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Nicholas Nickleby

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2002
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2002

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 they venture to London for the first time after the death of […]

Two Weeks Notice

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

For many of us, romantic comedies are like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, providing comfort food and simple consistency in a messy world. We relax and enjoy the familiar experience, knowing that there will be no discomforting surprises or soul-searching […]

A Goofy Movie

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1995
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1995

One of the great existential questions of childhood, memorably explored in “Stand By Me,” is “If Mickey is a mouse, and Pluto is a dog, what is Goofy?” Goofy may be in a class (and genus) of his own, as […]

Far From Heaven

posted by rkumar

The 1950’s was a time of peace and plenty, but it was also a time of conformity. It was especially inconvenient to be female, gay, or black. In “Far From Heaven,” characters struggle with all three. Writer/director Todd Haynes sets […]

Catch Me If You Can

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

Steven Spielberg has made the real-life story of the youngest person ever to make the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List into a terrifically entertaining movie. It is set in the candy-colored ring-a-ding 1960’s where jet pilots were glamorous and even […]

The Hours

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

In this story of three women of different eras whose lives connect and parallel each other, we see each of them struggle between despair and meaning. Small moments repeat themselves as the same themes shimmer through the single day we […]

Gangs of New York

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Martin Scorsese is a director of astonishing power and “Gangs of New York” is a movie of astonishing imagination, ambition, and scope. The first fifteen minutes are as dazzling as any images ever put on screen. The rest of the […]

Adaptation

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R
Movie Release Date:2002
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R
Movie Release Date: 2002

There are people who care so passionately about something that it fills them up completely. And then there are the rest of us, who can never lose themselves that way, people who divide their interest and attention and always hold […]

Chicago

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Like the case put on by the defense in the leading lady’s murder trial, “Chicago” is all razzle-dazzle – and it is only about razzle-dazzle, too. The story is based on a real-life jazz age murder trial that inspired a […]

The Wild Thornberrys Movie

posted by rkumar
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2002
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2002

“The Wild Thornberrys” are a family that travels to exotic locales all over the world to film nature documentaries for television. The on-camera talent is the relentlessly cheerful father, Nigel (voice of Tim Curry) with a frightfully posh, “Mumsy, do […]

Star Trek: Nemesis

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

Star Trek has a language and following all its own. For those who are not devotees of the series, the way the characters speak often needs to be decoded, causing the viewer to spend more time trying to figure out […]

The Hot Chick

posted by rkumar
F
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
F
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Even by the low standards of Saturday Night Live-alumni movies, and by the even lower standards of Adam Sandler-produced movies, “The Hot Chick” is simply excruciating. It is loathsome, offensive, vile, and, even worse, it is not funny. To add […]

Equilibrium

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Equilibrium is set in the joyless state of Libria. It is a society built on peace at all costs. In a bid to make the outbreak of war impossible in this post-nuclear apocalypse, early Twenty First Century, all human emotions […]

Muppets From Space

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1999
DVD Release Date:2000
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1999
DVD Release Date: 2000

Like all Muppet movies, this latest entry has plenty of jokes to keep the parents happy while the kids are enjoying the story. This time, the story focuses on a question that has intrigued Muppet fans for years: exactly what […]

American Pie

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong sexuality, crude sexual dialogue, language and drinking, all involving teens.
Movie Release Date:1999
DVD Release Date:2000
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexuality, crude sexual dialogue, language and drinking, all involving teens.
Movie Release Date: 1999
DVD Release Date: 2000

This is a movie about teenagers who promise each other that they will have sex before the night of the prom, and then do whatever they can to make it happen. It is one of the raunchiest and most explicit […]

Welcome to Collinwood

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

White Oleander

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Like all Oprah-selected books, White Oleander is the story of a girl who has to overcome the most severe trauma and abuse. The book’s language was both vivid and lyrical, making the terrible events more epic than sordid. The movie […]

Windtalkers

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

“Windtalkers” is not the right name for John Woo’s new film. A more apt title would be “Sergeant Enders and the Windtalkers,” because the film mainly focuses on the complicated, half-crazed main character rather than the Navajos recruited as Marines […]

XXX

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Every summer needs an esplosion movie, and for the summer of 2002 it is “XXX,” with Vin Diesel as an extreme sports enthusiast recruited by the CIA. Yep, this is a movie about extreme spying. That means that this is […]

Unfaithful

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

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 affair. It is not for […]

Undisputed

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

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 heavyweight champion, is convicted of rape and sent to a maximum security […]

Undercover Brother

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

“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 that comes within range. Selected by the Washington Film Critics as the […]

Tuck Everlasting

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2002

Disney has made a lovely film version of the book that is a perennial middle-school favorite. Angus Tuck (William Hurt) tells rich, overprotected Winnie Foster (“Gilmore Girls’” Alexis Bledel) that he feels like a rock by the side of a […]

Treasure Planet

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for adventure action and peril
Movie Release Date:2002
DVD Release Date:July 3, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for adventure action and peril
Movie Release Date: 2002
DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012

If “Treasure Planet” is not Disney at its best, it is still Disney at its still-pretty-much-better-than-anyone else, and well worth a look with this 10th anniversary re-release. It is based on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson story “Treasure Island,” filmed […]

The Witches

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1990
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1990

Plot: Luke hears about witches from his grandmother (Mai Zetterling). She says they have to wear gloves to hide their claw-like hands and shoes that fit their square feet without toes, and that they are bald and scratch under their […]

The Tuxedo

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

Four words I didn’t plan on saying: Bring back Chris Tucker! The bad guy in the movie may be evil, but he doesn’t do nearly as much damage to Jackie Chan as the script does. It’s a cute idea, miserably […]

