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(A-) The Manchurian Candidate

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This sleek and supple thriller features powerhouse performances but never quite persuades us that it has anything to add to the cold war classic starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury.

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(A-) Manic

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This documentary-style film about teenagers in a mental hospital has enough sincerity to make up for whatever it lacks in professionalism or originality. It is well worth watching with the teenage...

(A-) March of the Penguins

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
In the coldest place on earth, the only place where it is safe to care for newborns is 70 miles from the only place to find food. And so, the Antarctic's hardiest and most determined inhabitants, t...

(A-) The Matrix

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In "A Star is Born," Kris Kristofferson sings a song that begins, "Are you a figment of my imagination or am I a figment of yours?" This is the theme of "Matrix," heavy on special effects, striking...

(A-) The Matrix Reloaded

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
And the answer is -- Yes! This is the movie the fans of the original "Matrix" were hoping it would be. This movie has electrifying fight scenes, an audaciously dystopic vision, zillions of explos...

(A-) Mean Girls

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Author Judith Viorst once wrote about a little girl who looked over at another child and reported on her assessment. "Her dress is very pretty," she said, "but mine is very prettier."

She ...

(A-) A Mighty Wind

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The scorchingly funny guys behind "Spinal Tap," "Waiting for Guffman" and "Best in Show" have produced a kinder, gentler film that is still very, very funny.

Once again, this is a "mockumen...

(A-) Milk

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"My name is Harvey Milk and I want to recruit you!" This disarming introduction became the trademark of the man who would become the first out gay man to hold major elective office in the United ...

(A-) Millions

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A bag of money literally falls from the sky and lands on Damian (Alex Etel). It's just the most recent of a series of events that call into question everything he thought he know. He has recently...

(A-) Miracle

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Sportscaster Al Michaels unforgettably called out "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" as the 1980 US Olympic hockey team beat the Russians. They then went on to win the gold medal. And so the tea...

(A-) Monster's Ball

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Monster's Ball" is the derisive term the prison guards use for the gruesome ceremonies the night before a death row prisoner is to be executed. In the movie of that name, Hank (Billy Bob Thornton...

(A-) Moulin Rouge

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a big overstuffed everything- and the kitchen sink mess of a movie. It is an ambitious, often gorgeous, occasionally brilliant mess. But for all its superficial abundance, there is an es...

(A-) Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Mrs. Palfrey (Joan Plowright) did not think of herself as someone who would live in the shabby gentility of the Claremont, a residential hotel in London. We never learn the details of what brought...

(A-) Muppets Most Wanted

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: All Ages
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(A-) Murderball

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
You know those thousands of heartwarming, triumph of the human spirit, disease-of-the-week movies? With heroes and heroines who suffer through every possible medical catastrophe and become better ...

(A-) Must Read After My Death

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Adult
A generation ago the technology first became widely available to allow families to document their lives with home movies and audio recordings. The use of these artifacts has transcended the "can y...

(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...

(A-) My Life Without Me

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A young wife and mother finds out she has two months to live. She makes a list of the things she wants to do before she dies, like recording birthday greetings for her two daughters for each year ...



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