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(D) MacGruber

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
A one-joke "Saturday Night Live" skit based on a television series that ended in 1992 has been turned into a no-joke movie that ended 99 painful minutes after it began. It is of interest only to p...

(A) Mad Hot Ballroom

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
"Can I have the gentlemen tuck in their shirts, please?"

This is a question politely but firmly addressed to a group of underprivleged 5th graders in New York. And not in the 1950's. Now. ...

(C) Mad Money

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
What force on earth is strong enough to unite an upper middle class suburban housewife, a poor African-American single mother and a young, spaced-out rock n' roll fan living in a trailer? Why, the...

(C+) Madagascar

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Some charming performances and saucy humor cannot save this movie from its surprising insensitivity. Its core question is what happens to best friends in captivity, who, once returned to the wild,...

(B) Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The rare sequel that improves on the original, "Madagascar 2" keeps the silliness and steps up the heart. In the first film...

(C) Made of Honor

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
"Made of Honor" has gloss and bounce and some of the core elements of a mainstream chick flick/date movie. Sexiest Man Alive runner-up in lead role? Yep, Dr. McDreamy himself. I've been a Patric...

(B+) Madea's Family Reunion

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
As the Borg say on "Star Trek," "Resistance is futile." Don't even try to get in the way of Madea, that pistol-packing, Bible-thumping, larger than life powerhouse and force for good creation of T...

(C+) Madeline

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
One of the most beloved heroines of children's literature is brought to life in this movie based on the classic series of books by Ludwig Bemelmans about the "twelve little girls in two straight li...

(B) Magic Mike

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
You might expect a movie about strippers to be either a glossy Hollywood fantasy or a gritty, sour, documentary.  The surprise of "Magic Mike" is that it avoids both extremes with an appealing nat...

(B) Maid in Manhattan

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Romantic comedies are so endlessly appealing both to those looking back on their own experience of falling in love and those looking forward to it that Hollywood keeps cranking them out. The elemen...

(C+) The Majestic

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Jim Carrey has been brilliant in flamboyant, comic roles and in quieter, subtler roles, but both kinds of acting have come from the same source inside him – the kind of anger that fuels a lot of ...

(B+) Major Barbara

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Major Barbara (Wendy Hiller) is a member of a mission devoted to saving souls, and she promotes temperance, non-violence, and socialism. Adolphus Cusins (Rex Harrison), a classics professor,...

(B) Maleficent

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(B) Malibu's Most Wanted

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Yes, it's dumb and yes, it's a 15-minute skit stretched out to 80 minutes, but I have to admit it -- it is very funny.

MTV's Jamie Kennedy plays Brad Gluckman, son of a wealthy man (Ryan O'...

(A+) The Maltese Falcon

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) is a private detective. A woman who says her name is Ruth Wonderly (Mary Astor) comes to see him, asking for help in finding her sister. Sam sends his partner, Mil...

(B-) Mambo Italiano

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It's a little ironic that a movie about the importance of being different is so derivative of other ethnic comedies, such a sitcom-ish would-be "Son of My Big Fat Greek Wedding Only This Time About...

(B+) Mamma Mia!

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(D) The Man

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
As generic as its title, this drearily predictable and tushie-obsessed buddy cop movie has just one distinction -- it wastes more talent in less time than we get to see very often outside of straig...

(D) A Man Apart

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a dumb guy with nothing to lose explosion movie, which is forgiveable, but it is a pretentious, manipulative, and incompetent dumb explosion movie, which is not.

Vin Diesel plays a ...

(A+) A Man for All Seasons

Genre: Tragedy
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: The Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) is a man of great principle and a devout Catholic in the time of King Henry VIII. The King wants to dissolve his marriage to the queen (a ...

(D) The Man in the Iron Mask

Genre: Epic/Historical
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
It's more than 20 years since the "all for one and one for all" days and the Three Musketeers and their friend D'Artagnan (Gabriel Byrne) have gone their separate ways. Athos (John Malkovich) is a ...

(B+) The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating:     Audience: High School
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(B-) Man of Steel

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B-) Man of the House

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
"One riot, one Ranger." That's the Texas Rangers pledge. But apparently, it now needs to be revised: "Five cheerleaders, three Rangers."

