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(C+) Madagascar

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Some charming performances and saucy humor cannot save this movie from its surprising insensitivity. Its core question is what happens to best friends in captivity, who, once returned to the wild,...

(B) Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The rare sequel that improves on the original, "Madagascar 2" keeps the silliness and steps up the heart. In the first film...

(C+) Madeline

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
One of the most beloved heroines of children's literature is brought to life in this movie based on the classic series of books by Ludwig Bemelmans about the "twelve little girls in two straight li...

(A-) March of the Penguins

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
In the coldest place on earth, the only place where it is safe to care for newborns is 70 miles from the only place to find food. And so, the Antarctic's hardiest and most determined inhabitants, t...

(C) Marmaduke

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Those who come to "Marmaduke" eager for the humor that comes from the intestinal distress of others don't have to wait too long. The first of many instances of doggy-doo jokes comes about three mi...

(F) The Master of Disguise

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This misbegotten mess of a movie is a terrible disappointment for fans of Dana Carvey. It is also a disappointment for fans of comedy and fans of movies.

It really is hard to imagine how the...

(B+) Max Keeble's Big Move

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
I smiled a couple of times and can even say I enjoyed myself, but this is clearly a movie that no adult will ever be able to get the way a kid does. An adult is going to sit there and say, "Wait a...

(B+) Meet the Robinsons

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
At times, all of us feel like strangers in the world. In Disney's bight, colorful, CGI animated film (available in 3D in some locations), Lewis (voice of Daniel Hansen) is left on the steps of an ...

(B+) Megamind

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Let's get it out of the way first thing. "Megamind" would be a much more enjoyable experience if it wasn't so close to one of this year's brightest family pleasures, ...

(A-) Millions

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A bag of money literally falls from the sky and lands on Damian (Alex Etel). It's just the most recent of a series of events that call into question everything he thought he know. He has recently...

(A-) Miracle

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Sportscaster Al Michaels unforgettably called out "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" as the 1980 US Olympic hockey team beat the Russians. They then went on to win the gold medal. And so the tea...

(B+) Miracle on 34th Street

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara), an executive at Macy’s, is responsible for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. When the Santa Claus she has hired for the parade shows up drunk, she quickly subsit...

(C+) Mission to Mars

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Director Brian DePalma is known for movies that have two qualities -- striking visual flair and frustrating narrative incoherence. If you are the kind of person who talks about the plot on the way ...

(B+) Misty

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
If you can't make it to Virginia today for the annual swimming of the ponies, take a look at this faithful adaptation of the classic (and fact-based) children's book Misty of Chincoteague, by Margu...

(A+) Modern Times

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: This Chaplin classic (he produced, wrote, directed, starred, and composed the music) is about two people struggling with the isolation of the industrial era. Chaplin (simply called "A worker"...

(A) Monsters, Inc. 3D

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MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(A) Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper), of Mandrake Falls, Vermont, is a quiet bachelor who writes rhymes for birthday cards and plays the tuba for concentration. Informed that he has inherited twenty mill...

(C) Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
075R_High300dpi.jpg There's nothing harder to get right in a movie than whimsy. And there are fe...

(C) Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B) Mr. Popper's Penguins

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
It used to be that a comedian who wanted to be in movies had to make an armed services comedy.  Now, we stick them in domestic stories about daddies who need to learn that the family is more impor...

(B+) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Genre: Epic/Historical
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Naive Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart) is sent to Washington to serve the remaining term of a Senator who has died. The governor (Guy Kibbee), and businessman Jim Taylor (Edward Arnold) believ...

(B+) Mulan

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Disney's 1998 animated feature is based on the legend of Mulan, a Chinese girl who helps the Chinese army defeat the Mongols. After the Mongols invade, led by Shan-Yu (voice of Miguel Ferrar) every...

(B-) Mummy, The: Quest for the Lost Scrolls

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This movie is an animated and more kid-friendly version of the stories in the action-packed thrillers "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns" -- a Saturday-morning-cartoon-style version of the adventur...

(A+) The Music Man

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: "Professor" Harold Hill (Robert Preston) is a con man posing as a salesman of band instruments and uniforms. He happens upon River City, a small town in Iowa. As the citizens explain in song,...

(B+) My Dog Skip

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This is a good, old-fashioned boy and his dog movie, based on the memoir of Willie Morris, who grew up in 1940's Mississippi, a small, sleepy town of "ten thousand souls and nothing to do." It is l...



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