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The Aristocats

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:1970
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 1970

Not one of Disney’s best, but this is a nice animated story of an elegant cat (voice of Eva Gabor) who must find her way back home with her kittens to protect their inheritance from an evil butler. The plot […]

The African Queen

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1951
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1951

Rose Sayer and her brother Samuel are English missionaries in 1914 German East Africa. Their rare contact with the outside world is through Charlie Allnut, who delivers their occasional mail on his steam- powered boat, The African Queen. The Germans […]

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

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

Fans of the old “Rocky and Bullwinkle” cartoon show fondly remember its wisecracking sensibility and its refusal to take anything seriously, especially itself. And they remember its terrible puns, planted like time-release capsules in the brains of young baby-boomers, who […]

Tex

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1982
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1982

Plot: The only one of the popular S.E. Hinton books to be filmed by Disney, this is a bit glossier than the two directed by Francis Ford Coppola (“The Outsiders” and “Rumble Fish”), but still a very frank and gritty […]

Swordfish

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

If attitude and very cool explosions were enough to make a movie worthwhile, then this one would win an Oscar. But movies generally require something along the lines of characters and plot, and there this movie lets us down. John […]

Super Troopers

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

Toward the end of this movie, a character explains the difference between the pranks he and his friends play and those devised by a colleague. “Our shenanigans are cheeky and fun. His are cruel and tragic.” It’s a relief to […]

Sunrise at Campobello

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1960
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1960

“Plot: This is the story of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy), from the time he became disabled by polio to his comeback into mainstream politics, as he introduced candidate Al Smith to the Democratic convention of 1928. Discussion: Franklin, […]

Sugar and Spice

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

The title may be “Sugar and Spice,” but the content is closer to snips and snails and puppy dog tails in this supposedly cute story of a pregnant teenage cheerleader and her friends who rob a bank. Lisa (Marla Soloff) […]

Steal This Movie!

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

It might have worked if this movie had been frustrating in the way that the peace movement or the 60’s as a whole were frustrating. But this movie about the life of Hippie/Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman is unsatisfying for a […]

State and Main

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

“Shoot first — ask questions afterward.” That’s the motto on the lucky pillow carried to location by director Walt Price (William H. Macy). This is actually the second choice of location, a last minute substitution for the original small New […]

Star Wars

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1977
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1977

In what is now Episode 4 but what was the first episode filmed, the story starts right in the middle of the action, with a battle on a spaceship. Two robots or “droids” escape, the elegant C-3PO and his counterpart, […]

Startup.com

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

Jehane Noujaim left her job at MTV to make documentaries just as her roommate, Kaliel Isaza Tuzman, was leaving his job at Goldman Sachs to run a new Internet company. They combined their two ventures when Noujaim, in conjunction with […]

Stalag 17

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1953
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1953

Plot: As the movie opens, the narrator says that the movies he has seen about WWII are about “flyboys” in leather jackets, and do not reflect his own experience as an American prisoner of war in a German Stalag (prison […]

Spy Kids

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2001
DVD Release Date:August 15, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2001
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2011

This week’s release of the fourth in the “Spy Kids” series is a good reason to revisit the original. Imagine James Bond crossed with “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and you might have an idea of what to expect […]

Spy Game

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

This is not one of those movies where the spies wear elegant dinner jackets, drink martinis, use cool gadgets and have sex with gorgeous women in between huge explosions and shoot-outs. There is no hidden fortress, secret formula, or missing […]

Spider-Man

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for stylized violence and action
Movie Release Date:2002
DVD Release Date:2002
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for stylized violence and action
Movie Release Date: 2002
DVD Release Date: 2002

Remember when “Superman” was released with the tagline, “You will believe a man can fly?” Well, “Spider-Man” will not only make you believe that a teenager can swing from the skyscrapers; it will almost make you believe that you are […]

Spartacus

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1960
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1960

Plot: Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) is a slave in the Roman empire, about 70 years before the birth of Christ. A rebellious and proud man, he is sentenced to death for biting a guard but rescued by Biatius (Peter Ustinov), who […]