Tommy Lee Jones, in gloriously full crag mode, play...

(C) Man of the Year

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
So, what if Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert decided to run for President? First of all, didn't we already see that movie, when it was called Head of State and starred Chris Rock? (Okay, he didn't ...

(B-) Man on a Ledge

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It wants to be a twisty-turny thriller but it is as straightforward as its title.  A man we will later know as Nick (Sam Worthington) checks into a New York hotel, orders room service (we see he h...

(D) Man on Fire

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Two of today's most talented and charismatic screen performers are lost in an over-big, over-loud, over-heated, over-long, over-everything mess of a story about this year's most popular movie theme...

(B+) Man on Wire

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) The Man Who Wasn't There

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The Coen brothers ("Fargo," "Raising Arizona," "O Brother Where Art Thou") are known for flamboyant, even grotesque, images and outlandish dialogue. They also have a deep appreciation for film his...

(A-) The Manchurian Candidate

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This sleek and supple thriller features powerhouse performances but never quite persuades us that it has anything to add to the cold war classic starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury.

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(A-) Manic

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This documentary-style film about teenagers in a mental hospital has enough sincerity to make up for whatever it lacks in professionalism or originality. It is well worth watching with the teenage...

(B+) Mansfield Park

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Bodices may not be ripped, but they are certainly loosened in this very liberal adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. This is not your mother's "Mansfield Park." Fans of the book are warned early on t...

(B) Mao's Last Dancer

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: High School
Director Bruce Beresford, best known for "Driving Miss Daisy," returns to the themes of cross-cultural connections in this film based on the memoir of Chinese ballet star Li Cunxin. Li (Chinese ...

(A-) March of the Penguins

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
In the coldest place on earth, the only place where it is safe to care for newborns is 70 miles from the only place to find food. And so, the Antarctic's hardiest and most determined inhabitants, t...

(D) Marci X

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Screenwriter Paul Rudnick (Adams Family Values, In and Out) had an idea that could have made a funny seven-minute "Saturday Night Live" sketch -- a culture clash between a pampered Jewish socialite...

(B+) Margin Call

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Investors can make bets by promising to buy stock at a higher or lower price than the current day's valuation.  If all goes well, they never actually have to buy the stock.  They can keep buying ...

(B) Marie Antoinette

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
With this third film, we can begin to see the themes emerging in the work of writer/director Sofia Coppola. Again, she has given us the story of a sensitive, vulnerable young woman trying to find ...

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(B+) Marley & Me

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Life is messy. And in this movie, that very important lesson is embodied by Marley, affectionately dubbed "the worst dog in the world" by his loving family. Jennifer (Jennifer Aniston) and John (...

(C) Marmaduke

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Those who come to "Marmaduke" eager for the humor that comes from the intestinal distress of others don't have to wait too long. The first of many instances of doggy-doo jokes comes about three mi...

(D) Mars Needs Moms

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
There is one perfectly charming moment in "Mars Needs Moms," but it does not come until the closing credits, when we get some live action glimpses of the voice actors. Their faces are covered with ...

(C) The Martian Child

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
There's nothing wrong with a little fakery now and then if it smooths out some rough spots and eliminates some distractions. But this film goes past fakery into condescending phoniness that knocks ...

(C+) Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat is a personal, autobiographical stand-up act from Martin Lawrence that should please his fans.

Runteldat is a live comedy concert that opens with reels of newsm...

(B+) Mask

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Plot: This is based on the true story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), a teenager with a genetic defect that turned his face into a huge "mask" of bone. As the movie begins, Rocky and his mother Rust...

(B+) The Master

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
In the sixth movie from virtuoso writer-director P.T. Anderson ("There Will be Blood," "Boogie Nights"), we see Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix) pause on the dock to look at what seems like the ultimate d...

(A) Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This first movie based on Patrick O'Brien's hugely popular 20-volume series of books about a ship's captain during the Napoleonic Wars falls into the Harry Potter category: the intensely detailed b...

(F) The Master of Disguise

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This misbegotten mess of a movie is a terrible disappointment for fans of Dana Carvey. It is also a disappointment for fans of comedy and fans of movies.

