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(B+) I am Legend

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
i_am_legend_will_smith__1_.jpgWill Smith plays the last man on earth in this third mov...

(B-) I Am Number Four

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
A young, handsome kid has extraordinary special powers vastly beyond the abilities of mere mortals. He is being chased by big, scary, ruthless, and relentless creatures with enormous weapons who h...

(C+) I Am Sam

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I'd like to add to the list of things I never want to see in another movie, right after lip-synching to Motown songs shown as a bonding experience and sign of inner hipness, anyone ever saying to a...

(B+) I Can Do Bad All By Myself

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Tyler Perry's movies are review-proof. Not just because he does not let critics see them before they are released, knowing that his audience won't care about reviews, but because they do not lend ...

(A-) I Capture the Castle

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If Jane Austen’s protagonists lived in a world of embroidered silk, spinning graceful webs to catch spouses in a rigid system of behavior and class, then the heroines of “I Capture the Castle...

(B+) I Could Never Be Your Woman

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Adult
Usually when a movie has a limited release with no ad support it means that test audiences hated it and the studio has decided to cut their losses. But once in a while it has nothing whatsoever to...

(C-) I Don't Know How She Does It

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This film takes the most wrenching and universal dilemma of family life and turns it into a sitcom-y love letter to Sarah Jessica Parker.  Not the character she plays, the whippet-thin, stiletto-w...

(A+) I Heart Huckabees

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
We don't think about it much, but most comedies are about existential crises.

Whether it's the bewitched lovers in A Midsummer Night's Dream, an heiress grappling with a leopard in Bringing ...

(B+) I Know Where I'm Going

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: As a baby, as a five year old, as a school girl, and as a young woman, Joan Webster (Wendy Hiller) always knows exactly what she wants. And whether it is "real silk stockings" instead of synt...

(A) I Love You Again

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Prissy, stingy Larry Wilson (William Powell) bores everyone aboard ship on his way back to the United States from a business trip. When Ryan, a fellow passenger, falls overboard, Larry is accidenta...

(D) I Love You, Beth Cooper

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Paul Rust is 28, and looks it, maybe a little older. But in "I Love You, Beth Cooper" he plays Denis Cooverman, a high school valedictorian. Jack T. Carpenter, last seen playing a college student...

(B-) I Love You, Man

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
Paul Rudd is a national treasure. His smaller roles were a highlight of movies like "The 40 Year Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," and "Anchorman." He was charming in "Clueless," heartbreaking in "The O...

(C) I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
There are none so straight as those who pretend to be gay. That seems to be the premise of Adam Sandler’s latest slacker comedy. But its mild pleasures are spoiled by its belief that homophobi...

(A) I Remember Mama

Genre: Classic
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: All Ages
Kathryn Forbes’ memoirs of her Norwegian immigrant family are lovingly brought to life in this classic, often found on television on Mother’s Day. Mama is played by the luminous Irene Dunne, f...

(D) I Spy

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Once upon a time, there was a television show that was genuinely cool. Robert Culp and Bill Cosby played smart, laid-back guys who traveled around to exotic and romantic locations saving the world...

(C) I Think I Love My Wife

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Chris Rock has often said he admires the work of Woody Allen, and in Rock’s latest film, "I Think I Love My Wife," the comedian tries to channel a very “Allen” vibe. Like Allen, he writes, d...

(A-) I, Robot

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Now this is what I call a summer popcorn movie!

It's hard to say which has the sleeker profile, Will Smith (everything you could ask for in an action hero) or the Chicago skyline of 2035, a...

(B+) I.O.U.S.A.

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: High School
Two guys who are super-smart and super-rich, Warren Buffet and Pete P...

(B+) Ice Age

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Ice Age" is a clever, funny, and touching story of an unlikely trio of animals who band together to return a human baby to his family. The story is set when glaciers covered much of the earth, 2...

(B) Ice Age: Continental Drift

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B+) Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This third in the Ice Age

(B-) Ice Age: The Meltdown

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Once again, as in the first Ice Age, wooly mammoth Manny (voice of Ray Romano), sloth Sid (John Leguizamo), and saber tooth tiger Diego (Denis Leary) set off on a journey. This time, they have to l...

(D) Ice Harvest

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a rancid lump of coal in the toe of the Christmas stocking of the holiday movie season. Perhaps inspired by the unexpected success of last year's anti-feel-good Bad Santa, this has that mo...

(A-) Identity

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It was a dark and stormy night.

Ten strangers are stranded at a seedy motel. And then, as one of them later explains, "people started dying."

At first, it seems that they have noth...

(C-) Identity Thief

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) Ides of March

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Beau Willimon took his experience on the Howard Dean campaign and turned it into a play called "Farragut North," for the Metro stop near the fancy Washington D.C. offices occupied by political cons...

