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(A-) The Haint

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
"The Haint" is an intriguing Southern ghost story very reminiscent of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology and Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, with eclectic, memorable characters, and an ove...

(B+) Hairspray

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
I am not sure which is the more amusingly surprising -- the idea that one of the most painful struggles in American history could become the subject of a light musical comedy, or the idea that it c...

(D) Hall Pass

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
Things have changed since the Farrelly Brothers smashed through boundaries and brought a new level of outrageous raunchiness to the screen with the box office smashes "Dumb and Dumber" and "There's...

(F) Hamlet

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a dreadful movie. Shakespeare is multi-facted enough to stand up to almost every possible kind of interpretation and adaptation. Almost. This version, using much of the original language...

(B-) Hancock

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(D) Hanging Up

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are movies where the writer and director focus on the emotions of the characters. Then there are movies like this one where they make the mistake of trying to focus on the emotions of the aud...

(B) The Hangover

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
When things go wrong for us, it's tragedy. When they go wrong for someone else, it's funny. As Alan Dale says, comedy is a man in trouble. This comedy gives us four men in a lot of trouble follo...

(D) The Hangover Part III

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
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(B-) The Hangover, Part II

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
What's it called again when you suffer the morning-after consequences of a wild night of extravagent, if debauched, fun?  Oh yes, a hangover. This second night out with the wolf pack of Phil (B...

(B+) Hanna

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Director Joe Wright is fascinated with Saoirse Ronan's blue eyes, entirely understandable. Her cerulean gaze is so pure, so clear, so direct, and at the same time knowing and inn...

(B-) Hannibal Rising

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
My first Hannibal Lecter was Brian Cox in » Read Review

(B-) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Once upon a time, a brother and sister were left in the woods by their father.  They came upon a house made of candy that turned out to be owned by a witch, who used it to lure children and then f...

(B-) The Happening

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
happening.jpgHere's a spooky story: a talented storyteller mesmerizes ...

(B-) Happily Never After

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
As an Empress of Evil announces that she is in charge and from now on it will be "happily NEVER after," the film appears to jump off the sprockets of the projector and a narrator interrupts with an...

(B+) Happy Accidents

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There's a line in "Splash" that I thought of when I watched this movie. Tom Hanks plays a sweet guy who falls in love with a girl who turns out to be a mermaid. Utterly deflated when he finds out...

(A-) Happy Feet

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
It's official. The cutest thing on the planet is penguins singing "Boogie Wonderland." Especially if one of them is tap-dancing. This movie is a straight shot of sunshine. I defy anyone to watc...

(B-) Happy Feet 2

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
I loved the original Happy Feet, but five years later only liked this sequel.  It's still a lot of fun to s...

(A+) A Hard Day's Night

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
One of the greatest musicals of all time has a gorgeous new Criterion edition in honor of its 50th anniversary. The documentary style of this movie masks its tight construction, clever script, a...

(C+) Hardball

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
"Hardball" is a softball, and this umpire calls it out at first base.

Keanu Reeves plays a compulsive gambler named Conor O’Neill who owes a lot of money to various thugs. A childhood frien...

(C) Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This unpretentiously genial little stoner comedy has a couple of things going for it. The characters and jokes are a bit above average for a genre with admittedly low standards. And its very unambi...

(B-) Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
harold%20and%20kumar.jpgLike the effects of t...

(C) Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This unpretentiously genial little stoner comedy has a couple of things going for it. The characters and jokes are a bit above average for a genre with admittedly low standards. And its very unambi...

(A+) Harry Potter And the Chamber of Secrets

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
It’s even bigger, better, funnier, and more exciting than the first one. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is pure magic.

Our favorite characters are all back and better than ever...

(A-) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Before I tell you about this film and about how much I liked it, I want to say thank you to J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers for the care and devotion they gave to this extraordinary story.  On th...

(A) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
No recap. No amusingly horrifying opening appetizer at the Dursley's house. No intriguing Diagon Alley detours. Someone shouts at Harry to hold on and he is whooshed into his next adventure as w...

