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  • Mia and the Migoo (PG)

    The vibrant hues of this 2-D animation (2008) recall the work of Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy, who celebrated color for its own sake, not as something to serve the line. more...
  • Million Dollar Arm
  • Million Dollar Arm (PG)

    You'd never guess this Disney sports drama was scripted by Thomas McCarthy, writer-director of such meaty independent releases as The Visitor (2007) and Win Win (2011); it's a completely by-the-numbers affair about a sports-marketing agent (Jon Hamm) who sets out to recruit major-league baseball players from India but learns the sturdy lesson that sports should be fun instead of an exercise in moneygrubbing. more...
  • Miracle (PG)

    The title refers to the U.S. hockey team's surprising victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 winter Olympics, though nothing about this 2004 Disney drama surprised me except its length—135 minutes—which somehow permits neither adequate characterization of the players nor incisive treatment of the game strategy. more...
  • Miracles From Heaven (PG)

    A devoted mother (Jennifer Garner) seeks for a cure for her terminally ill daughter, but after the girl survives a head-first fall into a tree, her fatal symptoms begin to disappear. more...
  • Mirrormask (PG)

    Produced by the Jim Henson Company, this fantasy by designer-director Dave McKean delivers a torrent of mind-blowing graphics, but the characters are so poorly realized that the visuals quickly overwhelm the story. more...
  • Miss Minoes (PG)

    In this cute 2001 children's feature from the Netherlands, the title cat magically transforms into a woman (Carice von Houten, later of Paul Verhoeven's Black Book) and assists a beat reporter with his field research. more...
  • Moana
  • Moana (PG)

    For this feature-length animation, veteran Disney directors John Musker and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules) stick to bankable formula: a plucky, beautiful girl named Moana (and given voice by Auli'i Cravalho) longs to venture outside her Polynesian village despite her father's opposition ("I wish I could be the perfect daughter / But I'm drawn to the water," she sings, recalling many a Disney heroine before her). more...
  • Moana 3D (PG)

    For this feature-length animation, veteran Disney directors John Musker and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules) stick to bankable formula: a plucky, beautiful girl named Moana (and given voice by Auli'i Cravalho) longs to venture outside her Polynesian village despite her father's opposition ("I wish I could be the perfect daughter / But I'm drawn to the water," she sings, recalling many a Disney heroine before her). more...
  • Mommie Dearest (PG)

    In spite of its reputation, and thanks in part to Faye Dunaway's remarkable performance as Joan Crawford, this 1981 adaptation of Christina Crawford's memoir about her driven, abusive mother is arguably too good to qualify as camp, even if it begins (and fitfully proceeds) like a horror film. more...
  • Mommie Dearest (PG)

    No one would mistake this stiff, shoddy 1981 biopic of Joan Crawford for a “good” movie, but in terms of issues—movies, melodramas, mothers and daughters—it's rich, stimulating thought in spite of itself. more...