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(B+) Raising Helen

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
They say that it isn't adults who create children; it's children who create adults. And they're right.

This theme resonates deeply with us and has inspired many, many movies, going back be...

(B+) Rango

Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School

"Rango" is a deliciously demented and slyly satiric take on westerns, which means it takes on America's deepest myths about our identity. It is wild and strange and blessedly idiosyncratic, wit...

(B+) Rat Race

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Rat Race" is a loving salute to the spirit of "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," a splendid salute to slapstick that featured just about everyone who happened to be in Hollywood in 1965. "Rat Race" h...

(B+) Red

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Give me Dame Helen Mirren with a semi-automatic weapon and Morgan Freeman smiling, "We're getting the band back together," and I will happily settle back and enjoy the popcorn. "RED" stands for "R...

(B) Red Tails

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The official military documents of the 1940's said that African-Americans were "mentally inferior" "subservient and cowards" and not fit to fly planes.  The Tuskegee Airmen of WWII proved that Afr...

(C-) Resurrecting the Champ

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Critic-turned-writer/director Rod Lurie produces old-fashioned potboilers, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. His unabashed melodramas can be refreshing in an era when very little of what we ...

(B+) Riding in Cars With Boys

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Like the life of its subject matter, there is a lot that is wrong with this movie, but there is also something right enough for a bittersweet happy ending.

Drew Barrymore stars in the true st...

(C+) The Ringer

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The single most interesting aspect of this movie about a man who pretends to be disabled so that he can compete in the » Read Review

(B+) Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
By the time they got to the line, "Take your stinking paws off me, you damned, dirty ape!" I couldn't help thinking, "Take your stinking paws off the franchise, Hollywood!"  Do we really need anot...

(B+) A River Runs Through It

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Writer Norman Maclean’s autobiographical story of growing up in Montana with his brother Paul begins, "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly-fishing."

Their Presb...

(B+) Rize

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In West Side Story, Anita says that the boys dance like they're trying to get rid of something. There is no trick photography in this film. It begins by advising the audience that the movie h...

(B+) Rocky

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Plot: Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a sweet-natured but not very bright boxer and small-time enforcer for a loan-shark. He has a crush on Adrian (Talia Shire), the painfully shy sister of hi...

(A-) Roll Bounce

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
In Undercover Brother, director Malcolm Lee's shrewd but affectionate appreciation of the 1970's was played for satire. In "Roll Bounce," he brings that same evocative skill to a coming of age sto...

(B+) Rudy

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
In this true story of determination and courage, a young man from a blue collar family wants to play football for Notre Dame, despite the fact he has neither the athletic nor the academic skills. D...

(B) Runaway Jury

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John Grisham's courtroom thriller is given the big-time Hollywood treatment and the result is as reliably entertaining -- but also as forgettable -- as an airplane novel. This is the kind of story...

(C+) Rush Hour

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Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan is always a delight to watch. His charm, wit,and impeccable timing make his kung fu moves closer to Charlie Chaplin or Jacques Tati than to Stephen Segal. He has had...



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