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(B) Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The rare sequel that improves on the original, "Madagascar 2" keeps the silliness and steps up the heart. In the first film...

(B) Magic Mike

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
You might expect a movie about strippers to be either a glossy Hollywood fantasy or a gritty, sour, documentary.  The surprise of "Magic Mike" is that it avoids both extremes with an appealing nat...

(B) Maid in Manhattan

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Romantic comedies are so endlessly appealing both to those looking back on their own experience of falling in love and those looking forward to it that Hollywood keeps cranking them out. The elemen...

(B) Malibu's Most Wanted

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Yes, it's dumb and yes, it's a 15-minute skit stretched out to 80 minutes, but I have to admit it -- it is very funny.

MTV's Jamie Kennedy plays Brad Gluckman, son of a wealthy man (Ryan O'...

(B) Mao's Last Dancer

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: High School
Director Bruce Beresford, best known for "Driving Miss Daisy," returns to the themes of cross-cultural connections in this film based on the memoir of Chinese ballet star Li Cunxin. Li (Chinese ...

(B) Marie Antoinette

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
With this third film, we can begin to see the themes emerging in the work of writer/director Sofia Coppola. Again, she has given us the story of a sensitive, vulnerable young woman trying to find ...

(B) Me Myself I

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Rachel Griffiths (Oscar nominee for Hilary & Jackie) plays Pamela Drury, a harried 30-something magazine writer who wonders if she made a mistake, 13 years earlier, when she turned down a marri...

(B) Meet the Parents

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is a sub-category of comedy that can only be termed "comedies of excruciation," in which we laugh at the hideously humiliating experiences of some poor sap. If this is your kind of humor, th...

(B) Men in Black 3

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Welcome back, Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones. The stars and director of one of the most creative and purely entertaining movies of the last 20 years are back for a third that does not match » Read Review

(B) Mindhunters

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Someday, I'd like to see a thriller in which there are no "fooled you!" fakeouts, no one that the audience thinks is dead turns out to be still alive, the characters are allowed to have actual pers...

(B) Mona Lisa Smile

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In "Mona Lisa Smile," a vibrant and independent-minded teacher shows her students a paint-by-numbers kit for a Van Gogh picture to demonstrate the difference between art that is insightful and mean...

(B) Monte Carlo

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
It's the Princess and the Pauper with Disney star Selena Gomez and two Gossip Girls in a story about a Texas waitress who takes the place of a selfish heiress in the glamorous title city. There's ...

(B) Mr. Popper's Penguins

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
It used to be that a comedian who wanted to be in movies had to make an armed services comedy.  Now, we stick them in domestic stories about daddies who need to learn that the family is more impor...

(B) The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Salt the popcorn and settle your gigantic soda in the cup-holder. Brendan Fraser is back and just as important, so are the mummies. Strictly speaking, these guys are not mummies, but they're clos...

(B) Muppets From Space

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Preschool
Like all Muppet movies, this latest entry has plenty of jokes to keep the parents happy while the kids are enjoying the story. This time, the story focuses on a question that has intrigued Muppet f...

(B) My Week with Marilyn

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
"Her skin does not reject the light." That was impressionist painter Pierre Auguste Renoir's answer when asked why he used one favorite model so many times.  And it describes the luminous beaut...



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