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The Express

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and for brief sensuality.
Movie Release Date:October 10, 2008
DVD Release Date:January 20, 2009
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and for brief sensuality.
Movie Release Date: October 10, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009

When a real-life story combines athletic excellence and civil rights breakthroughs, it has more than enough heart and drama to be good movie material. Ernie Davis was a combination of heart and pure talent who came along at just the […]

City of Ember

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild peril and some thematic elements.
Movie Release Date:October 10, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild peril and some thematic elements.
Movie Release Date: October 10, 2008

Under the earth’s surface for so long they have forgotten how and why they got there and even that there is another place to be, the citizens of the City of Ember have just about lost their sense of hope, […]

Igor

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some thematic elements, scary images, action and mild language
Movie Release Date:September 19, 2008
DVD Release Date:January 20, 2009
B
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some thematic elements, scary images, action and mild language
Movie Release Date: September 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009

In the town of Malaria, anatomy is destiny. Boy babies get their assignments at birth. Those without hunchbacks become evil scientists. Those with hunchbacks become Igors and spend their days saying, “Yes, master,” when ordered to “Throw the switch!” Malaria […]

Swing Vote

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language
Movie Release Date:August 1, 2008
DVD Release Date:January 6, 2009
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language
Movie Release Date: August 1, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009

Kevin Costner the producer severely underestimates the ability of Kevin Costner the actor to win over the audience in this tepid satire of electoral politics. Through a technical and mechanical glitch, Costner’s character, an affable loser named Bud, finds himself […]

Righteous Kill

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and brief drug use.
Movie Release Date:September 12, 2008
DVD Release Date:January 6, 2009
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and brief drug use.
Movie Release Date: September 12, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009

Has there ever been a cinematic pairing as eagerly anticipated as this one? Perhaps, but I can’t think of one that has been anticipated as long. Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro were both in 1974’s “The Godfather II” but their […]

Ghost Town

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references
Movie Release Date:September 19, 2008
DVD Release Date:December 30, 208
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references
Movie Release Date: September 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 30, 208

Bertram Pincus, D.D.S. sees dead people. And he’s very crabby about it. Bertram (Ricky Gervais, creator and star of the original British version of “The Office”) doesn’t much like any kind of people, living or dead. He likes being a […]

Eagle Eye

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and for language
Movie Release Date:September 26, 2008
DVD Release Date:December 23, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and for language
Movie Release Date: September 26, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 23, 2008

A promising premise, some intense action, and a lively appearance by Billy Bob Thornton might have been enough to squeak this one by as a summer movie but when the days grow shorter and the wind blows chill we ask […]

Burn After Reading

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence.
Movie Release Date:September 12, 2008
DVD Release Date:December 23, 2008
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence.
Movie Release Date: September 12, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 23, 2008

The Coen brothers may have achieved mainstream success with their Best Picture Oscar for No Country for Old Men, but so much for adapting prestigious literary novels that engage the essential American archetypes; they are back with another twisty, genre-tweaking […]

Mamma Mia!

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sex-related comments.
Movie Release Date:July 18, 2008
DVD Release Date:December 16, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sex-related comments.
Movie Release Date: July 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008

Go ahead, admit it. We won’t judge you. You, in the car, with the Ramones t-shirt, singing along to “Fernando” when it comes on the radio. And you, in the shower, singing “Dancing Queen” into the shampoo bottle. You, over […]

Man on Wire

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and nudity, and drug references.
Movie Release Date:July 25, 2008
DVD Release Date:December 9, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and nudity, and drug references.
Movie Release Date: July 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008

“Beacause it’s there.” George Mallory’s reason for conquering Everest applies to feats of exploration and adventure that include traveling to the moon. This documentary shows us that it also explains how a French teenager leafing through a magazine at his […]

The Dark Knight

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace.
Movie Release Date:July 18, 2008
DVD Release Date:December 9, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace.
Movie Release Date: July 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008

“Dark” is right. Christopher Nolan’s sequel to his Batman Begins is not only dark; it is searing and disturbing. The bad guys are very, very bad. These are not guys who do bad things because that is the only way […]

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for epic battle action and violence.
Movie Release Date:May 16, 2008
DVD Release Date:December 2, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for epic battle action and violence.
Movie Release Date: May 16, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008

The Pevensie children are back in London and contemporary life seems pale and uninvolving compared to their adventures in the magical land of Narnia. As they wait for the Tube, a wall opens up and just as happened when they […]

Step Brothers

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language.
Movie Release Date:July 25, 2008
DVD Release Date:December 2, 2008
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language.
Movie Release Date: July 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008

I have an idea for a movie comedy. A writer-director has a couple of huge hits and so all the Hollywood studio hacks descend on him adoringly. “Give us your ideas,” they tell him, “Anything at all! We’ll make a […]

Wanted

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, pervasive language and some sexuality.
Movie Release Date:June 28, 2008
DVD Release Date:December 2, 2008
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, pervasive language and some sexuality.
Movie Release Date: June 28, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008

Nasty, twisted, pulpy, and brutally violent, “Wanted” is like a cross between Kill Bill, The Matrix, and The Terminator. Angelina Jolie, smokey-eyed and a little bit leaner, plays the assassin who grabs cubicle galley slave Wesley (“Atonement’s” James McAvoy) when […]

Space Chimps

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:July 18, 2008
DVD Release Date:November 25, 2008
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: July 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008

This genial animated sci-fi comedy about astronaut chimps is an unpretentious summer pleasure, an entertaining mix of adventure and comedy that even manages to find some heart. Ham III (voice of “Saturday Night Live’s” Andy Samberg) is a chimpanzee circus […]

Hancock

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language.
Movie Release Date:July 2, 2008
DVD Release Date:November 25, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language.
Movie Release Date: July 2, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008

The problem is, this is not a 4th of July movie. It is not a bad movie. It is not a good movie either. It is a flawed but interesting movie but its biggest problem is that on the 4th […]

Fred Claus

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:November 9, 2007
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: November 9, 2007

The predictable work and family and romantic complications ensue, but they are dragged out and overplotted as an efficiency expert (Kevin Spacey) comes in for some bah-humbug moments, threatening to outsource the entire operation. The movie could have used an […]

Meet Dave

posted by Nell Minow
C-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for bawdy and suggestive humor, action and some language.
Movie Release Date:July 11, 2008
DVD Release Date:November 25, 2008
C-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for bawdy and suggestive humor, action and some language.
Movie Release Date: July 11, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008

It seems like Eddie Murphy wants to live in a world of his own. Increasingly, in movies like the execrable Norbit, he plays multiple parts and does his best to make sure that any parts played by other actors are […]

Tropic Thunder

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material.
Movie Release Date:August 13, 2008
DVD Release Date:November 18, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material.
Movie Release Date: August 13, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008

With constant coverage of every baby bump and trip to rehab, we all feel like show business insiders these days. And co-writer/director/star Ben Stiller makes the most of that with this pointed but ultimately sweet take on Hollywood excess. The […]

Wall•E

posted by Nell Minow
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:June 27, 2008
DVD Release Date:November 18, 2008
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: June 27, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008

700 years after the last humans left the planet they had made uninhabitable through environmental degradation, one small robot is still continuing to crunch the mountains of trash. He is a Waste Allocation Load-Lifter Earth-Class, or Wall•E. His eyes are […]

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for mature material and sensuality.
Movie Release Date:August 8, 2008
DVD Release Date:November 18, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature material and sensuality.
Movie Release Date: August 8, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008

When the first five minutes of a film show us a wedding, a graduation, a pregnancy, some kisses, and two grave sites, followed by a reunion scene involving shrieking and hugging, we know we are in for an irresistible saga […]

Hellboy 2: the Golden Army

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language.
Movie Release Date:July 11, 2008
DVD Release Date:November 11, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language.
Movie Release Date: July 11, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008

“Hellboy” is the “US Weekly” of comic book sagas. Superheroes are just like us! They squabble with their loved ones! They smoke cigars! They take pregnancy tests! When their hearts are broken they get drunk and sing along to Barry […]

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking.
Movie Release Date:August 13, 2008
DVD Release Date:November 11, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking.
Movie Release Date: August 13, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008