It really is hard to imagine how the...

(C) Match Point

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
In Stardust Memories, Woody Allen's character refers to his mother's cooking as putting food through the "deflavorizing machine." His latest movie feels as though he has taken his complex and powe...

(A) Matchstick Men

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Thelma and Louise, Blade Runner) has assembled the ingredients in this movie like a perfectly iced martini that is stirred, not shaken. The result is dry but refr...

(F+) Material Girls

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
The problem with a movie about rich people learning about real life that is written by rich people who have no idea about real life is that you end up with something like this -- a movie about two ...

(A-) The Matrix

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In "A Star is Born," Kris Kristofferson sings a song that begins, "Are you a figment of my imagination or am I a figment of yours?" This is the theme of "Matrix," heavy on special effects, striking...

(A-) The Matrix Reloaded

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
And the answer is -- Yes! This is the movie the fans of the original "Matrix" were hoping it would be. This movie has electrifying fight scenes, an audaciously dystopic vision, zillions of explos...

(C) The Matrix Revolutions

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Please someone, get me the blue pill. I want to forget that this ambitious and noteworthy series is ending so weakly.

The Matrix: Reloaded ended with the rebel forces of Zion preparing for ...

(B+) Max Keeble's Big Move

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
I smiled a couple of times and can even say I enjoyed myself, but this is clearly a movie that no adult will ever be able to get the way a kid does. An adult is going to sit there and say, "Wait a...

(B+) May

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Already this film is being compared to Brian De Palma’s Carrie, which shares a strange, female, misfit protagonist’s decent into madness, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. However, May is more...

(B) Me Myself I

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Rachel Griffiths (Oscar nominee for Hilary & Jackie) plays Pamela Drury, a harried 30-something magazine writer who wonders if she made a mistake, 13 years earlier, when she turned down a marri...

(B+) Mean Creek

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When Sam (Rory Culkin) is beat up by a school bully, his older brother Rocky (Trevor Morgan) and his friend Marty (Scott Mechlowicz) plot revenge. They will invite the bully (Josh Peck as George) ...

(A-) Mean Girls

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Author Judith Viorst once wrote about a little girl who looked over at another child and reported on her assessment. "Her dress is very pretty," she said, "but mine is very prettier."

She ...

(C+) The Medallion

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Did I miss a meeting or wasn't one of the great things about Jackie Chan that he didn't need any special effects? Back in the day, Chan was his own special effect, and that was plenty special enou...

(C-) Meet Dave

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(A) Meet Me in St. Louis

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
This episodic story of the Smith family in the St. Louis of 1903 is based on the memoirs of Sally Benson.  Its pleasures are in the period detail, the glorious songs (including standards "The Trol...

(C+) Meet the Fockers

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I am not a huge fan of comedies of excruciation, that genre of movies that draw much of their humor from some poor idiot's painful and humiliating loss of control. But I can appreciate the way tha...

(B) Meet the Parents

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is a sub-category of comedy that can only be termed "comedies of excruciation," in which we laugh at the hideously humiliating experiences of some poor sap. If this is your kind of humor, th...

(B+) Meet the Robinsons

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
At times, all of us feel like strangers in the world. In Disney's bight, colorful, CGI animated film (available in 3D in some locations), Lewis (voice of Daniel Hansen) is left on the steps of an ...

(B+) Megamind

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Let's get it out of the way first thing. "Megamind" would be a much more enjoyable experience if it wasn't so close to one of this year's brightest family pleasures, ...

(B-) Melinda and Melinda

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Woody Allen's latest movie has a great premise. But while it is surer and more intriguing than the arid Anything Else and Hollywood Ending, it still fails to give us characters who connect in auth...

(A) Memoirs of a Geisha

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Movies can show us visions of other worlds, exotic vistas, customs, fashions, rules. And they can show us visions of ourselves, with our longings, our fears, our dreams, the and the way love can i...

(B) Men in Black 3

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Welcome back, Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones. The stars and director of one of the most creative and purely entertaining movies of the last 20 years are back for a third that does not match » Read Review

(C+) Men in Black II

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The original Men in Black (1997) is one of my all-time favorite movies, just for originality and sheer attitude. Director Barry Sonnenfeld, production designer Bo Welch, and stars Tommy Le...

