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(C) The Eagle

Genre: Epic/Historical
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
"The Eagle" is an epic story, lavishly filmed, but empty at the core. Without a reason to care about the quest, it does not matter how skillfully the battle scenes are filmed. It is based on

(C) Eagle Eye

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
A promising premise, some intense action, and a lively appearance by Billy Bob Thornton might have been enough to squeak this one by as a summer movie but when the days grow shorter and the wind bl...

(B) Earth

Genre:
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
This stunning valentine to our planet's plants and animals re-purposes some of the footage from the stunning documentary » Read Review

(B) Earth to Echo

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(C+) East is East

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
George (Om Puri), who is Pakistani, marries Ella (Linda Bassett) and they settle down in Manchester to have seven children and run a fish and chips shop called George's English Chippy.

As the ...

(B+) Easy A

Genre: School
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Emma Stone finally gets the breakthrough role her fans have been waiting for in "Easy A." This is the moment that takes her into the front rank of movie stars, sub-category: America's sweetheart. ...

(B-) Eat, Pray, Love

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Here's a word I never thought I would use about Ryan Murphy: safe. The guy behind the twisted pleasures of the television series "Nip/Tuck" and "Glee" has made sensationally entertaining comedy-dr...

(B+) The Eclipse

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"The Eclipse" is a moody Irish thriller about a recently widowed teacher who is a volunteer at a local literary festival. Michael (a deeply moving » Read Review

(B) Edge of Darkness

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
As he continues to work through personal issues that seem to require expiation through his characters on screen, Mel Gibson, plays a Tom Craven, a Boston cop out for more than justice after his dau...

(B+) Edge of Tomorrow

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Are there moments you would like to relive, so you could make a different choice? » Read Review

(B+) Edison, the Man

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
"Plot: The movie begins with a dinner in 1929 honoring the ""Golden Jubilee of Light,"" the anniversary of the invention of the electric light bulb. But the guest of honor has not yet left home. ...

(B+) Eight Below

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
The dogs rescue the humans, but will the humans rescue the dogs? Can they?

A scientist (Bruce Greenwood) arrives at a National Science Foundation base in » Read Review

(C+) Eight Legged Freaks

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Eight Legged Freaks" is essentially a cheesy 1950’s sci-fi drive-in movie with un-cheesy special effects. There’s no sense of irony and not much of a sense of humor. Instead, it has a rather...

(C+) Elektra

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
To paraphrase the most famous line from A League of Their Own, "there's no crying in comic book movies." At least there shouldn't be, not by the superhero, anyway. But this is a comic book movie ...

(B+) Elf

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Will Ferrell is a very funny guy. His lanky cluelessness has a slightly muddled but imperishable sweetness that gives an endearing quality to all the characters he plays, from SNL’s exemplar of...

(B) Elizabethtown

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I've always suspected that a failed Cameron Crowe movie would be more entertaining than a successful movie by most Hollywood screenwriters, and this shows I was right.

Okay, Vanilla Sky was...

(A-) Ella Enchanted

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
In keeping with the fairy tale theme, I will begin this review with a warning: If you want to experience the real pleasures this movie has to offer, do not expect a faithful re-creation of the boo...

(B+) Elysium

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) The Emperor's Club

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
There is a very rich tradition of books and movies set in schools. One reason is that like another popular setting, submarines, they present a closed environment. But the real reason is that school...

(A+) The Emperor's New Groove

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The fast, fun, and funny "Emperor's New Groove" is sheer delight for the entire family. It deserves to be taken out of the rarified category of "animation" and called what it is -- a cartoon. It ...

(B+) Enchanted

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
enchanted.jpg Fairy tales and modern-day Manhattan find a way to live happily ever after i...

(B+) The Enchanted Cottage

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
For Valentine's Day, try this romantic classic.

Mrs. Minnett (Mildred Natwick), a widow, owns a small cottage that she rents out to honeymoon couples. Some people believe there is a magic a...

(D) End of Days

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Once again Arnold Schwarzenegger has to save the world from destruction in this tired and tiring dud of an action movie. The thin premise this time is that our whole calendar was designed so that t...

(B-) End of the Spear

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Can you forgive the unforgiveable?

Fifty years ago, five American missionaries were killed by members of the most violent culture ever studied by anthropologists, the Waodani tribe in Ecuado...

(B+) Ender's Game

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) Enemy at the Gates

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It is 1942 and Stalingrad is "a city on the Volga where the fate of the world is being decided." Hitler is trying to do what Napoleon could not and has sent his troops to invade the Soviet Union. ...

(C+) Enemy of the State

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This movie is what I call a "soft R," the rating based on limited bad language and violence, but not really unsuitable for younger kids. Will Smith stars as Bobby Dean, a successful Washington lawy...

(B+) Enigma

Genre: War
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
One of the most important contributions to the Allied victory in World War II was a code-breaking operation that was so secret it was not revealed until 30 years later. Their deciphering of the En...