Oh, George Lucas. Please stop diluting the franchise. This latest all-animated iteration of “Star Wars” has a relationship to the original somewhere along the lines of the relationship of a homeopathic ingredient to the ultimate concoction. It has been diluted […]

The Perfect Holiday

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:PG for language and some suggestive humor.
Movie Release Date:December 12, 2007
DVD Release Date:November 11, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: PG for language and some suggestive humor.
Movie Release Date: December 12, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008

This sugarplum of a movie is held together with good intentions and paperclips, but its appealing cast and seasonal sweetness make it — if not the perfect holiday treat, a pleasantly enjoyable one, especially welcome because there are so few […]

Kung Fu Panda

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for sequences of martial arts action
Movie Release Date:June 5, 2008
DVD Release Date:November 4, 2008
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for sequences of martial arts action
Movie Release Date: June 5, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008

Po (voice of Jack Black) is a soft, sweet-natured cuddly panda. He works as a waiter in his father’s noodle shop but dreams of being a kung fu champion. He studies kung fu history and cherishes his action figures of […]

Meet Me in St. Louis

posted by Nell Minow
A
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1944
DVD Release Date:2000
A
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1944
DVD Release Date: 2000

This episodic story of the Smith family in the St. Louis of 1903 is based on the memoirs of Sally Benson.  Its pleasures are in the period detail, the glorious songs (including standards “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself a […]

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:July 2, 2008
DVD Release Date:October 28, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: July 2, 2008
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008

“Kit Kittredge” is remarkable for what it is and just as remarkable for what it is not. It is wholesome but it is not sugary. It is family-friendly but it does not gloss over economic realities and family stress. It […]

The Incredible Hulk

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some frightening sci-fi images, and brief suggestive content
Movie Release Date:June 13, 2008
DVD Release Date:October 21, 2008
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some frightening sci-fi images, and brief suggestive content
Movie Release Date: June 13, 2008
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008

It begins with a zippy credit sequence that dispatches with the backstory Ang Lee’s lumbering 2003 version took more than an hour to slog through. And we’re off! Who cares what kind of gamma rays turned Bruce Banner into the […]

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and scary images
Movie Release Date:May 22, 2008
DVD Release Date:September 2, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and scary images
Movie Release Date: May 22, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008

Some things are different. No more Nazis — it is now a Cold War and the guys on the other side are the Soviets. And there may be enemies at home. A harmless-looking professor could be a Red. Or maybe […]

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic material, some disturbing images and brief smoking.
Movie Release Date:April 21, 2008
DVD Release Date:October 16, 2008
D
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic material, some disturbing images and brief smoking.
Movie Release Date: April 21, 2008
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2008

There may be a good argument to make on behalf of teaching Intelligent Design in science class, but this documentary from Ben Stein does not make it. The movie itself is an example of design by faith and emotion rather […]

The Happening

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for violent and disturbing images
Movie Release Date:June 13, 2008
DVD Release Date:October 10, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for violent and disturbing images
Movie Release Date: June 13, 2008
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2008

Here’s a spooky story: a talented storyteller mesmerizes his audience and then loses his way in a thicket of self-regard so that no matter how hard he tries, each of the stories he tells becomes less powerful than the one […]

You Don’t Mess With the Zohan

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language and nudity
Movie Release Date:June 5, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language and nudity
Movie Release Date: June 5, 2008

Somewhere inside this Adam Sandler slacker silliness there is a fierce and provocative little satire trying to get out. Sandler is so busy with his usual shtick that at times it seems that even he hardly notices the subversive political […]

Sleeping Beauty

posted by Nell Minow
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1958
DVD Release Date:October 7, 2014
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1958
DVD Release Date: October 7, 2014

Disney’s gorgeous “Sleeping Beauty” is out in a magnificent new Diamond edition this week. This classic should be in the library of every family and every animation fan. The King and Queen happily celebrate the birth of their daughter, Princess […]

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.
Movie Release Date:April 21, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.
Movie Release Date: April 21, 2008

“How I Met Your Mother’s” Jason Segal wrote and stars in the latest from the Apatow atelier, another raunchy comedy with a tender heart, and once again the story of a childish and helpless man who is perpetually longing for […]

Iron Man

posted by Nell Minow

With its first self-financed production, Marvel has produced one of the best superhero movies ever made, pure popcorn pleasure for its special effects, its story, its villain, and its hero. Director Jon Favreau, star Robert Downey Jr. and a first-class […]

The Women

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for sex-related material, language, some drug use and brief smoking
Movie Release Date:September 11, 2008
DVD Release Date:December 23, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sex-related material, language, some drug use and brief smoking
Movie Release Date: September 11, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 23, 2008

It isn’t so much that they have updated or re-invented the brilliantly acidic Claire Boothe Luce play that was adapted for a classic 1939 movie; they completely misunderstood it. The surface details of the original may need updating but its […]

Run Fatboy Run

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some rude and sexual humor, nudity, language and smoking.
Movie Release Date:March 28, 2008
DVD Release Date:September 23, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some rude and sexual humor, nudity, language and smoking.
Movie Release Date: March 28, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008

David Schwimmer, who spent nine years deftly playing Ross on Friends seems to be trying to make a sitcom episode out of this overlong over-conventional under-funny romantic comedy. To put it in its own terms, it might make it as […]

Sex and the City

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Movie Release Date:May 30, 2008
DVD Release Date:September 23, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Movie Release Date: May 30, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008

No spoiler alert is required before disclosing that the very appropriate and deeply satisfying fade-out at the end of this film has its four heroines happily going off into the metaphorical sunset….with each other. That is the great love story […]

The Love Guru

posted by Nell Minow
F
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some comic violence and drug references.
Movie Release Date:June 20, 2008
DVD Release Date:September 16, 2008
F
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some comic violence and drug references.
Movie Release Date: June 20, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008

Anyone old enough to see this movie is way too old to enjoy it. And having co-writer and star Mike Myers wink at the audience after some lame pun or potty joke doesn’t up the hilarity factor. The fact that […]

Speed Racer

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for sequences of action, some violence, language and brief smoking.
Movie Release Date:May 9, 2008
DVD Release Date:September 16, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for sequences of action, some violence, language and brief smoking.
Movie Release Date: May 9, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008

Andy and Larry Wachowski, the folks behind the Matrix trilogy, have taken the iconic but decidedly low-tech 1960’s Japanese cartoon character and put the pedal to the metal with dazzling effects and electrifying action. Do what Speed Racer does — […]

Made of Honor

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language
Movie Release Date:May 2, 2008
DVD Release Date:September 16, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language
Movie Release Date: May 2, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008

“Made of Honor” has gloss and bounce and some of the core elements of a mainstream chick flick/date movie. Sexiest Man Alive runner-up in lead role? Yep, Dr. McDreamy himself. I’ve been a Patrick Dempsey fan since he did the […]

Forbidden Kingdom

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of martial arts action and some violence.
Movie Release Date:April 19, 2008
DVD Release Date:September 9, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of martial arts action and some violence.
Movie Release Date: April 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008

It’s not a good movie, but it is a lot of fun. It’s a fantasy with three things going for it: it does not take itself too seriously, it does take the action scenes seriously, and it includes both of […]

Baby Mama

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and a drug reference.
Movie Release Date:April 25, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and a drug reference.
Movie Release Date: April 25, 2008

“Baby Mama” is not just smart, warm, funny, and romantic, it is an especially welcome dose of XX chromosome humor in an Apatow-flooded XY era. Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) plays Kate, a single woman who has achieved a great deal […]

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some partial nudity and innuendo.
Movie Release Date:March 7, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some partial nudity and innuendo.
Movie Release Date: March 7, 2008

A delicious retro romp about a failed nanny who finds her true calling when she transforms the life of a flighty singer, this film is designed around two fabulously entertaining stars, Frances McDormand and Amy Adams. McDormand is Miss Pettigrew, […]

What Happens in Vegas…

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual and crude content, and language,including a drug reference.
Movie Release Date:May 9, 2008
DVD Release Date:August 26, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual and crude content, and language,including a drug reference.
Movie Release Date: May 9, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008

A romantic comedy needs to get us on the side of its couple as individuals and on the side of romance. This one fails by giving us characters so crude and unlikeable that even the star wattage of Cameron Diaz […]

Boxboarders!