(C+) Men of Honor

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Carl Brashear, Jr. was the first black man to achieve the rank of Master Diver in the Navy. He was also the first amputee to be returned to active duty in the armed services. In this movie, produce...

(B+) The Men Who Stare At Goats

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"More of this is true than you would believe," "The Men Who Stare at Goats" cheekily informs us as it opens. And while its tone is high satire, even farce, the story it tells is not hard to believ...

(C+) The Messengers

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The trailers for "The Messengers" don’t do it justice — there’s a lot more potential in this movie than appears in the » Read Review

(C+) The Mexican

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Two of the biggest stars in Hollywood took pay cuts to appear in what is essentially a quirky independent movie -- with two of the biggrest stars in Hollywood. Even though Brad Pitt and Julia Robe...

(C) Mia and the Migoo

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
The influence of acclaimed Japanese animation wizard Hayao Miyazaki is clear in “Mia and the Migoo,” an award-winning film from French director Jacques-Rémy Girerd.  It has a Miyazaki-like br...

(C) Miami Vice

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
The original "Miami Vice" was Michael Mann's decade-defining television show. It ran from 1984-89 and everything about it was fresh, edgy, and influential. The t-shirt under the Armani jacket wit...

(B+) Michael Clayton

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Michael Clayton (George Clooney) spends a lot of time facing into the dark midnight of the soul, his own and others'.

Late one night and early the next morning, he does both at once as he g...

(D) Mickey Blue Eyes

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Basic Movie Plot #2 is the fish out of water, and that is because it works so well. Whether we're talking about a mermaid coming to Manhattan, a guy from the Australian outback coming to Manhattan,...

(B+) A Midsummer Night's Dream

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Four couples sort out their romantic entanglements in Shakespeare's most magical love story. Hermia and Lysander love each other, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. Demetrius loves Hermia...

(B+) The Mighty

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Max (Eldon Henson), a huge boy who has flunked 7th grade twice and Kevin (Kieran Culkin), a tiny disabled boy, help each other in this moving story of the power of friendship and imagination. Inspi...

(B+) The Mighty Macs

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Basketball coach Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino) arrived at tiny Immaculata College in 1972, at just the right moment for her, for the team, and for the game. Restrictive rules that had "protected" femal...

(A-) A Mighty Wind

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The scorchingly funny guys behind "Spinal Tap," "Waiting for Guffman" and "Best in Show" have produced a kinder, gentler film that is still very, very funny.

Once again, this is a "mockumen...

(B-) A Mile in His Shoes

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
"Do not just a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes," we are told, and that is the message of this understated film about a gifted pitcher who is on the autism spectrum and the minor leagu...

(A-) Milk

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"My name is Harvey Milk and I want to recruit you!" This disarming introduction became the trademark of the man who would become the first out gay man to hold major elective office in the United ...

(B+) Million Dollar Arm

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: High School
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(C+) Million Dollar Baby

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
“Million Dollar Baby” is a strong contender, but it suffers a TKO in the last round.

At first, it is a fresh, assured, and evocative take on the classic boxing formula. A tired old tra...

(C) A Million Ways to Die in the West

Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
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(A-) Millions

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A bag of money literally falls from the sky and lands on Damian (Alex Etel). It's just the most recent of a series of events that call into question everything he thought he know. He has recently...

(B) Mindhunters

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Someday, I'd like to see a thriller in which there are no "fooled you!" fakeouts, no one that the audience thinks is dead turns out to be still alive, the characters are allowed to have actual pers...

(B+) Minority Report

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It is fifty years from now, in Washington, D.C., where familiar landmarks like the Washington Monument are surrounded by vertical highways and where computers in The Gap not only recognize you when...

(A-) Miracle

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Sportscaster Al Michaels unforgettably called out "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" as the 1980 US Olympic hockey team beat the Russians. They then went on to win the gold medal. And so the tea...

(B+) Miracle on 34th Street

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara), an executive at Macy’s, is responsible for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. When the Santa Claus she has hired for the parade shows up drunk, she quickly subsit...

