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(D) Labor Day

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(A-) Ladder 49

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This is one of those "they don't make them like that anymore" movies, an unabashed love letter to firefighters that might as well have been made sixty years ago.

It is irony-free, which is f...

(A-) Ladies in Lavender

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The title of the movie suggests faded characters fussing over antimacassars and sipping tea. But the beauty of this film is that it shows us that the feelings of these women are anything but simpl...

(D) The Ladies Man

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
First, the good news. (1) It isn't very long. If you are going to waste time at a movie, you won't waste more than 85 minutes on this one. (2) It isn't as bad as some of the other SNL movies, li...

(C) Lady in the Water

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
There is no conventional rating scale that could do justice to this film. It is a terrible movie, but it is terrible in an interesting and often highly watchable way. There have been better films...

(B+) The Ladykillers

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Tom Hanks and the Coen brothers take the title, the concept (sweet little old lady outwits criminals), the teeth, and the slightly sepulchral laugh from the 1955 English black comedy classic. They...

(C) Land of the Lost

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
"Land of the Lost" features two funny actors and a criminally underused actress tramping around an alternate reality in search of comedy but not finding much for us to laugh at. Too raunchy for kid...

(C+) Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
This movie has a better plot, better characters, and better acting than the first one, but let's be honest about it -- no one is going to see this movie for the plot, characters, and acting. The a...

(C+) Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Something more than a video game but something less than a movie, "Tomb Raider" has some great action sequences and the ever-watchable Angelina Jolie. What it does not have is much of a plot, inte...

(B) Larry Crowne

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
"Larry Crowne" is such a perfectly pleasant movie that it may not be until you walk toward the exit that you realize that something is missing. Until then, the good spirits of stars Tom Hanks and J...

(D) The Last Airbender

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
I am truly sorry to say that this movie is a big, dumb, dull, dud and a failure in almost every category. It is difficult to imagine how even writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, who seems to forget...

(B+) Last Chance Harvey

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
It's wonderful to watch young people falling in love for the first time. That's why we get to see it so often in the movies. But it is even more wonderful to see people falling in love for the la...

(B-) Last Holiday

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Every night, Georgia Bird (Queen Latifah) cooks a spectacular meal, arranges everything perfectly, takes a picture of it for her "possibilities" scrapbook and then feeds it to the boy who lives nex...

(B-) The Last Kiss

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A man tells his pregnant girlfriend he will marry her when she can name three couples who have been happy together for more than five years. She offers her parents and "that cute couple from the p...

(B) The Last Mimzy

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Two children find toys that make them more intelligent and powerful and send them on an adventure in this fine story for 4th-8th graders and their families. After he plays with the toys, Noah (Chr...

(D) Last Ounce of Courage

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(B+) The Last Samurai

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
For better and worse, this is what Hollywood knows how to do -- a grand and eminently watchable epic with no expense spared, ambitious in scope, thoughtful in execution. If it is not particularly ...

(C) The Last Song

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Miley Cyrus shows us how her reach exceeds her grasp in "The Last Song," an attempt to move past Hannah Montana. She has become Disney's most valuable property th...

(C) The Last Stand

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(C+) The Last Starfighter

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: This adventure saga mixes an update of the old system of "recruiting" sailors by shanghai with the fantasy of saving the universe by being a star at computer games. It turns out that one part...

(B) Last Vegas

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(F) Law Abiding Citizen

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
This is not just a bad film; it is a despicable one. The slim but highly profitable torture porn genre has now begun to permeate major studio films directed at a general audience and the result is...

(B) Lawless

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(C) Laws of Attraction

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"The Laws of Attraction" demonstrates no understanding of either attraction or laws. I don't just mean the completely innacurate portrayal of law practice and court proceedings in the film. I mea...

(B-) Le Divorce

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Le Divorce" may look and sound like a glossy romantic comedy but it is instead an uneven take on the culture clash between America and France.

Kate Hudson plays Isabel, a California girl a...

(B-) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
“The League of Extraordinary Gentleman” is a great concept. Taking the energy and promise of a time of great change –the late 1800’s— as a base, adding the flavorings of a mystery in the...

(C) Leap Year

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
A movie's premise can be implausible and still work. The audience does not have to buy into whatever it is that the hero and heroine are after long as we believe that the movie's characters believ...

(B) Leatherheads

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
leatherheads_header.jpgLike the 1925 ragtag pr...