(A) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
In his last two movies, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) was becoming an adolescent. In this gripping and atmospheric film, based on the sixth book in the series, Harry Potter is becoming a man. H...

(B+) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Everything is changing again for Harry Potter. Back when Hagrid explained to him for the first time at age 11 that his parents had not died in a car crash but in a battle with an evil wizard and t...

(A+) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Harry Potter is 13 in this third movie based on the globally-popular series of books by J.K. Rowling, and the movie itself seems to be entering adolescence, darker themes, darker images, and darker...

(C) Harsh Times

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If David Ayer the director paid David Ayer the screenwriter for this script, he should ask himself for some of his money back. The screenplay is awfully close to Ayer's own Training Day, the film ...

(B+) Hart's War

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Hart’s War" is a big movie that takes on big themes with the courage to give them time and allow for some ambiguity.

Although it is set in WWII and has some battle violence, it is primari...

(D) The Haunted Mansion

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
When Disney makes a movie based on a theme park ride, it is not about inspiration, it is about branding. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl managed to be a delight -- and a huge hi...

(D) The Haunting

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This high-tech remake of the creepy classic is dumb and overblown, but some teenagers will have a good time with it, especially if they go in a group. Its only possible merit is that it is too sill...

(B+) Hava Nagila

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
It is annoying, frustrating, embarrassing, and irresistible.  It is a tradition that has transcended its origins and yet calls us back to the complicated feelings of our past. All of which make...

(C) Haven

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Director Frank E. Flowers’ full-length debut, "Haven," is a study in sin. Set mostly in the Cayman Islands, the film’s characters live in a world where the stakes are high and the people are hi...

(B) Haywire

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
A little bit "Rambo," a little bit "Kill Bill" and more than a little bit "La Femme Nikita" and its imitation, "Alias," this film can best be summarized as follows: a private contractor operative e...

(B+) He's Just Not That Into You

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
It turns out that it all goes back to the playground. What did our moms tell us when boys teased us and knocked us down? "He only does it because he likes you!" This leads to two consequences. ...

(C+) Head in the Clouds

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a soapy saga of love, war, and many, many hairstyles.

The hair signifies the passage of time in the story of a love triangle that lasts through the turbulent decades of Europe in fr...

(B+) Head of State

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Chris Rock makes an appealing Presidential candidate in "Head of State," a comedy about Mays Gilliam, a Washington D.C. alderman who is thrown into the race after a plane crash kills the candidates...

(D) Head Over Heels

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Amanda Pierce (Monica Potter) is an art restorer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with very bad taste in men. When she comes home to find her current beau in bed with another woman ("...

(C+) Heartbreakers

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
William Tensy (Gene Hackman), a chain-smoking tobacco zillionaire, goes into a little rant about the ridiculous notion that second-hand smoke is harmful and turns to blast a cloud of cigarette smok...

(C+) Hearts in Atlantis

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If you’re allergic to the kind of movie that starts with a funeral and then goes into a flashback about a sensitive kid’s last childhood summer, then stay away. But audiences with an appreciat...

(B-) The Hedgehog

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: High School
It's hard to imagine a less cinematic novel than » Read Review

(B+) Heist

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
David Mamet, writer/director of "Heist," is fascinated by the con. He has written movies about an ordinary person who becomes involved with professional con men ("House of Games") and about men wh...

(A-) Hellboy

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
In the “it was a dark and stormy night” genre of graphic novels (that's comic books with literary aspirations), we are guaranteed to find a Sam Spade-inspired anti-hero with a wicked sense of h...

(B+) Hellboy 2: the Golden Army

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(A+) Hello, Dolly!

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) is a matchmaker in turn of the century Yonkers, outside of New York. She is hired by Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau) to find him a wife. He also hires her t...

(B) Herbie: Fully Loaded

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Lindsay Lohan tries for three for three with another remake of a Disney classic, following The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday with an updated version of The Love Bug, but this one doesn't quite make...

