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(B+) Hairspray

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
I am not sure which is the more amusingly surprising -- the idea that one of the most painful struggles in American history could become the subject of a light musical comedy, or the idea that it c...

(A-) Happy Feet

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
It's official. The cutest thing on the planet is penguins singing "Boogie Wonderland." Especially if one of them is tap-dancing. This movie is a straight shot of sunshine. I defy anyone to watc...

(B-) Happy Feet 2

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
I loved the original Happy Feet, but five years later only liked this sequel.  It's still a lot of fun to s...

(A+) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Harry Potter is 13 in this third movie based on the globally-popular series of books by J.K. Rowling, and the movie itself seems to be entering adolescence, darker themes, darker images, and darker...

(B+) Hava Nagila

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
It is annoying, frustrating, embarrassing, and irresistible.  It is a tradition that has transcended its origins and yet calls us back to the complicated feelings of our past. All of which make...

(A+) High Noon

Genre: Western
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) marries Amy (Grace Kelly) and turns in his badge. She is a Quaker, and he has promised her to hang up his gun and become a shopkeeper. But they get word that F...

(A-) Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman of "The Office") is in his bathrobe one Thursday morning, bumping his head, burning his toast, and engaging in a completely ineffectual protest of the new highway by-pas...

(A-) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman of "The Office") is in his bathrobe one Thursday morning, bumping his head, burning his toast, and engaging in a completely ineffectual protest of the new highway by-pas...

(A) Holes

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
In sharp contrast to most movies directed at 10-15-year-olds (come to think of it, to most movies of any kind), "Holes" respects the intelligence of its audience. It is even willing to challenge t...

(A+) Holiday

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
After a whirlwind romance at a ski resort, Johnny Case (Cary Grant) is on his way to meet his new fiancée, Julia Seton (Doris Nolan). Overwhelmed by the mansion at the address she gave him, he ass...

(B+) The Holland Avenue Boys: A Success Story

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
The "Holland Avenue Boys" are a group of 14 men who grew up on or near Holland Avenue in the Bronx in the late 1940's and early 1950's. The "success story" is their enduring friendship and loyalty...

(B+) Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
The Weinstein Company may be nowhere near the gold standard set by Pixar in the imagination and technical ability of its animation, but it beats all ten of the champion’s justifiably lauded class...

(B) Hoot

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Kids take on developers to protect endangered owls in this mildly pleasant story based on the award-winning book by Carl Hiaasen. Parents will admire some of the messages -- care for the environme...

(B) Hotel for Dogs

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Cute kids + cuter dogs = one doggone cute movie. Emma Roberts (niece of Julia) stars in the movie based on the popular » Read Review

(B) Hotel Transylvania

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
What scared me most about "Hotel Transylvania" was the prospect of another film starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg.  Their last collaboration was "That's My Boy," by far the most excruciatin...

(B+) Houseboat

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Diplomat Tom Winston (Cary Grant) returns to Washington, D.C. following the death of his estranged wife. His three children, David, Robert, and Elizabeth, have been staying with his wife's si...



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