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language, crude and sexual content, some teen partying and reckless behavior.
Movie Release Date:NA
DVD Release Date:July 29, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language, crude and sexual content, some teen partying and reckless behavior.
Movie Release Date: NA
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008

The writer of the delightful Clockstoppers has written and directed an unpretentious little comedy about a crazy “sport” — racing boxes on wheels. It makes the most of its low budget with an easy-going good humor in this goofy but […]

Nim’s Island

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild adventure action and brief language.
Movie Release Date:April 4, 2008
DVD Release Date:August 4, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild adventure action and brief language.
Movie Release Date: April 4, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 4, 2008

A pair of heroines on opposite sides of the world team up in an eye-filling and heart-warming story from Walden Media, the latest in its series of fine films based on popular children’s literature. Eleven year old Nim (Abigail Breslin […]

21

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some violence, and sexual content including partial nudity.
Movie Release Date:March 28, 2008
DVD Release Date:July 22, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some violence, and sexual content including partial nudity.
Movie Release Date: March 28, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008

The real-life story of a group of MIT math whiz kids who won millions playing blackjack gets the glossy Hollywood treatment here — a poor but worthy son of a single mother who needs money for med school tuition makes […]

Step Up 2 the Streets

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language, some suggestive material and brief violence.
Movie Release Date:February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date:July 15, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language, some suggestive material and brief violence.
Movie Release Date: February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008

Isn’t it too soon for a remake of “How She Move,” which came out less than a month ago? “How She Move” itself felt like a remake of all of those “You Got Served”/”Stomp the Yard”/”Save the Last Dance”/”Step Up” […]

College Road Trip

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:March 7, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: March 7, 2008

What bugs me the most about this movie is not that it is cynical, synthetic, exploitative, and lazy, though it is all of those things. It is not that it alternates being dull with being both painful and dull, though […]

12 Angry Men

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:July 29, 1957
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: July 29, 1957

Twelve jurors, hot and tired after a six-day murder trial, file into the jury room. They begin with a vote — 11 vote for a guilty verdict, but one (Henry Fonda), juror Number 8, votes to acquit. The others are […]

Stop-Loss

posted by Nell Minow
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MPAA Rating: Rated R for graphic violence and pervasive language.
Movie Release Date:March 28, 2008
DVD Release Date:July 8, 2008
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MPAA Rating: Rated R for graphic violence and pervasive language.
Movie Release Date: March 28, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008

A young soldier who has come home from Iraq is forced to rethink his ideas about heroism and patriotism when he is “stop-lossed” — informed that instead of leaving the Army he has been involuntarily assigned to another tour of […]

Independence Day

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:July 4, 1996
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: July 4, 1996

In this heart-thumping, slam-bang action extravaganza, aliens arrive and blow up the world’s major cities. The president (Bill Pullman) and fighter pilots (led by Will Smith) must find a way to fight back. Some kids will find this too intense […]

Drillbit Taylor

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for crude sexual references throughout, strong bullying, language, drug references and partial nudity.
Movie Release Date:March 21, 2008
DVD Release Date:July 1, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude sexual references throughout, strong bullying, language, drug references and partial nudity.
Movie Release Date: March 21, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008

Like Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow has tried to extend his franchise, and like Sandler, the result is diluted, derivative, and disappointing. Director Steven Brill (of the truly terrible “Without a Paddle,” “Ready to Rumble,” and Sandler’s biggest flop, “Little Nicky”) […]

Vantage Point

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, some disturbing images and brief strong language.
Movie Release Date:February 22, 2008
DVD Release Date:July 1, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, some disturbing images and brief strong language.
Movie Release Date: February 22, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008

A gimmicky thriller without much of a gimmick or many thrills, “Vantage Point” suffers, too, from being out of synch with its time. Its premise may be current — an assassination attempt at an anti-terrorism summit — but its tone […]

Definitely, Maybe

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including some frank dialogue, language and smoking.
Movie Release Date:February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 24, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including some frank dialogue, language and smoking.
Movie Release Date: February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008

“Definitely, Maybe” is the story of the three great loves of a man’s life. That’s “story” in the literal sense, as in the bedtime story he tells his young daughter, who wants to know how he met her mother and, […]

The Spiderwick Chronicles

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements.
Movie Release Date:February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 24, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements.
Movie Release Date: February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008

The best-selling series of books about children who find their mysterious old house surrounded by magical creatures has been turned into a visually sumptuous treat for fans of fantasy and imagination. Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) plays twins […]

Fool’s Gold

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for action violence, some sexual material, brief nudity and language
Movie Release Date:February 8, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 17, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for action violence, some sexual material, brief nudity and language
Movie Release Date: February 8, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008

An adventure-romance-comedy about a just-divorced couple who join forces in pursuit of sunken treasure reunited Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Despite the considerable — and well-displayed — charms of its stars, […]

Under the Same Moon

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements.
Movie Release Date:March 19, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 17, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements.
Movie Release Date: March 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008

As the title suggests, there is a little bit of fairy tale moondust sprinkled over this story of a nine-year-old boy who runs away from his home in Mexico to find his mother in Los Angeles. As with all fairy […]

Be Kind Rewind

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual references.
Movie Release Date:February 22, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 17, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual references.
Movie Release Date: February 22, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008

This charming little fairy tale is more than a sweet and heart-warming story; it is a thoughtful exploration of the power of stories, why we are enthralled by hearing and watching them and why we are even more captivated by […]

From Beliefnet

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The Other Boleyn Girl

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content and some violent images
Movie Release Date:February 29. 2008
DVD Release Date:June 10, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content and some violent images
Movie Release Date: February 29. 2008
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008

Take away the sumptuous settings and Hollywood glamour and what you have here is like Henry VIII for Dummies enacted by the cast of the OC. Natalie Portman plays Anne Boleyn, who became the second of Henry VIII’s six wives […]

The Bucket List

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language, including a sexual reference.
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2007
DVD Release Date:June 10, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language, including a sexual reference.
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008

It’s The Shawshank Redemption part two, or it tries to be. It has voiceover narration by Morgan Freeman. It has an inspiring and life-affirming friendship — featuring Morgan Freeman. It just is not very good. If you’ve seen the trailer, […]

Jumper

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some language and brief sexuality.
Movie Release Date:February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 10, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some language and brief sexuality.
Movie Release Date: February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008

The movie “Jumper” is 88 minutes on a pogo stick, hopping from teenage cliche to teenage cliche. You like the story about the high school nerd who pines for the class beauty and is tormented by her bully boyfriend? You’re […]

Semi-Pro

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R for language and some sexual content
Movie Release Date:February 29, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 3, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content
Movie Release Date: February 29, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008

“Semi-Pro” is not even semi-funny. It takes what looks like an unmissable slam dunk of a premise and turns it into a big, noisy airball of a movie without a single truly funny moment. Will Ferrell in the 1970’s — […]

Rambo

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong graphic bloody violence, sexual assaults, grisly images and language.
Movie Release Date:January 25, 2008
DVD Release Date:May 27, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong graphic bloody violence, sexual assaults, grisly images and language.
Movie Release Date: January 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008

Same “stick it to the man” story. Same stoic, emotionally damaged but still a fighting machine (mean, yes; lean, not so much) who can take on a hundred guys with guns because he is so well trained and so pure […]

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some violence and action
Movie Release Date:December 21, 2007
DVD Release Date:May 20, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some violence and action
Movie Release Date: December 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008

The first movie ended with historian/treasure-hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) triumphant, with riches, a dream house, and a dream girl, historian/knockout (and conveniently named) Abigail Chase (“Troy’s” Helen Diane Kruger). He has pretty much lost all of that as […]

The Great Debaters

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for depiction of strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, and for language and brief sexuality.
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2007
DVD Release Date:May 13, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for depiction of strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, and for language and brief sexuality.
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008

In 1935, the debate team from a tiny all-black college took on the top white team in the country and they won. This is that story, Oprah-fied to be sure (Winfrey’s company produced the film), but powerfully told by director […]