(C+) Left Behind: The Movie

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Left Behind" tries hard to succeed as parable and as thriller. It is based not just on the first in a series of best-selling books, but also on the Biblical Book of Revelations, and is is made by ...

(B+) Legally Blonde

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It's been too long since the last courtroom comedy. This one might not reach the heights of the sublime "My Cousin Vinny`" but it comes pretty close.

Reese Witherspoon plays Elle Woods, an ...

(B+) Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Reese Witherspoon is still enchanting, but "Legally Blonde 2" suffers from sequel-itis. That happens when the movie studio wants badly to repeat the success of an original, but the happily-ever-aft...

(B+) The Legend of Bagger Vance

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
There is a golden boy, young, handsome, a champion golfer, and he wins the heart of Adele (Charlize Theron), the most beautiful debutante in Georgia. His roots in Savannah are so deep that even hi...

(C+) The Legend of Drunken Master

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
One of Jackie Chan's best Chinese films is being re-released in a dubbed version with a new score.

It is a sequel to the movie that made him an international star. Though it was made 15 yea...

(C-) The Legend of Hercules

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B-) Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Zack Snyder tries to do for feathers what he did for abs and biceps in "300" in this 3D animated adventure based on three books from the 15-book » Read Review

(B) The Legend of Zorro

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Great stunts, glamorous stars, and our affection for the characters make this sequel watchable, even with a disappointing script.

The original was pure popcorn pleasure, with Anthony Hopkins...

(B-) Legendary

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
A skinny teenager wants to wrestle in this unpretentious film with a predictable storyline (it even gives away the ending in the first minute) but benefits from some sharp dialog and the always wat...

(A-) The LEGO Movie

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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() LEGOs and Ghostbusters!

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(B+) Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
They may horrify tender-hearted parents, but the Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket (pseudonym of Daniel Handler) are wildly popular with school-age kids.

"These books are among th...

(B) Les Misérables

Genre: Tragedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B-) Letters to Juliet

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Two bad signs. One is when you spend the entire movie thinking that a couple of Google searches would have made it possible for everyone in the story to save a week's effort and everyone in the au...

(C) A Liar's Autobiography

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
Graham Chapman was the Monty Python troupe member most often referred to by the others as "the dead one."  This affectionate tribute, narrated by Chapman himself in excerpts from the audio version...

(B) Liberal Arts

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It is true.  At heart, everyone is 19, except for the people who actually are.  "How I Met Your Mother" star Josh Radnor has followed his promising debut as a writer/director with the uneven but ...

(C) License to Wed

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
The best thing about "License to Wed" is that John Krasinski and Mandy Moore have enough of that ever-elusive quality — chemistry — that an impending marriage seems possible if not likely. The...

(B) The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Another quirkfest from Wes Anderson (Rushmore, Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tannenbaums), this film has some of the most imaginatively charming images on screen this year, especially a tiny rainbow-str...

(C+) Life as a House

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When a movie is called "Life as a House" you enter on full metaphor alert. When it turns out to be about an estranged father and son who pull down an old shack and construct a dream house overlook...

(A+) Life is Beautiful

Genre: Tragedy
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This Oscar-winner for Best Actor and Best Foreign Film is a "fable" is about a father's love for his wife and son in the midst of the Holocaust. Writer/director Roberto Begnini stars as a Chaplines...

(C+) The Life of David Gale

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Somewhere between potboiler and polemic, this overripe melodrama signals every one of its plot twists as hamhandedly as it bangs out its message.

Kevin Spacey plays Texas philosophy profess...

(B+) Life or Something Like It

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
It's been months since we have had a good old-fashioned date movie and that makes this one particularly welcome.

Angelina Jolie plays Lanie, a television news reporter in Seattle who thinks...

(C+) Like Mike

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
"Like Mike" has a formula intended for box-office heaven – a teen idol into a family friendly fantasy. Pint-sized rap star Lil Bow Wow plays an orphan who becomes an NBA star when he puts on a p...

(B+) Lili

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Lili (Leslie Caron), a French orphan, is dazzled by a handsome carnival magician named Marcus (Jean Pierre Aumont) when he speaks kindly to her, and she follows him back to the carnival. She ...

(A) Lilo & Stitch

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
"Lilo and Stitch" is as welcome as a gentle breeze coming through the hibiscus.

It has a cute story, endearing characters, a sensational soundtrack of Elvis classics, and glorious hand-paint...

