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(B+) O

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Doves flutter in a bell tower as an angelic choir sings. We hear someone say, "I know you're not supposed to be jealous of anything, but to soar and take flight -- that's living." As he speaks of...

(B+) O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The Coen brothers' latest is based in part on the Odyssey (a prologue credits the story to Homer). But its title comes from that most sublime of Preston Sturges classic comedies, "Sullivan's Trave...

(C) O Jerusalem

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Good intentions often make bad movies. o%20jerusalem.jpg "O Jerusalem" is...

(C) Observe and Report

Genre: Gross-out
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
I have no affection for this movie but I have to admit to a grudging admiration for its willingness to be awkward, intrusive, and disturbing. A stark contrast to the similarly-themed and similarly...

(B) Ocean's 13

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
The first one was fun for them to make and us to watch. For the second one, clearly the Oceanists were having more fun than the audience. George Clooney has joked that the third "Oceans" film sho...

(A-) Ocean's Eleven

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Almost everyone knows the original "Oceans 11," but almost no one remembers much about it except that Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, and Joey had some plan to knock over casinos in Las Vegas and that t...

(B+) Ocean's Twelve

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The movie's irresistible tagline is "Twelve is the new eleven." But this twelve is more like the old eleven, the first "Ocean's 11" movie, starring Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, where the chief ...

(B+) Oceans

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
Forget about "Star Wars" and "Aliens" -- there are creatures living beneath the waves on this very planet that are far weirder and more exotic than anything Hollywood has conjured up. Huge, swoopin...

(A+) October Sky

Genre: For the Whole Family
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
This true story of a boy from a small town who dreams of becoming a rocket scientist is one of the best films ever made about the thrill and hard work of science and a great family movie.

I...

(D) Old Dogs

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
At one point in this endlessly, excruciatingly un-funny non-comedy, Dan (Robin Williams) and Charlie (John Travolta) are at a camp-out with Dan's seven-year-old twins. Everyone agrees that it's al...

(B) Old School

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
After a long, long series of gross-out slob would-be comedies that thought it was enough to be disgusting, it is a relief if not always a pleasure to see one that has some very funny moments. Yes,...

(A+) Old Yeller

Genre: Tragedy
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: In 1869 Texas, Jim Coates (Fess Parker) says goodbye to his family, as he leaves for three months to sell their cattle. He tells his older son, Travis (Tommy Kirk) to take care of his mother,...

(B+) Oliver & Company

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
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(B) Oliver and Company

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Loosely based on Dickens' Oliver Twist, this animated Disney release is the story of an orphaned cat named Oliver who is befriended by vagabond dogs led by the the dashing rapscallion, Dodger. Oli...

(A-) Oliver Twist

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(B+) Oliver!

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: This glorious musical (and Oscar-winner for Best Picture) is based on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. Oliver is an orphan who so outrages the staff at the orphanage by asking for a second bowl...

(C) The Omen

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
Director John Moore knows one thing -- how to compose some compelling images with swirling white (flakes of snow, scraps of paper) and something creepy and scarlet to catch your eye. But those swir...

(C+) On the Line

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
The only way to write about "On the Line" is to have separate mini-reviews for the three categories of people who are most likely to be curious about it. I’ll begin with the group least able to w...

(B+) On the Waterfront

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: Based on a true story (with a less satisfying conclusion), this is the story of the men who had the courage to stand up to the corrupt longshoreman's union. The union is controlled by Johnny ...

(A-) Once Upon A Time In Mexico

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
I guess if there really was a story or characters in this movie, the violence might be too disturbing.

But Robert Rodriguez, who not only wrote and directed this movie but also "shot, chopp...

(C) One Day

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
A gimmick that sort of worked in a novel becomes an obstacle that trips up this love story based on » Read Review

(B) One Direction: This is Us

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(C) One for the Money

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Someday to be used in film schools as a textbook example of how not to adapt a best-selling novel for the screen, "One for the Money" is mis-cast, mis-scripted, and mis-directed in every category. ...

(C+) One Hour Photo

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Sy Parrish (Robin Williams) cares deeply about making sure that the snapshots he develops at the SaveMart are as perfect as the family life he dreams that they represent. He relishes the glimpses ...

