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(F) Hamlet

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a dreadful movie. Shakespeare is multi-facted enough to stand up to almost every possible kind of interpretation and adaptation. Almost. This version, using much of the original language...

(D) Hanging Up

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are movies where the writer and director focus on the emotions of the characters. Then there are movies like this one where they make the mistake of trying to focus on the emotions of the aud...

(B+) Hanna

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Director Joe Wright is fascinated with Saoirse Ronan's blue eyes, entirely understandable. Her cerulean gaze is so pure, so clear, so direct, and at the same time knowing and inn...

(B-) Hannibal Rising

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B-) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Once upon a time, a brother and sister were left in the woods by their father.  They came upon a house made of candy that turned out to be owned by a witch, who used it to lure children and then f...

(B-) The Happening

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
happening.jpgHere's a spooky story: a talented storyteller mesmerizes ...

(B+) Happy Accidents

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There's a line in "Splash" that I thought of when I watched this movie. Tom Hanks plays a sweet guy who falls in love with a girl who turns out to be a mermaid. Utterly deflated when he finds out...

(C) Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

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This unpretentiously genial little stoner comedy has a couple of things going for it. The characters and jokes are a bit above average for a genre with admittedly low standards. And its very unambi...

(C) Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

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This unpretentiously genial little stoner comedy has a couple of things going for it. The characters and jokes are a bit above average for a genre with admittedly low standards. And its very unambi...

(C) Harsh Times

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If David Ayer the director paid David Ayer the screenwriter for this script, he should ask himself for some of his money back. The screenplay is awfully close to Ayer's own Training Day, the film ...

(B+) Hart's War

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"Hart’s War" is a big movie that takes on big themes with the courage to give them time and allow for some ambiguity.

Although it is set in WWII and has some battle violence, it is primari...

(C) Haven

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Director Frank E. Flowers’ full-length debut, "Haven," is a study in sin. Set mostly in the Cayman Islands, the film’s characters live in a world where the stakes are high and the people are hi...

(C+) Head in the Clouds

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This is a soapy saga of love, war, and many, many hairstyles.

The hair signifies the passage of time in the story of a love triangle that lasts through the turbulent decades of Europe in fr...

(B+) Head of State

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Chris Rock makes an appealing Presidential candidate in "Head of State," a comedy about Mays Gilliam, a Washington D.C. alderman who is thrown into the race after a plane crash kills the candidates...

(D) Head Over Heels

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Amanda Pierce (Monica Potter) is an art restorer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with very bad taste in men. When she comes home to find her current beau in bed with another woman ("...

(C+) Heartbreakers

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William Tensy (Gene Hackman), a chain-smoking tobacco zillionaire, goes into a little rant about the ridiculous notion that second-hand smoke is harmful and turns to blast a cloud of cigarette smok...

(C+) Hearts in Atlantis

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If you’re allergic to the kind of movie that starts with a funeral and then goes into a flashback about a sensitive kid’s last childhood summer, then stay away. But audiences with an appreciat...

(B+) Heist

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David Mamet, writer/director of "Heist," is fascinated by the con. He has written movies about an ordinary person who becomes involved with professional con men ("House of Games") and about men wh...

(B) Hide and Seek

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A spooky child, creepy rural setting, and eccentric characters are the key props in this atmospheric thriller, where strong acting and quiet scenes are more terrifying than on-screen mayhem.

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(D) High Crimes

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High Crimes" is merely mediocre, an all-but-thrilless thriller of the "loved not wisely but too well" betrayed-woman genre.

Ashley Judd plays spirited and telegenic defense lawyer Claire Kub...

(A-) High Fidelity

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Rob Gordon (Jon Cusack) asks the audience, "Do I listen to pop music because I was miserable, or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?" Rob spends more time talking to us than he does to a...

(C+) High Tension

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This French gore-fest is two-thirds ripe and one-third rot, resulting in an initially promising but ultimately disappointing horror movie that is not for sensitive or discerning audiences of any ag...

