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(A-) The Namesake

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Ashima (Indian superstar Tabu) pauses before entering the living room to meet her prospective bridegroom and his family. Their shoes have been left outside the door, according to the customs of her...

(A-) The Namesake

Genre:
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Ashima (Indian superstar Tabu) pauses before entering the living room to meet her prospective bridegroom and his family. Their shoes have been left outside the door, according to the customs of he...

(C) Nancy Drew: Mystery in the Hollywood Hills

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Part of the appeal of Nancy Drew through the decades has been the way she has continually been updated while remaining essentially the same. The problem with this movie is that the updates are poo...

(C) The Nanny Diaries

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Oh, we all love to feel superior to rich people, don't we? It makes us feel so nice and smug. They may have the fancy apartments and couture, but we have a lock on authenticity and unpretentiousn...

(C) The Nanny Diaries

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B) Nanny McPhee

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
There are seven children in the Brown family, and they are all very clever and exceedingly naughty. The 16th nanny has just quit because she thought she saw the six older children eating th...

(C) Nanny McPhee Returns

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
For the first half of this movie, the children in the audience were completely on board, laughing when the children on screen were covered with mud and various kinds of animal poop, delighting in s...

(A-) Napoleon Dynamite

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
When you are hurtling through adolescence, overcome with warring emotions and desperately trying to learn a whole new set of rules for status and interaction, everything you thought you knew seems ...

(B+) Narc

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
How do you make a good cop movie these days when so many already exist? Apparently, if you are director Joe Carnahan, you spend years thinking about the screenplay, you get two solid actors to giv...

(F) National Lampoon's Van Wilder

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It would take more time to list all of the things that were awful about this odious movie than it would be to watch it again. I’d rather not do either one.

This is a movie about a purport...

(D) National Security

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
“National Security” is another in a string of indistinguishable dumb action comedies that would all run together in the mind of anyone unfortunate enough to watch them if they were not so insta...

(C+) National Treasure

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This is a big, dumb, stunts and explosions movie that doesn't quite make it even by action movie standards because it has a big, dumb script. Two Oscar-winning actors, location filming, tricked-up...

(B-) National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(A+) National Velvet

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MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
Plot: Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney) arrives in a small English town and meets Velvet (Elizabeth Taylor) just as she and her sisters have been let out of school for the summer. They like each other imme...

(B) The Nativity Story

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Jean Kerr once wrote of school Christmas pageant with a moving depiction of the nativity that consisted of two young children crossing a bare stage. They stopped briefly. Joseph said, "Mary, 'tis...

(C) Need for Speed

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(C) Neighbors

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
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(C) Never Back Down

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) Never Been Kissed

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Drew Barrymore is completely adorable in this completely adorable story about Josie, a former high school ugly duckling, now a copy editor for the Chicago Sun Times. She wants to prove herself as a...

(B+) Never Die Alone

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(C+) Never Die Alone

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This movie's greatest strength is also its greatest weakness -- it wants to be more than the usual drug dealer shoot-em-up. It deserves some credit for its ambitions. But those ambitions tip it o...

(B+) Never Let Me Go

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School

Kazuo Ishiguro's novel The R...

() New Documentary from Morgan Spurlock About Comic-Con

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MPAA Rating:     Audience:
I am a total Comic-Con fangirl (already counting the days to this year's Con in July), so I am very excited about a new documentary from » Read Review

(D) The New Guy

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"The New Guy" is a waste of talent. This high school epic, supposedly about one boy's path to true cool is so half-baked and uncool that it's embarrassing. It is also another case of the MPAA givi...

(B) New In Town

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Despite the title, there is nothing at all new about this romantic comedy, but it manages to endear itself anyway. Renée Zellweger plays uptight and ambitious Lucy Hill, an ambitious, stilett...

(B-) The New World

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
It is beautiful to look at. Director Terrence Malick knows how to create images of stunning beauty and power. Those images are especially compelling in this story of Captain John Smith and the be...

(C) New Year's Eve

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Something seemed familiar to me as I watched Garry Marshall's New York-based follow-up to his multi-star, multi-story LA-set romantic comedy, » Read Review

(C+) New York Minute

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
People in movies tend to fall into two categories. Some are actors and some are movie stars. A few are both. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson are not actresses and they are not movie stars. What they...

() The Newseum Pays Tribute to Legendary Anchorman Ron Burgundy

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MPAA Rating:     Audience:
Life imitates art imitating life! » Read Review

(C) Next

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
If Philip K. Dick could have seen into the future, he would never have agreed to have his story "The Golden Man" be adapted into a movie, at least not this movie.

Nicolas Cage, who also pro...

(F) Next Day Air

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
I was plenty offended by "Next Day Air's" contempt for its characters. But the racism and sexism of this vile movie about dumb crooks and dumber would-be crooks and even dumber people who get mixe...

(D) Next Friday

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
On the one hand, this movie is a lazy, dumb, and misogynistic and it promotes pot smoking, unemployment, and burglary. On the other hand, it is genial and unpretentious. If it does not take drug us...

(D) The Next Three Days

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Paul Haggis loses his way in "The Next Three Days," a labored prison escape drama that never recovers from a serious miscalculation midway through and then goes completely off the rails in the end....

(A+) Nicholas Nickleby

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Screenwriter/director Douglas McGrath has produced a respectful condensation of Charles Dickens’s rich and sprawling novel of the young sister and brother who find memorable friends and foes when...

