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(A-) Ladder 49

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This is one of those "they don't make them like that anymore" movies, an unabashed love letter to firefighters that might as well have been made sixty years ago.

It is irony-free, which is f...

(A-) Ladies in Lavender

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The title of the movie suggests faded characters fussing over antimacassars and sipping tea. But the beauty of this film is that it shows us that the feelings of these women are anything but simpl...

(C) Lady in the Water

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
There is no conventional rating scale that could do justice to this film. It is a terrible movie, but it is terrible in an interesting and often highly watchable way. There have been better films...

(C+) Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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Something more than a video game but something less than a movie, "Tomb Raider" has some great action sequences and the ever-watchable Angelina Jolie. What it does not have is much of a plot, inte...

(C) The Last Song

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Miley Cyrus shows us how her reach exceeds her grasp in "The Last Song," an attempt to move past Hannah Montana. She has become Disney's most valuable property th...

(C) Leap Year

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
A movie's premise can be implausible and still work. The audience does not have to buy into whatever it is that the hero and heroine are after long as we believe that the movie's characters believ...

(B) Leatherheads

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
leatherheads_header.jpgLike the 1925 ragtag pr...

(C+) Left Behind: The Movie

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Left Behind" tries hard to succeed as parable and as thriller. It is based not just on the first in a series of best-selling books, but also on the Biblical Book of Revelations, and is is made by ...

(B+) The Legend of Bagger Vance

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There is a golden boy, young, handsome, a champion golfer, and he wins the heart of Adele (Charlize Theron), the most beautiful debutante in Georgia. His roots in Savannah are so deep that even hi...

(C+) The Legend of Drunken Master

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One of Jackie Chan's best Chinese films is being re-released in a dubbed version with a new score.

It is a sequel to the movie that made him an international star. Though it was made 15 yea...

(B-) Letters to Juliet

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Two bad signs. One is when you spend the entire movie thinking that a couple of Google searches would have made it possible for everyone in the story to save a week's effort and everyone in the au...

(C) License to Wed

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The best thing about "License to Wed" is that John Krasinski and Mandy Moore have enough of that ever-elusive quality — chemistry — that an impending marriage seems possible if not likely. The...

(A+) Life is Beautiful

Genre: Tragedy
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This Oscar-winner for Best Actor and Best Foreign Film is a "fable" is about a father's love for his wife and son in the midst of the Holocaust. Writer/director Roberto Begnini stars as a Chaplines...

(B+) Life or Something Like It

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It's been months since we have had a good old-fashioned date movie and that makes this one particularly welcome.

Angelina Jolie plays Lanie, a television news reporter in Seattle who thinks...

(B+) Local Hero

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Plot: McIntyre (Peter Reigert) is an ambitious executive with a Knox Oil & Gas, based in Houston, Texas. He is dispatched by Happer (Burt Lancaster), the company's eccentric billionaire chief e...

(B-) Lockout

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
You know what was cool?  "Die Hard!"  One smart-ass guy who has a problem with authority Yippie-ky-ay-ing as he outsmarts a dozen bad guys in an LA skyscraper.  And "Under Siege," with a smart-a...

(A+) Lord of the Flies

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Based on William Golding’s award-winning allegorical novel, this is the story of a group of English schoolboys marooned on a remote island. At first, they operate according to the structu...

(A+) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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Somewhere, there are future Hollywood directors who will tell magazine feature writers that they first decided to make movies as they watched "Lord of the Rings."

It is that good. It is that ...

(A+) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief and satisfaction before this movie begins. You're in good hands. And enjoy that breath because it may be your last for the next three hours.

One o...

(C-) Love Happens

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Pay attention, class. Jennifer Aniston makes two kinds of movies. When she has her hair tied back, it's usually an independent film (like last summer's "Management") and usually worth watching. ...

(B) The Lucky One

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Director Scott Hicks pours enough syrup over this film to supply an IHOP.  Every shot of the golden sunlight on the Louisiana bayou or the perfectly tousled angelic curls of the perfectly precoci...

(C) Lucky You

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Maybe if it had been made in the 1940's or 50's in black and white, maybe if it starred Frank Sinatra and Lee Remick, maybe if we had never seen better films like "The Hustler," maybe this script m...



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