Mad Money

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual material and language, and brief drug references.
Movie Release Date:January 18, 2008
DVD Release Date:May 13, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual material and language, and brief drug references.
Movie Release Date: January 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008

What force on earth is strong enough to unite an upper middle class suburban housewife, a poor African-American single mother and a young, spaced-out rock n’ roll fan living in a trailer? Why, the opportunity to steal from the government, […]

I Remember Mama

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1948
DVD Release Date:2004
A
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1948
DVD Release Date: 2004

Kathryn Forbes’ memoirs of her Norwegian immigrant family are lovingly brought to life in this classic, often found on television on Mother’s Day. Mama is played by the luminous Irene Dunne, far from the sophisticated comedies and glossy romances she […]

P.S. I Love You

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual references and brief nudity.
Movie Release Date:December 21, 2007
DVD Release Date:May 7, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual references and brief nudity.
Movie Release Date: December 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2008

Hillary Swank does not have the chin for romance or the rhythm for comedy. Her two Oscars were for earnest, androgynous roles (“Boys Don’t Cry” and “Million Dollar Baby”) that made the most of her strong jaw and lanky figure. […]

Charlie Wilson’s War

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong language, nudity/sexual content and some drug use.
Movie Release Date:December 21, 2007
DVD Release Date:April 22, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong language, nudity/sexual content and some drug use.
Movie Release Date: December 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008

It is not easy to take a wealthy socialite, a powerful Congressman, and a CIA agent, have them played by three Oscar-winners, two who are genuine box office gold, and make them look like the underdogs, but in this “extraordinary […]

Cloverfield

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images.
Movie Release Date:January 18, 2008
DVD Release Date:April 22, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images.
Movie Release Date: January 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008

Stories, especially movies, are usually linear and organized in part because stories are how we make sense of the world but mostly because of the limits of time. If we are only going to give two hours of our lives […]

Reservation Road

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and some disturbing images.
Movie Release Date:October 26, 2007
DVD Release Date:April 8, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some disturbing images.
Movie Release Date: October 26, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008

We’ve all done it. We know we shouldn’t. We know it is dangerous. Dwight (Mark Ruffalo) is racing to get his 10-year-old son home after a ball game went into extra innings. He is talking on the cell phone to […]

The Final Season

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for language, thematic elements and some teen smoking.
Movie Release Date:October 12, 2007
DVD Release Date:April 8, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for language, thematic elements and some teen smoking.
Movie Release Date: October 12, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008

From the opening shots of the American flag fluttering gracefully from a barn in the Iowa morning mist, to the closing scenes of cheering crowds at the baseball field, The Final Season is one great big corn-fed cliche. The movie […]

Alvin and the Chipmunks

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild rude humor.
Movie Release Date:December 14, 2007
DVD Release Date:April 7, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild rude humor.
Movie Release Date: December 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2008

Novelty songwriter Ross Bagdasarian noticed that speeding up the audio recordings creatd a high-pitched sound in 1958, and used that technique in his song “The Witch Doctor.” It was a hit. And so, he created the singing chipmunks, Simon, Theodore, […]

Enchanted

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some scary images and mild innuendo
Movie Release Date:November 21, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 18, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some scary images and mild innuendo
Movie Release Date: November 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008

Fairy tales and modern-day Manhattan find a way to live happily ever after in this adorable Disney story about the adventures of a prince, an almost-princess, and an evil queen in New York City.

I am Legend

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
Movie Release Date:December 14, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 18, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
Movie Release Date: December 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008

Will Smith plays the last man on earth in this third movie based on Richard Matheson’s novella. Scientist Robert Neville was immune to the virus that wiped out everyone. He spends his days hunting for food in the deserted streets […]

No Country for Old Men

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong graphic violence and some language.
Movie Release Date:November 9, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 11, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong graphic violence and some language.
Movie Release Date: November 9, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008

“I’m fixin to go do somethin dumbern hell but I’m goin anyways. If I don’t come back tell Mother I love her.” “Your mother’s dead Llewelyn.” “Well I’ll tell her myself then.” For the Coen brothers’ first-ever adaptation of another […]

Nancy Drew: Mystery in the Hollywood Hills

posted by jmiller
C
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild violence, thematic elements and brief language.
Movie Release Date:2007
DVD Release Date:March 11, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild violence, thematic elements and brief language.
Movie Release Date: 2007
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008

Part of the appeal of Nancy Drew through the decades has been the way she has continually been updated while remaining essentially the same. The problem with this movie is that the updates are poorly chosen, awkwardly inserted, and inappropriate […]

August Rush

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some thematic elements, mild violence and language
Movie Release Date:November 21, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 11, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some thematic elements, mild violence and language
Movie Release Date: November 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008

Those who are willing to open their hearts to this urban fairy tale will find its pleasures, as long as they they don’t think about it too hard.

Dan in Real Life

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some innuendo.
Movie Release Date:October 26, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 11, 2008
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some innuendo.
Movie Release Date: October 26, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008

No one is better than Steve Carell at playing clenched. In “Dan in Real Life,” he plays a character so clenched he just about levitates off the ground. Dan is an advice columnist and a single parent. He cares for […]

Bee Movie

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
MPAA Rating:PG for mild suggestive humor.
Movie Release Date:November 2, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 11, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
MPAA Rating: PG for mild suggestive humor.
Movie Release Date: November 2, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008

Jerry Seinfeld will always be remembered for creating a brilliant and beloved television show about…nothing. His unbreakable rule was “no learning, no hugging.” Popular sitcoms had always been about learning and hugging and “very special episodes.” But Seinfeld created four […]

Into the Wild

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some nudity.
Movie Release Date:September 21, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 4, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some nudity.
Movie Release Date: September 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008

Every one of us at times hears the call of the wild, to match the wild of the outdoors to the wild that is inside us, to leave behind all of the petty complications of civilization and test ourselves down […]

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:November 16, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 4, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: November 16, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008

There’s nothing harder to get right in a movie than whimsy. And there are few clumsier crashes when it goes wrong. What could have been a charmingly whimsical children’s book becomes an arch and sugary movie, its failures of tone […]

The Darjeeling Limited

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for langauge
Movie Release Date:October 2, 1007
DVD Release Date:February 26, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for langauge
Movie Release Date: October 2, 1007
DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008

If Wes Andersen ever decides to treat his characters with the same loving attention he treats his props, he will make better movies. Oh the tschotchkes in this movie! It’s like a long, loving J. Peterman catalogue commercial. If only […]

Beowulf

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sexual material and nudity
Movie Release Date:November 16, 2007
DVD Release Date:February 26, 2008
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sexual material and nudity
Movie Release Date: November 16, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008

One of the oldest surviving stories is retold through one of the most modern of technologies in a thrilling 3-D adventure from director Robert Zemeckis.

Rendition

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for torture/violence and language.
Movie Release Date:October 18, 2007
DVD Release Date:February 19, 2008
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for torture/violence and language.
Movie Release Date: October 18, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008

This is America. We do not torture people. But sometimes we send prisoners suspected of ties to terrorism to places where they do torture people. That is what happens to Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally), a chemical engineer who moved to […]

Michael Clayton

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language including some sexual dialogue.
Movie Release Date:January 25, 2008
DVD Release Date:February 19, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language including some sexual dialogue.
Movie Release Date: January 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008

Michael Clayton (George Clooney) spends a lot of time facing into the dark midnight of the soul, his own and others’. Late one night and early the next morning, he does both at once as he gets a call on […]

No Reservations

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:July 27, 2007
DVD Release Date:February 12, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: July 27, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008

It may be a three-star movie about a four-star chef, but it is still a sweet summer treat and a great date night hors d’oeuvre. Kate (Catherine Zeta Jones) just does not understand what everyone’s problem is. All she wants […]

The Martian Child

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language.
Movie Release Date:November 2, 2007
DVD Release Date:February 12, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language.
Movie Release Date: November 2, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008

There’s nothing wrong with a little fakery now and then if it smooths out some rough spots and eliminates some distractions. But this film goes past fakery into condescending phoniness that knocks the story off its tracks. What is frustrating […]

We Own the Night

posted by Nell Minow

This is a curious hybrid combining contemporary language and violence with a retro set-up right out of a 1930’s James Cagney/Pat O’Brien movie and pulsating undercover law enforcement action of 1970’s films like Serpico and The French Connection. The story […]

Across the Universe

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some drug content, nudity, sexuality, violence and language.
Movie Release Date:2007
DVD Release Date:February 5, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some drug content, nudity, sexuality, violence and language.
Movie Release Date: 2007
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008

On the list of movies featuring Beatles songs, this one comes far below A Hard Day’s Night, Yellow Submarine, Let It Be, and Help but slightly above Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, maybe somewhere around Magical Mystery Tour. Director […]

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for some strong violence and brief sexual references.
Movie Release Date:2007
DVD Release Date:February 5, 2008
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some strong violence and brief sexual references.
Movie Release Date: 2007
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008

This movie may be about one of the most famous outlaws in the days of the Wild West, but it is not a bang-bang shoot-em-up Western. It is a broody psychological Western, a lot of peering out into endless prairie […]

Over Her Dead Body

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language.