Space Cowboys

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

If we needed someone to save the world, wouldn’t Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, and Donald Sutherland be the guys to do it? Or at least wouldn’t it be fun to watch those guys play “Leisure World astronauts” […]

Some Like it Hot

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1959
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1959

Plot: In the first moments of the movie, what appears to be a hearse turns out to be carrying bootleg liquor, and we are prepared for a movie in which nothing will be what it seems and nothing will be […]

Someone Like You

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

Animal Husbandry,” a wry and witty book about a single woman’s efforts to understand men, has become “Someone Like You” a generic looking-for- love-in-all-the-wrong-places romance with plot twists that were tired back in the days of Sandra Dee and Bobby […]

Snow Dogs

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

Two Oscar-winners are no match for some irresistible dogs (with a little assistance from puppeteers and computer animators) in this so-so slapstick comedy about a Miami dentist who ends up in a dogsled race. The actors do their best, but […]

Small Time Crooks

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

Woody Allen’s lightest comedy in years is a slight story of an unsuccessful crook named Ray who comes up with a plan for one big heist. He wants to rent a storefront that is two doors down from a bank […]

Sleeping Beauty

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1959
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1959

Disney has beautifully restored one of its most treasured classics, “Sleeping Beauty,” in honor of its 50th anniversary. The King and Queen happily celebrate the birth of their daughter, Princess Aurora. The young Prince who is betrothed to the baby […]

Singin’ in the Rain

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1952
DVD Release Date:July 16, 2012
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1952
DVD Release Date: July 16, 2012

The 60th anniversary of one of the best-loved movies of all time is being celebrated with gorgeous new DVD and Blu-Ray releases. Silent movie star Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) is paired on screen with Lina Lamont (Jean Hagan), who would […]

Shrek

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

It has an enchanted princess in a tower, guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. It has a big, green ogre with a Yiddish name. It has a donkey that not only talks, and not only sings, but sings the old Monkee’s […]

Showtime

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

Who imagined that one of the best comic actors of the 21st century would be…Robert DeNiro? The brilliant timing and utter fearlessness when it comes to looking goofy that DeNiro showed in “Analyze This” and “Meet the Parents” gets kicked […]

Shanghai Noon

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

Jackie Chan has his best American movie role so far as Chon Wang, an imperial guard sent from China’s Forbidden City to Colorado’s Carson City to rescue a kidnapped Princess (Lucy Liu) in the old West of 1881. Along the […]

Shallow Hal

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

The Farrelly Brothers, known for shattering the good taste barrier with gross-out comedies like “There’s Something About Mary” and “Dumb and Dumber” have taken a couple of giant, if uncertain, steps toward the mainstream with a fairly conventional romantic comedy. […]

Shaft

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

This movie gets four stars just for coolness. Samuel L. Jackson, the Armani leather coat, and the Oscar-winning theme song are a match made in heaven, and it is just plain summer-popcorn-movie fun to see them all work it together. […]

Shadow of the Vampire

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

The story of Dracula has been filmed dozens of times, but one of the most unforgettable is the silent German film, “Nosferatu.” The director, F.W. Murnau, was not able to get permission from the author’s widow to film “Dracula,” so […]

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1954
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1954

Plot: Handsome backwoodsman Adam Pontabee (Howard Keel) strides into town, singing “Bless Your Beautiful Hide” to his future wife “whoever she may be.” He has given himself one day to find a wife to take back to his ranch. He […]

Serendipity

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

This romantic confection has all the weight of a soap bubble, but it has all the sheen and charm of one, too. Serendipity is (1) a “happy accident” and (2) a New York restaurant that serves sweet, frozen goodies. It […]

See Spot Run

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

What were they thinking? This movie is rated-PG and heavily marketed to kids. But in the first ten minutes, the title character, a dog trained by the FBI to catch criminals, bites off a bad guy’s testicle. We then see […]

Scary Movie 2

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

The credits for “Scary Movie 2″ show seven different screenwriters, which means an average of 1.3 good jokes per writer. But hey, if you thought that this movie would have witty repartee, you never saw the first one. Though a […]

Say It Isn’t So

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

Audiences who have been wondering when we were going to get a great comedy about incest can keep wondering. “Say it Isn’t So” is a mediocre comedy about incest, a pale retread from the producers (but not the writers or […]

