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(D) Babe: Pig in the City

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Families who loved the adorable and heartwarming "Babe" need to know that this sequel, co-written and directed by "Mad Max's" George Miller, is a much darker and more unsettling movie, not suitable...

(D) The Back-Up Plan

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie's best use could be population control. No one who sees it will want to get pregnant or raise children. It could also be used to show aspiring screenwriters what not to do. Other tha...

(D) Bad Boys II

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The old-fashioned real-deal movie star charm of Will Smith can occasionally be glimpsed somewhere inside this overlong cacaphony of car chases, shoot-em-ups, and explosions. It is impossible not t...

(D) Bad News Bears

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(D) Bad Santa

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a movie about a very bad Santa, indeed. He's worse than bad. He's vile. He's disgusting. Billy Bob Thornton plays Willie, a department store Santa who is constantly either drunk, horrif...

(D) Bad Teacher

Genre: School
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Are you a fan of comedy based on the sole premise that it is funny to see a beautiful woman make outrageously crude and narcissistic statements?  Then go watch Sarah Silverman.  This movie will o...

(D) Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
We don't ask for much from explosion and chase movies, just some cool explosions and chases, plus some attitude, a couple of lines of snappy dialogue, an interesting bad guy, and a plot that doesn'...

(D) Basic

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It's probably not even worth explaining the premise of this sorry attempt at a thriller because the "basic"premise is to tell you one thing and then turn it upside down and then do that again abou...

(D) Bean

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
One of the classic set-ups for comedy is what I refer to as the "Cat in the Hat" plot -- one or more "normal," somewhat bored characters find their lives completely (and yet somehow enjoyably) disr...

(D) Beautiful

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Minnie Driver does her best, but, sadly, she gets no help from the movie's producers (14 of them!). She gets no help from the screenwriter, whose only previous credit was Jerry Springer's "Ringmas...

(D) Big Momma's House

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is less a movie than a string of skits based on one concept -- Martin Lawrence in a fat suit and a dress.

It's a great concept, crossing two terrific movies: "Stakeout" and "Tootsie," w...

(D) Birth

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In the middle of a story that lurches from unsettling to preposterous by way of sheer ookiness, there is a moment of sheer, breathtaking bravura, shared by actress and director.

At her enga...

(D) Blade II

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
An ordinary sequel to the first Wesly Snipes vehicle, based on the Marvel Comics superhero, this bloody punch-fest lacks the charming antagonists that livened the original movie.

Wesley Snip...

(D) Blast From the Past

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Brendan Fraser plays Adam, who was born in 1962, in an elaborate bomb shelter constructed by his eccentric genius of a father (Christopher Walken). His parents, mistakenly believing that a nuclear ...

(D) Blood Work

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The presence of a Hollywood icon as an actor and director cannot overcome the predictability in the script in "Blood Work."

Clint Eastwood stars as Terry McCaleb, a veteran FBI profiler simila...

(D) Boogeyman

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
With a storyline thinner than the protagonist’s stereotyped rich girlfriend and enough lead-heavy dialogue to sink a movie of twice the caliber, “Boogeyman” is a bloated 86 minutes of overzea...

(D) Broken Lizard's Club Dread

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Does the world really need a comic slasher movie? Or, to be more precise, does it need another failed attempt at one?

The would-be wild and crazy guys from would-be comedy troupe Broken Li...

(D) Brooklyn's Finest

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
This bloated, pretentious mess is the slowest action movie I can remember, weighted down with over-used characters, situations, and dialog. The dialog is over-used within the movie itself. It isn...

(D) The Butterfly Effect

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie is not just pretentious twaddle. It is inept and exploitive pretentious twaddle, not even worth a "so bad it's good" video rental.

The title comes from the idea, here attributed...




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