(B+) The Miracle Worker

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Today is the 142nd anniversary of the birth of one of the most extraordinary teachers in American history, Annie Sullivan, who gave a little...

(B+) Mirror Mirror

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Director Tarsem Singh Dhandwar has found a story worthy of his ravishing visuals and the result is an enchanting update of the classic fairy tale of Snow White. [bcvideo vid='1534799835001' pid...

(B+) MirrorMask

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
A curiously distant story is surrounded by enchanting visuals and special effects in this Alice in Wonderland-style tale of a young girl who has to solve a puzzle in a magical land in order to get ...

(B+) Miss Congeniality

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Sandra Bullock the producer found a pretty good vehicle for Sandra Bullock the actress in this variation on the classic Hollywood "makeover movie." As in predecessors from "Cinderella" to "My Fair...

(B+) Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Somewhere inside this very mainstream Hollywood confection is a surprisingly subversive little bit of deconstruction. It takes a classic Cinderella theme -- the makeover that catches the attention...

(F) Miss March

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
A smarmy premise becomes an unspeakably offensive movie in a mess that is not just disgusting but dull. I don't feel I need a bath after seeing it; I feel I need an exorcism. Remember the song "Ce...

(B+) Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) Miss Potter

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
As delicate as the title character's watercolors, this gentle story about the author and illustrator of » Read Review

(C+) The Missing

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"The Missing" is a disappointment, relentlessly politically correct and even more relentlessly bleak and brutal.

Cate Blanchett plays Maggie, one of those indomitable frontier women who can...

(B-) Mission Impossible III

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
At this point, the impossible mission may be finding some way to make this story work once more.

That Lalo Schifrin score still jumps and in this version there is a propulsive shot of percus...

(C+) Mission to Mars

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Director Brian DePalma is known for movies that have two qualities -- striking visual flair and frustrating narrative incoherence. If you are the kind of person who talks about the plot on the way ...

(B+) Mission: Impossible 2

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Summer has arrived. "Mission Impossible 2" is the essence of a summer movie: gorgeous stars, sensational stunts, nerve-wracking chases, steamy romance, some "gotcha" plot twists, and lots of explo...

(B+) Misty

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
If you can't make it to Virginia today for the annual swimming of the ponies, take a look at this faithful adaptation of the classic (and fact-based) children's book Misty of Chincoteague, by Margu...

(A+) Modern Times

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: This Chaplin classic (he produced, wrote, directed, starred, and composed the music) is about two people struggling with the isolation of the industrial era. Chaplin (simply called "A worker"...

(B+) Moms' Night Out

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(B) Mona Lisa Smile

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In "Mona Lisa Smile," a vibrant and independent-minded teacher shows her students a paint-by-numbers kit for a Van Gogh picture to demonstrate the difference between art that is insightful and mean...

(C+) Monkeybone

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The new movie from the people behind "James and the Giant Peach" and "A Nightmare Before Christmas" has some of the same trademark visual inventiveness, but this is no children’s story.

"M...

(B+) Monster

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Aileen Wuornos peers into the murky mirror of the gas station bathroom. Somewhere in that lumpy, mottled face, she catches a glimpse of a girl who dreamed of being admired and cared for. We glimp...

(A-) Monster's Ball

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Monster's Ball" is the derisive term the prison guards use for the gruesome ceremonies the night before a death row prisoner is to be executed. In the movie of that name, Hank (Billy Bob Thornton...

(B-) Monster-in-Law

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Jane Fonda is having such a blast being back on screen in a pull-out-all-the-stops performance that it seems a little stingy not to enjoy it more. But this latest variation on Meet the Parents and...

(A) Monsters, Inc. 3D

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MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B) Monte Carlo

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
It's the Princess and the Pauper with Disney star Selena Gomez and two Gossip Girls in a story about a Texas waitress who takes the place of a selfish heiress in the glamorous title city. There's ...

(C+) Moonlight Mile

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(B-) Moonrise Kingdom

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) Morning Glory

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

We love those disheveled but indomitable women of the television world, from Holly Hunter in "Broadcast News" to Mary Tyler Moore in her iconic 1970's television series, Tina Fey in "30 Rock," a...

