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(B+) Hairspray

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
I am not sure which is the more amusingly surprising -- the idea that one of the most painful struggles in American history could become the subject of a light musical comedy, or the idea that it c...

(B+) Hanna

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Director Joe Wright is fascinated with Saoirse Ronan's blue eyes, entirely understandable. Her cerulean gaze is so pure, so clear, so direct, and at the same time knowing and inn...

(B+) Happy Accidents

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There's a line in "Splash" that I thought of when I watched this movie. Tom Hanks plays a sweet guy who falls in love with a girl who turns out to be a mermaid. Utterly deflated when he finds out...

(B+) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Everything is changing again for Harry Potter. Back when Hagrid explained to him for the first time at age 11 that his parents had not died in a car crash but in a battle with an evil wizard and t...

(B+) Hart's War

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Hart’s War" is a big movie that takes on big themes with the courage to give them time and allow for some ambiguity.

Although it is set in WWII and has some battle violence, it is primari...

(B+) Hava Nagila

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
It is annoying, frustrating, embarrassing, and irresistible.  It is a tradition that has transcended its origins and yet calls us back to the complicated feelings of our past. All of which make...

(B+) He's Just Not That Into You

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
It turns out that it all goes back to the playground. What did our moms tell us when boys teased us and knocked us down? "He only does it because he likes you!" This leads to two consequences. ...

(B+) Head of State

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Chris Rock makes an appealing Presidential candidate in "Head of State," a comedy about Mays Gilliam, a Washington D.C. alderman who is thrown into the race after a plane crash kills the candidates...

(B+) Heist

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
David Mamet, writer/director of "Heist," is fascinated by the con. He has written movies about an ordinary person who becomes involved with professional con men ("House of Games") and about men wh...

(B+) Hellboy 2: the Golden Army

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) Hercules

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
According to Disney, Hercules was the adored son of gods Zeus and Hera, stolen by Hades, ruler of the underworld, and made mortal. He must become a true hero to become a god again, so he can live w...

(B+) Higher Ground

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Vera Farmiga ("Up in the Air," "The Departed") directed and stars in "Higher Ground,...

(B+) Hitch

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Is Hitch a noun or a verb?" Sarah (Eva Mendes) asks Alex "Hitch" Hitchens (Will Smith). "It depends," he answers. It's actually a little of both. Hitch is a "date doctor," a sort of Straight Eye...

(B+) Hitchcock

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) The Holiday

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Amanda (Cameron Diaz) has a successful business cutting up new Hollywood releases into three-minute trailers that make the films look as enticing as possible. Writer-director Nancy Meyers essentia...

(B+) The Holland Avenue Boys: A Success Story

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
The "Holland Avenue Boys" are a group of 14 men who grew up on or near Holland Avenue in the Bronx in the late 1940's and early 1950's. The "success story" is their enduring friendship and loyalty...

(B+) Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
The Weinstein Company may be nowhere near the gold standard set by Pixar in the imagination and technical ability of its animation, but it beats all ten of the champion’s justifiably lauded class...

(B+) Hoodwinked!

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Adorable Little Red Riding Hood opens the door to Granny's charming cottage in the woods and walks into the bedroom with her basket of goodies. But Granny looks a little different. It is the wolf...

(B+) Hope Springs

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) The House of Mirth

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Why is it when we meet we always play this elaborate game?" asks Lily Bart (Gillian Anderson) of Lawrence Selden (Eric Stoltz). The answer is that Lily and Lawrence live in a society that gives th...

(B+) House of Sand and Fog

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Pride, anger, loss, desperation, law, love, strength, and weakness collide to create vast tragedy in this story of a battle for a house that overlooks the water.

It begins as a clearly dist...

(B+) Houseboat

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Diplomat Tom Winston (Cary Grant) returns to Washington, D.C. following the death of his estranged wife. His three children, David, Robert, and Elizabeth, have been staying with his wife's si...

(B+) How Do You Know

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) and George Madison (Paul Rudd) are both nice people and team players. And that is why they end up on a horrible date on what is for each of them the worst night of their l...

(B+) How To Eat Fried Worms

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This is a delightfully snips and snails and puppy-dog tails-style movie, with kids who look and act refreshingly like real kids. It's based on the book by Thomas Rockwell that has delighted and ha...

(B+) The Human Stain

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"The Human Stain" is a flawed but engrossing story of the way that people try to escape their pasts and the way that carefully constructed new personas, no matter how scrubbed and burnished, cannot...

(B+) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) The Hunting Party

Genre: War
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Crazy times require crazy tactics. And so just because the UN can't seem to find Bosnia's most notorious war criminal does not mean that a gonzo journalist shouldn't track him down for an intervie...

(B+) The Hurricane

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter triumphed over a brutal childhood to become a contender for the middleweight boxing championship, through pure determination. Then, wrongfully sentenced to three life terms...

(B+) The Hustler

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Plot: "Fast" Eddie Felsen (Paul Newman) is a pool hustler. He and his partner, Charlie, go into pool halls and set the local players up. Eddie pretends to be a pool player who likes to make big bet...



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