Saving Silverman

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

I’ll admit it with some embarrassment – this movie made me laugh. Yes, it is a very dumb comedy, but as dumb comedies go, it is one of the best because it stars four of the most able comic actors […]

Save the Last Dance

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

There is real logic and there is movie logic. Audiences are usually very forgiving of lapses in movie logic — we recognize that people always get perfect parking spaces and have correct change and live in fabulous apartments that their […]

Rush Hour 2

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

Less a sequel than a remake of the first “Rush Hour,” this version sets itself up to be the next “Lethal Weapon” franchise by meticulously repeating all of the elements of the first one. Those elements are: one motor mouth […]

Runaway Bride

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1999
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1999

In the all-time best romantic comedy ever, “The Philadelphia Story,” Jimmy Stewart says, “The prettiest sight in this fine pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges.” Not really — the prettiest sight in this fine pretty world is […]

Romeo Must Die

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

Hong Kong action star Jet Li (“Lethal Weapon 4″) and R&B artist Aliyah are a hip-hop Romeo and Juliet in this tired tale of rival gangters. Fans of martial arts will do well to wait for it to come out […]

Rock Star

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

There is logic, there is movie logic, and then there is the kind of “throw some big musical numbers and some good-looking stars on the screen and no one will notice that it makes no sense whatsoever — just look […]

Rocky

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:1976
DVD Release Date:1977
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 1976
DVD Release Date: 1977

Plot: Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a sweet-natured but not very bright boxer and small-time enforcer for a loan-shark. He has a crush on Adrian (Talia Shire), the painfully shy sister of his friend, Pauly (Burt Young). Apollo Creed (Carl […]

Road Trip

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

In fairness to the intended audience for this movie, the following review was written by my 16-year-old, who wanted to give it more stars: Road Trip, a raunchy comedy in the style of Detroit Rock City and American Pie, is […]

Riding in Cars With Boys

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

Like the life of its subject matter, there is a lot that is wrong with this movie, but there is also something right enough for a bittersweet happy ending. Drew Barrymore stars in the true story of Beverly Donofrio, whose […]

Return to Never Land

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

This pleasant but forgettable sequel to Disney’s “Peter Pan” is not just not up to the original animated feature. It is not even up to the standard set by the vintage Pluto cartoon (“Pluto’s Fledgling,” from 1957) that precedes it. […]

Return to Me

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

No surprises here, but it is a pleasant date-movie, a romance that tries hard to transcend its gimmick and just about succeeds. Let’s get the gimmick out of the way first – guy has girl (architect Bob — David Duchovney […]

Resident Evil

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 definitive comment about “Resident Evil” was made by my friend Luke, who walked out of the theater with me and said, “The computer game is more realistic than the movie.” At least, I think that’s what he said. My […]

Remember the Titans

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

This movie about the real-life integration of a Virginia high school football teem teeters on the brink of cliche and stereotype but manages to come down on the side of archetype, thanks to a sure script, solid direction, and another […]

Recess: School’s Out

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

Disney’s latest release, “Recess: School’s Out!” should have a brief life in theaters before moving on to a more fitting format on video. It is not “based on” the popular television series as much as it simply is an episode […]

Ready to Rumble

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

For all those out there who can’t wait for the next Adam Sandler movie, and especially for those who find those Adam Sandler movies a little too intellectually challenging, we now have “Ready to Rumble,” a sort of Bill and […]

Rat Race

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

Rat Race” is a loving salute to the spirit of “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World,” a splendid salute to slapstick that featured just about everyone who happened to be in Hollywood in 1965. “Rat Race” has an all-star […]

Quiz Show

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1994
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1994

Plot: This true story takes place in the early days of television. One of the most popular and successful program formats was the quiz show, in which contestants competed for huge cash prizes by answering questions. Charles Van Doren (played […]

Quiet Man

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1952
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1952

Plot: Tall American Sean Thornton (John Wayne) arrives in Innisfree, a small, beautiful Irish village and meets Michaeleen Flynn (Barry Fitzgerald), who drives him into town. Something of a busybody, Michaeleen is very curious, and is delighted to find that […]

