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  • Akeelah and the Bee (PG)

    Coming on the heels of Spellbound and Bee Season, this small gem (2006) about a South Central LA girl with a gift for spelling restores luster to the family genre. more...
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  • Annie (PG)

    John Huston is listed as director of this elephantine Ray Stark production, based on the Broadway musical (which was based, in turn, on Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie comic strip), but this is the kind of overproduced monolith in which even better directors can easily lose their way. more...
  • Apollo 13 (PG)

    Ron Howard directed this 1995 adaptation of Lost Moon, astronaut Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger's book about the harrowing flight of Apollo 13. more...
  • The Bear (PG)

    A 1989 adventure story about bears, produced by Claude Berri, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (Quest for Fire), and adapted by Gerard Brach from James Oliver Curwood's novel The Grizzly King. more...
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  • Boyfriends and Girlfriends (PG)

    The sixth of Eric Rohmer's "Comedies and Proverbs" series—witty and dry in the usual Rohmer manner—is set in a wealthy Parisian suburb and focuses on two female friends, their boyfriends, and the shifting relationships among the four characters, which are handled with both tact and geometrical precision (1987). more...
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  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (PG)

    A lumpy stew of weak characterization, lame gags, ADD-afflicted storytelling, and dazzling visual invention, this computer-generated kid flick (2009) concerns a nerdy young inventor (given voice by Bill Hader) who accidentally unleashes technology that turns rain into pizza, burgers, etc. Determined to have their cake and eat it too, writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller first invite us to revel in ice cream mountains and nacho cheese fountains, then clobber us with ham-handed nutritional moralism. more...
  • Daddy Day Care (PG)

    Eddie Murphy, who used to score points off Bill Cosby and Mr. Rogers, enlarged his profitable new sideline as a kiddie matinee idol (Dr. Dolittle) with this innocuous 2003 comedy about a marketing executive who gets laid off and decides to open a home day-care facility. more...
  • Dr. Phibes Rises Again (PG)

    Vincent Price was once asked on a TV talk show how his skull-headed Dr. Phibes had risen again after embalming himself at the end of The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971). more...
  • Fame (PG)

    This slick remake of Alan Parker’s 1980 musical follows a diverse group of teens through four years at LaGuardia Arts, the famous performing arts high school in Manhattan. more...
  • The Getaway (PG)

    It's too bad they didn't really film Jim Thompson's novel, which remains one of the most astonishing pieces of pulp fiction ever written, yet Sam Peckinpah does a professional job with this much-watered-down version (1972). more...
  • Good Guys Wear Black (PG)

    Chuck Norris may be the least charismatic adventure hero I've ever encountered on-screen, and his overweening blandness keeps this conventional action film (1979) on a low level of alpha waves. more...
  • Good Night, and Good Luck (PG)

    This claustrophobic drama about CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow facing down Joseph McCarthy in the early 50s delivers a timely lesson on cold-war hysteria, media politics, and journalistic courage, though the strong dichotomy between good and evil sometimes suggests a classic western. more...
  • Grand Theft Auto (PG)

    Ron Howard made his directing debut with this 1977 action comedy from New World Pictures. more...
  • Hairspray (PG)

    Adam Shankman's 2007 movie version of the Broadway hit—itself based on John Waters's 1988 film—satirizes prejudice about race, class, and physical appearance in 1962 Baltimore. more...