This movie starts out badly, gets much worse, and then after it is just dull for a while, it veers off into a whole new category of awful. Stay away. The premise is promising. How do we know? Because it […]

The Invasion

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and terror.
Movie Release Date:August 17, 2007
DVD Release Date:January 29, 2008
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and terror.
Movie Release Date: August 17, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008

This fourth movie version of the Jack Finney story about “body-snatchers” again reminds us that the scariest enemies are not creatures with sharp talons and teeth, aliens with super-powerful weapons, or enormous dinosaurs with powerful jaws but the prospect of […]

Daddy Day Camp

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild bodily humor and language.
DVD Release Date:January 29, 2008
D
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild bodily humor and language.
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008

This farm team follow-up to “Daddy Day Care” puts Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Paul Raye as Charlie and Phil, the parts originated by Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin. Note that the ads proclaim this is “from the studio” that gave […]

Rocket Science

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for some sexual content and language.
Movie Release Date:2007
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some sexual content and language.
Movie Release Date: 2007

Hal (Reece Thompson) has something say but he has a lot of trouble saying it. On the bus, he can practice asking for pizza, but when it comes to the moment and he is standing in the cafeteria line, he […]

The Game Plan

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:September 28, 2007
DVD Release Date:January 22, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: September 28, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008

There is undeniable little girl appeal in this story of a big, selfish meanie of a quarterback who is tamed by the 8-year-old daughter he never knew he had. Some audiences will find it as sugary as a fruit-scented princess […]

The Hunting Party

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date:January 22, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008

Crazy times require crazy tactics. And so just because the UN can’t seem to find Bosnia’s most notorious war criminal does not mean that a gonzo journalist shouldn’t track him down for an interview. Based on a 2002 Esquire Magazine […]

Sydney White

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:September 21, 2007
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: September 21, 2007

This updated fairy tale has some clever riffs on “Snow White” but never makes use of the considerable talents of its star, Amanda Bynes. Sydney (Bynes) is a college freshman who wants to join Kappa, the most exclusive sorority on […]

Rudy

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:1993
DVD Release Date:1994
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 1993
DVD Release Date: 1994

In this true story of determination and courage, a young man from a blue collar family wants to play football for Notre Dame, despite the fact he has neither the athletic nor the academic skills. Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger (Sean Astin) […]

Mr. Woodcock

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic material, language and a mild drug reference.
Movie Release Date:September 11, 20007
DVD Release Date:January 15, 2008
D
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic material, language and a mild drug reference.
Movie Release Date: September 11, 20007
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008

If Sophocles knew that this would be the result, he would never have allowed “Oedipus” to see the light of day. “Mr. Woodcock” is an Oedipal comedy about a man who loves his mother and who becomes very, very upset […]

Good Luck Chuck

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sequences of strong sexual content including crude dialogue, nudity, language and some drug use.
Movie Release Date:2007
DVD Release Date:January 15, 2008
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sequences of strong sexual content including crude dialogue, nudity, language and some drug use.
Movie Release Date: 2007
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008

At age 10, following an awkward Spin the Bottle encounter, a little goth girl puts a hex on Charlie so that he will be surrounded by love but never find it himself. But it is the audience who will feel […]

Sunshine

posted by jmiller
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for violent content and language.
Movie Release Date:July 17, 2007
DVD Release Date:January 8, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for violent content and language.
Movie Release Date: July 17, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008

The sun is dying. A rocket ship from earth, meaningfully named “Icarus,” failed in its mission to reboot the sun with a supercharged nuclear payload designed to “create a star within a star.” Now the earth’s last chance is Icarus […]

Shoot ‘Em Up

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:R for pervasive strong bloody violence, sexuality, and some language
Movie Release Date:September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date:January 1, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong bloody violence, sexuality, and some language
Movie Release Date: September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 1, 2008

Writer-director Michael Davis has stripped the action movie down to its essence in a mind-blowing mash-up fueled with testosterone, adrenaline, and weapons-grade plutonium. No esoteric references in the title. No Robert McKee-mandated 10 pages at the beginning to make us […]

Stardust

posted by jmiller
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some fantasy violence and risque humor.
Movie Release Date:2007
DVD Release Date:December 18, 2007
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some fantasy violence and risque humor.
Movie Release Date: 2007
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007

This is an enchanting story that lives up to the promise of a “once upon a time beginning,” filled with romance, adventure, magic, and wit. It has witch sisters who need to find a fallen star to make the potion […]

The Bourne Ultimatum

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action.
Movie Release Date:August 3, 2007
DVD Release Date:December 11, 2007
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action.
Movie Release Date: August 3, 2007
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007

There is not much story here. The set-up was two movies ago, when a man with a gunshot wound was fished out of the water. He had no memory but when it came to the tricks of the spy trade, […]

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.
Movie Release Date:July 11, 2007
DVD Release Date:December 11, 2007
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.
Movie Release Date: July 11, 2007
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007

Everything is changing again for Harry Potter. Back when Hagrid explained to him for the first time at age 11 that his parents had not died in a car crash but in a battle with an evil wizard and that […]

Superbad

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content, strong language, drinking, some drug use and a fantasy/comic violent image - all involving teens.
Movie Release Date: August 17, 2007
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007

Cheerfully outrageous and unabashedly offensive, this saga of three high school seniors in search of sex and liquor works because the vulgarity is in the context of a very sweet story about growing up and leaving home. It centers on […]

The Nanny Diaries

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for language
Movie Release Date:August 24, 2007
DVD Release Date:December 4, 2007
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language
Movie Release Date: August 24, 2007
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007

Oh, we all love to feel superior to rich people, don’t we? It makes us feel so nice and smug. They may have the fancy apartments and couture, but we have a lock on authenticity and unpretentiousness, right? That’s what […]

Arctic Tale

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:July 30, 2007
DVD Release Date:December 4, 2007
B
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: July 30, 2007
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007

The people behind “March of the Penguins” have put together another endearing story of life in the coldest place on earth. This time, it is the story of two newborns, a polar bear called Nanu and a walrus named Seela. […]

Bratz

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic elements.
Movie Release Date:August 3, 2007
DVD Release Date:November 27, 2007
B
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements.
Movie Release Date: August 3, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007

If the “Transformers” were the snips and snails and puppy dog tails of the toys-to-movie genre of the summer of 2007, the Bratz were the sugar and spice.

Live Free or Die Hard (Die Hard 4)

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language and a brief sexual situation
Movie Release Date:June 22, 2007
DVD Release Date:November 20, 2007
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language and a brief sexual situation
Movie Release Date: June 22, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007

It will blow the box of popcorn out of your hand.

