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(B+) Rabbit Hole

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When you suffer a devastating loss, there is the pain of missing what you once had. But there is pain that goes beyond the space circumscribed by the person who is gone. Grief is its own planet a...

(A-) Rachel Getting Married

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Fiction is usually very linear, just because of the limits of time. The longest epic and the thickest novel don't have enough scope to encompass extraneous detail. In real life people can't find ...

(A+) Raising Victor Vargas

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(A-) Ray

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An extraordinary actor plays an extraordinary person in "Ray," the life of a brilliant musician and performer who triumphed over poverty, blindness, and racism through talent, passion, and courage....

(D) Ready to Rumble

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
For all those out there who can't wait for the next Adam Sandler movie, and especially for those who find those Adam Sandler movies a little too intellectually challenging, we now have "Ready to Ru...

(D) The Real Cancun

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This is not your parents' spring break. There is no sign of Gidget at the bump-and-grind dances or the topless-but-for-whipped-cream contest. The bands on stage are singing lyrics explicit to a d...

(F+) The Reaping

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Ancient scrolls foretell the birth of an evil child begat of an unholy union between an episode of "The X-Files" and Nicolas Cage’s The Wicker Man, from the branch of the family that produced Chi...

(B+) The Recruit

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When you lie all the time, how do you remember what is true? How do you remember to care?

That is a theme of most spy movies, and it is right at the center of this twisty story about a gra...

(B+) Red Dragon

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Hannibal Lecter is back in "Red Dragon," but he cannot ever scare us again as much as he did in "Silence of the Lambs." We know him too well. But that very knowledge becomes one of the pleasures ...

(B+) Red Eye

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Master of horror Wes Craven moves into the thriller genre, showing us that scary is scary, with or without grotesque killers (A Nightmare on Elm Street) or grotesque killings ( » Read Review

(C+) Reno 911!: Miami

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Silly cops have been a staple of comedy since Shakespeare created the character of Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing. They've been a staple of movie comedy from the Keystone Kops of the silent er...

(B+) The Replacements

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What is it about football movies? I don't even like football, but I am a sucker for a good football movie. I'm even a sucker for a pretty good one like this lightweight but likeable story about p...

(D) Resident Evil

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The definitive comment about "Resident Evil" was made by my friend Luke, who walked out of the theater with me and said, "The computer game is more realistic than the movie." At least, I think tha...

(C) Resident Evil: Apocalypse

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That nasty old Umbrella Corporation, "the largest and most powerful corporation in the world," is up to its bad old tricks again. This time the evil virus that it unleashed in its huge underground...

(C-) Ride Along

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(C+) The Ring

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A true connoisseur of the scary movie (note, not slasher flicks but psychological thrillers) will recognize certain spooky elements in many of the "classics" of the genre: the cruel parent (or ste...

(C) The Ring 2

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First off, this is the kind of sequel where you really should see the Ring before seeing the Ring Two. In addition to the many visual and character references, you also will understand that the se...

(C) The Ring Two

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First off, this is the kind of sequel where you really should see the Ring before seeing the Ring Two. In addition to the many visual and character references, you also will understand that the se...

(C) The Rite

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Actors! They just can't help themselves when a juicy part comes along. And that is why Oscar-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins finds himself in "The Rite," an "inspired by a true story" thriller about a...

(B+) The Road

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The most terrifying moment we ever experience is the realization that we are responsible for the life of the perfect being who has turned us from people into parents. We want more than anything to...

(B+) Road to Perdition

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Road to Perdition is a powerful, beautifully made film about fathers and sons and sin and redemption, that overrides minor flaws through beautiful directing and first class performances.

Tom H...

(D) Road Trip

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In fairness to the intended audience for this movie, the following review was written by my 16-year-old, who wanted to give it more stars: Road Trip, a raunchy comedy in the style of Detroit Rock C...

(A-) Rock School

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As adorable as Jack Black's fictional portrayal was, there is something inherently disturbing about the idea of a real life School of Rock for 9-17-year-olds. Of course there is the problem of the...

(C+) Rock Star

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There is logic, there is movie logic, and then there is the kind of "throw some big musical numbers and some good-looking stars on the screen and no one will notice that it makes no sense whatsoeve...

(B-) Role Models

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It takes some brains to make a good dumb comedy. Paul Rudd, who has been the best thing in too many films that ranged from dumb, to awful, to wildly uneven, has co-created a film that manages to i...

(F) Romeo Must Die

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Hong Kong action star Jet Li ("Lethal Weapon 4") and R&B artist Aliyah are a hip-hop Romeo and Juliet in this tired tale of rival gangters. Fans of martial arts will do well to wait for it to ...

(B+) The Royal Tenenbaums

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Just about everything is a little off-kilter in this quirky story about a wildly dysfunctional family.

A prologue tells us that Royal (Gene Hackman) and Etheline (Anjelica Houston) had three...

(C+) The Rules of Attraction

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In 1985, Brett Easton Ellis’ first book "Less than Zero", introduced a new voice to the "party at the end of civilization" genre – those texts dealing with a corrupted society’s last orgy bef...

(B) The Rum Diary

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
22-year-old Hunter S. Thompson wrote a novel about men in their 30's working for a Puerto Rican newspaper, equally soaked in the title libation and the brinier flavors of cynicism and failure, but ...

(B+) Run Lola Run

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Teenagers with a taste for the offbeat will enjoy this German import about a woman who gets a frantic phone call from her boyfriend and has only 20 minutes to find 100,000 marks (about $60,000), or...

(B-) The Runaways

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The fierce determination. The big break. The tyrannical and sometimes unreasonable and sometimes even crooked manager. The endless rehearsals. The performances in dingy clubs. The breakthrough...

(B) Running With Scissors

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The appeal for actors of movies about hideously dysfunctional people is obvious. They're fun to play, and always good for awards consideration. Which script would you go for, the umpty-umpth "meet...

(B+) Rush

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(C+) Rush Hour 2

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Less a sequel than a remake of the first "Rush Hour," this version sets itself up to be the next "Lethal Weapon" franchise by meticulously repeating all of the elements of the first one. Those ele...

(A-) Rushmore

Genre: High School, School
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This story about the misery that comes from the grandiosity and humiliation during adolescence is probably of more interest to adults than to the teens who are already only too aware of those exper...



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