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(B+) Rabbit Hole

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When you suffer a devastating loss, there is the pain of missing what you once had. But there is pain that goes beyond the space circumscribed by the person who is gone. Grief is its own planet a...

(B+) Radio

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
"Radio" may be as predictable as a Hallmark card, but it is as heartwarming, too. This is a nice, old-fashioned family movie about the importance of kindness. The characters learn that some thing...

(B+) Raising Helen

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
They say that it isn't adults who create children; it's children who create adults. And they're right.

This theme resonates deeply with us and has inspired many, many movies, going back be...

(B+) Ramona and Beezus

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
Walden has just about mastered the art of turning the very best in children's literature into very fine family films. It doesn't get any better than Beverly Cleary's marvelous series of books abou...

(B+) Rango

Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School

"Rango" is a deliciously demented and slyly satiric take on westerns, which means it takes on America's deepest myths about our identity. It is wild and strange and blessedly idiosyncratic, wit...

(B+) Rat Race

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Rat Race" is a loving salute to the spirit of "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," a splendid salute to slapstick that featured just about everyone who happened to be in Hollywood in 1965. "Rat Race" h...

(B+) Ratatouille

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MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Pixar's latest release is brilliantly animated, and a lot of fun. But it does not have a clear sense of who its audience is, and families with children who are looking for the next » Read Review

(B+) The Recruit

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When you lie all the time, how do you remember what is true? How do you remember to care?

That is a theme of most spy movies, and it is right at the center of this twisty story about a gra...

(B+) Red

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Give me Dame Helen Mirren with a semi-automatic weapon and Morgan Freeman smiling, "We're getting the band back together," and I will happily settle back and enjoy the popcorn. "RED" stands for "R...

(B+) Red Dragon

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Hannibal Lecter is back in "Red Dragon," but he cannot ever scare us again as much as he did in "Silence of the Lambs." We know him too well. But that very knowledge becomes one of the pleasures ...

(B+) Red Eye

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Master of horror Wes Craven moves into the thriller genre, showing us that scary is scary, with or without grotesque killers (A Nightmare on Elm Street) or grotesque killings ( » Read Review

(B+) Remember the Titans

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This movie about the real-life integration of a Virginia high school football teem teeters on the brink of cliche and stereotype but manages to come down on the side of archetype, thanks to a sure ...

(B+) The Replacements

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
What is it about football movies? I don't even like football, but I am a sucker for a good football movie. I'm even a sucker for a pretty good one like this lightweight but likeable story about p...

(B+) Riding in Cars With Boys

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Like the life of its subject matter, there is a lot that is wrong with this movie, but there is also something right enough for a bittersweet happy ending.

Drew Barrymore stars in the true st...

(B+) Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
By the time they got to the line, "Take your stinking paws off me, you damned, dirty ape!" I couldn't help thinking, "Take your stinking paws off the franchise, Hollywood!"  Do we really need anot...

(B+) A River Runs Through It

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Writer Norman Maclean’s autobiographical story of growing up in Montana with his brother Paul begins, "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly-fishing."

Their Presb...

(B+) Rize

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
In West Side Story, Anita says that the boys dance like they're trying to get rid of something. There is no trick photography in this film. It begins by advising the audience that the movie h...

(B+) The Road

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The most terrifying moment we ever experience is the realization that we are responsible for the life of the perfect being who has turned us from people into parents. We want more than anything to...

(B+) The Road to El Dorado

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Dreamworks SKG steps up to the Disney gold standard with this sensationally entertaining animated adventure. Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branaugh provide the voices for Miguel and Tulio, two loveable ...

(B+) Road to Perdition

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Road to Perdition is a powerful, beautifully made film about fathers and sons and sin and redemption, that overrides minor flaws through beautiful directing and first class performances.

Tom H...

(B+) Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: High School
Robert Blecker is one of the most outspoken -- and unexpected -- proponents of the death penalty. He does not try to base ...

(B+) Robin Hood

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
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(B+) Rock of Ages

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) Rocket Science

Genre: Independent
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Hal (Reece Thompson) has something say but he has a lot of trouble saying it. On the bus, he can practice asking for pizza, but when it comes to the moment and he is standing in the cafeteria line...

(B+) Rocky

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Plot: Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a sweet-natured but not very bright boxer and small-time enforcer for a loan-shark. He has a crush on Adrian (Talia Shire), the painfully shy sister of hi...

(B+) A Room With a View

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) arrives in Italy with her strait-laced aunt Charlotte (Maggie Smith). Disappointed at not getting the room with a view they had been promised when maki...

(B+) Roving Mars

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MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Imagine standing in Los Angeles, trying to shoot a basketball all the way to New York, where it must hit the basket without touching the hoop. That's the magnitude of the challenge faced by NASA s...

(B+) The Royal Tenenbaums

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Just about everything is a little off-kilter in this quirky story about a wildly dysfunctional family.

A prologue tells us that Royal (Gene Hackman) and Etheline (Anjelica Houston) had three...

(B+) Rudy

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
In this true story of determination and courage, a young man from a blue collar family wants to play football for Notre Dame, despite the fact he has neither the athletic nor the academic skills. D...

(B+) Run Lola Run

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Teenagers with a taste for the offbeat will enjoy this German import about a woman who gets a frantic phone call from her boyfriend and has only 20 minutes to find 100,000 marks (about $60,000), or...

(B+) Runaway Bride

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
In the all-time best romantic comedy ever, "The Philadelphia Story," Jimmy Stewart says, "The prettiest sight in this fine pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges." Not really ...

(B+) Rush

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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