The Truth About Charlie

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

I can’t figure out how a studio decided to take “Charade,” one of the world’s most delectable movies, and remake it without a single one of the ingredients that made it great. The dreamy theme song by Henry Mancini is […]

The Transporter

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Pure popcorn pleasure, this is a heady combination that is half testosterone, half attitude, and all action. “The Transporter” really delivers. Don’t pay much attention to the plot – no one connected to the movie does. Just pay attention to […]

The Secret Garden

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1994
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1994

Plot: Mary Lennox is a sour and selfish girl, spoiled by an Indian nanny and neglected by her parents. When they are killed, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle Archibald Craven, a mysterious and lonely […]

The Santa Clause 2

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2002

Even though I am a well-known softie when it comes to Christmas movies, “The Santa Clause 2″ gets a “bah humbug” from me. Indeed, if the Ghost of Christmas Present had shown Ebenezer Scrooge “The Santa Clause 2,” they both […]

The Rules of Attraction

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

In 1985, Brett Easton Ellis’ first book “Less than Zero”, introduced a new voice to the “party at the end of civilization” genre – those texts dealing with a corrupted society’s last orgy before collapse (for example, works from 1930’s […]

The Ring

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

A true connoisseur of the scary movie (note, not slasher flicks but psychological thrillers) will recognize certain spooky elements in many of the “classics” of the genre: the cruel parent (or stepparent); the otherworldly child, a medium for the spirit […]

The Princess Bride

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1987
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1987

This witty modern fairy tale by William Goldman (screenwriter of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men”) is resoundingly satisfying. The most beautiful woman in the world (Robin Wright) is engaged to the cruel Prince (Chris […]

The Powerpuff Girls Movie

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2002

The Powerpuff Girls’ first feature-length movie may be a treat for the fans of the show, but its non-stop excitement and sense of humor is going to win over just about anyone. Move over Pokemon, there are some new rulers […]

The New Guy

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

“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 giving a PG-13 rating […]

The Master of Disguise

posted by rkumar
F
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2002
F
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2002

This misbegotten mess of a movie is a terrible disappointment for fans of Dana Carvey. It is also a disappointment for fans of comedy and fans of movies. It really is hard to imagine how the talented Carvey can have […]

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2002
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2002

Don’t settle back in your seat and wait for a rehash of the first three-hour epic in the “Lord of the Rings” series to remind you who everyone is and where we left off a year ago. Even with another […]

The King’s Guard

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2000
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2000

This very uneven film has a strong cast and an ambitious story, but it falters in execution. Top actors Eric Roberts, Ron Perlman, and Lesley-Anne Down appear in supporting roles, while the leads are taken by young unknowns. The story […]

The Kid Stays in the Picture

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

The Kid Stays in the Picture is a fascinating True Hollywood Story-esque look on the tumultuous life of Robert Evans, a prolific Hollywood producer who had it all, lost it all, regained most of, all while living a life filled […]

The Jungle Book

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1942
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1942

Plot: Based on Rudyard Kipling’s book about a boy raised by wolves, this version concentrates on Mowgli’s return to his family’s village and the challenges he faces as he tries to adjust to “civilized” life. When Mowgli’s father is killed […]

The Four Feathers

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

In what is at least the fifth filmed version of this story, a soldier ordered to war resigns his commission. He has just become engaged to a girl he adores and the concerns of a battle on the other side […]

The Emperor’s Club

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

There is a very rich tradition of books and movies set in schools. One reason is that like another popular setting, submarines, they present a closed environment. But the real reason is that schools and teachers play such a definitive […]

The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2002
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2002

“The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course” is basically a 70-minute version of the show with an additional 20 minutes of an instantly forgettable premise that barely rises to the level of the term “plot.” That said, the results are often amusing […]

The Country Bears

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:2002
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 2002

Less story than product placement, “The Country Bears” may go down in history as the first movie ever based on a theme park attraction. I hope it goes down as the last. Much as I enjoy the ride, I don’t […]

The Bourne Identity

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

“The Bourne Identity” does not have much in the way of plot or characters, but it is a better-than-average guns, gadgets, and chases in interesting locations movie. The film starts off with a theme that is much more common in […]

The Banger Sisters

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

The considerable pleasures of watching Oscar-winners Susan Sarandon, Goldie Hawn, and Geoffrey Rush displaying all of their combined charm and talent are repeatedly tripped up by a lame script that wastes not just its stars but also an enticing premise. […]

Tadpole

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

“Tadpole” is as slight and charming as the title character, a 15-year-old prep school kid named Oscar (played by 25-year-old Aaron Stanford) with a crush on his stepmother. Oscar comes home for vacation determined to tell his stepmother how he […]

Swimfan

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Haven’t we all seen this already? Many times? Too many times? A nice, cute guy who seems to have it all meets extremely attractive girl who promises him guilt-free sex learns the sad lesson that there is no such thing. […]

Swept Away

posted by rkumar
F
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
F
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Imagine the potential: a gritty, innovative director remakes a provocative film about gender and class and the clash of diametrically opposed individuals when the tables are turned on their situation. Mix in sexual tension, deserted Ionian islands and two attractive […]

Sweet Home Alabama

posted by rkumar
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for some language and sexual references
Movie Release Date:2002
DVD Release Date:2002
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language and sexual references
Movie Release Date: 2002
DVD Release Date: 2002

It’s official. Reese Witherspoon is the new Meg Ryan. That means Witherspoon has the charm, sparkle, and impeccable comic timing to keep an entire movie afloat and make it look effortless. She makes watching it seem effortless, too. That’s a […]