(B) Idlewild

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Percival, a mortician by day/speakeasy piano player by night, sleeps under an assortment of singing cuckoo clocks and serenades a lovely corpse dressed as a bride. The engraved rooster on a silver...

(B+) If You Build It

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
An idealistic young couple from big cities moves to a tiny, economically depressed town in North Carolina for a project that will take advantage of what they think is "an untapped resource" -- teen...

(B) Igor

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
In the town of Malaria, anatomy is destiny. Boy babies get their assignments at birth. Those without hunchbacks become evil scientists. Those with hunchbacks become Igors and spend their days sa...

(C) Illegal Tender

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
There's a chance, but a very slight chance that 20 years from now this could be one of those films whose pulpiness overcomes its dopiness. But I doubt it.

Oh, it is fun to see Wanda de Jes...

(B) The Illusionist

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This feels like a fairy tale, so I will begin: "Once upon a time..."

...there was a princess who loved a commoner but was engaged to a cruel prince.

The commoner and the princess pl...

(C) Imagine Me & You

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Love at first sight can be thrilling, but it can very very inconvenient when it happens to a bride who is walking down the aisle at the time. Especially if the loved-at-first-sight object of affec...

(B-) Imagine That

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Title aside, there is not much imagination in this formulaic story of a daddy who discovers the value of his daughter's imaginary friends -- and then learns that it is his daughter who matters mos...

(D) Impostor

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Even an outstanding cast, some good special effects, and an intriguing idea from a first-rate writer can't save this sci-fi thriller from a poor script and unimaginative direction. The studio's lac...

(B+) In a World....

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Writer/director/star Lake Bell has produced a smart, fresh, and funny film that sends up Hollywood, sexism, and the conventions of the romantic comedy and yet somehow has us rooting for the charact...

(A-) In America

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Screenwriter/director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot) tells the story of his family's move to America as something of a fairy tale set in a sweltering and grimy apartment building where even the kind-h...

(B+) In Good Company

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Synergy!" says Carter Duryea (Topher Grace). That's the answer to his two most pressing questions: (1) What idea can he pull out of a hat to help him meet the very ambitious financial goals set f...

(A-) In Her Shoes

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Siblings divide up the world to prove who they are, and the closer they are to each other, the more they depend on each other, the harder they would to stake their claim to being different from eac...

(C) In the Cut

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Meg Ryan sheds more than her clothes in this would-be steamy thriller. She sheds her twinkle. We don’t get the nose-wrinkling smile. No adorable befuddlement. No irresistible misting of the e...

(B) In the Land of Women

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
If you've see the ads with vulnerable cutie Adam Brody from "The O.C." kissing willowy cutie Kristen Stewart (the kid in Panic Room and growing up very nicely), you probably think it must be a roma...

(B) In Time

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
In the future, according to this film, our currency will not be money but time.  Everyone gets 25 years.  Then the clock starts ticking down.  If you have not earned, begged, borrowed, stolen, o...

(C) The In-Laws

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It's hard to blow a premise like this one -- color-in-the-lines, belt-and-suspenders risk averse man meets his daughter's prospective free spirit father-in-law just before the wedding. It worked p...

(A-) Inception

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Stop right now. I mean it, stop reading. If you have not already seen "Inception," there is nothing I can tell you that would not diminish your experience of this film. The less you know going i...

(B-) The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) The Incredible Hulk

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(A) The Incredibles

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), a superheroine whose limbs and torso can stretch the length of an Olympic swimming pool, pauses for just a second on the way to saving the world to check out her rear end...

(A-) Independence Day

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Some things are different. No more Nazis -- it is now a Cold War and the guys on the other side are the Soviets. And there may be enemies at home. A harmless-looking professor could be a Red. O...

(B-) The Informant!

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Like some of the food made with the substances produced by the corporation at the heart of this story, this movie is pleasant but leaves a sour aftertaste. It is inspired by the real-life story of...

(B+) Inglourious Basterds

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
There is no question that writer-director Quentin Tarantino is a brilliant film-maker. But there is some question about whether he has yet made a brilliant film. No one takes a more visceral plea...

(B) Inkheart

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
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(A-) Inside Man

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Spike Lee's brilliant direction and a clever and surprising script from first-timer Russell Gewirtz provide an ideal setting for four of the most watchable actors in the business in a heist film th...

(B+) The Insider

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a research scientist for a tobacco company, tells "60 Minutes" to reveal that the company is more aware of the addictive properties of nicotine than its executives c...

(B+) Insomnia

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Detective Dormer (Al Pacino) can't sleep. He and his partner, Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan), are LA cops on special assignment to investigate the brutal murder of a teen-age girl in tiny Nightmute ...

