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(C+) Madagascar

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Some charming performances and saucy humor cannot save this movie from its surprising insensitivity. Its core question is what happens to best friends in captivity, who, once returned to the wild,...

(C+) Madeline

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
One of the most beloved heroines of children's literature is brought to life in this movie based on the classic series of books by Ludwig Bemelmans about the "twelve little girls in two straight li...

(C+) The Majestic

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Jim Carrey has been brilliant in flamboyant, comic roles and in quieter, subtler roles, but both kinds of acting have come from the same source inside him – the kind of anger that fuels a lot of ...

(C+) Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat is a personal, autobiographical stand-up act from Martin Lawrence that should please his fans.

Runteldat is a live comedy concert that opens with reels of newsm...

(C+) The Medallion

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Did I miss a meeting or wasn't one of the great things about Jackie Chan that he didn't need any special effects? Back in the day, Chan was his own special effect, and that was plenty special enou...

(C+) Meet the Fockers

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I am not a huge fan of comedies of excruciation, that genre of movies that draw much of their humor from some poor idiot's painful and humiliating loss of control. But I can appreciate the way tha...

(C+) Men in Black II

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The original Men in Black (1997) is one of my all-time favorite movies, just for originality and sheer attitude. Director Barry Sonnenfeld, production designer Bo Welch, and stars Tommy Le...

(C+) Men of Honor

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Carl Brashear, Jr. was the first black man to achieve the rank of Master Diver in the Navy. He was also the first amputee to be returned to active duty in the armed services. In this movie, produce...

(C+) The Messengers

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The trailers for "The Messengers" don’t do it justice — there’s a lot more potential in this movie than appears in the » Read Review

(C+) The Mexican

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Two of the biggest stars in Hollywood took pay cuts to appear in what is essentially a quirky independent movie -- with two of the biggrest stars in Hollywood. Even though Brad Pitt and Julia Robe...

(C+) Million Dollar Baby

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
“Million Dollar Baby” is a strong contender, but it suffers a TKO in the last round.

At first, it is a fresh, assured, and evocative take on the classic boxing formula. A tired old tra...

(C+) The Missing

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"The Missing" is a disappointment, relentlessly politically correct and even more relentlessly bleak and brutal.

Cate Blanchett plays Maggie, one of those indomitable frontier women who can...

(C+) Mission to Mars

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Director Brian DePalma is known for movies that have two qualities -- striking visual flair and frustrating narrative incoherence. If you are the kind of person who talks about the plot on the way ...

(C+) Monkeybone

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The new movie from the people behind "James and the Giant Peach" and "A Nightmare Before Christmas" has some of the same trademark visual inventiveness, but this is no children’s story.

"M...

(C+) Moonlight Mile

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(C+) Murder by Numbers

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In 1924 there was a murder was so shocking that it was called the crime of the century. What was chilling was the motive -- not money or passion but a cool arrogance that led two wealthy young men...

(C+) Mystery Men

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This semi-successful attempt at a post-modern comic-book style story that has it both ways, archly commenting on superhero sagas while actually giving us a new and cooler version of one at the same...

(C+) Mystic River

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Looks like damaged goods to me," says a character at the beginning of this movie, and that could refer to everyone we will meet in a story that explores the impact of an unbearable tragedy on two ...



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