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(A-) Fair Game

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It turns out that being a spy is not glamorous at all, especially when you are the mother of twins. Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) does not get to pick up a bunch of fun gadgets from Q or change from...

(B+) The Family Man

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The grand tradition of "what if?" movies from "A Christmas Carol" to "It's a Wonderful Life" and the more recent "Passions of Mind" and "Me Myself I" show us an unhappy hero or heroine who finds ou...

(B) Fast & Furious 6

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(C+) Field of Dreams

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), who grew up in New York and went to college at Berkeley, stands in the middle of his first Iowa corn crop and hears a voice say, "If you build it, he will come." He be...

(B+) The Fighting Temptations

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
You may or may not believe that gospel music saves the soul of an out of work advertising executive, but you just might believe that it saves the movie in in "The Fighting Temptations," and that mi...

(B+) Finding Neverland

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This much we know. James M. Barrie was inspired by his friendship with some fatherless boys, including one named Peter, to write one of the most enduring and beloved stories of all time, "Peter Pa...

(B) First Descent

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
When the helicopter takes you to the snowy peaks at the end of the paved road, where “backcountry” describes a style and a philosophy as oppose to a location, you know you are about to see some...

(B) Flash of Genius

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Americans do love our underdog stories and this one has the ingredients. There's a David -- an engineering professor named Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear), who had a "flash of genius" and invented a ...

(B+) Flight of the Phoenix

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This trim little adventure saga about the survivors of a plane crash in the Mongolian desert doesn't waste any time assigning heartwarming characteristics or backstories to each member of the group...

(B+) FLOW: For Love of Water

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School
Americans take for granted our most precious and vital resource. We assume that when we turn on the tap, the water that comes out will be perfectly safe and more than plentiful, endless. And then...

(B) Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School
One of the most daring rescue missions of the post WWII era was the Raid on Entebbe in 1976. 

(B) For Your Consideration

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This is the time of year when ads, CDs, and DVDs marked "for your consideration" are sent out to members of the movie industry and to critics, in the hopes that those behind and in front of the cam...

(B-) Forbidden Kingdom

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
forbidden%20kingdom.jpgIt's not a good movie, bu...

(C+) The Forgotten

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This year's most popular movie theme -- memory -- turns up once again, though this time what someone, um, forgot was the script.

Oh there are situations here, but I would not say that they ...

(B+) The Four Feathers

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
In what is at least the fifth filmed version of this story, a soldier ordered to war resigns his commission. He has just become engaged to a girl he adores and the concerns of a battle on the othe...

(B-) Fred Claus

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
fredclausposter2.jpg The predictable work and family and romantic complications ens...

(B-) Freedom Writers

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Here is the formula for movies about idealistic young teachers who go into bad neighborhoods:

1. Idealistic teacher goes into bad neighborhood and is aghast at poor conditions and cynicism of...

(A) Friday Night Lights

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
On the very first day of pre-season practice, Coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) tells his team, the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas, that he expects them to be perfect. By the end of t...

(B-) From Up on Poppy Hill

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
The animated films from Japan's Studio Ghibli are adored by many American families for their lush and intricate hand-drawn animation and imaginative story lines.  But others, like me, find many of...

(B-) Fun With Dick and Jane

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The first "Fun with Dick and Jane" was the popular reader that millions of first graders used to sound out words like "Oh" and "Run!" Dick and Jane were perfect suburban children in an idealized w...



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