Proof of Life

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

Another stunning performance from Russell Crowe holds together a movie that is otherwise not sure exactly what it wants to be.Inspired by a magazine article about “K and R” consultants and a real-life hostage negotiation, this is the story of […]

Pollock

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 best biographical movies do three things. They show us why the life being depicted was important and how the main character had an important impact on the way we see the world. They give us a glimpse of what […]

Pokemon 3: The Movie

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:2001
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 2001

I suppose that it’s a sign that we’ve passed the peak of Pokemon frenzy that the word “Nintendo” got a bigger reaction from the kids in the audience than the word “Pokemon,” but this movie mustered enough of the old […]

Pokemon 2000: The Movie

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

It’s better than the first one. That isn’t saying much, especially since the prime audience for this film doesn’t really care much about niceties like character, dialogue, or quality of animation. If you’ve got a little Pokemon fanatic in your […]

Planet of the Apes

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

lTim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes” is less a remake than a re-imagining of the classic staring Charlton Heston. This version has no loincloth and no Statue of Liberty, and no Roddy McDowell, but Heston does show up for a […]

Peter Pan

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1953
DVD Release Date:February 4, 2013
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1953
DVD Release Date: February 4, 2013

Disney’s latest release is a beautiful Blu-Ray of one of its animated classics, the Disney version of the Victorian classic about the boy who would never grow up. Wendy, Michael, and John Darling, three London children, meet Peter Pan, a […]

Pearl Harbor

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

Remember when Humphrey Bogart told Ingrid Bergman that “it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world?” Well, this is a story that comes down […]

Pay it Forward

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 child challenged to change the world comes up with a plan. He will do three important favors for people who need them. Then, instead of allowing them to pay it back, he will ask each of them to “pay […]

Passion of Mind

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

This is the movie equivalent of a juicy beach book, an old-fashioned guilty pleasure chick flick. The plot is “Sliding Doors” crossed with the fairy tale of the dancing princesses with a touch of “Truly Madly Deeply.” Demi Moore plays […]

Panic Room

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

This thriller, in the claustrophobic mode of “Rear Window”, finds Meg (Jodie Foster), a recent divorcee, and her combative daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart), trapped in the secret vault/bomb shelter/safe room set up by their apartment’s previous owner, a paranoid millionaire […]

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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

The Coen brothers’ latest is based in part on the Odyssey (a prologue credits the story to Homer). But its title comes from that most sublime of Preston Sturges classic comedies, “Sullivan’s Travels,” made in 1941. The title character is […]

Osmosis Jones

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

The Farelly brothers, whose “There’s Something About Mary” plumbed new depths of bodily function humor (and ended up on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 funniest movies) have plumbed new depths of internal plumbing in “Osmosis Jones.” It’s […]

Ordinary People

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1980
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1980

Plot: Conrad Jarrett (Timothy Hutton) has returned home after four months in a mental hospital. He tried to kill himself following a tragic boating accident with his brother, Bucky, who drowned. He is trying to find a way to fit […]

Orange County

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 some irony in the fact that this movie is about a boy who is trying to escape from the cartoonishly dysfunctional adults in his life, when in reality it is the adults in the lives of the people […]

On the Waterfront

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1954
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1954

Plot: Based on a true story (with a less satisfying conclusion), this is the story of the men who had the courage to stand up to the corrupt longshoreman’s union. The union is controlled by Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb). […]

On the Line

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

The only way to write about “On the Line” is to have separate mini-reviews for the three categories of people who are most likely to be curious about it. I’ll begin with the group least able to wait (but also […]

One Night at McCool’s

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 black comedy about the different way that people can see the same characters and events is disappointingly uninvolving, too violent, and just not very funny. Liv Tyler plays a literally femme fatale named Jewel, a con woman who will […]

Oliver and Company

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

Loosely based on Dickens’ Oliver Twist, this animated Disney release is the story of an orphaned cat named Oliver who is befriended by vagabond dogs led by the the dashing rapscallion, Dodger. Oliver is adopted by lonely rich girl Jenny, […]

Oliver!