Shrek the Third

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:May 18, 2007
DVD Release Date:2007
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: May 18, 2007
DVD Release Date: 2007

Did you ever wonder what happens to the villains while the hero and heroine are living happily ever after? We get to find out in this third chapter in the saga of Shrek. In the previous episode, Prince Charming failed […]

11th Hour

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild disturbing images and thematic elements.
Movie Release Date:November 16, 2007
DVD Release Date:April 9, 2008
B
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild disturbing images and thematic elements.
Movie Release Date: November 16, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 9, 2008

Leonardo DiCaprio has produced a thoughtful, important film about a vitally important subject, the devastating impact of industrial development on the fragile environment. He has assembled an impressive collection of scholars and world leaders to emphasize the precariousness of the […]

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

posted by jmiller
B
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action/adventure violence and some frightening images.
Movie Release Date:2007
DVD Release Date:December 4, 2007
B
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action/adventure violence and some frightening images.
Movie Release Date: 2007
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007

Even in a summer blockbuster, sometimes less is more. Especially when it comes to the story. They throw in so many plots, so many battles, so many tonal shifts, so many characters, and ultimately so many Captain Jack Sparrows that […]

The Great Race

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:July 1, 1965
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: July 1, 1965

Dedicated to “Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy,” this movie is both a spoof and a loving tribute to the silent classics, with good guys, bad guys, romance, adventure, slapstick, music, wonderful antique cars, and the biggest pie fight in history. […]

Firehouse Dog

posted by jmiller
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for sequences of action peril, some mild crude humor and language.
Movie Release Date:2007
DVD Release Date:2007
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for sequences of action peril, some mild crude humor and language.
Movie Release Date: 2007
DVD Release Date: 2007

Ths story about a mega-movie star dog who gets lost and finds a home with the son of a fire chief is an uncomfortable blending of three different stories that neglects the one thing we want to see — the […]

Norbit

posted by jmiller
F
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, some nudity and language. (edited for re-rating)
Movie Release Date:2007
DVD Release Date:2007
F
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, some nudity and language. (edited for re-rating)
Movie Release Date: 2007
DVD Release Date: 2007

Eddie Murphy has taken his love for playing multiple roles, his love for Jerry Lewis (who also loved playing multiple roles), his love for racial humor, his love for crude humor, his love for himself, and — to be charitable […]

The Namesake

posted by Nell Minow
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexuality/nudity, a scene of drug use, some disturbing images and brief language.
Movie Release Date:March 9, 2007
DVD Release Date:November 27, 2007
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexuality/nudity, a scene of drug use, some disturbing images and brief language.
Movie Release Date: March 9, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007

Ashima (Indian superstar Tabu) pauses before entering the living room to meet her prospective bridegroom and his family. Their shoes have been left outside the door, according to the customs of her home in India. Ashima sees that inside the […]

Because I Said So

posted by jmiller
F
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity.
Movie Release Date:2007
DVD Release Date:2007
F
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity.
Movie Release Date: 2007
DVD Release Date: 2007

I blame “Sex and the City.” Now everyone thinks that what it takes — or all it takes — for a story about a bunch of women characters to work is non-stop talk about sex and shoes and a complete […]

Amazing Grace

posted by jmiller
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic material involving slavery, and some mild language.
Movie Release Date:2007
DVD Release Date:2007
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic material involving slavery, and some mild language.
Movie Release Date: 2007
DVD Release Date: 2007

Parents should know that this film includes frank descriptions of some of the most profound atrocities of the slave trade, including torture and rape. The painful symptoms of Wilberforce’s long-term illness are also included. The movie’s portrayal of extraordinary leadership, […]

Catch and Release

posted by jmiller
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and some drug use.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2007
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and some drug use.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2007

For the first time, screenwriter Susannah Grant not only writes but directs with this messy romantic weepie about a woman whose fiance is killed just before the wedding. Grant is known for writing movies with strong female characters, from Disney’s […]

Technorati claim

posted by Nell Minow

Technorati Profile

Alpha Dog

posted by jmiller
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for pervasive drug use and language, strong violence, sexuality and nudity.
Movie Release Date:2007
DVD Release Date:2007
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive drug use and language, strong violence, sexuality and nudity.
Movie Release Date: 2007
DVD Release Date: 2007

“This whole thing is about parenting,” explains the ironically named Sonny Truelove (Bruce Willis). He is telling an off-screen questioner about his son Johnny (Emile Hirsch). Or, the questioner is trying to get some answers from Sonny, but not making […]

The Holiday

posted by jmiller
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2007
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2007

Amanda (Cameron Diaz) has a successful business cutting up new Hollywood releases into three-minute trailers that make the films look as enticing as possible. Writer-director Nancy Meyers essentially cuts up classic romantic comedies and reassembles them for modern consumption. The […]

Flags of Our Fathers

posted by jmiller
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sequences of graphic war violence and carnage, and for language.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2007
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sequences of graphic war violence and carnage, and for language.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2007

Clint Eastwood’s first of two films about the WWII battle at Iwo Jima is sincere, competent, and respectful. He powerfully conveys the madness and brutality of battle and the conflicting feelings of thosw who fight — dedication, loyalty, patriotism, fear, […]

All the King’s Men

posted by jmiller
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:N/A
Movie Release Date:1949
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: N/A
Movie Release Date: 1949

Huey Long was man of gigantic proportions, an epic, almost operatic figure who rose to power as the greatest of populists, succumbed to corruption, and was murdered at age 42. His story inspired a Pulitzer Prize-winning book and an Oscar-winning […]

Accepted

posted by jmiller
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language, sexual material and drug content.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2006
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language, sexual material and drug content.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2006

Bartleby (Justin Long) has been turned down at every single college he applied to. His friends’ college plans have also turned out badly. No problem. Bartleby is a can-do Ferris Bueller type — without “Twist and Shout,” a red Ferrari, […]

An Inconvenient Truth

posted by jmiller
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild thematic elements.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2006
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild thematic elements.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2006

No zombies. No chain saws. No mutants. No aliens. No meteors hurtling toward Earth. And yet, this is the scariest movie of the year, not, as some jokes suggest, because it is a two-hour Power Point Presentation by famously un-exciting […]

American Dreamz

posted by jmiller
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2006
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2006

The Roman rulers used to distract the populace from the problems of corruption and decadence with “bread and circuses.” Today’s equivalent might be junk food and television, especially “reality” television. It plays to our fascination with both “real people” and […]

Ice Age: The Meltdown

posted by jmiller
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild language and innuendo.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2006
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild language and innuendo.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2006

Once again, as in the first Ice Age, wooly mammoth Manny (voice of Ray Romano), sloth Sid (John Leguizamo), and saber tooth tiger Diego (Denis Leary) set off on a journey. This time, they have to lead their friends out […]

Akeelah and the Bee

posted by jmiller
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some language.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2006
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some language.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2006

“Prestidigitation.” Akeelah (Keke Palmer) has just won her school’s spelling bee and everyone is impressed and proud. But Dr. Larrabee (Laurence Fishburne), who, like Keke, grew up in Compton, pushes her further, with this long word that means magic. “Prestidigiation.” […]

The Shaggy Dog

posted by jmiller
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated G
Movie Release Date:1959
DVD Release Date:2006
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated G
Movie Release Date: 1959
DVD Release Date: 2006

A ring falls into the pants cuff worn by teenager Wilby Daniels (Tommy Kirk) while he is visiting a museum, and, not noticing, he carries it home with him. The ring’s ancient spell turns him into a huge shaggy dog, […]

The Pink Panther

posted by jmiller
F
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for occasional crude and suggestive humor and language.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2006
F
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for occasional crude and suggestive humor and language.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2006

Anyone remember Ted Wass? He starred in Curse of the Pink Panther. Alan Arkin (Inspector Clouseau) tried to step into the banana-slipping shoes of Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau. Roberto Benigni played the title role in Son of the Pink […]

Hoodwinked!

posted by jmiller
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild action and thematic elements.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2006
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild action and thematic elements.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2006

Adorable Little Red Riding Hood opens the door to Granny’s charming cottage in the woods and walks into the bedroom with her basket of goodies. But Granny looks a little different. It is the wolf, in disguise. He lunges toward […]

The Corn is Green

posted by jmiller
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:N/A
Movie Release Date:1945
DVD Release Date:2006
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: N/A
Movie Release Date: 1945
DVD Release Date: 2006

Miss Moffat (Bette Davis), an educated and very independent woman, arrives in a small Welsh mining village in 1895 to live in a house she inherited and start a school for the miners’ children. She is told, “Down here, they’re […]