(B) The Lincoln Lawyer

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
That's not Lincoln as in the rail-splitting President. It's Lincoln as in car. Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a lawyer whose office is in his car, the better to maneuver between his court app...

(B+) The Lion King

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Sort of a cross between "Richard III" and "Hamlet," this is the story of Simba (voice of Jonathan Taylor Thomas as a child, Matthew Broderick as an adult), the cub of Mufasa (James Earl Jones), the...

(B) The Lion King 3D

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
One of Disney's most popular animated features (and the inspiration for one of Broadway's biggest blockbuster) has been re-issued in 3D.  "The Lion King" is sort of a cross between "Richard III" a...

(C) Lions for Lambs

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
It is more op-ed than movie. "Lions for Lambs" is a well-meaning attempt to encapsulate and move forward one segment of our current political debates. But it is mostly speeches, not stories.

(B) Little Angels

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Preschool
Roma Downey knows something about angels after playing one on television in the fondly remembered "Touched by an Angel" series.  Now her » Read Review

(D) Little Black Book

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This would-be romantic comedy is romance-free, comedy-free, charm-free, and apparently carb-free as well, with leading ladies Brittany Murphy and Holly Hunter looking toned but stringy and underfed...

(B) Little Drummer Boy

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: All Ages
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(B+) Little Lord Fauntleroy

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Cedric (Freddie Bartholomew), who lives in New York with his widowed mother, finds out that he is the grandson of a British earl, and is to go to England to live in his castle. After marrying...

(C-) Little Man

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The Wayans family is better at making money than making movies. They know that if they keep the budget low and the humor even lower, they can keep making money. In fact, according to Entertainmen...

(B+) Little Miss Sunshine

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When the family in this movie learns that their van cannot be repaired in time for them to get to the Little Miss Sunshine competition, they decide to drive it as is. And that means that in order ...

(C+) Little Nicky

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are two kinds of Adam Sandler movies: the kind where he plays a complete idiot and uses a (supposedly) funny voice through it all and the kind where he just plays a sweet doofus with his regu...

(B+) A Little Princess

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Sara Crewe is brought to Miss Minchin's boarding school by her adored father, and promises to be "a good soldier" and be brave about staying there without him. She is the brightest girl in th...

(D) The Little Vampire

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
On one hand, this is an imaginative and exciting story, based on a popular series of children's books. On the other hand, the subject matter is vampires. Even though these vampires are friendly a...

(B+) Live Free or Die Hard

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: High School
Just as Entertainment Weekly picks the 1988 » Read Review

(B+) Live Free or Die Hard (Die Hard 4)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
It will blow the box of popcorn out of your hand. die%20hard%204.jpg Jus...

(B+) The Lizzie McGuire Movie

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The squeals of joy from the audience began as soon as Hilary Duff's name appeared in the credits and quickly escalated into sounds only dogs could hear as Duff, playing Lizzie McGuire, worked her w...

(B+) Local Hero

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: McIntyre (Peter Reigert) is an ambitious executive with a Knox Oil & Gas, based in Houston, Texas. He is dispatched by Happer (Burt Lancaster), the company's eccentric billionaire chief e...

(B-) Lockout

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
You know what was cool?  "Die Hard!"  One smart-ass guy who has a problem with authority Yippie-ky-ay-ing as he outsmarts a dozen bad guys in an LA skyscraper.  And "Under Siege," with a smart-a...

(C) The Lone Ranger

Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) Lone Survivor

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) The Longest Yard

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
After a series of interchangeable slacker movies with scripts that felt like two lines scribbled on a pizza box cover and a couple of sensitive performances in movies by A-list directors, Adam Sand...

(B+) The Longshots

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
A little bit of grittiness keeps this fact-based story of a girl who plays football from getting too sugary. The talented Keke Palmer of » Read Review

(B+) The Lookout

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
In this tense and twisty thriller, our narrator and central figure is Chris (the stunning Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a one-time high school hockey star and dreamboat who was brain-damaged in a car cras...

(A-) Looney Tunes: Back in Action

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Chuck Jones, who produced over 100 of the greatest Warner Brothers cartoons, was asked whether he was making his cartoons for adults or children. "Neither," he responded. "I make them for myself ...

(B) The Lorax

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Adapting Dr. Seuss for a feature film is a challenge. The movies can capture his whimsical drawings and mischievous humor but they fail when they pad his storylines and jettison his rhymes.  Dr. S...

