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(C+) The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Preschool
Fans of the old "Rocky and Bullwinkle" cartoon show fondly remember its wisecracking sensibility and its refusal to take anything seriously, especially itself. And they remember its terrible puns,...

(B-) The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl in 3-D

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This movie spends a lot of time and energy on the importance of dreams and imagination, delivering its message in both form and content. I wish it had spent a little more time and energy on the im...

(B+) The Adventures of Tintin

Genre: Mystery
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(B) Agent Cody Banks

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
I took four young teenagers to this movie and they loved it. But I was not as impressed.

The idea is a cute one -- but it was cuter when they did the same thing in two editions of "Spy Kid...

(B) Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Frankie Muniz returns as junior secret agent Cody Banks in a moderately cute action comedy that will satisfy its target audience of 8-14-year-olds.

Cody is the superstar of the secret CIA t...

(A-) Akeelah and the Bee

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
"Prestidigitation."

Akeelah (Keke Palmer) has just won her school's spelling bee and everyone is impressed and proud. But Dr. Larrabee (Laurence Fishburne), who, like Keke, grew up in Comp...

(B+) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B+) Alice in Wonderland

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Almost 150 years ago Oxford mathematician Charles Dodgson published his wildly imaginative story about Alice's adventures down a rabbit hole. And now the wildly imaginative director Tim Burton has...

(B-) Aliens in the Attic

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Back in the era of Saturday matinées, "Aliens in the Attic" would have been just fine sandwiched between a couple of cartoons and a newsreel, especially if about half an hour was lopped off and ...

(C) Alpha and Omega

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades

Two young Canadian wolves representing the extremes of the social scale join forces in the animated "Alpha and Omega," which keeps them stuck in the bland middle. Though the visuals are in 3D, t...

(C) Alvin and the Chipmunks

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(A+) Amadeus

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Antionio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham in an Oscar-winning performance), the court composer, should have been Mozart. He followed all the rules, worked hard, and cared deeply. Music was his life. M...

(B+) Amazing Grace

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School

Parents should know that this film includes frank descriptions of some of the most profound atrocities of the slave trade, including torture and rape. The painful symptoms of Wilberforce's l...

(B-) Amelia

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: High School
Amelia Earhart, the pioneering aviator who was lost over the Pacific, is given the big Hollywood biopic treatment in a curiously retro film that feels like it was intended for Katherine Hepburn or ...

(A) America's Heart and Soul

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Celebrate America with this glorious love letter to our wonderful country.  If Norman Rockwell made a movie, this would be it. If "America the Beautiful" was a movie, this would be it. If America...

(A+) American Graffiti

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The movie takes place on a single night in 1962, immediately before two good friends, Curt (Richard Dreyfus) and Steve (Ron Howard), are about to leave for college. Curt and Steve are facing enormo...

(A-) An Inconvenient Truth

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
No zombies. No chain saws. No mutants. No aliens. No meteors hurtling toward Earth. And yet, this is the scariest movie of the year, not, as some jokes suggest, because it is a two-hour Power ...

(C+) Andre

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
"Plot: A shy little girl from Maine makes friends with a seal in this fact-based story about a seal that swam from Boston to Maine every summer for 24 years. Toni (Tina Majorino) is more comforta...

(B-) Annie

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B+) The Ant Bully

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A boy beset by bullies turns bully himself, going after the ants in his family's back yard. But the ants shrink him down to their size and he learns something about ants, about empathy, about hims...

(A+) Apollo 13

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
This movie should be called "Smart and Smarter." In addition to the thrilling story, masterful performances, and impeccable technical authenticity, it is a heartening story of the triumph of smart ...

(B+) Aquamarine

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The best thing about this fairy tale is that its happily-ever-after ending is satisfyingly real world. It's the most enchanting treat for girls since The Princess Diaries.

It's less of a fai...

(C-) Are We Done Yet?

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Is it over yet? Please?

Ice Cube's Are We There Yet? was tough enough to sit through, though unaccountably successful. Thus, we have this doubly unnecessary sequel. It is so creatively ban...

(C) Arthur and the Invisibles

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Director Luc Besson is known for his striking visuals and his mash-ups of sentimental, even corny moments with intense, graphic violence. At his best, in films like The Professional and The Fifth ...

(B) Arthur Christmas

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A sleigh pulled by reindeer?  That's so five decades ago.  With the population topping seven billion and the Duggars getting ready to welcome baby number 20, Santa (Jim Broadbent) needs all the s...

(C-) Astro Boy

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
A show of hands, everyone. If you think it's a good idea to begin a movie for children by killing off a young boy in an industrial accident as his father looks on, raise your hand. Anyone? I didn...

(B+) The Astronaut Farmer

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Once upon a time there was a farmer who wanted to build a rocket ship and orbit the earth. And there were some evil ogres who wanted to stop him.

That's the best way to describe this sligh...

(B-) August Rush

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Those who are willing to open their hearts to this urban fairy tale will find its pleasures, as long as they they don't think about it too hard. august%20rush.jpg » Read Review



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