The Family Stone

posted by jmiller
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual content including dialogue, and drug references.
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:2006
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual content including dialogue, and drug references.
Movie Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: 2006

If you believe the previews or have seen the poster of an aggressively extended and bejeweled ring finger, then you might presume that “The Family Stone” is going to be a light-hearted romp of a comedy. Boy brings home uptight […]

Aeon Flux

posted by jmiller
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and sexual content.
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:2006
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and sexual content.
Movie Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: 2006

Maybe it’s just that my expectations were so low because it was not screened for critics (meaning the studios did not think they would get even one good review), but “Aeon Flux” was not so bad. A little boring, yes, […]

Flightplan

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:2005
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: 2005

It’s always a bad sign in a thriller when the big reveal is greeted by hoots of derisive laughter, and that’s what happened at this movie. It’s an even worse sign when two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster is out-acted by […]

MirrorMask

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2005
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2005

A curiously distant story is surrounded by enchanting visuals and special effects in this Alice in Wonderland-style tale of a young girl who has to solve a puzzle in a magical land in order to get back home and help […]

An Unfinished Life

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some violence including domestic abuse, and language.
Movie Release Date:2005
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some violence including domestic abuse, and language.
Movie Release Date: 2005

A bear is wandering through farms looking for something to eat. An angry and abusive man is following the woman who left him because he wants her to come back, or because he wants to hit her again, or both. […]

G

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Audacious, ambitious, and provocative but uneven and ultimately unsatisfying, this long-delayed film adapts F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel of class, love, and power, The Great Gatsby, to the present. Instead of Jay Gatsby, the gangster who can’t forget the girl […]

Four Brothers

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2005
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2005

We start out on the side of the four adopted brothers who reunite to find the people who murdered their mother, but they lose us in this over-violent and under-sincere story that strays from justice past revenge and into mindless […]

War of the Worlds

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for frightening scenes of sci-fi violence and disturbing images
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:November 22, 2005
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for frightening scenes of sci-fi violence and disturbing images
Movie Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005

“Is it the terrorists?” a frightened child asks, because that is the scariest thing she knows. But what makes this thing scary is that it is something no one knows. It is beyond our knowledge, even beyond our imagination. Earth […]

The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl in 3-D

posted by rkumar
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:2005
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 2005

This movie spends a lot of time and energy on the importance of dreams and imagination, delivering its message in both form and content. I wish it had spent a little more time and energy on the importance of structure, […]

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic elements, some sensuality and language.
Movie Release Date:2005
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements, some sensuality and language.
Movie Release Date: 2005

This is a story about one summer in the life of four friends, told with sincerity, heart, and a little bit of magic — the very same qualities that made the original book and its sequels a “you have to […]

Tell Them Who You Are

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2005
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2005

A young man sees someone he would like to meet, but he is shy and unsure of how to approach him. His father pushes him, saying, “Tell them who you are.” What he means is, “Tell them you’re my son.” […]

Crash

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:2006
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: 2006

Everyone is angry. Everyone is scared. They all feel that something that belongs to them has been taken away and they don’t know how to get it back. And in this movie, they say so. “Crash,” the winner of the […]

The Amityville Horror

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R
Movie Release Date:2005
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R
Movie Release Date: 2005

Going over the same ground as the original 1975 cult classic and its many derivative offspring, this “Amityville Horror” provides enough of a shiver for novice horror fans to guarantee an opening-weekend audience but, for more well-versed fans of the […]

Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:2005
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: 2005

Telegraph Hill, overlooking the North Beach section of San Francisco, is a place where all kinds of creatures from all kinds of places can feel welcome. One of them is onetime musician Mark Bittner, a man with “no visible means […]

Sin City

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sustained strong stylized violence, nudity and sexual content including dialogue
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:2005
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sustained strong stylized violence, nudity and sexual content including dialogue
Movie Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: 2005

Looming shadows fall starkly across rain-slick streets. A door chain jiggles because a very bad man wants to come in and hurt someone. Hookers pull guns from garter belts. Tough, tough talk comes from bruised lips that dangle cigarettes and […]

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

posted by rkumar
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:2005
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R
Movie Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: 2005

There are three reasons to see this movie. First: the dazzling martial arts moves of Tony Jaa, whose lightning reflexes and breathtaking gymnastics are both impressive and entertaining. Second is the authenticity. As the tagline says, this film has “no […]

Alone in the Dark

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R
Movie Release Date:2005
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R
Movie Release Date: 2005

There’s something far scarier about this movie than its CGI monsters, whose lack of any apparent weight makes them seem as threatening as the floating Clifford balloon in the Macy’s parade. What’s scary is the premise: it’s based on a […]

Son of the Mask

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:2006
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: 2006

The Mask had a clever and inventive director, striking design, wildly imaginative special effects, and Jim Carrey, who is something of a wildly imaginative special effect all by himself. ,P> “Son of the Mask” is both watered down and jazzed […]

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2004
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2004

Despite lavish settings and sweeping camera movement, this sumptuously produced Andrew Lloyd Weber musical feels static, stuffy, and stagey. This is in part because so much of it takes place on a stage but more because it is mostly just […]

Alexander

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R
Movie Release Date:2004
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R
Movie Release Date: 2004

Alexander the person was great. “Alexander” the movie is not. It is a horrendously bad movie, a genuine 40-car pile-up of literally epic proportions, a three-way head-on collision of bad writing, bad acting, and bad direction. It is not just […]

After the Sunset

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2004
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2004

This movie features two of the most glorious sights on earth — Paradise Island and Salma Hayak in a bikini. Unfortunately, it keeps putting unappealing characters and a dumb story in front of them. Pierce Brosnan, in movie star scruffy […]

Alfie

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R
Movie Release Date:2004
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R
Movie Release Date: 2004

What’s it all about, Charlie? Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers used to be married and they used to make movies together (Baby Boom, the remakes of Father of the Bride and The Parent Trap). Now they are divorced, and they […]

American Graffiti

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:1973
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 1973

The movie takes place on a single night in 1962, immediately before two good friends, Curt (Richard Dreyfus) and Steve (Ron Howard), are about to leave for college. Curt and Steve are facing enormous changes and they are both scared […]

Anchorman

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2004
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2004

Remember the old “Spanky and Our Gang” episodes where the boys wouldn’t let Darla into the treehouse? Imagine that plot set in the all-white-guys world of 1970’s television news, when there were only four stations to watch and “everyone believed […]

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

posted by rkumar
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for rude and sexual humor, and language.
Movie Release Date:2004
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for rude and sexual humor, and language.
Movie Release Date: 2004

Think Bad News Bears crossed with Happy Gilmore. Except with dodgeball, which means many, many opportunities for humorous slams to the head, chest, and crotch. That pretty much sums it up. Pete (Vince Vaughn) is about to lose his gym, […]

America’s Heart and Soul

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:2004
DVD Release Date:June 29, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 2004
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2011

Celebrate America with this glorious love letter to our wonderful country.  If Norman Rockwell made a movie, this would be it. If “America the Beautiful” was a movie, this would be it. If America had a home move, this would […]

Napoleon Dynamite

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic elements and language.
Movie Release Date:2004
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements and language.
Movie Release Date: 2004

When you are hurtling through adolescence, overcome with warring emotions and desperately trying to learn a whole new set of rules for status and interaction, everything you thought you knew seems suspect and even your own body is completely unfamiliar […]

The Alamo

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2004
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2004

There is only one reason to see “The Alamo,” and it is Billy Bob Thornton. His portrayal of Davy Crockett is magnificently vibrant, fully imagined, and so breathtakingly evocative of the essence of the American hero that it may be […]

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:2004
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 2004

Frankie Muniz returns as junior secret agent Cody Banks in a moderately cute action comedy that will satisfy its target audience of 8-14-year-olds. Cody is the superstar of the secret CIA training camp for spy kids. He helps the camp […]

Along Came Polly

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2004
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2004

The writer and star of Meet the Parents reunite in this much tamer comedy about a risk-averse guy who meets a free spirit. Reuben (Ben Stiller) evaluates risk for a living. When he marries Lisa (Debra Messing), he thinks he […]