(B+) The One I Love

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"The One I Love" is pretty good as a movie and sublime as an exercise, especially an acting exercise. Just describing details about the story will require a huge spoiler alert, which I will insert...

(D) One Night at McCool's

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This black comedy about the different way that people can see the same characters and events is disappointingly uninvolving, too violent, and just not very funny.

Liv Tyler plays a literally...

(B+) One True Thing

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Based on Anna Quindlen's novel, this is the story of a young writer who learns the value of her mother when she goes to care for her during her treatment for cancer. Renee Zellweger plays Ellen Gul...

(B-) Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There are three reasons to see this movie. First: the dazzling martial arts moves of Tony Jaa, whose lightning reflexes and breathtaking gymnastics are both impressive and entertaining. Second is...

(B) Opal Dream

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(A-) Open Range

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Open Range" is an old-fashioned western that takes its time, but by the end of the movie the cattle, the characters, and the audience are all where they need to be.

That is, assuming that ...

(B+) Open Season

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
I love CGI. I love the textures, the way every single hair and feather, every leaf and raindrop, every shiny, fuzzy, smooth, rough, soft, hard surface is perfectly perfect. But I realized, as I w...

(D) Orange County

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is some irony in the fact that this movie is about a boy who is trying to escape from the cartoonishly dysfunctional adults in his life, when in reality it is the adults in the lives of the p...

(D) The Order

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Oh, there are so many things wrong with this movie.

First, it is very badly written. The story is not good and the dialogue is not good. It is about a "sin eater" who performs a relic cer...

(B+) Ordinary People

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: Conrad Jarrett (Timothy Hutton) has returned home after four months in a mental hospital. He tried to kill himself following a tragic boating accident with his brother, Bucky, who drowned. He...

() Original Version: About Last Night...

Genre: Romance
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First there was a play about what was not then yet called "hookup culture" or "booty calls" by pre-"Glengarry Glen Ross"/"The Verdict" David Mamet.  The title was "Sexual Perversity in Chicago." ...

() Original Version: Endless Love

Genre: Romance
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(C+) Osmosis Jones

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
The Farelly brothers, whose "There's Something About Mary" plumbed new depths of bodily function humor (and ended up on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 funniest movies) have plumbed n...

(C) The Other Boleyn Girl

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) The Other Guys

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make an inspired buddy cop pairing in "The Other Guys," a rare comedy based on something other than snark or irony or insults or humiliation or high concept. This is...

(C+) The Other Side of Heaven

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
This gently retro story of a young Morman missionary in the Pacific Islands of Tonga loses some wholesomeness points due to some smug insularity.

It takes John Groberg (Christopher Gorham) 8...

(A-) The Other Side of the Bed

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
As the credits roll in this first entry in the Sundance series, we meet two couples, the men asleep in their beds, their girlfriends both crooning a silly pop song about honeymoons and sunlight. T...

(C-) The Other Woman

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) The Others

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Way back before computer graphics, movie makers knew how to scare us through what the movie didn't show us. They knew that no one knows what scares us as well as we do ourselves, and that anything...

(D) Our Family Wedding

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
As wilted as last weekend's bridesmaid bouquet, "Our Family Wedding" manages to be offensive to African-Americans, Latinos, women, men, and sentient life forms of any kind. There may be a fine lin...

(C) Our Idiot Brother

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
You can't really make a bad movie with Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Rashida Jones, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott, Zooey Deschanel,  Emily Mortimer, and Steve Coogan.  They are seven of the most able an...

(C-) Out of the Furnace

Genre: Tragedy
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(A-) Out of Time

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The opening credits of this film shimmer at you to a jazz score, letting you know that you are in for an old-fashioned noir film, and that a very tangled web of betrayal, greed, and murder lies ahe...

(D) Over Her Dead Body

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
This movie starts out badly, gets much worse, and then after it is just dull for a while, it veers off into a whole new category of awful. Stay away. The premise is promising. How do we know? Beca...

(B+) Over the Hedge

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Computer technology has always had the advantage in animation when it comes to texture and three-dimensionality, and it is superb for physical properties like "shiny" and "bouncy," but it has lagge...



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