Stuart Little 2

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2002

Stuart Little 2 is a sweet family movie with excellent voice talent and special effects. Fans of the first one will enjoy it and it is one of the best family movies of the summer. It takes place where the […]

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1999
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1999

It may not be as great as you hoped, but it is not as bad as you feared. In fact, it exactly has the same strengths and weaknesses as the original three, plus breathtakingly spectacular visual design and special effects. […]

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2002

Okay, it’s “Star Wars,” everyone. So don’t be surprised if the plot is murky, the dialogue is stiff, and the performances look like the only direction the actors received was “Look over there! When we put in the effects, it’s […]

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2002
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2002

Hurray for “Spy Kids 2,” this summer’s most imaginatively joyous adventure. Carmen and Juni Cortez are back, now full-time operatives of the spy organization OSS and its new kids unit. As the movie opens, the Preident’s young daughter (“The Grinch’s” […]

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2002

Many kids will enjoy this traditionally animated story about a brave wild mustang in the 19th century American west, but parents may find it overlong even at a running time of less than 90 minutes. Parents should also know that […]

Spirited Away

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2002

Solaris

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

More meditation than story, “Solaris” is a series of images and moments that address themes of identity, memory, and loss, ambitious in both form and content. George Clooney plays Chris Kelvin, a psychiatrist who receives an urgent SOS from a […]

Simone

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

Movie director Viktor Taransky (Al Pacino) has had it with actors. The star of his new movie (Winona Ryder, relishing her cameo as a temperamental “model with a SAG card”) insists that he pick all the red Mike and Ike […]

Signs

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

M. Night Shyamalan knows what scares us. It scares him, too. As in “The Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable,” writer/producer/director Shyamalan’s latest is a story of a crisis of faith, a wise child, and something out there that is very, very […]

Secret Ballot

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

Those who are interested in the Iranian election and protests should see this superb Iranian film that is one of the finest explorations of freedom, elections, democracy, and the rule of law I have ever watched on screen. It begins […]

Scooby-Doo

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2002

It’s trickier than you might think to translate a Saturday morning cartoon program into a live-action movie. The first challenge is figuring out who your audience is going to be. Is it the little kids who watch the cartoon now […]

Road to Perdition

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Road to Perdition is a powerful, beautifully made film about fathers and sons and sin and redemption, that overrides minor flaws through beautiful directing and first class performances.Tom Hanks plays Michael Sullivan, a tough hit man in 1931 Chicago, whose […]

Red Dragon

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Hannibal Lecter is back in “Red Dragon,” but he cannot ever scare us again as much as he did in “Silence of the Lambs.” We know him too well. But that very knowledge becomes one of the pleasures of seeing […]

Punch-Drunk Love

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Comedians use humor to transcend norms and act outside the rules of civility to express the feelings we strive to keep inside – anger, insecurity, resentment, and selfishness. Many of them assume the freedoms of childhood to unleash the superego […]

Possession

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

No one thinks more carefuly about words than poets, scholars, and detectives. All three come together in two parallel love stories spanning two centuries, based on the astonishingly inventive, dauntingly intellectual, but rapturously romantic novel by A.S. Byatt. Neil LaBute, […]

Pollyanna

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1960
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1960

Plot: Pollyanna (Hayley Mills) arrives in Harrington to live with her wealthy aunt, Polly Harrington (Jane Wyman), after the death of her missionary parents. Polly is generous with money, buying Pollyanna lots of beautiful clothes, but is reserved and joyless. […]

Pokemon 4Ever

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 2002

In this fourth installment of Pokemon feature films, Ash and his friends explore an enchanted forest and meet Celebi, a dove-like Pokemon with the power to move through time. They also make friends with a boy named Sammy who was […]

Personal Velocity

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

With near perfect adherence to the original text, director Rebecca Miller has adapted three of the seven short stories from her book “Personal Velocity” for this engaging film about life’s turning points. She has transplanted her short, ambitiously descriptive sentences […]

One Hour Photo

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

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 he gets of parties, Christmas mornings, vacations, […]

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

The story behind this film is as remarkable as the film itself. Actress/writer Nia Vardalos created a one-woman show about her Greek family and their response when she married a man who wasn’t Greek. Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita […]

Mr. Deeds

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

I may be too old for Adam Sandler movies, but it seems to me that he’s getting too old for them, too. Sandler really brings out my “Mom” side – I want to tell him to stand up straight, stop […]

Moonlight Mile

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Minority Report

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

It is fifty years from now, in Washington, D.C., where familiar landmarks like the Washington Monument are surrounded by vertical highways and where computers in The Gap not only recognize you when you walk in the door but remember what […]

Men in Black II

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

The original Men in Black (1997) is one of my all-time favorite movies, just for originality and sheer attitude. Director Barry Sonnenfeld, production designer Bo Welch, and stars Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, and Vincent D’Onofrio achieved near […]

Mary Poppins

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1964
DVD Release Date:December 09, 2013
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1964
DVD Release Date: December 09, 2013

In honor of the upcoming “Saving Mr. Banks” and the 50th anniversary of the original film, Disney is releasing a superclifragilisticexplialidocious new edition of Mary Poppins. Based on books by P.L. Travers (whose reluctance to allow a film to be […]

Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat is a personal, autobiographical stand-up act from Martin Lawrence that should please his fans.Runteldat is a live comedy concert that opens with reels of newsmen talking about Lawrence’s tumultuous last few years, including his arrest for […]

Maid in Manhattan

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

Romantic comedies are so endlessly appealing both to those looking back on their own experience of falling in love and those looking forward to it that Hollywood keeps cranking them out. The elements seem so simple – the plucky but […]