Peter Pan

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for adventure action sequences and peril
Movie Release Date:2003
DVD Release Date:May 4, 2004
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for adventure action sequences and peril
Movie Release Date: 2003
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004

Oh, the cleverness of storyteller James M. Barrie, who gave us Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, a St. Bernard nanny, Tiger Lily, and the crocodile that ticks because it swallowed a clock! And oh, the cleverness of P.J. Hogan, the […]

Something’s Gotta Give

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

This delightful romantic comedy is the ultimate middle-age woman’s fantasy — not the part about being romanced by Keanu Reeves and Jack Nicholson, just the part about being Diane Keaton. Keaton plays Erica, a successful playwright with a beautiful house […]

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

posted by rkumar
C-
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:2003
DVD Release Date:2003
C-
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 2003
DVD Release Date: 2003

The great thing about the irrepressibly anarchic Cat in the Hat is that even Hollywood can’t contain him. They can stretch out the story with filler that ranges from the superfluous to the distracting and once in a while reaches […]

21 Grams

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

In “21 Grams,” a terrible collision shatters more than the lives of three people. It shatters the very narrative of the story itself. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu conveys the fractured disorientation of the three characters with clusters of brief scenes […]

American Splendor

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R
Movie Release Date:2003
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R
Movie Release Date: 2003

Harvey Pekar says, “Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.” His own life is a good example. He has the most ordinary of professions – he is a file clerk in a veteran’s hospital. He lives in the most ordinary of […]

Freddy vs. Jason

posted by rkumar

I hope needless to say, this extremely violent movie is only for the hard-core fans of the genre who are old enough not to be traumatized by it. Since I do not think I can be fair to these movies, […]

American Wedding

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R
Movie Release Date:2003
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R
Movie Release Date: 2003

Okay, I admit it — I laughed. A lot. Even more surprising, I smiled. I was even a little sorry that this is the last of the American Pie trilogy. For anyone who has not been to a movie in […]

Alex and Emma

posted by rkumar
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2003
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2003

Kate Hudson is so irresistibly charming that it is easy to forget how tepid and uninspired this movie is. It is always a delight to see Hudson’s saucer-eyed smile and impeccable timing, but it would be just as entertaining to […]

Finding Nemo

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:2003
DVD Release Date:2004
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 2003
DVD Release Date: 2004

Pixar Studios may have the most advanced animation technology in the world, but they never forget what matters most in a movie: story, characters, imagination, and heart. “Finding Nemo” has it all. It is an epic journey filled with adventure […]

Bruce Almighty

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some crude humor
Movie Release Date:2003
DVD Release Date:2003
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some crude humor
Movie Release Date: 2003
DVD Release Date: 2003

You could not ask for a better showcase for what Jim Carrey does best than this comedy about a man who is given all of God’s powers and has no compunction about using them for cheap thrills and petty payback. […]

Anger Management

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2003
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2003

There are two odd couples in this movie. One is the traditional pairing of two opposite characters just for the fun of seeing the sparks (and the inevitable “I learned so much from you!” conclusion). In this case, one character […]

Agent Cody Banks

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:2003
B
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 2003

I took four young teenagers to this movie and they loved it. But I was not as impressed. The idea is a cute one — but it was cuter when they did the same thing in two editions of “Spy […]

James and the Giant Peach

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:1996
DVD Release Date:2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 1996
DVD Release Date: 2010

This movie may be too scary for kids under six, but older children and their families, particularly fans of the Roald Dahl book, will love this spectacular musical fantasy from Tim Burton and Henry Selick (“The Nightmare Before Christmas”). James […]

Adaptation

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R
Movie Release Date:2002
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R
Movie Release Date: 2002

There are people who care so passionately about something that it fills them up completely. And then there are the rest of us, who can never lose themselves that way, people who divide their interest and attention and always hold […]

Equilibrium

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Equilibrium is set in the joyless state of Libria. It is a society built on peace at all costs. In a bid to make the outbreak of war impossible in this post-nuclear apocalypse, early Twenty First Century, all human emotions […]

Muppets From Space

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1999
DVD Release Date:2000
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1999
DVD Release Date: 2000

Like all Muppet movies, this latest entry has plenty of jokes to keep the parents happy while the kids are enjoying the story. This time, the story focuses on a question that has intrigued Muppet fans for years: exactly what […]

American Pie

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong sexuality, crude sexual dialogue, language and drinking, all involving teens.
Movie Release Date:1999
DVD Release Date:2000
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexuality, crude sexual dialogue, language and drinking, all involving teens.
Movie Release Date: 1999
DVD Release Date: 2000

This is a movie about teenagers who promise each other that they will have sex before the night of the prom, and then do whatever they can to make it happen. It is one of the raunchiest and most explicit […]

Andre

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:1994
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 1994

“Plot: A shy little girl from Maine makes friends with a seal in this fact-based story about a seal that swam from Boston to Maine every summer for 24 years. Toni (Tina Majorino) is more comfortable with animals than with […]

Abandon

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2002

Given the talent involved, it really is almost impressive how bad “Abandon” is. The movie is written by Stephen Gaghan, who last won an Oscar for “Traffic” and here makes his directing debut. The direction is poor, and the screenplay […]

Eight Legged Freaks

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

“Eight Legged Freaks” is essentially a cheesy 1950’s sci-fi drive-in movie with un-cheesy special effects. There’s no sense of irony and not much of a sense of humor. Instead, it has a rather sweet sense of pleasure in its own […]

The Country Bears

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:2002
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 2002

Less story than product placement, “The Country Bears” may go down in history as the first movie ever based on a theme park attraction. I hope it goes down as the last. Much as I enjoy the ride, I don’t […]

Bloody Sunday

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
DVD Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002
DVD Release Date: 2002

On January 30, 1972, thousands of civil rights demonstrators in Derry (Londonderry), Ireland, held a rally to protest the British Government’s use of internment without due process in Northern Ireland. British military forces were ordered into the unarmed crowd to […]

About Schmidt

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R
Movie Release Date:2002
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R
Movie Release Date: 2002

Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) sits at his desk as though he was standing at attention during a full-dress inspection. As he watches the clock move from 4:58 to 5:00, he is as clenched as a fist. It is Warren’s last […]

Treasure Planet

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for adventure action and peril
Movie Release Date:2002
DVD Release Date:July 3, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for adventure action and peril
Movie Release Date: 2002
DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012

If “Treasure Planet” is not Disney at its best, it is still Disney at its still-pretty-much-better-than-anyone else, and well worth a look with this 10th anniversary re-release. It is based on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson story “Treasure Island,” filmed […]

Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2002

“8 Crazy Nights” is a bit of an enigma. In the Venn diagram of movie goers, Adam Sandler fans are not an easy overlap with those who cherish holiday musicals. This lame attempt at comedy is more likely to appeal […]

About a Boy

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2002

“About a Boy” is the story of a shallow man appropriately named Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) who believes, contrary to John Donne, that every man is an island. Or at least he believes that that a man can be an […]

Analyze That

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R
Movie Release Date: 2002

Robert DeNiro loves comedy. Who knew? After decades as America’s most respected dramatic actor, DeNiro discovered that he enjoyed making people laugh in “Analyze This,” where he tweaked his most famous roles to create mob boss Paul Vitti, who was […]

Changing Lanes

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Most thrillers have audiences asking themselves what the characters will do next. This one will have them asking themselves what they might do in this situation, because it is a movie about how close all of us are to abandoning […]

All About Eve

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:N/A
Movie Release Date:1950
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: N/A
Movie Release Date: 1950

Margo Channing (Bette Davis), a Broadway diva beginning to show her age, meets the young fan who stands outside the theater after every performance (Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington). Taken by her devotion, humility, and hard luck story, Margo gives […]

Battlefield Earth

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2000
F
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2000

In the future, a race of 9-foot-tall, dreadlocked aliens called Psychlos takes over the earth following a nine-minute battle. A thousand year later, the few remaining humans are hunter-gatherers and the evil Psychlos maintain earth as an outpost for mining. […]

A Room With a View

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1986
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1986

Plot: Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) arrives in Italy with her strait-laced aunt Charlotte (Maggie Smith). Disappointed at not getting the room with a view they had been promised when making their reservations at the inn, they are not sure […]