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(D) The Ladies Man

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First, the good news. (1) It isn't very long. If you are going to waste time at a movie, you won't waste more than 85 minutes on this one. (2) It isn't as bad as some of the other SNL movies, li...

(B+) The Ladykillers

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Tom Hanks and the Coen brothers take the title, the concept (sweet little old lady outwits criminals), the teeth, and the slightly sepulchral laugh from the 1955 English black comedy classic. They...

(B+) Laggies

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Lynn Shelton is known for writing and directing small, intimate, independent films with a lot of improvised dialogue ("Humpday,""My Sister's Sister," "Touchy Feely"), often using the same small gro...

(B-) The Last Kiss

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A man tells his pregnant girlfriend he will marry her when she can name three couples who have been happy together for more than five years. She offers her parents and "that cute couple from the p...

(B+) The Last Samurai

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For better and worse, this is what Hollywood knows how to do -- a grand and eminently watchable epic with no expense spared, ambitious in scope, thoughtful in execution. If it is not particularly ...

(C) The Last Stand

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) Last Vegas

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) Lawless

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(C) Laws of Attraction

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"The Laws of Attraction" demonstrates no understanding of either attraction or laws. I don't just mean the completely innacurate portrayal of law practice and court proceedings in the film. I mea...

(B-) Le Divorce

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"Le Divorce" may look and sound like a glossy romantic comedy but it is instead an uneven take on the culture clash between America and France.

Kate Hudson plays Isabel, a California girl a...

(B-) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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“The League of Extraordinary Gentleman” is a great concept. Taking the energy and promise of a time of great change –the late 1800’s— as a base, adding the flavorings of a mystery in the...

(B+) Legally Blonde

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It's been too long since the last courtroom comedy. This one might not reach the heights of the sublime "My Cousin Vinny`" but it comes pretty close.

Reese Witherspoon plays Elle Woods, an ...

(B+) Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

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Reese Witherspoon is still enchanting, but "Legally Blonde 2" suffers from sequel-itis. That happens when the movie studio wants badly to repeat the success of an original, but the happily-ever-aft...

(C) Let's Be Cops

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) Liberal Arts

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It is true.  At heart, everyone is 19, except for the people who actually are.  "How I Met Your Mother" star Josh Radnor has followed his promising debut as a writer/director with the uneven but ...

(B) The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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Another quirkfest from Wes Anderson (Rushmore, Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tannenbaums), this film has some of the most imaginatively charming images on screen this year, especially a tiny rainbow-str...

(C+) Life as a House

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When a movie is called "Life as a House" you enter on full metaphor alert. When it turns out to be about an estranged father and son who pull down an old shack and construct a dream house overlook...

(C+) The Life of David Gale

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Somewhere between potboiler and polemic, this overripe melodrama signals every one of its plot twists as hamhandedly as it bangs out its message.

Kevin Spacey plays Texas philosophy profess...

(B) The Lincoln Lawyer

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
That's not Lincoln as in the rail-splitting President. It's Lincoln as in car. Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a lawyer whose office is in his car, the better to maneuver between his court app...

(D) Little Black Book

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This would-be romantic comedy is romance-free, comedy-free, charm-free, and apparently carb-free as well, with leading ladies Brittany Murphy and Holly Hunter looking toned but stringy and underfed...

(B+) Little Miss Sunshine

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When the family in this movie learns that their van cannot be repaired in time for them to get to the Little Miss Sunshine competition, they decide to drive it as is. And that means that in order ...

(C+) Little Nicky

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There are two kinds of Adam Sandler movies: the kind where he plays a complete idiot and uses a (supposedly) funny voice through it all and the kind where he just plays a sweet doofus with his regu...

(B+) Lone Survivor

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) The Longest Yard

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After a series of interchangeable slacker movies with scripts that felt like two lines scribbled on a pizza box cover and a couple of sensitive performances in movies by A-list directors, Adam Sand...

(A-) Lord of War

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It's a classic American success story. An immigrant with a dream and a vision works hard and becomes wealthy and successful. He marries the girl he fell in love with at age 10 and they and their ...

(B+) Lords of Dogtown

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In the late 1970's, a group of kids in Venice, California who loved to surf invented a new kind of skateboarding and a new kind of cool.

Three ingredients came together. The first was tech...

(D) Loser

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When a movie's on-screen explanation about what happens to the characters after it ends contains a typo ("aide" instead of "aid"), we get some idea of why it seems that so little attention was paid...

(A) Lost in Translation

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Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides) has written and directed a fascinating film that is less about a story than about the sights, the feelings, the moments, and the especially the connection betwe...

(C) A Lot Like Love

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Somebody decided to remake When Harry Met Sally but they left out the charm, the wit, the detail, the sincerity, the endearing characters, the romance, the scene in the deli, and the great soundtra...

(B+) Love and Basketball

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
About eighty percent love and twenty percent basketball, this is a romance about two basketball-loving kids who go one-on-one in both games for almost twenty years before they get it right. The ...

(D) Love Don't Cost a Thing

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This teen makeover movie has had a makeover of its own, updating the durably popular 1987 hit Can't Buy Me Love, the one where brainy-but-unpopular Patrick Dempsey unforgettably teaches the kids t...

(F) The Love Guru

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Anyone old enough to see this movie is way too old to enjoy it. And having co-writer and star Mike Myers wink at the audience after some lame pun or potty joke doesn't up the hilarity factor. The...

(C) A Love Song for Bobby Long

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This is one of those insufferable movies where three bundles of quirk and backstory intended to approximate characters are thrown together because of some writer's fantasy. The writer may hope tha...

(B) Lucky Number Slevin

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Slevin (Josh Harnett) is not having a good week. He lost his job and his girlfriend. He was mugged and his wallet and suitcase were stolen. He decided to visit a friend, who seems to have disappe...

(D) Lucky Numbers

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A message to those of you who might be considering larceny, fraud, or murder -- it's much, much more complicated than it seems. Unfortunately, the people who are not smart enough to figure that ou...



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