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1968
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1968

Plot: This glorious musical (and Oscar-winner for Best Picture) is based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Oliver is an orphan who so outrages the staff at the orphanage by asking for a second bowl of gruel that he is sold […]

Old Yeller

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1957
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1957

Plot: In 1869 Texas, Jim Coates (Fess Parker) says goodbye to his family, as he leaves for three months to sell their cattle. He tells his older son, Travis (Tommy Kirk) to take care of his mother, Katie (Dorothy McGuire) […]

Ocean’s Eleven

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

Almost everyone knows the original “Oceans 11,” but almost no one remembers much about it except that Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, and Joey had some plan to knock over casinos in Las Vegas and that they had more fun making […]

O

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

Doves flutter in a bell tower as an angelic choir sings. We hear someone say, “I know you’re not supposed to be jealous of anything, but to soar and take flight — that’s living.” As he speaks of his envy […]

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

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

Parents should not be fooled by the PG-13 rating into thinking that it might be appropriate for middle schoolers and younger kids. The people who rate movies for the MPAA seem to think that if it’s a comedy and no […]

Nurse Betty

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

Renee Zellwegger’s lips should be eligible for their own Oscar. As the waitress who is such a big fan of a soap opera that she becomes convinced she is a character on it, she does more to convey her essential […]

Now, Voyager

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1942
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1942

Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is the repressed and depressed daughter of an imperious mother (Gladys Cooper), head of a wealthy and socially prominent Boston family. Miserably unhappy and insecure, she spends much of her time in her room, making carved […]

Novocaine

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 is a dark and stylish tale of lies, cheating, extortion, incest, betrayal, and murder that begins in the antiseptic and meticulously maintained office of a dentist, Frank Sangster (Steve Martin). Frank seems to have everything. He has a successful […]

Ninotchka

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1939
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1939

Plot: Three Soviet bureaucrats arrive in Paris to sell some jewels so they can buy tractors. But the former Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire), who lives in Paris, is outraged, because they were her jewels confiscated during the Russian revolution. […]

National Velvet

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1944
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1944

Plot: Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney) arrives in a small English town and meets Velvet (Elizabeth Taylor) just as she and her sisters have been let out of school for the summer. They like each other immediately, and she is delighted […]

National Lampoon’s Van Wilder

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

It would take more time to list all of the things that were awful about this odious movie than it would be to watch it again. I’d rather not do either one. This is a movie about a purportedly loveable […]

My Life as a Dog

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1987
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1987

Plot: Ingemar is a twelve year old boy growing up in 1950s Sweden who goes to live with his aunt and uncle in Smaland while his mother is dying of tuberculosis. In the small town of Smaland he meets an […]

Mystery Men

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1999
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1999

This semi-successful attempt at a post-modern comic-book style story that has it both ways, archly commenting on superhero sagas while actually giving us a new and cooler version of one at the same time. That is an all but impossible […]

Murder by Numbers

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 1924 there was a murder was so shocking that it was called the crime of the century. What was chilling was the motive — not money or passion but a cool arrogance that led two wealthy young men to […]

Mulholland Drive

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

If you like movies that make sense, don’t go anywhere near “Mulholland Drive.” If you like to come out of the theater saying, “Oh, I get it — he was just pretending to shoot the other guy!” this is not […]

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1939
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1939

Plot: Naive Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart) is sent to Washington to serve the remaining term of a Senator who has died. The governor (Guy Kibbee), and businessman Jim Taylor (Edward Arnold) believe that Smith, the leader of a Boy Scouts-type […]

Moulin Rouge

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

This is a big overstuffed everything- and the kitchen sink mess of a movie. It is an ambitious, often gorgeous, occasionally brilliant mess. But for all its superficial abundance, there is an essential stinginess at its core. It teases the […]

Monster’s Ball

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

“Monster’s Ball” is the derisive term the prison guards use for the gruesome ceremonies the night before a death row prisoner is to be executed. In the movie of that name, Hank (Billy Bob Thornton), one of those guards, clings […]

Monkeybone

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

The new movie from the people behind “James and the Giant Peach” and “A Nightmare Before Christmas” has some of the same trademark visual inventiveness, but this is no children’s story. “Monkey Bone” is based on a “graphic novel” (i.e., […]

