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(B+) I am Legend

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) I Can Do Bad All By Myself

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Tyler Perry's movies are review-proof. Not just because he does not let critics see them before they are released, knowing that his audience won't care about reviews, but because they do not lend ...

(B+) I Could Never Be Your Woman

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Adult
Usually when a movie has a limited release with no ad support it means that test audiences hated it and the studio has decided to cut their losses. But once in a while it has nothing whatsoever to...

(B+) I Know Where I'm Going

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: As a baby, as a five year old, as a school girl, and as a young woman, Joan Webster (Wendy Hiller) always knows exactly what she wants. And whether it is "real silk stockings" instead of synt...

(B+) I.O.U.S.A.

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: High School
Two guys who are super-smart and super-rich, Warren Buffet and Pete P...

(B+) Ice Age

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Ice Age" is a clever, funny, and touching story of an unlikely trio of animals who band together to return a human baby to his family. The story is set when glaciers covered much of the earth, 2...

(B+) Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This third in the Ice Age

(B+) Ides of March

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Beau Willimon took his experience on the Howard Dean campaign and turned it into a play called "Farragut North," for the Metro stop near the fancy Washington D.C. offices occupied by political cons...

(B+) If You Build It

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
An idealistic young couple from big cities moves to a tiny, economically depressed town in North Carolina for a project that will take advantage of what they think is "an untapped resource" -- teen...

(B+) The Imitation Game

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) In a World....

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Writer/director/star Lake Bell has produced a smart, fresh, and funny film that sends up Hollywood, sexism, and the conventions of the romantic comedy and yet somehow has us rooting for the charact...

(B+) In Good Company

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Synergy!" says Carter Duryea (Topher Grace). That's the answer to his two most pressing questions: (1) What idea can he pull out of a hat to help him meet the very ambitious financial goals set f...

(B+) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Some things are different. No more Nazis -- it is now a Cold War and the guys on the other side are the Soviets. And there may be enemies at home. A harmless-looking professor could be a Red. O...

(B+) Inglourious Basterds

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
There is no question that writer-director Quentin Tarantino is a brilliant film-maker. But there is some question about whether he has yet made a brilliant film. No one takes a more visceral plea...

(B+) The Insider

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a research scientist for a tobacco company, tells "60 Minutes" to reveal that the company is more aware of the addictive properties of nicotine than its executives c...

(B+) Insomnia

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Detective Dormer (Al Pacino) can't sleep. He and his partner, Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan), are LA cops on special assignment to investigate the brutal murder of a teen-age girl in tiny Nightmute ...

(B+) Into the Abyss

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Werner Herzog continues his exploration of the darkness and the light within the human spirit with "Into the Abyss," a documentary about why and how we kill each other, in violation of the law and ...

(B+) The Invention of Lying

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Ricky Gervais has come up with a fresh and enticing premise but -- I have to be honest -- it is imperfectly executed. It has the gloss of a romantic comedy because it gives us the fun of knowing t...

(B+) Ira & Abby

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Everyone can tell that Abby (played by screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt) is adorable. Her parents dote on her. A jittery subway mugger is disarmed by her – literally. She has not managed to sel...

(B+) Iron Man

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
With its first self-financed production, Marvel has produced one of the best superhero movies ever made, pure popcorn pleasure for its special effects, its story, its villain, and its hero. Direct...

(B+) The Island

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Director Michael Bay knows how to blow things up. Between Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and, now, "The Island," he has boldly used his camera for visual extravaganzas that are designed to amaze even th...

(B+) Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D

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MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The people behind the marvelous 3D IMAx Born to be Wild have made another awwww-inspiring ...

(B+) It's Complicated

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Forget the accents. Forget the anguish, the steely resolve, the iambic pentameter. All hail Meryl Streep for what she is best at -- comedy. She spins screenplay straw into movie gold, turning ye...

(B+) It's Kind of a Funny Story

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
A stressed-out teenager impetuously checks himself into a mental hospital in this semi-autobiographical tale based on » Read Review

(B+) Italian for Beginners

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Six lonely, insecure single people sign up for a beginning Italian class that changes their lives in this small, endearing Danish movie that feels as much like a documentary as like a traditional r...

(B+) The Italian Job

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I plead guilty to being a sucker for heist films. It's such a reliable plot structure -- we see the problem (usually an elaborate security system, as in Mission Impossible), we see how they plan t...



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