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(B+) Madea's Family Reunion

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
As the Borg say on "Star Trek," "Resistance is futile." Don't even try to get in the way of Madea, that pistol-packing, Bible-thumping, larger than life powerhouse and force for good creation of T...

(B+) Major Barbara

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Major Barbara (Wendy Hiller) is a member of a mission devoted to saving souls, and she promotes temperance, non-violence, and socialism. Adolphus Cusins (Rex Harrison), a classics professor,...

(B+) Mamma Mia!

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating:     Audience: High School
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(B+) Man on Wire

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) The Man Who Wasn't There

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The Coen brothers ("Fargo," "Raising Arizona," "O Brother Where Art Thou") are known for flamboyant, even grotesque, images and outlandish dialogue. They also have a deep appreciation for film his...

(B+) Mansfield Park

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Bodices may not be ripped, but they are certainly loosened in this very liberal adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. This is not your mother's "Mansfield Park." Fans of the book are warned early on t...

(B+) Margin Call

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Investors can make bets by promising to buy stock at a higher or lower price than the current day's valuation.  If all goes well, they never actually have to buy the stock.  They can keep buying ...

(B+) Marley & Me

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Life is messy. And in this movie, that very important lesson is embodied by Marley, affectionately dubbed "the worst dog in the world" by his loving family. Jennifer (Jennifer Aniston) and John (...

(B+) Mask

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Plot: This is based on the true story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), a teenager with a genetic defect that turned his face into a huge "mask" of bone. As the movie begins, Rocky and his mother Rust...

(B+) The Master

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
In the sixth movie from virtuoso writer-director P.T. Anderson ("There Will be Blood," "Boogie Nights"), we see Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix) pause on the dock to look at what seems like the ultimate d...

(B+) Max Keeble's Big Move

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
I smiled a couple of times and can even say I enjoyed myself, but this is clearly a movie that no adult will ever be able to get the way a kid does. An adult is going to sit there and say, "Wait a...

(B+) May

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Already this film is being compared to Brian De Palma’s Carrie, which shares a strange, female, misfit protagonist’s decent into madness, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. However, May is more...

(B+) Mean Creek

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When Sam (Rory Culkin) is beat up by a school bully, his older brother Rocky (Trevor Morgan) and his friend Marty (Scott Mechlowicz) plot revenge. They will invite the bully (Josh Peck as George) ...

(B+) Meet the Robinsons

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
At times, all of us feel like strangers in the world. In Disney's bight, colorful, CGI animated film (available in 3D in some locations), Lewis (voice of Daniel Hansen) is left on the steps of an ...

(B+) Megamind

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Let's get it out of the way first thing. "Megamind" would be a much more enjoyable experience if it wasn't so close to one of this year's brightest family pleasures, ...

(B+) The Men Who Stare At Goats

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"More of this is true than you would believe," "The Men Who Stare at Goats" cheekily informs us as it opens. And while its tone is high satire, even farce, the story it tells is not hard to believ...

(B+) Michael Clayton

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Michael Clayton (George Clooney) spends a lot of time facing into the dark midnight of the soul, his own and others'.

Late one night and early the next morning, he does both at once as he g...

(B+) A Midsummer Night's Dream

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Four couples sort out their romantic entanglements in Shakespeare's most magical love story. Hermia and Lysander love each other, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. Demetrius loves Hermia...

(B+) The Mighty

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Max (Eldon Henson), a huge boy who has flunked 7th grade twice and Kevin (Kieran Culkin), a tiny disabled boy, help each other in this moving story of the power of friendship and imagination. Inspi...

(B+) The Mighty Macs

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Basketball coach Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino) arrived at tiny Immaculata College in 1972, at just the right moment for her, for the team, and for the game. Restrictive rules that had "protected" femal...

(B+) Million Dollar Arm

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: High School
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(B+) Minority Report

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It is fifty years from now, in Washington, D.C., where familiar landmarks like the Washington Monument are surrounded by vertical highways and where computers in The Gap not only recognize you when...

(B+) Miracle on 34th Street

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara), an executive at Macy’s, is responsible for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. When the Santa Claus she has hired for the parade shows up drunk, she quickly subsit...

(B+) The Miracle Worker

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Today is the 142nd anniversary of the birth of one of the most extraordinary teachers in American history, Annie Sullivan, who gave a little...