Modern Times

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

Plot: This Chaplin classic (he produced, wrote, directed, starred, and composed the music) is about two people struggling with the isolation of the industrial era. Chaplin (simply called “A worker” in the credits) is tightening bolts on an assembly line. […]

Miss Congeniality

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

Sandra Bullock the producer found a pretty good vehicle for Sandra Bullock the actress in this variation on the classic Hollywood “makeover movie.” As in predecessors from “Cinderella” to “My Fair Lady” to “Pretty Woman,” this is at its core […]

Mission: Impossible 2

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

Summer has arrived. “Mission Impossible 2″ is the essence of a summer movie: gorgeous stars, sensational stunts, nerve-wracking chases, steamy romance, some “gotcha” plot twists, and lots of explosions. And this time, the story makes sense! The first one was […]

Miracle on 34th Street

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1947
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1947

Plot: Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara), an executive at Macy’s, is responsible for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. When the Santa Claus she has hired for the parade shows up drunk, she quickly subsitutes Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn), who is an enormous […]

Me Myself I

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

Rachel Griffiths (Oscar nominee for Hilary & Jackie) plays Pamela Drury, a harried 30-something magazine writer who wonders if she made a mistake, 13 years earlier, when she turned down a marriage proposal from Robert (David Roberts). She gets a […]

Men of Honor

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

Carl Brashear, Jr. was the first black man to achieve the rank of Master Diver in the Navy. He was also the first amputee to be returned to active duty in the armed services. In this movie, produced by Bill […]

Meet the Parents

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

There is a sub-category of comedy that can only be termed “comedies of excruciation,” in which we laugh at the hideously humiliating experiences of some poor sap. If this is your kind of humor, then this is your kind of […]

Max Keeble’s Big Move

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

I smiled a couple of times and can even say I enjoyed myself, but this is clearly a movie that no adult will ever be able to get the way a kid does. An adult is going to sit there […]

Mask

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:March 8, 1985
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: March 8, 1985

Plot: This is based on the true story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), a teenager with a genetic defect that turned his face into a huge “mask” of bone. As the movie begins, Rocky and his mother Rusty (Cher) go […]

Major Barbara

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

Plot: Major Barbara (Wendy Hiller) is a member of a mission devoted to saving souls, and she promotes temperance, non-violence, and socialism. Adolphus Cusins (Rex Harrison), a classics professor, falls in love with her, but before she accepts his proposal, […]

Lucky Numbers

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 message to those of you who might be considering larceny, fraud, or murder — it’s much, much more complicated than it seems. Unfortunately, the people who are not smart enough to figure that out are the people who think […]

Love and Basketball

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexuality and language
Movie Release Date:2000
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexuality and language
Movie Release Date: 2000

About eighty percent love and twenty percent basketball, this is a romance about two basketball-loving kids who go one-on-one in both games for almost twenty years before they get it right. The movie is divided into quarters, like a basketball […]

Loser

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

When a movie’s on-screen explanation about what happens to the characters after it ends contains a typo (“aide” instead of “aid”), we get some idea of why it seems that so little attention was paid to other details like story […]

Lord of the Flies

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1963
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1963

Based on William Golding’s award-winning allegorical novel, this is the story of a group of English schoolboys marooned on a remote island. At first, they operate according to the structure they are used to (“Let’s make a lot of rules!” […]

Local Hero

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1983
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1983

Plot: McIntyre (Peter Reigert) is an ambitious executive with a Knox Oil & Gas, based in Houston, Texas. He is dispatched by Happer (Burt Lancaster), the company’s eccentric billionaire chief executive, to a remote corner of Scotland to acquire a […]

Little Nicky

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

There are two kinds of Adam Sandler movies: the kind where he plays a complete idiot and uses a (supposedly) funny voice through it all and the kind where he just plays a sweet doofus with his regular voice. Generally, […]

Lili

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1953
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1953

Plot: Lili (Leslie Caron), a French orphan, is dazzled by a handsome carnival magician named Marcus (Jean Pierre Aumont) when he speaks kindly to her, and she follows him back to the carnival. She gets a job as a waitress […]