Little Lord Fauntleroy

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1936
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1936

Plot: Cedric (Freddie Bartholomew), who lives in New York with his widowed mother, finds out that he is the grandson of a British earl, and is to go to England to live in his castle. After marrying an American, Cedric’s […]

Lilo & Stitch

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2002
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2002

“Lilo and Stitch” is as welcome as a gentle breeze coming through the hibiscus. It has a cute story, endearing characters, a sensational soundtrack of Elvis classics, and glorious hand-painted animation that shows those smarties hunched over their computers that […]

Like Mike

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2002

“Like Mike” has a formula intended for box-office heaven – a teen idol into a family friendly fantasy. Pint-sized rap star Lil Bow Wow plays an orphan who becomes an NBA star when he puts on a pair of sneakers […]

Knockaround Guys

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Kim

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1950
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1950

Plot: Kim (Dean Stockwell) is a street kid who lives by his wits in Victorian India. The orphaned son of white English parents, he disguises himself as a native, because “missionaries take white boys to school” and he wants his […]

K-19: The Widowmaker

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

It’s a bad sign when a movie can’t make up its mind between two titles and just goes with both of them. In the case of “K-19: The Widowmaker,” that is an accurate indicator of its ambivalent, pretentious, inflated, and […]

Juwanna Mann

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

If you know the premise of this movie, you know the plot and you undoubtedly know the jokes. Here’s the premise: Tootsie on a basketball team. A conceited pro basketball player gets fired, and the only job he can get […]

I Spy

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Once upon a time, there was a television show that was genuinely cool. Robert Culp and Bill Cosby played smart, laid-back guys who traveled around to exotic and romantic locations saving the world. Everyone thought they were a tennis player […]

Hey Arnold! The Movie

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 2002

“Hey Arnold! The Movie” is as unimaginative as its title and far too long at 74 minutes. Hard core fans of the television series (if there are any) will enjoy seeing the characters on the big screen, but anyone else, […]

Harry Potter And the Chamber of Secrets

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2002
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2002

It’s even bigger, better, funnier, and more exciting than the first one. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” is pure magic. Our favorite characters are all back and better than ever, from the odious Dursleys at Harry’s home on […]

Full Frontal

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Somewhere on the continuum between complexity and incoherence lies the latest film from Steven Soderbergh. After big-time Hollywood critical and box office success with the glossy, classy “Erin Brockovich,” “Traffic,” and “Oceans 11,” Soderbergh has returned to his indie roots […]

Friday After Next

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

This third in Ice Cube’s “Friday” series has something to offend everyone, with highly politically incorrect jokes in just about every category. On the other hand, it is better than the last one, and I have to admit that at […]

Formula 51

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

This “Formula” is missing some key ingredients – like plot, characters, and dialogue. Here is what it does have: the undeniably cool Samuel L. Jackson (who co-produced) in a kilt, fending off attackers with golf clubs and one funny joke. […]

Forbidden Planet

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1956
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1956

Plot: It is the year 2200, and Commander Adams (Leslie Nielson) directs his spaceship to an earth-like planet called Altair-4 in search of a former earth colony, out of contact for many years. They receive a transmission from Dr. Morbius, […]

Extreme Ops

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

They can fake a lot of things in the movies – they can make us believe that Superman can fly, that there are real dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, and that Harry Potter can wear an invisibility cloak and fight a […]

Eight Legged Freaks

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

“Eight Legged Freaks” is essentially a cheesy 1950’s sci-fi drive-in movie with un-cheesy special effects. There’s no sense of irony and not much of a sense of humor. Instead, it has a rather sweet sense of pleasure in its own […]

Drumline

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2002
A
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2002

John Philip Sousa and all of the Music Man’s 76 Trombones never dreamed that marching bands could be this cool. Farewell to the nerdy reputation for “band camp.” “Drumline” makes marching bands as soul-stirring as raise-the-roof gospel and more irresistibly, […]

Dragonslayer

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1981
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1981

Plot: Set in medieval times, the story begins as villagers with torches approach the home of a famous sorcerer (Sir Ralph Richardson). They need his help to fight a dragon. If they do not sacrifice a virgin twice a year, […]

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

All of the ingredients for a good, old-fashioned chick flick are here – an Oscar-winning cast willing to pull out all the stops; quirky, flawed, but relentlessly adorable and completely devoted characters with cute names; handsome, supportive, understanding, and completely […]

Die Another Day

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Bond, James Bond, has returned to the big screen once again. This time, as with every effort in the Pierce Brosnan series, producer Barbara Broccoli and MGM studios will try and out do the explosions, the sex, and the witty […]

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1977
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1977

Plot: When Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) and Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon) “encounter” a UFO, they travel to its landing site, Devil’s Tower, Wyoming. Jillian is seeking her son, who disappeared with the alien ship, but Roy is strangely compelled to […]

Clash of the Titans

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1981
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1981

Director Louis Leterrier (the second “Hulk” movie) says that he was a big fan of the 1981 Clash of the Titans when he was a child. Perhaps that is why he has remade the wrong parts of that film. Nearly […]

City by the Sea

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

“City by the Sea” is an ambitious drama that never reaches any of its goals but has some watchable moments along the way. It is based on a true story, but one so improbably agonizing that it feels more like […]

Bowling for Columbine

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Any documentary about gun violence in America in which the single most intelligent and insightful comment is made by a guy named after a dead beauty queen and a serial killer is worth a look. Then there is the bank […]

Blue Crush

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

If you want to ride this movie the way its heroine rides the waves, the best thing to do is bring a walkman and a really good pair of headphones and watch it while listening to your favorite assortment of […]

