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(C+) I Am Sam

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I'd like to add to the list of things I never want to see in another movie, right after lip-synching to Motown songs shown as a bonding experience and sign of inner hipness, anyone ever saying to a...

(A-) I Capture the Castle

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If Jane Austen’s protagonists lived in a world of embroidered silk, spinning graceful webs to catch spouses in a rigid system of behavior and class, then the heroines of “I Capture the Castle...

(C-) I Don't Know How She Does It

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This film takes the most wrenching and universal dilemma of family life and turns it into a sitcom-y love letter to Sarah Jessica Parker.  Not the character she plays, the whippet-thin, stiletto-w...

(A+) I Heart Huckabees

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We don't think about it much, but most comedies are about existential crises.

Whether it's the bewitched lovers in A Midsummer Night's Dream, an heiress grappling with a leopard in Bringing ...

(D) I Love You, Beth Cooper

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Paul Rust is 28, and looks it, maybe a little older. But in "I Love You, Beth Cooper" he plays Denis Cooverman, a high school valedictorian. Jack T. Carpenter, last seen playing a college student...

(D) I Spy

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Once upon a time, there was a television show that was genuinely cool. Robert Culp and Bill Cosby played smart, laid-back guys who traveled around to exotic and romantic locations saving the world...

(C) I Think I Love My Wife

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Chris Rock has often said he admires the work of Woody Allen, and in Rock’s latest film, "I Think I Love My Wife," the comedian tries to channel a very “Allen” vibe. Like Allen, he writes, d...

(D) Ice Harvest

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This is a rancid lump of coal in the toe of the Christmas stocking of the holiday movie season. Perhaps inspired by the unexpected success of last year's anti-feel-good Bad Santa, this has that mo...

(A-) Identity

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It was a dark and stormy night.

Ten strangers are stranded at a seedy motel. And then, as one of them later explains, "people started dying."

At first, it seems that they have noth...

(C-) Identity Thief

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) Ides of March

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Beau Willimon took his experience on the Howard Dean campaign and turned it into a play called "Farragut North," for the Metro stop near the fancy Washington D.C. offices occupied by political cons...

(B) Idlewild

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Percival, a mortician by day/speakeasy piano player by night, sleeps under an assortment of singing cuckoo clocks and serenades a lovely corpse dressed as a bride. The engraved rooster on a silver...

(D) Impostor

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Even an outstanding cast, some good special effects, and an intriguing idea from a first-rate writer can't save this sci-fi thriller from a poor script and unimaginative direction. The studio's lac...

(B+) In a World....

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Writer/director/star Lake Bell has produced a smart, fresh, and funny film that sends up Hollywood, sexism, and the conventions of the romantic comedy and yet somehow has us rooting for the charact...

(A-) In America

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Screenwriter/director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot) tells the story of his family's move to America as something of a fairy tale set in a sweltering and grimy apartment building where even the kind-h...

(B+) In Good Company

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"Synergy!" says Carter Duryea (Topher Grace). That's the answer to his two most pressing questions: (1) What idea can he pull out of a hat to help him meet the very ambitious financial goals set f...

(A-) In Her Shoes

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Siblings divide up the world to prove who they are, and the closer they are to each other, the more they depend on each other, the harder they would to stake their claim to being different from eac...

(C) In the Cut

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Meg Ryan sheds more than her clothes in this would-be steamy thriller. She sheds her twinkle. We don’t get the nose-wrinkling smile. No adorable befuddlement. No irresistible misting of the e...

(C) The In-Laws

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It's hard to blow a premise like this one -- color-in-the-lines, belt-and-suspenders risk averse man meets his daughter's prospective free spirit father-in-law just before the wedding. It worked p...

(B-) The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) The Insider

Genre: Inspired by a true story
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Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a research scientist for a tobacco company, tells "60 Minutes" to reveal that the company is more aware of the addictive properties of nicotine than its executives c...

(B+) Insomnia

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Detective Dormer (Al Pacino) can't sleep. He and his partner, Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan), are LA cops on special assignment to investigate the brutal murder of a teen-age girl in tiny Nightmute ...

(B-) The International

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This thriller about a multi-national bank with innumerable tentacles and immeasurable power has two problems and the worst is bad timing. It's just a little bit more difficult these days to feel p...

(B) The Internship

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(A-) The Interpreter

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"The Interpreter" is a watchable, if not always absorbing thriller, thanks to sheer star power and top directing talent.

Nicole Kidman is Silvia, an American raised in Africa, who works as...

(A-) Intolerable Cruelty

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In Bringing Up Baby, a psychiatrist explains that "The love impulse in man frequently reveals itself in terms of conflict." That idea may not always be true of romance, but it is at (where else) th...

(D) The Invasion

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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 weapon...

(B+) The Island

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Director Michael Bay knows how to blow things up. Between Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and, now, "The Island," he has boldly used his camera for visual extravaganzas that are designed to amaze even th...

(D) Isn't She Great

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Hard to imagine myself saying this, but it would have been better if Jacqueline Susann had written this movie. It would have been dumb and unbelievable and even grotesque, but it would not have bee...

(C+) It Runs in the Family

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You keep hoping for this movie to be better than it is. But it never is.

I wanted to like it a lot. First, I am a sucker for family dramas, where people confront each other for not saying ...

(B+) It's Complicated

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Forget the accents. Forget the anguish, the steely resolve, the iambic pentameter. All hail Meryl Streep for what she is best at -- comedy. She spins screenplay straw into movie gold, turning ye...

(B+) Italian for Beginners

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Six lonely, insecure single people sign up for a beginning Italian class that changes their lives in this small, endearing Danish movie that feels as much like a documentary as like a traditional r...

(B+) The Italian Job

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I plead guilty to being a sucker for heist films. It's such a reliable plot structure -- we see the problem (usually an elaborate security system, as in Mission Impossible), we see how they plan t...



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