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(B+) O

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Doves flutter in a bell tower as an angelic choir sings. We hear someone say, "I know you're not supposed to be jealous of anything, but to soar and take flight -- that's living." As he speaks of...

(B+) O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The Coen brothers' latest is based in part on the Odyssey (a prologue credits the story to Homer). But its title comes from that most sublime of Preston Sturges classic comedies, "Sullivan's Trave...

(B+) Ocean's Twelve

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The movie's irresistible tagline is "Twelve is the new eleven." But this twelve is more like the old eleven, the first "Ocean's 11" movie, starring Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, where the chief ...

(B+) Oceans

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
Forget about "Star Wars" and "Aliens" -- there are creatures living beneath the waves on this very planet that are far weirder and more exotic than anything Hollywood has conjured up. Huge, swoopin...

(B+) Oliver & Company

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
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(B+) Oliver!

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: This glorious musical (and Oscar-winner for Best Picture) is based on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. Oliver is an orphan who so outrages the staff at the orphanage by asking for a second bowl...

(B+) On the Waterfront

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: Based on a true story (with a less satisfying conclusion), this is the story of the men who had the courage to stand up to the corrupt longshoreman's union. The union is controlled by Johnny ...

(B+) The One I Love

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"The One I Love" is pretty good as a movie and sublime as an exercise, especially an acting exercise. Just describing details about the story will require a huge spoiler alert, which I will insert...

(B+) One True Thing

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Based on Anna Quindlen's novel, this is the story of a young writer who learns the value of her mother when she goes to care for her during her treatment for cancer. Renee Zellweger plays Ellen Gul...

(B+) Open Season

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
I love CGI. I love the textures, the way every single hair and feather, every leaf and raindrop, every shiny, fuzzy, smooth, rough, soft, hard surface is perfectly perfect. But I realized, as I w...

(B+) Ordinary People

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: Conrad Jarrett (Timothy Hutton) has returned home after four months in a mental hospital. He tried to kill himself following a tragic boating accident with his brother, Bucky, who drowned. He...

(B+) The Other Guys

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make an inspired buddy cop pairing in "The Other Guys," a rare comedy based on something other than snark or irony or insults or humiliation or high concept. This is...

(B+) The Others

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Way back before computer graphics, movie makers knew how to scare us through what the movie didn't show us. They knew that no one knows what scares us as well as we do ourselves, and that anything...

(B+) Over the Hedge

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Computer technology has always had the advantage in animation when it comes to texture and three-dimensionality, and it is superb for physical properties like "shiny" and "bouncy," but it has lagge...



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