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(A-) The Haint

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
"The Haint" is an intriguing Southern ghost story very reminiscent of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology and Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, with eclectic, memorable characters, and an ove...

(C+) Hardball

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
"Hardball" is a softball, and this umpire calls it out at first base.

Keanu Reeves plays a compulsive gambler named Conor O’Neill who owes a lot of money to various thugs. A childhood frien...

(A-) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Before I tell you about this film and about how much I liked it, I want to say thank you to J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers for the care and devotion they gave to this extraordinary story.  On th...

(A) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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No recap. No amusingly horrifying opening appetizer at the Dursley's house. No intriguing Diagon Alley detours. Someone shouts at Harry to hold on and he is whooshed into his next adventure as w...

(A) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
In his last two movies, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) was becoming an adolescent. In this gripping and atmospheric film, based on the sixth book in the series, Harry Potter is becoming a man. H...

(B+) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Everything is changing again for Harry Potter. Back when Hagrid explained to him for the first time at age 11 that his parents had not died in a car crash but in a battle with an evil wizard and t...

(D) The Haunting

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This high-tech remake of the creepy classic is dumb and overblown, but some teenagers will have a good time with it, especially if they go in a group. Its only possible merit is that it is too sill...

(A-) Hellboy

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
In the “it was a dark and stormy night” genre of graphic novels (that's comic books with literary aspirations), we are guaranteed to find a Sam Spade-inspired anti-hero with a wicked sense of h...

(C) Here Comes the Boom

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
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(A-) Hero

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The narrator tells us that mastery of the sword is connected to mastery of calligraphy. This movie shows that mastery of film-making is as well. The elegant precision of the ravishing images give...

(B+) The Holiday

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Amanda (Cameron Diaz) has a successful business cutting up new Hollywood releases into three-minute trailers that make the films look as enticing as possible. Writer-director Nancy Meyers essentia...

(C+) Hollywood Homicide

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A lot of talented people tried very hard to make this movie work, but it just doesn't make it. It has an appealing premise: with odd-couple detectives assigned to investigate the murder of a rap g...

(C+) The Honeymooners

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(C-) The Host

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

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Engaging characters and evocative period detail cannot overcome the uh-oh factors that ultimately overwhelm this coming-of-age story set in the 1970's and written and directed by actor David Duchov...

(A) House of Flying Daggers

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An officer about to arrest a beautiful blind dancer who works in a brothel tells her that if she can win the "Echo Game" he will let her go. She is surrounded by 100 drums. And then, in one of th...

(B-) How She Move

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Raya Green (Rutina Wesley) has to go back home because her Caribbean immigrant parents can no longer afford the tuition at her tony private school. They spent that money on drug rehab for Raya's s...

(C) How to Deal

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Pop star Mandy Moore plays a teenager in this movie based on two popular books by Sarah Dessen.

The books' fans -- and Moore's -- will enjoy the movie, which puts its heroine through the f...

(C+) The Hulk

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
If what you want from a comic book movie is to see the hero fight the bad guys, this is not your movie. Director Ang Lee creates images of great grace, elegance, and dignity, but he tries to make ...



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