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(B-) Jack Reacher

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B-) Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(F-) Jackass: Number Two

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Anyone unfamiliar with the Jackass collection (a prior feature-length “movie” -– really a collection of skits –- and a series on MTV) will definitely not want to go into the boys’ second ...

(F) Jackass:The Movie

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is not a movie in the conventional sense of the word. There is no story and there are no characters. It is not a documentary because it features stunts created just for the movie. What it i...

(A-) The Jacket

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A Gulf War veteran whose injuries have left him with an uncertain memory walks along a highway then stops to help a mother and daughter whose car has stalled. He gets the car started, but the moth...

(C+) Jackie Robinson Story

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
For Black History Month, take a look at this neglected gem about the first black baseball player to play in the major leagues. The primary appeal of this movie is that Robinson plays himself (with ...

(B+) James and the Giant Peach

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This movie may be too scary for kids under six, but older children and their families, particularly fans of the Roald Dahl book, will love this spectacular musical fantasy from Tim Burton and Henry...

(B+) The Jane Austen Book Club

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I'm pretty sure that Jane Austen never thought of including a lesbian jumping out of an airplane in any of her books, and yet somehow that scene fits in just fine in this story of six people who ge...

(B+) Jane Eyre

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Why do film-makers keep coming back to » Read Review

(A-) Jarhead

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Estragon and Vladimir wait for someone (God?) who never arrives, evoking the absurdity and ...

(B) Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Hard-core Kevin Smith fans (I don't think there are any other kind) will find this just the movie they were waiting for. It's a love letter to his characters and to his fans, a sort of movie equiva...

(B) Jeff, Who Lives At Home

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Of course Jeff (Jason Segal) lives at home.  Just about everyone lives at home; that's what "home" means.  The thing about 30-year-old Jeff, though, is that he still lives at the home he never-qu...

(B-) Jennifer's Body

Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Jennifer's Body" is not scary enough for horror and not knowing enough for commentary on horror. "Hell is a teenage girl," says Needy (Amanda Seyfried of "Mama Mia" and "Big Love"). And she shou...

(C) Jersey Girl

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Kevin Smith is the writer/director of some of the most cheerfully profane and wildly politically incorrect movies of all time, including Clerks, Dogma, and Chasing Amy. His characters -- and his s...

(C-) Jet Li's Fearless

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It does not have the ravishing images of » Read Review

(C+) Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Style and substance are well-suited in this 3-D computer animation story about a 6th grade whiz kid who can build a satellite communications system out of a toaster and create a robot dog that when...

(B) Jindabyne

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School

Parents should know that this film deals with very disturbing themes, including the discovery of the dead body of a young woman who may have been raped. There are scenes of nudity and graphi...

(B+) Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School

(D) Joe Somebody

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Did anyone even read this script before deciding to make the movie?

Did anyone even write it, or was it just made up on the spot by 10 year olds?

This is a movie about a man named Joe (...

(B) John Carter

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It takes a while to get going and is about half an hour too long, but "John Carter" has some spectacular visuals and well-staged action scenes.  Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author of the » Read Review

(B+) Johnny Belinda

Genre: Classic
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School
Celebrate the birthday of Jane Wyman with her Oscar-winning performance in the classic » Read Review

(C+) Johnny English

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This mild spy parody has nothing new, but Rowan Atkinson ("Mr. Bean") is a gifted comedian who manages to wring some new laughs with material that has already been fully explored in movies from Our...

(C) Johnny English Reborn

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
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(B-) Jonah Hex

Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Josh Brolin plays Jonah Hex, a man transformed by loss in a fantasy western set just after the Civil War, based on the series of comics and graphic novels. The war is over in the United States, b...

(B) Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
Jonas Brothers fans will feel like they are on stage with Joe, Nick, and Kevin in this immersive 3D concert film from the recent "Burning Up" tour. Brief backstage glimpses of the JoBros waking up...

(B+) The Joneses

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Why do we want what we want? I don't mean world peace or for our school's team to win the NCAA championship, but why do we want a particular brand of shoe or phone or perfume? Is it because we th...

(D) Josie and the Pussycats

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is a moment in last year’s "The Tao of Steve" in which Donal Logue charms Greer Goodman – and the audience, too – with his appreciation for the 1970’s cartoon series "Josie and the Pu...

(B+) Journey to the Center of the Earth

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(C) Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
It's the last day of third grade and redheaded Judy Moody (Jordana Beatty) is looking forward to the greatest summer ever.  She has big plans for herself and her three best friends, a summer of da...

(A-) Julie & Julia

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
"Julie & Julia" is -- I can't help it -- a scrumptiously satisfying film about writer/director Nora Ephron's two favorite subjects: food and marriage.It is based on two true stories. » Read Review

(B-) Jumanji

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
People sometimes say that in Hollywood the real art form is the deal, and movies like this make it believable. You can just see a group of people in expensive suits sitting around a table dreaming ...

(C) Jumper

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
jumper.jpgThe movie "Jumper" is 88 minutes on a pogo stick, h...

(B+) The Jungle Book

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Based on Rudyard Kipling's book about a boy raised by wolves, this version concentrates on Mowgli's return to his family's village and the challenges he faces as he tries to adjust to "civili...

(C+) The Jungle Book 2

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Preschool
There is no pretense of art or imagination in this movie. It barely qualifies as creative marketing. It's just Disney's latest strategy to leverage the affection that generations of viewers have ...

(B+) Juno

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Juno%20poster.jpg It's time for the q-word again. Every year, it seems, there is some...

(B+) Jurassic Park III

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
It may seem odd to speak of a made-to-be-blockbuster as unpretentious, but the aspirations of "Jurassic Park III" are remarkably -- almost endearingly -- modest. It does not waste time with chaos ...

(D) Just Friends

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The worst thing about this movie is not how dumb it is, or how much talent it wastes. The worst thing is not how crude it is or how ugly the humor (more accurately, intended humor) is, and how cyn...

(D) Just Go With It

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The good news: no one in this movie has sex with an old lady or gets stabbed in the foot. So Adam Sandler is making some progress. And Jennifer Aniston continues to be a lovely screen presence, w...

(B+) Just Like Heaven

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Many romantic comedies have a Sleeping Beauty theme, but few as literally as this by-the-book but enjoyable trifle.

Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) is a dedicated doctor who has no life outside...

(C-) Just Married

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There’s a reason that they call comedies like this one “sophomoric.” It is because they are designed to appeal to high school sophomores who are just beginning to go out on dates. For the g...

(B+) Just Wright

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
If you've seen the trailer, you know exactly what's coming here, but there's nothing wrong with that. After all, you know what's coming when you combine eggs, flour, sugar, and vanilla to make a c...

(B+) Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
Things for the young fans of Justin Beiber to think about as they watch this film: He is cuuuuute! Hair! Smile! Voice! Dancing!I  am so lucky to have a talented, unassuming, nonthreatening, hard-w...

(C+) Juwanna Mann

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
If you know the premise of this movie, you know the plot and you undoubtedly know the jokes. Here's the premise: Tootsie on a basketball team. A conceited pro basketball player gets fired...



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