in short-shorts, talks of "shaking" her behind to get men to obey her; a couple starts to rip off their clothes in a bawdy kissing scene; implied pot-smoking; high-speed chases, crashes; bar fights; drinking. Not for middle-schoolers.
"Must Love Dogs." Diane Lane as divorced preschool teacher, forced by sister (Elizabeth Perkins) into Internet dating; John Cusack as newly divorced boat builder clearly meant for her, in stilted romantic comedy. Much strong sexual innuendo: semi-crude, slangy sex references; implied overnight tryst; tots make unwitting references to "uncles" sleeping over with single moms; Lane's and Cusack's characters desperately seek condoms; scantily clad dancers; mild profanity. Not for preteens.
"Grizzly Man." Disturbing documentary by German filmmaker Werner Herzog about Timothy Treadwell, a failed actor and lost soul who spent years studying Alaskan grizzly bears as an amateur preservationist, and who, with his girlfriend, was killed by a grizzly in 2003; using Treadwell's own videos and interviews with friends, Herzog sketches a well-meaning but foolish man who sentimentalized the creatures. Profanity; chilling verbal description of audio tape of the fatal attack. 16 and older.
"Wedding Crashers." Overlong but mostly funny, if lewd, farce stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as friends whose hobby is crashing weddings as a way to bed pretty women; at a wedding hosted by a cabinet secretary (Christopher Walken), Wilson's character falls for bride's sister (Rachel McAdams) while Vaughn's becomes the obsession of a second sibling (Isla Fisher). Constant profanity; crude verbal, visual sexual references; toplessness, rear nudity; semiexplicit sexual situations; homophobic slurs; drinking; gunfire; a few gut punches. Wildly inappropriate for under-17s.