(B) Lord of the Dance 3D

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages

The best seat in the house for one of the most popular shows on the planet is "Lord of the Dance 3D," a concert film that puts the viewers on stage with the thunderously percussive Irish dancers...

(A+) Lord of the Flies

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School

Based on William Golding’s award-winning allegorical novel, this is the story of a group of English schoolboys marooned on a remote island. At first, they operate according to the structu...

(A+) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Somewhere, there are future Hollywood directors who will tell magazine feature writers that they first decided to make movies as they watched "Lord of the Rings."

It is that good. It is that ...

(A+) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief and satisfaction before this movie begins. You're in good hands. And enjoy that breath because it may be your last for the next three hours.

One o...

(A+) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Don’t settle back in your seat and wait for a rehash of the first three-hour epic in the “Lord of the Rings” series to remind you who everyone is and where we left off a year ago. Even with ...

(A-) Lord of War

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It's a classic American success story. An immigrant with a dream and a vision works hard and becomes wealthy and successful. He marries the girl he fell in love with at age 10 and they and their ...

(B+) Lords of Dogtown

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In the late 1970's, a group of kids in Venice, California who loved to surf invented a new kind of skateboarding and a new kind of cool.

Three ingredients came together. The first was tech...

(D) Loser

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When a movie's on-screen explanation about what happens to the characters after it ends contains a typo ("aide" instead of "aid"), we get some idea of why it seems that so little attention was paid...

(B+) The Losers

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The weather is getting warmer, which means it must be time for some movies about BLOWING STUFF UP! And so we have "The Losers," based on a comic book originally set in WWII but updated by Andy D...

(A) Lost in Translation

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides) has written and directed a fascinating film that is less about a story than about the sights, the feelings, the moments, and the especially the connection betwe...

(C) A Lot Like Love

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Somebody decided to remake When Harry Met Sally but they left out the charm, the wit, the detail, the sincerity, the endearing characters, the romance, the scene in the deli, and the great soundtra...

(B) Lottery Ticket

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
This genial little fairy tale of a comedy gives us a likable hero and an irresistible fantasy. Kevin Carson (Bow Wow) is a good, honest, hard-working kid who lives with his grandmother (Loretta De...

(B+) Love and Basketball

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
About eighty percent love and twenty percent basketball, this is a romance about two basketball-loving kids who go one-on-one in both games for almost twenty years before they get it right. The ...

(D) Love Don't Cost a Thing

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This teen makeover movie has had a makeover of its own, updating the durably popular 1987 hit Can't Buy Me Love, the one where brainy-but-unpopular Patrick Dempsey unforgettably teaches the kids t...

(F) The Love Guru

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Anyone old enough to see this movie is way too old to enjoy it. And having co-writer and star Mike Myers wink at the audience after some lame pun or potty joke doesn't up the hilarity factor. The...

(C-) Love Happens

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Pay attention, class. Jennifer Aniston makes two kinds of movies. When she has her hair tied back, it's usually an independent film (like last summer's "Management") and usually worth watching. ...

(B-) Love in the Time of Cholera

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
rlove-cholera.jpg In the most incongruous mismatch of literature and movie treatment s...

(C) A Love Song for Bobby Long

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is one of those insufferable movies where three bundles of quirk and backstory intended to approximate characters are thrown together because of some writer's fantasy. The writer may hope tha...

(C) The Lovely Bones

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Peter Jackson, whose film versions of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy could be a textbook example of how to adapt a literary work for screen, could find his latest film, "The Lovely Bones" as the e...

(B) Lucky Number Slevin

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Slevin (Josh Harnett) is not having a good week. He lost his job and his girlfriend. He was mugged and his wallet and suitcase were stolen. He decided to visit a friend, who seems to have disappe...

(D) Lucky Numbers

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A message to those of you who might be considering larceny, fraud, or murder -- it's much, much more complicated than it seems. Unfortunately, the people who are not smart enough to figure that ou...

(B) The Lucky One

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Director Scott Hicks pours enough syrup over this film to supply an IHOP.  Every shot of the golden sunlight on the Louisiana bayou or the perfectly tousled angelic curls of the perfectly precoci...

(C) Lucky You

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Maybe if it had been made in the 1940's or 50's in black and white, maybe if it starred Frank Sinatra and Lee Remick, maybe if we had never seen better films like "The Hustler," maybe this script m...



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