(B-) Morning Light

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
This sunny documentary about a sailboat race across the Pacific Ocean is a bit of a throwback to the days when a night at the movies included some cartoons, a newsreel, and a travelogue. It has a ...

(C) Mother and Child

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Rodrigo García, who showed great taste, restraint, and sensitivity in telling the intertwined lives of women in "Nine Stories" and "Things You Can Tell Just from Looking At Her" shows less of all ...

(D) The Mothman Prophecies

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I really tried to go with this attempt at a creepy thriller, but found it impossible to be either creeped or thrilled.

Richard Gere stars as John Klein, a star Washington Post political repo...

(A-) Moulin Rouge

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a big overstuffed everything- and the kitchen sink mess of a movie. It is an ambitious, often gorgeous, occasionally brilliant mess. But for all its superficial abundance, there is an es...

(B+) Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Can This Marriage Be Saved? (With apologies to the Ladies' Home Journal)

John's turn: We got married before we really knew each other. Now I wonder whether we'll ever know each other. She...

(B+) Mr. 3000

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Bernie Mac doesn't hit this one out of the park, but he manages a solid double in his first starring role, as a retired baseball player who has to get back into shape and suit up for three more hit...

(C) Mr. Brooks

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I have to give this film credit for embracing its craziness. This is one movie that proudly raises its freak flag high and lets it wave. But that does not mean it works.

Mr. Brooks (Kevin...

(D) Mr. Deeds

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I may be too old for Adam Sandler movies, but it seems to me that he’s getting too old for them, too.

Sandler really brings out my "Mom" side – I want to tell him to stand up straight, s...

(A) Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper), of Mandrake Falls, Vermont, is a quiet bachelor who writes rhymes for birthday cards and plays the tuba for concentration. Informed that he has inherited twenty mill...

(C) Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
075R_High300dpi.jpg There's nothing harder to get right in a movie than whimsy. And there are fe...

(C) Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B) Mr. Popper's Penguins

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
It used to be that a comedian who wanted to be in movies had to make an armed services comedy.  Now, we stick them in domestic stories about daddies who need to learn that the family is more impor...

(B+) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Genre: Epic/Historical
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Naive Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart) is sent to Washington to serve the remaining term of a Senator who has died. The governor (Guy Kibbee), and businessman Jim Taylor (Edward Arnold) believ...

(D) Mr. Woodcock

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
If Sophocles knew that this would be the result, he would never have allowed "Oedipus" to see the light of day. "Mr. Woodcock" is an Oedipal comedy about a man who loves his mother and who becomes...

(A-) Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Mrs. Palfrey (Joan Plowright) did not think of herself as someone who would live in the shabby gentility of the Claremont, a residential hotel in London. We never learn the details of what brought...

(B+) Mulan

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Disney's 1998 animated feature is based on the legend of Mulan, a Chinese girl who helps the Chinese army defeat the Mongols. After the Mongols invade, led by Shan-Yu (voice of Miguel Ferrar) every...

(B+) Mulholland Drive

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If you like movies that make sense, don't go anywhere near "Mulholland Drive." If you like to come out of the theater saying, "Oh, I get it -- he was just pretending to shoot the other guy!" this ...

(B+) Mumford

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a cleverly updated version of a 1930's movie staple -- a genial small-town comedy with eccentric but endearing characters and a leading man who is not what he pretends to be. Loren Dean pla...

(B+) The Mummy Returns

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
It may still be spring outdoors, but this is the first summer movie of the year. Grab some popcorn and settle in for some old-fashioned movie fun, the best in this genre since the gold standard of...

(B-) Mummy, The: Quest for the Lost Scrolls

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This movie is an animated and more kid-friendly version of the stories in the action-packed thrillers "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns" -- a Saturday-morning-cartoon-style version of the adventur...

(B) The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Salt the popcorn and settle your gigantic soda in the cup-holder. Brendan Fraser is back and just as important, so are the mummies. Strictly speaking, these guys are not mummies, but they're clos...

(A) Munich

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meier said, "I can forgive them for killing my children. I cannot forgive them for forcing my children to kill theirs."

At the 1972 Olympic games in Munich, ther...