(C) The Hills Have Eyes

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If these hills only had eyes, it would be one thing but parents should know that they also have mutants wielding pickaxes which results in a disturbingly graphic movie not suitable for sensitive au...

(A-) A History of Violence

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Flies buzz and bump against a window as a woman looks out helplessly at a scene of terrible violence on her once-placid front lawn, in her once-peaceful community. A little girl wakes up from a dr...

(C) Hit & Run

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler

(B+) Hitch

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"Is Hitch a noun or a verb?" Sarah (Eva Mendes) asks Alex "Hitch" Hitchens (Will Smith). "It depends," he answers. It's actually a little of both. Hitch is a "date doctor," a sort of Straight Eye...

(B+) Hitchcock

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(F+) The Hitcher

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
John Ryder returns in this remake of the 1986 horror film, and this time he has his eyes (and knives, and guns, and fleet of constantly-changing automobiles-turned-weapons) on not the young man dri...

(C+) Hollywood Ending

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Woody Allen's films seem to get whispier and more ephemeral every year. For all its small pleasures "Hollywood Ending" is so light it nearly floats off the screen.

Allen plays Val, a movie d...

(B) A Home at the End of the World

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The Hours author Michael Cunningham has adapted his earlier novel for the screen and the result is admirable, respectable, but not completely successful. The book is the internal musings of the fo...

(C) Honey

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For those who think it's been too long since a movie like Breakin' 2: Electric Boolago, or even Lambada: The Forbidden Dance, we now have "Honey," the story of a spunky girl who dazzles hip-hop sup...

(B) Hostage

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Three combustible forces come together in one fortress of a mansion in this bloodbath of a hostage drama. First is Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis), a former big-time hostage negotiator who was shattere...

(F) The Hot Chick

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Even by the low standards of Saturday Night Live-alumni movies, and by the even lower standards of Adam Sandler-produced movies, “The Hot Chick” is simply excruciating. It is loathsome, offensi...

(A-) Hotel Rwanda

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"How can they not intervene when they witness such atrocities?" Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) asks an American journalist (Joaquin Phoenix). "They'll see this footage," he ...

(A+) The Hours

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In this story of three women of different eras whose lives connect and parallel each other, we see each of them struggle between despair and meaning. Small moments repeat themselves as the same th...

(B+) The House of Mirth

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Why is it when we meet we always play this elaborate game?" asks Lily Bart (Gillian Anderson) of Lawrence Selden (Eric Stoltz). The answer is that Lily and Lawrence live in a society that gives th...

(B+) House of Sand and Fog

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Pride, anger, loss, desperation, law, love, strength, and weakness collide to create vast tragedy in this story of a battle for a house that overlooks the water.

It begins as a clearly dist...

(D) House of Wax

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Just when it seemed that Hollywood was running out of paint-by-numbers horror movie remakes, along oozes the half-baked “House of Wax” to leave its greasy smear on movie non-history. If the pr...

(A-) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Kate Hudson is irresistably adorable in this frothy update of the 1950's-style battle of the gorgeous (and gorgeously-attired) sexes romantic comedy. It's easy to imagine Doris Day and Rock Hudson...

(B+) The Human Stain

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"The Human Stain" is a flawed but engrossing story of the way that people try to escape their pasts and the way that carefully constructed new personas, no matter how scrubbed and burnished, cannot...

(C) The Hunted

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This dreary generic chase movie is so thoroughly formulaic that not even the presence of two wonderfully talented three-named Oscar winners can inspire a flicker of interest.

Benecio del To...

(B+) The Hunting Party

Genre: War
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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 intervie...

(B+) The Hurricane

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter triumphed over a brutal childhood to become a contender for the middleweight boxing championship, through pure determination. Then, wrongfully sentenced to three life terms...

(B+) The Hustler

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Plot: "Fast" Eddie Felsen (Paul Newman) is a pool hustler. He and his partner, Charlie, go into pool halls and set the local players up. Eddie pretends to be a pool player who likes to make big bet...

(B) Hyde Park on Hudson

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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