Blood Work

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

The presence of a Hollywood icon as an actor and director cannot overcome the predictability in the script in “Blood Work.”Clint Eastwood stars as Terry McCaleb, a veteran FBI profiler similar to Eastwood himself in having an enviable record and […]

Bloody Sunday

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
DVD Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002
DVD Release Date: 2002

On January 30, 1972, thousands of civil rights demonstrators in Derry (Londonderry), Ireland, held a rally to protest the British Government’s use of internment without due process in Northern Ireland. British military forces were ordered into the unarmed crowd to […]

Barbershop

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

“Barbershop” is an unassuming ensemble comedy with a surprisingly gentle and heartfelt center. It is impossible not to be charmed by it. It all takes place on one day as Calvin (Ice Cube), under a lot of financial pressure, decides […]

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

We don’t ask for much from explosion and chase movies, just some cool explosions and chases, plus some attitude, a couple of lines of snappy dialogue, an interesting bad guy, and a plot that doesn’t get in the way. This […]

Bad Company

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

This generic summer popcorn movie would be instantly forgettable if not for the sour aftertaste left by its climax, with a nuclear bomb set to explode in New York City’s Grand Central Station. We are just not ready for a […]

A Little Princess

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1995
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1995

Plot: Sara Crewe is brought to Miss Minchin’s boarding school by her adored father, and promises to be “a good soldier” and be brave about staying there without him. She is the brightest girl in the school, with exquisite manners, […]

Austin Powers in Goldmember

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Another year, another Austin Powers movie. And that means 30 very funny minutes surrounded by 60 minutes of far less funny jokes about body parts and body functions, primarily those relating to the bathroom. Mike Myers returns as Austin Powers, […]

Antwone Fisher

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Therapy films usually follow the same pattern as romance films, a sort of one-sided romance of the subjects with themselves. In other words, it’s therapist meets patient, therapist loses patient, then therapist gets patient to open up with a big […]

Andre

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:1994
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 1994

“Plot: A shy little girl from Maine makes friends with a seal in this fact-based story about a seal that swam from Boston to Maine every summer for 24 years. Toni (Tina Majorino) is more comfortable with animals than with […]

Analyze That

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R
Movie Release Date: 2002

Robert DeNiro loves comedy. Who knew? After decades as America’s most respected dramatic actor, DeNiro discovered that he enjoyed making people laugh in “Analyze This,” where he tweaked his most famous roles to create mob boss Paul Vitti, who was […]

Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2002

“8 Crazy Nights” is a bit of an enigma. In the Venn diagram of movie goers, Adam Sandler fans are not an easy overlap with those who cherish holiday musicals. This lame attempt at comedy is more likely to appeal […]

About Schmidt

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R
Movie Release Date:2002
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R
Movie Release Date: 2002

Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) sits at his desk as though he was standing at attention during a full-dress inspection. As he watches the clock move from 4:58 to 5:00, he is as clenched as a fist. It is Warren’s last […]

About a Boy

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2002

“About a Boy” is the story of a shallow man appropriately named Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) who believes, contrary to John Donne, that every man is an island. Or at least he believes that that a man can be an […]

Abandon

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2002

Given the talent involved, it really is almost impressive how bad “Abandon” is. The movie is written by Stephen Gaghan, who last won an Oscar for “Traffic” and here makes his directing debut. The direction is poor, and the screenplay […]

8 Mile

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

The dialogue in “8 Mile” has a vocabulary of fewer words than the 223 in The Cat in the Hat, and that’s counting giving someone the finger as a word. Other than the usual four-letter words, with one in particular […]

24 Hour Party People

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

“24 Hour Party People” is a funny, smart, and exciting film about the early days of punk music that should give some extra exposure to its talented cast and the mainly underground music it covers.The star is Steve Coogan, a […]

2001: A Space Odyssey

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1968
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1968

In this science fiction masterpiece, Stanley Kubrick tracks the odyssey of mankind, from the dawn of man four million years ago to the exploration of deep space. The film begins with a desolate time when our ape-like predecessors led frightened […]

Vanilla Sky

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2001
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2001

This movie has a lot of surface appeal, but at its core it is as vacant as the story’s main character. It tries to be a sort of “Sixth Sense” with sex, a trippy mind game movie about a rich, […]

Unstrung Heroes

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1995
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1995

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 emotional center of the family. When she becomes […]

Unbreakable

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

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 setting, a strained marriage, a child who is grappling with […]

U-571

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2000
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2000

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-boats are headed in time to prevent […]

Training Day

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2001
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2001

Denzel Washington has a coiled, controlled energy that puts tremendous power behind his coolness and grace. That quality works well for him when he plays good guys, adding complexity and ambiguity to his portrayal of heroes from the Washington Post […]

Traffic

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

A hard-line judge is selected as the President’s new general in the war on drugs. Front-line cops in Mexico and the US go after the small-time distributors and try to make cases against the sources of the drugs. A pampered […]

Town and Country

posted by rkumar
F
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2001
F
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2001

Part Woody Allen-style mid-life crisis movie, part old-fashioned, door-slamming bedroom farce, part “let’s laugh as rich folks mess everything up while we enjoy looking at their beautiful homes and clothes,” and possibly part therapy session for leading man Warren Beatty, […]

Thomas and the Magic Railroad

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:2000
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 2000

The beloved PBS series about the little blue train and his friends moves to the big screen with a story that will please its many fans, though they might find it a little hard to follow. Even adults may scratch […]

Thirteen Days

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2000
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2000