(B+) Mirror Mirror

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Director Tarsem Singh Dhandwar has found a story worthy of his ravishing visuals and the result is an enchanting update of the classic fairy tale of Snow White. [bcvideo vid='1534799835001' pid...

(B+) MirrorMask

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
A curiously distant story is surrounded by enchanting visuals and special effects in this Alice in Wonderland-style tale of a young girl who has to solve a puzzle in a magical land in order to get ...

(B+) Miss Congeniality

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Sandra Bullock the producer found a pretty good vehicle for Sandra Bullock the actress in this variation on the classic Hollywood "makeover movie." As in predecessors from "Cinderella" to "My Fair...

(B+) Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Somewhere inside this very mainstream Hollywood confection is a surprisingly subversive little bit of deconstruction. It takes a classic Cinderella theme -- the makeover that catches the attention...

(B+) Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) Miss Potter

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
As delicate as the title character's watercolors, this gentle story about the author and illustrator of » Read Review

(B+) Mission: Impossible 2

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Summer has arrived. "Mission Impossible 2" is the essence of a summer movie: gorgeous stars, sensational stunts, nerve-wracking chases, steamy romance, some "gotcha" plot twists, and lots of explo...

(B+) Misty

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
If you can't make it to Virginia today for the annual swimming of the ponies, take a look at this faithful adaptation of the classic (and fact-based) children's book Misty of Chincoteague, by Margu...

(B+) Monster

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Aileen Wuornos peers into the murky mirror of the gas station bathroom. Somewhere in that lumpy, mottled face, she catches a glimpse of a girl who dreamed of being admired and cared for. We glimp...

(B+) Morning Glory

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School

We love those disheveled but indomitable women of the television world, from Holly Hunter in "Broadcast News" to Mary Tyler Moore in her iconic 1970's television series, Tina Fey in "30 Rock," a...

(B+) Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Can This Marriage Be Saved? (With apologies to the Ladies' Home Journal)

John's turn: We got married before we really knew each other. Now I wonder whether we'll ever know each other. She...

(B+) Mr. 3000

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Bernie Mac doesn't hit this one out of the park, but he manages a solid double in his first starring role, as a retired baseball player who has to get back into shape and suit up for three more hit...

(B+) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Genre: Epic/Historical
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Naive Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart) is sent to Washington to serve the remaining term of a Senator who has died. The governor (Guy Kibbee), and businessman Jim Taylor (Edward Arnold) believ...

(B+) Mulan

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Disney's 1998 animated feature is based on the legend of Mulan, a Chinese girl who helps the Chinese army defeat the Mongols. After the Mongols invade, led by Shan-Yu (voice of Miguel Ferrar) every...

(B+) Mulholland Drive

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If you like movies that make sense, don't go anywhere near "Mulholland Drive." If you like to come out of the theater saying, "Oh, I get it -- he was just pretending to shoot the other guy!" this ...

(B+) Mumford

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a cleverly updated version of a 1930's movie staple -- a genial small-town comedy with eccentric but endearing characters and a leading man who is not what he pretends to be. Loren Dean pla...

(B+) The Mummy Returns

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
It may still be spring outdoors, but this is the first summer movie of the year. Grab some popcorn and settle in for some old-fashioned movie fun, the best in this genre since the gold standard of...

(B+) The Muse

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The latest film by writer/director/actor Albert Brooks has him portraying Steven Phillips, a Hollywood screenwriter who is let go by the studio when a young, arrogant executive tells him he has los...

(B+) Music & Lyrics

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Comedy that is actually funny plus romance that is actually sweet equals a sunny little valentine to brighten the winter doldrums. And -- I can't help saying it -- Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore go...

(B+) Must Love Dogs

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Those out there who are still hoping for Lloyd Dobler to stand outside their window holding up a boombox playing "In Your Eyes" may be glad to hear that a movie that tries to be Say Anything, Part ...

(B+) My Dog Skip

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This is a good, old-fashioned boy and his dog movie, based on the memoir of Willie Morris, who grew up in 1940's Mississippi, a small, sleepy town of "ten thousand souls and nothing to do." It is l...

(B+) My Life as a Dog

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: Ingemar is a twelve year old boy growing up in 1950s Sweden who goes to live with his aunt and uncle in Smaland while his mother is dying of tuberculosis. In the small town of Smaland he meet...



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