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(B+) U-571

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
U-571, a fictional story inspired by several different WWII incidents, follows a group of sailors who are trying to capture the German's Engima code machine, so that they can find out where the U-b...

(B+) U2 3D

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MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Middle School
"U2 in 3D" doesn't just give you the feeling of being at a rock concert. It gives you the feeling of being a rock star. Super-big, super-close, super-clear, and super-charged, it broke the record...

(D) The Ugly Truth

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
There is little chemistry between co-stars Katherine Heigel and Gerard Butler in this charmless war of the sexes story, but there is even less chemistry between the two genres it tries to combine, ...

(C-) Ultraviolet

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This movie hopes that it can distract you from its failure of imagination with the following:
  • Throbbing techno club music-style soundtrack
  • Sleek, towering futuristic struc...

(C+) Unaccompanied Minors

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
In “Unaccompanied Minors,” a group of young travelers are stranded in Chicago’s fictional Hoover Airport on Christmas Eve. Lead to a room full of other children but decidedly empty of Christm...

(D) Unbreakable

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The big surprise ending of "Unbreakable" is what a disappointment it is.

The writer/director of "The Sixth Sense" begins with many of the same elements -- Bruce Willis, a Philadelphia settin...

(B) Unconditional

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
This faith-based drama stars two top performers who give its fact-based story the sweetness and spirit that is sometimes lacking in the heartfelt but uneven script. » Read Review

(B+) Undefeated

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Bill Courtney, a successful white businessman, coaches an underdog football team at an inner city high school in an Oscar-winning documentary that quickly transcends the risks of sports cliché and...

(B) Under the Same Moon

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) Under the Skin

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
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(B+) Under the Tuscan Sun

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Like the crumbling Italian villa at the center of this story, there is a lot wrong with the movie, but it is so enticing -- especially for its intended audience -- that it is hard to resist.

(B) Underclassman

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Apparently, when Nick Cannon was growing up, he dreamed of being Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop. It seems he also wanted to be Jon Cryer in Hiding Out. So, when he got a chance to produce a fe...

(B+) Undercover Brother

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Undercover Brother" combines broad comedy with clever satire to happily skewer blacks, whites, men, women, the "blaxploitation" movies of the 1970's, O.J. Simpson, and just about everything else t...

(C) Underdog

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
There may be no need to fear now that Underdog is here, but there is no reason to feel very happy, either. This live-action adaptation of the 1960's animated television show substitutes special ef...

(C+) Undertow

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) Underworld

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Imagine West Side Story with vampires and lycans (wolfmen) instead of Sharks and Jets and guns, blades, and teeth piercing necks instead of musical numbers, then dress them all in Matrix-inspired g...

(F+) Underworld: Evolution

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
"Is that the same guy that was just sucking the blood out of the dead horse?"

That was my question to the critic sitting next to me in the middle of the movie. I liked the first Underworld...

(B-) Undiscovered

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
It starts promisingly. Just as he is leaving New York for Los Angeles, aspiring musician Luke (Steven Strait) sees a beautiful girl on the subway. As her train is about to pull away, she tells hi...

(D) Undisputed

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is more plot and character development in Michael Jackson’s music video for "Beat It" than in "Undisputed," a forgettable prison boxing movie.

"Iceman" (Ving Rhames), the world heavyw...

(C+) Unfaithful

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
This is a story of obsession, betrayal, and jealousy, based on Claude Chabrol's "La Femme Infidel." It is about a happily married couple who seem to have everything until the wife is drawn into an ...

(B) The United States of Leland

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The murder mystery at the center of this overly plotted but beautifully acted movie is not the who but the why.

Leland (Ryan Gosling) seems like a reasonably pleasant and easy-going kid. An...

(B) Unknown

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
What would you do if everything you thought you knew about your life and your identity suddenly seemed to be untrue? If even your wife kept insisting that another man was you? Liam Neeson plays...

(B+) The Unknown Known

Genre: War
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
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(B+) Unknown White Male

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Confounded doctors admit that they’ve only seen it in movies and textbooks. But in this documentary a mystery, perhaps the ultimate mystery occurs.

A healthy and successful young man wakes...

(B) Unleashed

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A series of ugly, brutal fight sequences surround a sweet story of healing in an uneasy combination -- or perhaps in view of the content of this movie, collision. But it is what the movie does not...

(B) Unstoppable

Genre: Inspired by a true story
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Don't think of it as a train. Think of it as "a missile the size of the Chrysler building." That is what the station supervisor, Connie (Rosario Dawson) says when she finds out that the driverles...

(C+) Unstrung Heroes

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Plot: Steven Lidz is the son of Sid (John Turturro), an inventor. He is a distracted man who "believes in documentation" and empirical data. Steven is closer to his warm-hearted mother, the emotion...

(A-) Up

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Pixar movies are beautiful to look at, but what takes your breath away is the story. They don't rely on fairy tales or best-selling books with pre-sold stories and characters we are already attach...

(A-) Up in the Air

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
To the list of the biggest lies of all time ("The check is in the mail," "I'll still respect you in the morning," etc.) this must now be added: "All the answers are in your packet." No, they aren'...

(B+) Upside Down

Genre: Science-Fiction
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) The Upside of Anger

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler

Parents should know that this movie has central characters who abuse alcohol as a way of coping with -- actually as a way of not coping with -- their problems. They also smoke, use frequent ...

(B-) Uptown Girls

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
Once upon a time there were two lonely princesses who had to save each other.

The first princess is Molly (Brittany Murphy), the daughter of a legendary rock star. Her parents died in a pl...

(B+) Ushpizin: A Movie for Sukkot

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
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