For once the tag line has it just right: “You’ll never know how close we came.” It may seem like a movie script, but it really happened. American planes took photos of Soviet missiles in Cuba, a “massively destabilizing move.” […]

The Yearling

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1946
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1946

Plot: This quiet, thoughtful, visually striking adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings covers a year in the life of the Baxter family, post-Civil War settlers in remote Florida. The focus is on Jody (Claude Jarman, Jr.), […]

The Wedding Planner

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2001
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2001

This disappointing would-be romantic comedy is neither comic nor particularly romantic. Its biggest problem is a sitcom-style script with too much emphasis on the situation and not enough on the comedy. It fails to create a single believable or sympathetic […]

The Way of the Gun

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

Christopher McQuarrie, the screenwriter of the deviously brilliant “The Usual Suspects” wrote and directed this bleak, tough-talking story about a couple of petty criminals named Longbaugh (Benicio del Toro) and Parker (Ryan Phillipe). Longbaugh says, “Our path had been chosen […]

The Watcher

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

A couple of clever turns don’t rescue this movie from its tired plot, laughable dialogue, and disastrous casting. James Spader plays Campbell, a burned-out FBI agent from Los Angeles who was unable to catch a serial killer and now lives […]

The Virgin Suicides

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

Five exquisitely beautiful sisters dazzle and beguile the boys around them in this movie, set in the mid-1970’s. Amid the idyllic suburban stillness, there are intimations that all is not right. Huge elm trees are diagnosed with Dutch Elm Disease […]

The Trumpet of the Swan

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2001
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2001

Most of E.B. White’s elegant language is missing and the animation is nowhere near the Disney level, but the new animated version of “Trumpet of the Swan” (G, some tension and peril) is still a very good family movie with […]

The Triumph of Love

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Once upon a time there was a princess. She discovered that she was not the real princess after all. Her late father had imprisoned the real king and queen. All were now dead, but the real rulers had produced a […]

The Time Machine

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

In honor of this year’s B-Movie celebration, the DVD pick of the week is one of the films they are showing at the festival, the classic George Pal version of the H.G. Wells fantasy. A man named Wells (Rod Taylor) […]

The Three Lives of Thomasina

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1963
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1963

Plot: The story takes place in the Scotland of 1912. Mary MacDhui (Karen Dotrice) is a little girl whose mother has died. She loves her cat Thomasina more than anything in the world. Her father Andrew (Patrick McGoohan), a veterinarian, […]

The Thomas Crown Affair

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1999
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1999

This is the movie equivalent of a beach book, a glossy story about beautiful, wealthy, people that not only doesn’t require much thinking but actually repels it. Think too much (They allow briefcases and food in the galleries of a […]

The Tao of Steve

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

Dex (Donal Logue) is a fat, irresponsible, pot-smoking slacker with no ambition. But he is so charming that women cannot resist him. And neither can the viewers. Dex may have no ambition, but he has no pretention, either. He has […]

The Sword in the Stone

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:1963
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 1963

Plot: Based on the book by T.H. White, this is the story of the early years of King Arthur. Nicknamed “Wart,” the future King Arthur is squire to a knight when he meets Merlin the magician, who promises to take […]

The Sweetest Thing

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

None of the men at the screening I attended liked this movie. Some of them even came out of the theater looking a little shell-shocked. But many of the women walked out smiling. This movie’s audience may break down along […]

The Sum of All Fears

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Part of the magic of movies is the way they make us not just willing – even eager to suspend all kinds of disbelief. It isn’t just that we are willing to believe that Jet Li can knock out a […]

The Sixth Sense

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1999
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1999

This is one of the rarest of movie treats, a thinking person’s thriller that is genuinely haunting. You’re lucky if you see a movie that you are still thinking about by the time you reach your car; this one you […]

The Shipping News

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2001
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2001

Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) is a huge, almost-silent lump of a man who married the first woman who spoke to him, a selfish good-time girl named Petal (Cate Blanchett). She ignores him and their daughter, Bunny. She spends most of her […]

The Scorpion King

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

Some very scary looking guys are about to kill a guy who would be even scarier-looking if he wasn’t tied up. But then everyone steps back in awe of a guy who steps in looking scariest of all and as […]

The Score

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2001
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2001

Movies are made for heist stories. Great robberies can be fun to watch on stage or read about in a book, but movies provide an immediacy and economy of narrative that no other form of story-telling can touch. Give us […]

The Scarlet and the Black

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1983
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1983

Plot: Gregory Peck plays Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty in this true story of WWII Rome. The Vatican had diplomatic neutrality, so that no one within its borders could be arrested. O’Flaherty used the Vatican as a base of operations to save […]

The Royal Tenenbaums

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2001
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2001

Just about everything is a little off-kilter in this quirky story about a wildly dysfunctional family. A prologue tells us that Royal (Gene Hackman) and Etheline (Anjelica Houston) had three children, all of whom were so prodigiously accomplished while still […]

The Road to El Dorado

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2000
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2000

Dreamworks SKG steps up to the Disney gold standard with this sensationally entertaining animated adventure. Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branaugh provide the voices for Miguel and Tulio, two loveable rogues who go off to the new world in search of […]

The Replacements

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

What is it about football movies? I don’t even like football, but I am a sucker for a good football movie. I’m even a sucker for a pretty good one like this lightweight but likeable story about players called in […]

The Princess Diaries

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2001
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2001

This is a great big luscious lollypop of a movie, terrific fun for girls of any age and for their families, too. Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is a shy 15-year-old who says, “My expectation in life is to be invisible, […]

The Perfect Storm

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2000
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2000

