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

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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 im...

(B) Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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 t...

(A+) Aladdin

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MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
One of the best of the contemporary Disney releases, this classic tale of the magic lamp benefits tremendously from the energy and humor of Robin Williams as the genie. Only the Disney animators c...

(C) Alvin and the Chipmunks

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
alvinandthechipmunks.jpg Novelty songwriter Ross Bagdasarian noticed that spee...

(B-) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The third in the series about the singing chipmunks and their exasperated but perpetually forgiving human father is a little brighter and sweeter than its predecessors. It tones down the slapstick ...

(A) America's Heart and Soul

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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...

(B+) An American Tail

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MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Feivel Mousekewitz is a little Russian mouse who emigrates to the United States with his family, after they are told that "there are no cats in America and the streets are paved with cheese." He b...

(B+) Anastasia

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MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A sumptuous (if completely inaccurate) animated retelling of the mystery of the Tsar's lost daughter, this movie will captivate kids and their families.

In this version, the little Anastasia...

(C+) Andre

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
"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 comforta...

(B+) The Ant Bully

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A boy beset by bullies turns bully himself, going after the ants in his family's back yard. But the ants shrink him down to their size and he learns something about ants, about empathy, about hims...

(C+) Antz

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The technological mastery and all-star cast all but obscure the one real problem of this movie -- it does not know who its audience is. The computer animation -- and the ad campaign -- suggest that...

(B+) Aquamarine

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The best thing about this fairy tale is that its happily-ever-after ending is satisfyingly real world. It's the most enchanting treat for girls since The Princess Diaries.

It's less of a fai...

(C-) Are We Done Yet?

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Is it over yet? Please?

Ice Cube's Are We There Yet? was tough enough to sit through, though unaccountably successful. Thus, we have this doubly unnecessary sequel. It is so creatively ban...

(C+) Around the World in 80 Days

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This movie may take its title from the Jules Verne classic adventure about the man who circled the globe in 80 days to win a bet, but it is really just a Jackie Chan movie, and a below-average one ...

(C) Arthur and the Invisibles

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Director Luc Besson is known for his striking visuals and his mash-ups of sentimental, even corny moments with intense, graphic violence. At his best, in films like The Professional and The Fifth ...

(B) Arthur Christmas

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A sleigh pulled by reindeer?  That's so five decades ago.  With the population topping seven billion and the Duggars getting ready to welcome baby number 20, Santa (Jim Broadbent) needs all the s...

(B+) The Astronaut Farmer

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Once upon a time there was a farmer who wanted to build a rocket ship and orbit the earth. And there were some evil ogres who wanted to stop him.

That's the best way to describe this sligh...

(C+) Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
For the third time in a row, Disney departs from its traditional animation release formula with this non-musical, intense-action adventure (rated PG for violence) about the search for the legendary...



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