(B+) Hercules

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
According to Disney, Hercules was the adored son of gods Zeus and Hera, stolen by Hades, ruler of the underworld, and made mortal. He must become a true hero to become a god again, so he can live w...

(C) Here Comes the Boom

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
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(B-) Hereafter

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School

According to this movie the two universal human imperatives are the need to find out whether we can contact the dead and the need to use Google to do so. Can we please de-Google-ize movies? I ...

(A-) Hero

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The narrator tells us that mastery of the sword is connected to mastery of calligraphy. This movie shows that mastery of film-making is as well. The elegant precision of the ravishing images give...

(D) Hey Arnold! The Movie

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Preschool
"Hey Arnold! The Movie" is as unimaginative as its title and far too long at 74 minutes. Hard core fans of the television series (if there are any) will enjoy seeing the characters on the big scre...

(B) Hide and Seek

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A spooky child, creepy rural setting, and eccentric characters are the key props in this atmospheric thriller, where strong acting and quiet scenes are more terrifying than on-screen mayhem.

...

(D) High Crimes

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
High Crimes" is merely mediocre, an all-but-thrilless thriller of the "loved not wisely but too well" betrayed-woman genre.

Ashley Judd plays spirited and telegenic defense lawyer Claire Kub...

(A-) High Fidelity

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Rob Gordon (Jon Cusack) asks the audience, "Do I listen to pop music because I was miserable, or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?" Rob spends more time talking to us than he does to a...

(A+) High Noon

Genre: Western
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) marries Amy (Grace Kelly) and turns in his badge. She is a Quaker, and he has promised her to hang up his gun and become a shopkeeper. But they get word that F...

(C+) High Tension

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This French gore-fest is two-thirds ripe and one-third rot, resulting in an initially promising but ultimately disappointing horror movie that is not for sensitive or discerning audiences of any ag...

(B+) Higher Ground

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Vera Farmiga ("Up in the Air," "The Departed") directed and stars in "Higher Ground,...

(C) The Hills Have Eyes

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If these hills only had eyes, it would be one thing but parents should know that they also have mutants wielding pickaxes which results in a disturbingly graphic movie not suitable for sensitive au...

(A-) A History of Violence

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Flies buzz and bump against a window as a woman looks out helplessly at a scene of terrible violence on her once-placid front lawn, in her once-peaceful community. A little girl wakes up from a dr...

(C) Hit & Run

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler

(B+) Hitch

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Is Hitch a noun or a verb?" Sarah (Eva Mendes) asks Alex "Hitch" Hitchens (Will Smith). "It depends," he answers. It's actually a little of both. Hitch is a "date doctor," a sort of Straight Eye...

(B+) Hitchcock

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(F+) The Hitcher

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
John Ryder returns in this remake of the 1986 horror film, and this time he has his eyes (and knives, and guns, and fleet of constantly-changing automobiles-turned-weapons) on not the young man dri...

(A-) Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman of "The Office") is in his bathrobe one Thursday morning, bumping his head, burning his toast, and engaging in a completely ineffectual protest of the new highway by-pas...

(A-) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman of "The Office") is in his bathrobe one Thursday morning, bumping his head, burning his toast, and engaging in a completely ineffectual protest of the new highway by-pas...

(B) The Hoax

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
What is it about liars that makes them the focus of so many movies? In the past few months alone we've had Breech (from the same writer/director who gave us another real-life liar story, Shattered...

(A) Holes

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
In sharp contrast to most movies directed at 10-15-year-olds (come to think of it, to most movies of any kind), "Holes" respects the intelligence of its audience. It is even willing to challenge t...

(A+) Holiday

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
After a whirlwind romance at a ski resort, Johnny Case (Cary Grant) is on his way to meet his new fiancée, Julia Seton (Doris Nolan). Overwhelmed by the mansion at the address she gave him, he ass...

(B+) The Holiday

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Amanda (Cameron Diaz) has a successful business cutting up new Hollywood releases into three-minute trailers that make the films look as enticing as possible. Writer-director Nancy Meyers essentia...