Life or Something Like It

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

It’s been months since we have had a good old-fashioned date movie and that makes this one particularly welcome. Angelina Jolie plays Lanie, a television news reporter in Seattle who thinks her life is just about perfect. For her, that […]

Life as a House

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

When a movie is called “Life as a House” you enter on full metaphor alert. When it turns out to be about an estranged father and son who pull down an old shack and construct a dream house overlooking the […]

Legally Blonde

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language and sexual references
Movie Release Date:2001
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language and sexual references
Movie Release Date: 2001

It’s been too long since the last courtroom comedy. This one might not reach the heights of the sublime “My Cousin Vinny`” but it comes pretty close. Reese Witherspoon plays Elle Woods, an adorable Southern California sorority girl who is […]

Left Behind: The Movie

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

Left Behind” tries hard to succeed as parable and as thriller. It is based not just on the first in a series of best-selling books, but also on the Biblical Book of Revelations, and is is made by people who […]

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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

Something more than a video game but something less than a movie, “Tomb Raider” has some great action sequences and the ever-watchable Angelina Jolie. What it does not have is much of a plot, interesting characters, or a reason to […]

Lady and the Tramp

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1955
DVD Release Date:February 6, 2012
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1955
DVD Release Date: February 6, 2012

Perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day, Disney’s romantic animated classic “Lady and the Tramp” is out this week for the first time in a Diamond DBD/Blu-Ray combo. Lady is the pampered cocker spaniel of a couple she knows as “Jim Dear” […]

K-PAX

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

“K-Pax” has a couple of daunting movie cliché obstacles to overcome: the only-in-movies “land of cute crazy people” setting and the always popular “patient heals the doctor” theme. Despite all of that and an unwise decision to tie things up […]

Kiss of the Dragon

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

Jet Li is always a pleasure to watch, even in this silly story about a Chinese spy befriended by an American prostitute on a mission in Paris. No longer the pretty boy in the equally silly but more romantic “Romeo […]

King Solomon’s Mines

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

Elizabeth Curtis (Deborah Kerr) hires the best “white hunter” in Africa (Stewart Granger as dashing Allan Quartermain) to help her find her husband, who was lost searching for the legendary King Solomon’s diamond mines. At first, he refuses, saying that […]

Keeping the Faith

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

Keeping the Faith” is a romantic comedy for grown-ups, witty, thoughtful, sweet and funny. Always respectful of the sincerity and commitment of its two clergy lead characters and the serious issues they must resolve, it allows us to laugh with […]

Kate & Leopold

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

As I watched this movie, I thought about how important the hair is in Meg Ryan movies. Those adorable tousled curls in “City of Angels.” The feisty but vulnerable and equally adorable hairdo in “You’ve Got Mail.” The very serious […]

Jurassic Park III

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 seem odd to speak of a made-to-be-blockbuster as unpretentious, but the aspirations of “Jurassic Park III” are remarkably — almost endearingly — modest. It does not waste time with chaos theory mumbo-jumbo or dumb “dinosaurs come to America” […]

Josie and the Pussycats

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

There is a moment in last year’s “The Tao of Steve” in which Donal Logue charms Greer Goodman – and the audience, too – with his appreciation for the 1970’s cartoon series “Josie and the Pussycats,” based on characters from […]

Joe Somebody

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

Did anyone even read this script before deciding to make the movie? Did anyone even write it, or was it just made up on the spot by 10 year olds?This is a movie about a man named Joe (Tim Allen) […]

Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius

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

Style and substance are well-suited in this 3-D computer animation story about a 6th grade whiz kid who can build a satellite communications system out of a toaster and create a robot dog that when told to “play dead” blows […]

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

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

Hard-core Kevin Smith fans (I don’t think there are any other kind) will find this just the movie they were waiting for. It’s a love letter to his characters and to his fans, a sort of movie equivalent to the […]

I Love You Again

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1940
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1940

Prissy, stingy Larry Wilson (William Powell) bores everyone aboard ship on his way back to the United States from a business trip. When Ryan, a fellow passenger, falls overboard, Larry is accidentally knocked overboard trying to save him. Hit on […]

I Know Where I’m Going

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1946
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1946

