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(A-) The Namesake

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Ashima (Indian superstar Tabu) pauses before entering the living room to meet her prospective bridegroom and his family. Their shoes have been left outside the door, according to the customs of her...

(B+) Narc

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How do you make a good cop movie these days when so many already exist? Apparently, if you are director Joe Carnahan, you spend years thinking about the screenplay, you get two solid actors to giv...

(F) National Lampoon's Van Wilder

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It would take more time to list all of the things that were awful about this odious movie than it would be to watch it again. I’d rather not do either one.

This is a movie about a purport...

(D) National Security

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“National Security” is another in a string of indistinguishable dumb action comedies that would all run together in the mind of anyone unfortunate enough to watch them if they were not so insta...

(B+) Never Die Alone

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(C+) Never Die Alone

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This movie's greatest strength is also its greatest weakness -- it wants to be more than the usual drug dealer shoot-em-up. It deserves some credit for its ambitions. But those ambitions tip it o...

(D) The New Guy

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"The New Guy" is a waste of talent. This high school epic, supposedly about one boy's path to true cool is so half-baked and uncool that it's embarrassing. It is also another case of the MPAA givi...

(D) Next Friday

Genre: Series/Sequel
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On the one hand, this movie is a lazy, dumb, and misogynistic and it promotes pot smoking, unemployment, and burglary. On the other hand, it is genial and unpretentious. If it does not take drug us...

(B+) Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is no question that Nick (Michael Cera) and Norah (Kat Dennings) are destined for True Love. For one thing, they have the same taste in music. Nick is still making mixes for the girl who du...

(C) No Strings Attached

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is another one of those romantic comedies where a bland couple has some trivial obstacles to overcome and you just wish they would get out of the way because their surrounding friends and fami...

(B) North Country

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"North Country" was "inspired by a true story," but instead of sticking to the undeniably moving facts of the sexual harassment suit filed by female mineworkers, this movie veers off into distracti...

(C+) The Notebook

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I was really hoping for this year's Bridges of Madison County, a big-budget production that turned a mediocre weepie book into a better-than-mediocre weepie movie. I held my handkerchief in my han...

(A-) Nothing But a Man

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Duff (Ivan Dixon) is a black man who is a member of a railroad crew, laying track in a small Southern town. He meets Josie (Abbey Lincoln), a local black woman who is a teacher, at a church social....

(B-) Notorious

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Christopher George Latore Wallace lived fast, died young, and left a very big corpse. He started dealing drugs as a young kid in Brooklyn, went to prison, and was killed at age 24 in a gang-style ...

(C+) Novocaine

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This is a dark and stylish tale of lies, cheating, extortion, incest, betrayal, and murder that begins in the antiseptic and meticulously maintained office of a dentist, Frank Sangster (Steve Marti...

(B+) Nurse Betty

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Renee Zellwegger's lips should be eligible for their own Oscar. As the waitress who is such a big fan of a soap opera that she becomes convinced she is a character on it, she does more to convey h...

(D) Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

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Parents should not be fooled by the PG-13 rating into thinking that it might be appropriate for middle schoolers and younger kids. The people who rate movies for the MPAA seem to think that if it'...



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