(B+) The Holland Avenue Boys: A Success Story

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
The "Holland Avenue Boys" are a group of 14 men who grew up on or near Holland Avenue in the Bronx in the late 1940's and early 1950's. The "success story" is their enduring friendship and loyalty...

(C+) Hollywood Ending

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Woody Allen's films seem to get whispier and more ephemeral every year. For all its small pleasures "Hollywood Ending" is so light it nearly floats off the screen.

Allen plays Val, a movie d...

(C+) Hollywood Homicide

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
A lot of talented people tried very hard to make this movie work, but it just doesn't make it. It has an appealing premise: with odd-couple detectives assigned to investigate the murder of a rap g...

(B-) Hollywoodland

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Is there a more heartbreakingly unsolveable mystery than a suicide? The only person who really knows what happened is gone. Even if we find out the how, we who are left behind will always wonder ...

(B) A Home at the End of the World

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The Hours author Michael Cunningham has adapted his earlier novel for the screen and the result is admirable, respectable, but not completely successful. The book is the internal musings of the fo...

(A-) Home on the Range

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
I love it when Disney doesn't take itself too seriously.

No one tried to reach for the stars or make this into a classic. It's just a cute little story about some not-so-contented cows who...

(C) Honey

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
For those who think it's been too long since a movie like Breakin' 2: Electric Boolago, or even Lambada: The Forbidden Dance, we now have "Honey," the story of a spunky girl who dazzles hip-hop sup...

(C+) The Honeymooners

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
The Weinstein Company may be nowhere near the gold standard set by Pixar in the imagination and technical ability of its animation, but it beats all ten of the champion’s justifiably lauded class...

(B+) Hoodwinked!

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Adorable Little Red Riding Hood opens the door to Granny's charming cottage in the woods and walks into the bedroom with her basket of goodies. But Granny looks a little different. It is the wolf...

(B) Hoot

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Kids take on developers to protect endangered owls in this mildly pleasant story based on the award-winning book by Carl Hiaasen. Parents will admire some of the messages -- care for the environme...

(C-) Hop

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
“Hop” would more accurately be titled “Stumble,” a disappointing follow-up from the producers of one of last year’s best family films, “Despicable Me.” It is just another story of a h...

(B+) Hope Springs

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B-) Horrible Bosses

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
Three old friends who work for deranged, abusive bosses decide that the only solution is a "Strangers on a Train"-style murder swap in a lightweight comedy sustained by recession-era resentment fan...

(C-) The Host

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B) Hostage

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Three combustible forces come together in one fortress of a mansion in this bloodbath of a hostage drama. First is Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis), a former big-time hostage negotiator who was shattere...

(F) The Hot Chick

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Even by the low standards of Saturday Night Live-alumni movies, and by the even lower standards of Adam Sandler-produced movies, “The Hot Chick” is simply excruciating. It is loathsome, offensi...

(B) Hot Fuzz

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
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(C) Hot Rod

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Even when this movie is at its dumbest, and that is very, very dumb indeed, even when it launches, or, I should say, lurches, into its umpeenth attempt to find humor in having its main character ge...

(C) Hot Tub Time Machine

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
I can understand why John Cusack, producer and star of this movie, would like to find a time machine to take him back to 1986. That was the last time he was making popular movies. With the most ex...

(B) Hotel for Dogs

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Cute kids + cuter dogs = one doggone cute movie. Emma Roberts (niece of Julia) stars in the movie based on the popular » Read Review

(A-) Hotel Rwanda

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"How can they not intervene when they witness such atrocities?" Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) asks an American journalist (Joaquin Phoenix). "They'll see this footage," he ...

(B) Hotel Transylvania

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
What scared me most about "Hotel Transylvania" was the prospect of another film starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg.  Their last collaboration was "That's My Boy," by far the most excruciatin...

(D) The Hottie & the Nottie

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
hottie.jpgThis pea-brained vanity production does not have the energy to remember from one sc...