(B) Muppets From Space

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Preschool
Like all Muppet movies, this latest entry has plenty of jokes to keep the parents happy while the kids are enjoying the story. This time, the story focuses on a question that has intrigued Muppet f...

(A-) Muppets Most Wanted

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: All Ages
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(C+) Murder by Numbers

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In 1924 there was a murder was so shocking that it was called the crime of the century. What was chilling was the motive -- not money or passion but a cool arrogance that led two wealthy young men...

(A-) Murderball

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
You know those thousands of heartwarming, triumph of the human spirit, disease-of-the-week movies? With heroes and heroines who suffer through every possible medical catastrophe and become better ...

(B+) The Muse

Genre: Satire
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The latest film by writer/director/actor Albert Brooks has him portraying Steven Phillips, a Hollywood screenwriter who is let go by the studio when a young, arrogant executive tells him he has los...

(B+) Music & Lyrics

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Comedy that is actually funny plus romance that is actually sweet equals a sunny little valentine to brighten the winter doldrums. And -- I can't help saying it -- Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore go...

(A+) The Music Man

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: "Professor" Harold Hill (Robert Preston) is a con man posing as a salesman of band instruments and uniforms. He happens upon River City, a small town in Iowa. As the citizens explain in song,...

(B+) Must Love Dogs

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Those out there who are still hoping for Lloyd Dobler to stand outside their window holding up a boombox playing "In Your Eyes" may be glad to hear that a movie that tries to be Say Anything, Part ...

(A-) Must Read After My Death

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Adult
A generation ago the technology first became widely available to allow families to document their lives with home movies and audio recordings. The use of these artifacts has transcended the "can y...

(A-) My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The story behind this film is as remarkable as the film itself. Actress/writer Nia Vardalos created a one-woman show about her Greek family and their response when she married a man who wasn't Gre...

(F) My Boss's Daughter

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
In "My Boss's Daughter," Tom (Ashton Kutcher) and Lisa (Tara Reid) bond over hating the same movie. I predict that everyone unfortunate enough to see this atrocity will similarly bond over the exp...

(B+) My Dog Skip

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This is a good, old-fashioned boy and his dog movie, based on the memoir of Willie Morris, who grew up in 1940's Mississippi, a small, sleepy town of "ten thousand souls and nothing to do." It is l...

(F) My Favorite Martian

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Preschool
The commercial for this movie features our heroes (the visiting Martian and his earthling friend) in the midst of a car chase. The Martian (Christopher Lloyd) shrinks the car, which goes into the s...

(B+) My Life as a Dog

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: Ingemar is a twelve year old boy growing up in 1950s Sweden who goes to live with his aunt and uncle in Smaland while his mother is dying of tuberculosis. In the small town of Smaland he meet...

(C) My Life in Ruins

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Everything that made the adorable "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" so winning is missing from this tired and formulaic sitcom of a movie about an American tour guide in Greece. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding...

(A-) My Life Without Me

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A young wife and mother finds out she has two months to live. She makes a list of the things she wants to do before she dies, like recording birthday greetings for her two daughters for each year ...

(B-) My Sister's Keeper

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
How far would you go to save your child's life? How far should you go? Those are the questions posed -- and largely ducked -- in this film based on the best-selling book, » Read Review

(B-) My Super Ex-Girlfriend

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Even with a face contorted with rage and vengeance and a voice echoing through the streets of New York as well as the theater, it’s difficult not to like Uma Thurman as the needy, controlling and...

(B) My Week with Marilyn

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
"Her skin does not reject the light." That was impressionist painter Pierre Auguste Renoir's answer when asked why he used one favorite model so many times.  And it describes the luminous beaut...

(C+) Mystery Men

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This semi-successful attempt at a post-modern comic-book style story that has it both ways, archly commenting on superhero sagas while actually giving us a new and cooler version of one at the same...

(B-) Mystery, Alaska

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The coming attraction makes it clear that "Mystery, Alaska" is your basic "Rocky" movie about a grown-up version of the Mighty Ducks -- a team from a small, hockey-worshipping Alaska town gets a ch...

(C+) Mystic River

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Looks like damaged goods to me," says a character at the beginning of this movie, and that could refer to everyone we will meet in a story that explores the impact of an unbearable tragedy on two ...



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