(B-) The International

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This thriller about a multi-national bank with innumerable tentacles and immeasurable power has two problems and the worst is bad timing. It's just a little bit more difficult these days to feel p...

(B) The Internship

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
internship » Read Review

(A-) The Interpreter

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"The Interpreter" is a watchable, if not always absorbing thriller, thanks to sheer star power and top directing talent.

Nicole Kidman is Silvia, an American raised in Africa, who works as...

() Interview: Emilio Estevez of "The Way"

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() Interview: Rasmus Heisterberg and Nikolaj Arcel of "A Royal Affair"

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(B+) Into the Abyss

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Werner Herzog continues his exploration of the darkness and the light within the human spirit with "Into the Abyss," a documentary about why and how we kill each other, in violation of the law and ...

(A-) Into the Wild

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Every one of us at times hears the call of the wild, to match the wild of the outdoors to the wild that is inside us, to leave behind all of the petty complications of civilization and test ourselv...

(A-) Into the Wild

Genre:
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Every one of us at times hears the call of the wild, to match the wild of the outdoors to the wild that is inside us, to leave behind all of the petty complications of civilization and test ourselv...

(A-) Intolerable Cruelty

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In Bringing Up Baby, a psychiatrist explains that "The love impulse in man frequently reveals itself in terms of conflict." That idea may not always be true of romance, but it is at (where else) th...

(D) The Invasion

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This fourth movie version of the Jack Finney story about "body-snatchers" again reminds us that the scariest enemies are not creatures with sharp talons and teeth, aliens with super-powerful weapon...

(B+) The Invention of Lying

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Ricky Gervais has come up with a fresh and enticing premise but -- I have to be honest -- it is imperfectly executed. It has the gloss of a romantic comedy because it gives us the fun of knowing t...

(B-) Invictus

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Clint Eastwood tells the story of South Africa's triumph in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the first World Cup after the end of apartheid. The title, "Invictus" comes from the inspiring » Read Review

(B-) Invincible

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
In this movie, a father tells his son that one great touchdown by Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles got him through 30 years of factory work. We often identify so completely with the teams...

(B+) Ira & Abby

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Everyone can tell that Abby (played by screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt) is adorable. Her parents dote on her. A jittery subway mugger is disarmed by her – literally. She has not managed to sel...

(A-) The Iron Giant

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Preschool
It draws a lot from E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial, The Indian in the Cupboard, and, for that matter, from Lassie, but this story of a boy who befriends an enormous robot from outer space is told with...

(B) The Iron Lady

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
A performance by Meryl Streep of endless intelligence, skill, and sensitivity cannot keep this impressionistic portrait of Baroness Margaret Thatcher from being exactly the sort of sentimental nons...

(B+) Iron Man

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
With its first self-financed production, Marvel has produced one of the best superhero movies ever made, pure popcorn pleasure for its special effects, its story, its villain, and its hero. Direct...

(B) Iron Man 2

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Let's begin with a recap of Iron Man 1, not so much the plot (a man puts on an iron suit and beats the bad guys) as what it ...

(B) Is Anybody There?

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: High School
A boy whose parents turn their house into a nursing home can be expected to develop an interest in death. Ten year old Edward ("Son of Rambow's" Bill Milner) is more than interested. He is fascin...

(B+) The Island

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Director Michael Bay knows how to blow things up. Between Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and, now, "The Island," he has boldly used his camera for visual extravaganzas that are designed to amaze even th...

(B+) Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D

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MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The people behind the marvelous 3D IMAx Born to be Wild have made another awwww-inspiring ...

(D) Isn't She Great

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Hard to imagine myself saying this, but it would have been better if Jacqueline Susann had written this movie. It would have been dumb and unbelievable and even grotesque, but it would not have bee...

(A-) It Might Get Loud

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: High School
It goes to 11. Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth") has made a documentary featuring three generations of guitar gods: Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), The Edge (U2), and Jack White (The White Str...

(C+) It Runs in the Family

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
You keep hoping for this movie to be better than it is. But it never is.

I wanted to like it a lot. First, I am a sucker for family dramas, where people confront each other for not saying ...

(B+) It's Complicated

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Forget the accents. Forget the anguish, the steely resolve, the iambic pentameter. All hail Meryl Streep for what she is best at -- comedy. She spins screenplay straw into movie gold, turning ye...

(B+) It's Kind of a Funny Story

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
A stressed-out teenager impetuously checks himself into a mental hospital in this semi-autobiographical tale based on » Read Review

(B+) Italian for Beginners

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Six lonely, insecure single people sign up for a beginning Italian class that changes their lives in this small, endearing Danish movie that feels as much like a documentary as like a traditional r...

(B+) The Italian Job

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I plead guilty to being a sucker for heist films. It's such a reliable plot structure -- we see the problem (usually an elaborate security system, as in Mission Impossible), we see how they plan t...



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