It’s very hard to make a good book into a good movie, even a good book that seems inherently cinematic, as this one does, with all its swirling winds and crashing waves. But in adapting this book, the screenwriter made […]

The Patriot

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

As I watched this movie, I kept thinking of the tagline from “Jaws 4:” “This time it’s personal.” Mel Gibson plays Benjamin Martin, a veteran of the British army who was a hero during the French and Indian war. Twenty […]

The Other Side of Heaven

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2001
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2001

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) 83 days to get to the tiny Tongan island where […]

The Others

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2001
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2001

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 we could imagine […]

The Music Man

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1962
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1962

“Professor” Harold Hill (Robert Preston) is a con man posing as a salesman of band instruments and uniforms. He happens upon River City, a small town in Iowa. As the citizens explain in song, Iowa is a place of stubborn […]

The Mummy Returns

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2001
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2001

It may still be spring outdoors, but this is the first summer movie of the year. Grab some popcorn and settle in for some old-fashioned movie fun, the best in this genre since the gold standard of adventure movies, the […]

The Mothman Prophecies

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

I really tried to go with this attempt at a creepy thriller, but found it impossible to be either creeped or thrilled. Richard Gere stars as John Klein, a star Washington Post political reporter who thinks his life is going […]

The Miracle Worker

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1962
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1962

Today is the 142nd anniversary of the birth of one of the most extraordinary teachers in American history, Annie Sullivan, who gave a little blind and deaf girl the power of language. William Gibson, who wrote two plays about the […]

The Mexican

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2001
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2001

Two of the biggest stars in Hollywood took pay cuts to appear in what is essentially a quirky independent movie — with two of the biggrest stars in Hollywood. Even though Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts are both top-notch acting […]

The Man Who Wasn’t There

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2001
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2001

The Coen brothers (“Fargo,” “Raising Arizona,” “O Brother Where Art Thou”) are known for flamboyant, even grotesque, images and outlandish dialogue. They also have a deep appreciation for film history, and many of their past films have been tributes to […]

The Maltese Falcon

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1941
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1941

Plot: Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) is a private detective. A woman who says her name is Ruth Wonderly (Mary Astor) comes to see him, asking for help in finding her sister. Sam sends his partner, Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan) to […]

The Majestic

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2002

Jim Carrey has been brilliant in flamboyant, comic roles and in quieter, subtler roles, but both kinds of acting have come from the same source inside him – the kind of anger that fuels a lot of actors and comedians. […]

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2001
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2001

Somewhere, there are future Hollywood directors who will tell magazine feature writers that they first decided to make movies as they watched “Lord of the Rings.” It is that good. It is that once-to-a-generation, not since “Star Wars,” transcendent reminder […]

The Little Vampire

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2000
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2000

On one hand, this is an imaginative and exciting story, based on a popular series of children’s books. On the other hand, the subject matter is vampires. Even though these vampires are friendly and only suck blood out of cows, […]

The Little Mermaid

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1989
DVD Release Date:September 30, 2013
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1989
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2013

After some lackluster years, Disney came back into the top rank of animated features with this superbly entertaining musical, based loosely on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen (but with a happier ending). Ariel was the first in a […]

The Lion King

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1994
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1994

Sort of a cross between “Richard III” and “Hamlet,” this is the story of Simba (voice of Jonathan Taylor Thomas as a child, Matthew Broderick as an adult), the cub of Mufasa (James Earl Jones), the king of the jungle. […]

The Legend of Drunken Master

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2000
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2000

One of Jackie Chan’s best Chinese films is being re-released in a dubbed version with a new score. It is a sequel to the movie that made him an international star. Though it was made 15 years later than the […]

The Legend of Bagger Vance

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2000
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2000

There is a golden boy, young, handsome, a champion golfer, and he wins the heart of Adele (Charlize Theron), the most beautiful debutante in Georgia. His roots in Savannah are so deep that even his name seems spelled with a […]

The Last Starfighter

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1984
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1984

Plot: This adventure saga mixes an update of the old system of “recruiting” sailors by shanghai with the fantasy of saving the universe by being a star at computer games. It turns out that one particular arcade game is really […]

The Ladies Man

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

First, the good news. (1) It isn’t very long. If you are going to waste time at a movie, you won’t waste more than 85 minutes on this one. (2) It isn’t as bad as some of the other SNL […]

The Hustler

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1962
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1962

Plot: “Fast” Eddie Felsen (Paul Newman) is a pool hustler. He and his partner, Charlie, go into pool halls and set the local players up. Eddie pretends to be a pool player who likes to make big bets. When he […]

The House of Mirth

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

Why is it when we meet we always play this elaborate game?” asks Lily Bart (Gillian Anderson) of Lawrence Selden (Eric Stoltz). The answer is that Lily and Lawrence live in a society that gives them no alternative. Edith Wharton’s […]

The Holland Avenue Boys: A Success Story

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades

The “Holland Avenue Boys” are a group of 14 men who grew up on or near Holland Avenue in the Bronx in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. The “success story” is their enduring friendship and loyalty. With busy working-class […]

The Gunfighter

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1950
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1950

Plot: Jimmy Ringo (Gregory Peck) is the fastest gun who ever lived, which makes him a target for every young man who wants to prove himself. On his way to Cayenne, Ringo stops in a bar. A “young squirt” taunts […]

The Great Race

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1965
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1965

Dedicated to “Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy,” this movie is both a spoof and a loving tribute to the silent classics, with good guys, bad guys, romance, adventure, slapstick, music, wonderful antique cars, and the biggest pie fight in history. […]

The Great Escape

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:1963
DVD Release Date:May 7, 2013
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: 1963
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013