(A-) Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Ask why."

That was the question at the end of the television commercials for Enron, five years in a row Fortune magazine's "most innovative company" for the way it revolutionized the market...

(C+) Entrapment

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A heist film is one of Hollywood's most reliable plots. "Entrapment" has caught the look and feel but not the heart of classics like "Topkapi" and "To Catch a Thief." Sean Connery plays "Mac" MacDo...

(C+) Envy

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
I wonder how many critics are going to analogize their reviews to the wildly successful product that leads to the title emotion of this movie: "VaPOOrize," an aerosol spray that eliminates dog poop...

(C+) Equilibrium

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Equilibrium is set in the joyless state of Libria. It is a society built on peace at all costs. In a bid to make the outbreak of war impossible in this post-nuclear apocalypse, early Twenty First C...

(B-) Eragon

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
The fact that the CGI dragon gives the best performance in this film is not going to impede the enjoyment of its intended audience, which is 9-12 year olds. It may, however, make it a bit of a lon...

(B+) Erin Brockovich

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The poster says, "She brought a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees." So we know where it's all going, and just settle back to enjoy the ride. And an enjoyable ride it is, too. <...

(C-) Escape from Planet Earth

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(C) Escape Plan

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(A+) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This fabulously imaginative and deliciously loopy romance is the sweetest movie yet from the magnificently twisty mind behind Adaptation, Human Nature, and Being John Malkovich.

Once again ...

(B) Evan Almighty

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
There isn't one single surprise in this movie, at least not for anyone who has seen the trailer, except perhaps for its sweetness. Yes, this is another movie about a family that is brought togethe...

(A+) Ever After

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Drew Barrymore plays Danielle, according to her great-great-great grand- daughter the real inspiration for the story of Cinderella. Just as in the classic fairy tale, Danielle lives with her mean s...

(B+) Evergreen

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Fourteen-year-old Henri (Addie Land) and her mother Kate (Cara Seymour) never quite make it. They are moving -- again -- this time to live with Kate's mother. We don't need details; it is clear fr...

(B+) Everybody Says I'm Fine

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This bittersweet fairy tale centers on Xen (Rehaan Engineer), the owner of an upscale Bombay beauty shop, who can read the minds of his clients when he cuts their hair. The source of this power is...

(B+) Everybody's Fine

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Parents try very hard to protect their children and at the same time teach them to be independent. And then we struggle to accept the consequences. That is what has happened to Frank Goode (Rober...

(B-) Everyone's Hero

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The indomitable spirit of Christopher Reeve shines through this little story of a boy who will not give up his quest to retrieve the baseball bat belonging to the greatest player ever, » Read Review

(A) Everything Is Illuminated

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If a movie has two guys who could not be more different going on a difficult journey and one of them has a funny accent, a quirky dog, and a grumpy grandfather, you might expect slapstick and confr...

(C+) Evolution

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Despite what the advertising campaign tries to sell you, this is not another "Ghostbusters." It may have the same director, but remember that he is also responsible for turkeys like "Father's Day...

(D) Exit Wounds

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Steven Seagal is definitely in "Fat Elvis" mode in this color-by-numbers honest-cop against corruption story. He's got Wayne Newton-style black hair and a William Shatner-style sucked-in paunch, an...

(C) The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This muddled mess wants to be three things at once and fails at all of them. It wants to be a horror movie, a courtroom drama, and and inspiring spiritual statement, but each element detracts from...

(D) Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: High School
There may be a good argument to make on behalf of teaching Intelligent Design in science class, but this documentary from Ben Stein does not make it. The movie itself is an example of design by fa...

(B) The Expendables

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Five minutes into this movie, which means five minutes into its first action sequence, one of its stars explains to his colleagues he is about to fire off a warning shot. He then blows a guy's tor...

(B-) The Expendables 2

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
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(B) The Express

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
When a real-life story combines athletic excellence and civil rights breakthroughs, it has more than enough heart and drama to be good movie material. Ernie Davis was a combination of heart and pu...

(C) Extract

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The fans who have been waiting for a new workplace comedy as wickedly on target as Mike Judge's cult classic "Office Space" will have to keep waiting. Judge's new film has no red stapler, no TPS ...

(B+) Extraordinary Measures

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Harrison Ford has his best role in years as a testy scientist who listens to classic rock as he works all night in the lab and who may just have the key to a crucial medicine for a disease that kil...

(C+) Extreme Ops

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
They can fake a lot of things in the movies – they can make us believe that Superman can fly, that there are real dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, and that Harry Potter can wear an invisibility cloak ...

(A-) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Jonathan Safran Foer's acclaimed novel about a boy whose father was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11 has been brought to the screen with great sensitivity and heart.  Newcomer Thomas Horn ...

(A-) The Eye

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The Eye is a Taiwanese ghost film that will please the American audiences who flocked to The Sixth Sense, The Others, and The Ring, far superior to recent American trash that has been made to cash ...



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