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(C) Mad Money

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
What force on earth is strong enough to unite an upper middle class suburban housewife, a poor African-American single mother and a young, spaced-out rock n' roll fan living in a trailer? Why, the...

(B) Maid in Manhattan

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Romantic comedies are so endlessly appealing both to those looking back on their own experience of falling in love and those looking forward to it that Hollywood keeps cranking them out. The elemen...

(D) The Man in the Iron Mask

Genre: Epic/Historical
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
It's more than 20 years since the "all for one and one for all" days and the Three Musketeers and their friend D'Artagnan (Gabriel Byrne) have gone their separate ways. Athos (John Malkovich) is a ...

(B-) Man of Steel

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B-) Man of the House

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
"One riot, one Ranger." That's the Texas Rangers pledge. But apparently, it now needs to be revised: "Five cheerleaders, three Rangers."

Tommy Lee Jones, in gloriously full crag mode, play...

(C) Man of the Year

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
So, what if Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert decided to run for President? First of all, didn't we already see that movie, when it was called Head of State and starred Chris Rock? (Okay, he didn't ...

(B-) Man on a Ledge

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It wants to be a twisty-turny thriller but it is as straightforward as its title.  A man we will later know as Nick (Sam Worthington) checks into a New York hotel, orders room service (we see he h...

(B+) Marley & Me

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Life is messy. And in this movie, that very important lesson is embodied by Marley, affectionately dubbed "the worst dog in the world" by his loving family. Jennifer (Jennifer Aniston) and John (...

(C) The Martian Child

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
There's nothing wrong with a little fakery now and then if it smooths out some rough spots and eliminates some distractions. But this film goes past fakery into condescending phoniness that knocks ...

(B+) Mask

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Plot: This is based on the true story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), a teenager with a genetic defect that turned his face into a huge "mask" of bone. As the movie begins, Rocky and his mother Rust...

(C+) The Medallion

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Did I miss a meeting or wasn't one of the great things about Jackie Chan that he didn't need any special effects? Back in the day, Chan was his own special effect, and that was plenty special enou...

(B) Men in Black 3

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Welcome back, Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones. The stars and director of one of the most creative and purely entertaining movies of the last 20 years are back for a third that does not match » Read Review

(C+) Men in Black II

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The original Men in Black (1997) is one of my all-time favorite movies, just for originality and sheer attitude. Director Barry Sonnenfeld, production designer Bo Welch, and stars Tommy Le...

(C+) Men of Honor

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Carl Brashear, Jr. was the first black man to achieve the rank of Master Diver in the Navy. He was also the first amputee to be returned to active duty in the armed services. In this movie, produce...

(B+) A Midsummer Night's Dream

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Four couples sort out their romantic entanglements in Shakespeare's most magical love story. Hermia and Lysander love each other, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. Demetrius loves Hermia...

(B+) The Mighty

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Max (Eldon Henson), a huge boy who has flunked 7th grade twice and Kevin (Kieran Culkin), a tiny disabled boy, help each other in this moving story of the power of friendship and imagination. Inspi...

(B-) A Mile in His Shoes

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
"Do not just a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes," we are told, and that is the message of this understated film about a gifted pitcher who is on the autism spectrum and the minor leagu...

(B+) Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Somewhere inside this very mainstream Hollywood confection is a surprisingly subversive little bit of deconstruction. It takes a classic Cinderella theme -- the makeover that catches the attention...

(B-) Mission Impossible III

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
At this point, the impossible mission may be finding some way to make this story work once more.

That Lalo Schifrin score still jumps and in this version there is a propulsive shot of percus...

(B+) Mission: Impossible 2

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Summer has arrived. "Mission Impossible 2" is the essence of a summer movie: gorgeous stars, sensational stunts, nerve-wracking chases, steamy romance, some "gotcha" plot twists, and lots of explo...

(B-) Morning Light

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
This sunny documentary about a sailboat race across the Pacific Ocean is a bit of a throwback to the days when a night at the movies included some cartoons, a newsreel, and a travelogue. It has a ...

(B+) The Mummy Returns

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
It may still be spring outdoors, but this is the first summer movie of the year. Grab some popcorn and settle in for some old-fashioned movie fun, the best in this genre since the gold standard of...

(B) The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Salt the popcorn and settle your gigantic soda in the cup-holder. Brendan Fraser is back and just as important, so are the mummies. Strictly speaking, these guys are not mummies, but they're clos...

(B+) The Muse

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The latest film by writer/director/actor Albert Brooks has him portraying Steven Phillips, a Hollywood screenwriter who is let go by the studio when a young, arrogant executive tells him he has los...

(A-) My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The story behind this film is as remarkable as the film itself. Actress/writer Nia Vardalos created a one-woman show about her Greek family and their response when she married a man who wasn't Gre...

(B+) My Life as a Dog

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: Ingemar is a twelve year old boy growing up in 1950s Sweden who goes to live with his aunt and uncle in Smaland while his mother is dying of tuberculosis. In the small town of Smaland he meet...

(C+) Mystery Men

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This semi-successful attempt at a post-modern comic-book style story that has it both ways, archly commenting on superhero sagas while actually giving us a new and cooler version of one at the same...



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