(B+) Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is no question that Nick (Michael Cera) and Norah (Kat Dennings) are destined for True Love. For one thing, they have the same taste in music. Nick is still making mixes for the girl who du...

(B) Night at the Museum

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Larry (Ben Stiller) needs a job fast. He has always dreamed of making it big, but none of his schemes have worked and as his ex-wife points out, their son Nick needs some stability. After an emplo...

(B-) Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(A+) A Night at the Opera

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The Plot: Harpo, Chico, and Groucho Marx bring their sublime brand of anarchy to perhaps its most fitting setting in this comic masterpiece. Groucho is (as ever) a fast-talking fortune hunter (this...

(A) The Night Before Christmas...and More Classic Holiday Tales

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: All Ages
My very favorite DVD series for families has a wonderful holiday treat: » Read Review

(B+) Night Catches Us

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School

Writer-director Tanya Hamilton and two of today's most gifted actors have produced a sensitive drama with a powerful conclusion. Night Catches Us ta...

(C) The Night Listener

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Armistad Maupin (Tales of the City) didn't trust his own story in his adaptation of his novel inspired by something that happened to him. But what could have been a thoughtful psychological...

(B) Nights in Rodanthe

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Of course Richard Gere is going to fall in love with Diane Lane in this movie. How could he resist her and why would he try? Certainly the audience will fall in love with her, too. There is no a...

(B+) Nim's Island

Genre: For all ages
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
nimsisland1_large.jpgA pair of heroines on opposit...

(B) Nine

Genre: Remake
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
High profile director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) has everything he needs to make his ninth movie and more. Much more. It is Italy in the early 1960's and Guido is a glamorous celebrity, a n...

(B+) Ninotchka

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Plot: Three Soviet bureaucrats arrive in Paris to sell some jewels so they can buy tractors. But the former Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire), who lives in Paris, is outraged, because they were her ...

(B+) No Country for Old Men

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
"I'm fixin to go do somethin dumbern hell but I'm goin anyways. If I don't come back tell Mother I love her." "Your mother's dead Llewelyn." "Well I'll tell her myself then." For the Coen brothers'...

(B+) No Reservations

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
It may be a three-star movie about a four-star chef, but it is still a sweet summer treat and a great date night hors d'oeuvre. Kate (Catherine Zeta Jones) just does not understand what everyone's ...

(C) No Strings Attached

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is another one of those romantic comedies where a bland couple has some trivial obstacles to overcome and you just wish they would get out of the way because their surrounding friends and fami...

(C) Non-Stop

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(F) Norbit

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Eddie Murphy has taken his love for playing multiple roles, his love for Jerry Lewis (who also loved playing multiple roles), his love for racial humor, his love for crude humor, his love for himse...

(B) North Country

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"North Country" was "inspired by a true story," but instead of sticking to the undeniably moving facts of the sexual harassment suit filed by female mineworkers, this movie veers off into distracti...

(C+) The Notebook

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I was really hoping for this year's Bridges of Madison County, a big-budget production that turned a mediocre weepie book into a better-than-mediocre weepie movie. I held my handkerchief in my han...

(B+) Notes on a Scandal

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Long-time teacher Barbara Covett (Judi Dench) doesn't even pretend to care anymore. The other teachers come back from summer break with thoughtful reports -- or apparently thoughtful reports -- on...

(A-) Nothing But a Man

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Duff (Ivan Dixon) is a black man who is a member of a railroad crew, laying track in a small Southern town. He meets Josie (Abbey Lincoln), a local black woman who is a teacher, at a church social....

(B-) Nothing Like the Holidays

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
Natalie Morales of ABC Family's The Middleman lists her » Read Review

(B-) Notorious

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Christopher George Latore Wallace lived fast, died young, and left a very big corpse. He started dealing drugs as a young kid in Brooklyn, went to prison, and was killed at age 24 in a gang-style ...

(C-) The November Man

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Pierce Brosnan knows what it is like to play a spy in a big-budget, glamorous, blockbuster. He was the most urbane of Bonds in four movies. He knows what it is to play a seedier spy in a prestige, ...

(C+) Novocaine

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a dark and stylish tale of lies, cheating, extortion, incest, betrayal, and murder that begins in the antiseptic and meticulously maintained office of a dentist, Frank Sangster (Steve Marti...

(A+) Now, Voyager

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is the repressed and depressed daughter of an imperious mother (Gladys Cooper), head of a wealthy and socially prominent Boston family. Miserably unhappy and insecure, ...

(C) The Number 23

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
There are 23 things wrong with this movie.

Or maybe there are 24. Or 165. To be honest, I lost count. Despite this film's best efforts, it never persuaded me that there was anything specia...

(B+) Nurse Betty

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Renee Zellwegger's lips should be eligible for their own Oscar. As the waitress who is such a big fan of a soap opera that she becomes convinced she is a character on it, she does more to convey h...

(B+) Nursery University

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
Ingredients: 1. Too many toddlers 2. Not enough preschools 3. Parents who will do anything for their children 4. Parents whose top priority is their children's education 5. Parents who recogn...

(C-) The Nut Job

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(D) Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

Genre:
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Parents should not be fooled by the PG-13 rating into thinking that it might be appropriate for middle schoolers and younger kids. The people who rate movies for the MPAA seem to think that if it'...



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