Director: Elizabeth Allen. With Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts. (109 min.)
Hailey and Claire are, like, so crushin' on lifeguard Raymond, and summer's nearly over without significant contact. Then teenage mermaid Aquamarine washes up on the beach. If Aqua can land Raymond and prove that love is more than a myth, her sea-god dad will let her out of an arranged marriage. The girls agree to help. This big-screen after-school special may not appeal to adults, but it'll make a splash with preteens. Grade: C+
- M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: some mild innuendo. Violence: 2 massive storms at sea. Profanity: 5 mild theological expressions. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: None.
Director: Michel Gondry. With Dave Chappelle, Kanye West. (100 min.)
In 2004, comedian Dave Chappelle's massive fete in Brooklyn brought together several major hip-hop artists, including a reunion performance by the Fugees. The film opens with Chappelle in his old Dayton, Ohio, neighborhood handing out free passes for bus and hotel accommodations for the party. He even takes along an entire marching band, all expenses paid. The R rating is solely due to language. Still, it's a joy fest. Grade: B-
Sex/Nudity: 4 instances of innuendo anf frank talk. Violence: None. Profanity: At least 116 expressions, most strong. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: 3 instances of smoking, 1 of drinking.
Director: Marshall Curry. With Cory Booker, Sharpe James. (83 min.)