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(B+) The A-Team

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
I love it when a plan comes together. And I love it when a summer movie delivers all of the chases, crashes, explosions, wisecracks, and sheer exuberant fun that we have a right to expect when the...

(B+) A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Cross "2001" with "ET" and "Blade Runner" and throw in some "Pinocchio," some "Wizard of Oz," some "Velveteen Rabbit" and a touch of "Our Town," and you might have some sense of what to expect from...

(A-) The Adjustment Bureau

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The first great movie of 2011 is thought-provoking, exciting, and swooningly romantic. Writer/director George Nolfi takes on the biggest questions of all -- faith...

(B-) Aeon Flux

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Maybe it's just that my expectations were so low because it was not screened for critics (meaning the studios did not think they would get even one good review), but "Aeon Flux" was not so bad. A ...

(A+) All About Eve

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School

Margo Channing (Bette Davis), a Broadway diva beginning to show her age, meets the young fan who stands outside the theater after every performance (Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington). Taken by...

(B-) All the King's Men

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Huey Long was man of gigantic proportions, an epic, almost operatic figure who rose to power as the greatest of populists, succumbed to corruption, and was murdered at age 42. His story inspired a ...

(A+) Amadeus

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Antionio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham in an Oscar-winning performance), the court composer, should have been Mozart. He followed all the rules, worked hard, and cared deeply. Music was his life. M...

(B+) Amazing Grace

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School

Parents should know that this film includes frank descriptions of some of the most profound atrocities of the slave trade, including torture and rape. The painful symptoms of Wilberforce's l...

(D) America's Sweethearts

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It sounds like it can't miss -- a delicious situation created by a guy who knows how to write jokes, with an all-star cast. But it does miss. Billy Crystal, who wrote the script with Peter Tolan,...

(C+) American Outlaws

Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
American Outlaws" is a rock and roll western for the MTV era. It may be a little on the dumb and cheesy side, but it does not take itself or its characters too seriously and it has enough cute cow...

(B) An Unfinished Life

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
A bear is wandering through farms looking for something to eat. An angry and abusive man is following the woman who left him because he wants her to come back, or because he wants to hit her again,...

(B-) And So It Goes

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Despite lavish settings and sweeping camera movement, this sumptuously produced Andrew Lloyd Weber musical feels static, stuffy, and stagey. This is in part because so much of it takes place on a...

(C+) Annapolis

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Sincere performances and some star charisma can't save this movie from its derivative screenplay, a retread of every "callow youth learns what it means to be a man" service drama. This movie sampl...

(A+) Apollo 13

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
This movie should be called "Smart and Smarter." In addition to the thrilling story, masterful performances, and impeccable technical authenticity, it is a heartening story of the triumph of smart ...

(B+) Apostles of Comedy: Onwards and Upwards

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School
The very funny Jeff Allen ("Thou Shalt Laugh"), Ron Pearson ("Malcolm & Eddie") and Keith Alberstadt ("Next Big Comic") perform on tour in the family-friendly "Apostles of Comedy: Onwards and ...

(B+) Armageddon

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The summer thrill ride movie is becoming as much of a 4th of July tradition as the picnic and the fireworks, and the 1998 version is "Armageddon," the second movie of the year about a meteor headed...

(B+) ATL

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The star of this movie is first-time director Chris Robinson, who took an appealing but conventional story of five friends on the brink of adulthood and made it come alive with a vibrant, pulsing, ...

(B-) August Rush

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Those who are willing to open their hearts to this urban fairy tale will find its pleasures, as long as they they don't think about it too hard. august%20rush.jpg » Read Review

(B+) Avatar

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
NOTE: The DVD being released this week is a stripped-down 2D version. Later this year there will be another release with many more extras. Writer-director-producer James Cameron ("Titanic," "Term...



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