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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.C.O.D.

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(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...

(B+) About a Boy

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"About a Boy" is the story of a shallow man appropriately named Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) who believes, contrary to John Donne, that every man is an island.

Or at least he believes that that...

(B+) Act of Valor

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The Navy SEALS approached the Bandito Brothers film-makers ab...

(B+) Adam

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Adam (Hugh Dancy), appropriately shares his name with the first man because even though he lives in contemporary Manhattan, he is in a very real way new to the world. He seems at once tightly woun...

(B+) Adventureland

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
We all have at least one, a summer when everything changes, when we first start to become the person we truly are. Every writer tries at least once to tell the story of one of these summers and th...

(B+) The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Preschool
When Elmo's favorite friend, his beloved blanket, is tossed into Oscar's trash can, Elmo goes in after it, only to find himself transported to Grouchland, where grouches cut off the flowers and kee...

(B+) The Adventures of Tintin

Genre: Mystery
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(B+) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B+) Alice in Wonderland

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Almost 150 years ago Oxford mathematician Charles Dodgson published his wildly imaginative story about Alice's adventures down a rabbit hole. And now the wildly imaginative director Tim Burton has...

(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...

(B+) American Beauty

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a 42-year-old man who has lost touch with anything that made him feel alive. His wife Carolyn (Annette Benning) is a realtor, so highly focused that she is clenched...

(B+) American Violet

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Meet two extraordinary women -- Dee Roberts, based on a real-life single mother who took on corrupt and racist law enforcement officials in Texas and Nicole Beharie, the woman who plays her, who ma...

(B+) Amistad

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Plot: In 1839, a group of Africans sold into slavery were being transported to the United States on a Spanish ship. Off the coast of Cuba, they escaped from their shackles and attacked the crew, le...

(B+) An American Tail

Genre:
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Feivel Mousekewitz is a little Russian mouse who emigrates to the United States with his family, after they are told that "there are no cats in America and the streets are paved with cheese." He b...

(B+) Analyze That

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Robert DeNiro loves comedy. Who knew?

After decades as America's most respected dramatic actor, DeNiro discovered that he enjoyed making people laugh in "Analyze This," where he tweaked his mo...

(B+) Anastasia

Genre:
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A sumptuous (if completely inaccurate) animated retelling of the mystery of the Tsar's lost daughter, this movie will captivate kids and their families.

In this version, the little Anastasia...

(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...

(B+) Angel Eyes

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Watch out -- they're trying to sell this movie as a thriller with supernatural overtones, but it turns out that it is a very traditional love story, and a surprisingly touching one, too.

Jenni...

(B+) Anger Management

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are two odd couples in this movie. One is the traditional pairing of two opposite characters just for the fun of seeing the sparks (and the inevitable "I learned so much from you!" conclusio...

(B+) Anna Karenina

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
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(B+) The Ant Bully

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A boy beset by bullies turns bully himself, going after the ants in his family's back yard. But the ants shrink him down to their size and he learns something about ants, about empathy, about hims...

(B+) Antwone Fisher

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Therapy films usually follow the same pattern as romance films, a sort of one-sided romance of the subjects with themselves. In other words, it’s therapist meets patient, therapist loses patient...

(B+) Anvil: The Story of Anvil

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If this story wasn't true, they'd have to invent it. Indeed, they already did. "This is Spinal Tap," one of the most outrageous, influential, and utterly hilarious movies ever made, is a "mockume...

(B+) Apostles of Comedy: Onwards and Upwards

Genre:
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+) Aquamarine

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The best thing about this fairy tale is that its happily-ever-after ending is satisfyingly real world. It's the most enchanting treat for girls since The Princess Diaries.

It's less of a fai...

(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+) Assault on Precinct 13

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A juicy premise, a powerhouse cast, and energetic direction combine for a satisfying thriller about a police station under seige. It's a big-budget remake of John Carpenter's 1976 film of the same...

(B+) The Astronaut Farmer

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Once upon a time there was a farmer who wanted to build a rocket ship and orbit the earth. And there were some evil ogres who wanted to stop him.

That's the best way to describe this sligh...

(B+) ATL

Genre:
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+) Austenland

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(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...

(B+) The Aviator

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A true story that is both touching and thrilling and tons of talent on both sides of the camera are enough to make this a good movie, but not enough to make it a great one.

It is in part th...




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