(A+) The Hours

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In this story of three women of different eras whose lives connect and parallel each other, we see each of them struggle between despair and meaning. Small moments repeat themselves as the same th...

(C) The House Bunny

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(C+) House of D

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Engaging characters and evocative period detail cannot overcome the uh-oh factors that ultimately overwhelm this coming-of-age story set in the 1970's and written and directed by actor David Duchov...

(A) House of Flying Daggers

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
An officer about to arrest a beautiful blind dancer who works in a brothel tells her that if she can win the "Echo Game" he will let her go. She is surrounded by 100 drums. And then, in one of th...

(B+) The House of Mirth

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Why is it when we meet we always play this elaborate game?" asks Lily Bart (Gillian Anderson) of Lawrence Selden (Eric Stoltz). The answer is that Lily and Lawrence live in a society that gives th...

(B+) House of Sand and Fog

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Pride, anger, loss, desperation, law, love, strength, and weakness collide to create vast tragedy in this story of a battle for a house that overlooks the water.

It begins as a clearly dist...

(D) House of Wax

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Just when it seemed that Hollywood was running out of paint-by-numbers horror movie remakes, along oozes the half-baked “House of Wax” to leave its greasy smear on movie non-history. If the pr...

(B+) Houseboat

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Diplomat Tom Winston (Cary Grant) returns to Washington, D.C. following the death of his estranged wife. His three children, David, Robert, and Elizabeth, have been staying with his wife's si...

(B+) How Do You Know

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) and George Madison (Paul Rudd) are both nice people and team players. And that is why they end up on a horrible date on what is for each of them the worst night of their l...

(B-) How She Move

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Raya Green (Rutina Wesley) has to go back home because her Caribbean immigrant parents can no longer afford the tuition at her tony private school. They spent that money on drug rehab for Raya's s...

(C) How to Deal

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Pop star Mandy Moore plays a teenager in this movie based on two popular books by Sarah Dessen.

The books' fans -- and Moore's -- will enjoy the movie, which puts its heroine through the f...

(B+) How To Eat Fried Worms

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This is a delightfully snips and snails and puppy-dog tails-style movie, with kids who look and act refreshingly like real kids. It's based on the book by Thomas Rockwell that has delighted and ha...

(A-) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Kate Hudson is irresistably adorable in this frothy update of the 1950's-style battle of the gorgeous (and gorgeously-attired) sexes romantic comedy. It's easy to imagine Doris Day and Rock Hudson...

(A-) How to Train Your Dragon 2

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B) Howl

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
In the post-WWII era of peace and prosperity -- and the Cold War and the blacklist and conformity -- a small group of writers found much to terrify and infuriate them. "I saw the best minds of my ...

(B) Howl's Moving Castle

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(C+) The Hulk

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
If what you want from a comic book movie is to see the hero fight the bad guys, this is not your movie. Director Ang Lee creates images of great grace, elegance, and dignity, but he tries to make ...

(B+) The Human Stain

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"The Human Stain" is a flawed but engrossing story of the way that people try to escape their pasts and the way that carefully constructed new personas, no matter how scrubbed and burnished, cannot...

(B) The Hundred Foot Journey

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(C) The Hunted

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This dreary generic chase movie is so thoroughly formulaic that not even the presence of two wonderfully talented three-named Oscar winners can inspire a flicker of interest.

Benecio del To...

(B+) The Hunting Party

Genre: War
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Crazy times require crazy tactics. And so just because the UN can't seem to find Bosnia's most notorious war criminal does not mean that a gonzo journalist shouldn't track him down for an intervie...

(B+) The Hurricane

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter triumphed over a brutal childhood to become a contender for the middleweight boxing championship, through pure determination. Then, wrongfully sentenced to three life terms...

(B+) The Hustler

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Plot: "Fast" Eddie Felsen (Paul Newman) is a pool hustler. He and his partner, Charlie, go into pool halls and set the local players up. Eddie pretends to be a pool player who likes to make big bet...

(B) Hyde Park on Hudson

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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