In honor of the Blu-Ray release of this classic film, it is the Pick of the Week – and I am delighted that I have one Blu-Ray to give away.  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Escape in the […]

The Grapes of Wrath

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1940
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1940

Plot: The classic John Steinbeck novel about dust-bowl farmers emigrating from Oklahoma to California became a classic film with Henry Fonda as Tom Joad and Jane Darwell (in an Oscar-winning performance) as his mother. Tom returns home after serving time […]

The Gift

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

Cate Blanchett plays Annie Wilson, a widow from rural Georgia who has the gift of second sight. She supports her three sons by doing readings with cards, so she hears a lot of problems and secrets. Her clients include Valerie […]

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:2000
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 2000

First things first — it is better than the original, famously troubled 1994 version that sank under the weight of too many screenwriters (reportedly over 30) and too many commercial tie-ins. This prequel benefits from lower expectations (it was originally […]

The Filth and the Fury

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

More than 20 years ago, the Sex Pistols made one album, were let go by two record companies, one after only one day, and had the number one song in the UK, though it was so controversial it could not […]

The Fast and the Furious

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2001
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2001

I don’t ask for much from summer popcorn movies. Give me some car chases and explosions, some romance, and a nasty villain who meets a nastier end, and I’m happy. I had high hopes for “The Fast and the Furious” […]

The Family Man

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2000
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2000

The grand tradition of “what if?” movies from “A Christmas Carol” to “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the more recent “Passions of Mind” and “Me Myself I” show us an unhappy hero or heroine who finds out what life would […]

The Emperor’s New Groove

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2000
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2000

The fast, fun, and funny “Emperor’s New Groove” is sheer delight for the entire family. It deserves to be taken out of the rarified category of “animation” and called what it is — a cartoon. It has more in common […]

The Dish

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2001
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2001

I started smiling ten minutes after the movie began, and didn’t stop until ten minutes after it ended. What a delight! I cannot resist saying that this “dish” is delicious. It’s about one part of the race to the moon […]

The Diary of Anne Frank

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1959
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1959

Plot: In WWII Amsterdam, a young girl and her family must hide from the Nazis in “the hidden annex.” Unimaginable horrors go on outside their tiny sanctuary. Inside, she struggles to understand, coping with both the normal confusions of adolescence […]

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2001
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2001

Woody Allen pays loving tribute to movies like “Double Indemnity” and “The Big Sleep” with this delicious comedy for grown-ups about a 1940’s insurance investigator who, under hypnosis becomes a brilliant jewel thief. Allen is C.W. Briggs, an old-fashioned guy […]

The Court Jester

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1956
DVD Release Date:1999
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1956
DVD Release Date: 1999

“Life could not better be” than the pure cinematic joy of this movie from the first frame to the last.  Danny Kaye has his best role as Hawkins, a follower of the Black Fox, a Robin Hood- style rebel who […]

The Count of Monte Cristo

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2002

Two things that almost always capture our attention in movies are watching someone learning something and watching someone getting revenge. Both are in “The Count of Monte Cristo” in abundance, and once again, in this 15th filmed version of the […]

The Contender

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

The Contender” isn’t authentic. It isn’t even credible. It falls just short of preposterous. Now that we have that out of the way, let me say that it is thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable. The Vice President has died and the […]

The Chocolate War

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1988
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1988

Plot: While Jerry Renault (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) a freshman at Trinity Prep boy’s school, is belittled by the football coach, two boys, Archie (Wally Ward) and Orbie (Dough Hutchison) sit high up in the stands watching them. Archie determines the “assignments” […]

The Cell

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

I think the idea here was to cross “Silence of the Lambs” with “The Matrix.” It’s a story about a serial killer, now in some sort of irreversible catatonia. How can the police find where he has hidden his last […]

The Caveman’s Valentine

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2001
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2001

Once a brilliant, Julliard-trained musician and composer, Romulus Ledbetter (Samuel L. Jackson) now lives in a cave in the park. He is severely mentally ill. Images of giant moths and fears of an imaginary villain haunt him. But he still […]

The Cat’s Meow

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

Peter Bogdanovich is still in love with the movies. He has paid tribute to classic movies sucessfully (“Paper Moon,” “The Last Picture Show,” “What’s Up Doc?”) and unsuccessfully (“At Long Last Love”). At his best, he is able to not […]

The Brave Little Toaster

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1988
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1988

In this movie, based on a story by science-fiction author Thomas M. Disch, a group of household appliances in a summer cottage, worried about their young master, leave home to go and find him, encountering many challenges and adventures along […]

The Blair Witch Project

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1999
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1999

More conceptual art and marketing phenomenon than movie, “The Blair Witch Project” is poised to become the most profitable movie of all time. Directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick have learned from canny film- makers like Val Lewton and Alfred […]

The Black Stallion

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1979
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1979

“Plot:

The Best Years of Our Lives

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1946
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1946

Three men are returning home from service during WWII. Fred Derry (Dana Andrews), a bombardier, Al Stephenson (Frederic March), a middle- aged footsoldier, and Homer Parrish (Harold Russell), a sailor who has lost both hands, fly back to their home […]

The Beatles – Yellow Submarine

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:1968
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 1968

All is peace, love, and music in gentle Pepperland until the wicked Blue Meanies take over. The Beatles come to the rescue via the title vessel, meeting all kinds of strange and interesting characters along the way. This movie is […]

The Basket

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2000
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2000

The term “family movie” tends to evoke eye-rolling and sighs from all but the youngest kids, calling up memories of sugary stories about adorable children, cute pets, and bouncy songs. What it should evoke is a movie like this one, […]

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