Plot: As a baby, as a five year old, as a school girl, and as a young woman, Joan Webster (Wendy Hiller) always knows exactly what she wants. And whether it is “real silk stockings” instead of synthetic or dinner […]

I Am Sam

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

I’d like to add to the list of things I never want to see in another movie, right after lip-synching to Motown songs shown as a bonding experience and sign of inner hipness, anyone ever saying to anyone, “I got […]

Italian for Beginners

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

Six lonely, insecure single people sign up for a beginning Italian class that changes their lives in this small, endearing Danish movie that feels as much like a documentary as like a traditional romantic comedy. That is because it was […]

Insomnia

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

Detective Dormer (Al Pacino) can’t sleep. He and his partner, Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan), are LA cops on special assignment to investigate the brutal murder of a teen-age girl in tiny Nightmute Alaska. Dormer may have been brought in for […]

Impostor

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

Even an outstanding cast, some good special effects, and an intriguing idea from a first-rate writer can’t save this sci-fi thriller from a poor script and unimaginative direction. The studio’s lack of confidence and its troubled history is evident in […]

Ice Age

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild peril
Movie Release Date:2002
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild peril
Movie Release Date: 2002

Ice Age” is a clever, funny, and touching story of an unlikely trio of animals who band together to return a human baby to his family. The story is set when glaciers covered much of the earth, 20,000 years ago. […]

Houseboat

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1958
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1958

Plot: Diplomat Tom Winston (Cary Grant) returns to Washington, D.C. following the death of his estranged wife. His three children, David, Robert, and Elizabeth, have been staying with his wife’s sister, Caroline (Martha Hyer). They are hurt and resentful. He […]

Hollywood Ending

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

Woody Allen’s films seem to get whispier and more ephemeral every year. For all its small pleasures “Hollywood Ending” is so light it nearly floats off the screen. Allen plays Val, a movie director who is brilliant but so neurotic […]

Holiday

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1938
DVD Release Date:2006
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1938
DVD Release Date: 2006

After a whirlwind romance at a ski resort, Johnny Case (Cary Grant) is on his way to meet his new fiancée, Julia Seton (Doris Nolan). Overwhelmed by the mansion at the address she gave him, he assumes she must be […]

High Noon

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1952
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1952

Plot: Marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) marries Amy (Grace Kelly) and turns in his badge. She is a Quaker, and he has promised her to hang up his gun and become a shopkeeper. But they get word that Frank Miller […]

High Fidelity

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

Rob Gordon (Jon Cusack) asks the audience, “Do I listen to pop music because I was miserable, or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?” Rob spends more time talking to us than he does to any of […]

High Crimes

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

High Crimes” is merely mediocre, an all-but-thrilless thriller of the “loved not wisely but too well” betrayed-woman genre. Ashley Judd plays spirited and telegenic defense lawyer Claire Kubik, who thinks she has things pretty well figured out. She knows just […]

Hercules

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:June 14, 1997
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: June 14, 1997

According to Disney, Hercules was the adored son of gods Zeus and Hera, stolen by Hades, ruler of the underworld, and made mortal. He must become a true hero to become a god again, so he can live with his […]

Hello, Dolly!

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1969
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1969

Plot: Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) is a matchmaker in turn of the century Yonkers, outside of New York. She is hired by Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau) to find him a wife. He also hires her to take his niece Ermengarde […]

Heist

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

David Mamet, writer/director of “Heist,” is fascinated by the con. He has written movies about an ordinary person who becomes involved with professional con men (“House of Games”) and about men who sell vacation property by selling a dream to […]

Hearts in Atlantis

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

If you’re allergic to the kind of movie that starts with a funeral and then goes into a flashback about a sensitive kid’s last childhood summer, then stay away. But audiences with an appreciation or even a tolerance of this […]

Heartbreakers

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

William Tensy (Gene Hackman), a chain-smoking tobacco zillionaire, goes into a little rant about the ridiculous notion that second-hand smoke is harmful and turns to blast a cloud of cigarette smoke at his parrot, who immediately keels over. If only […]

Head Over Heels

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

Amanda Pierce (Monica Potter) is an art restorer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with very bad taste in men. When she comes home to find her current beau in bed with another woman (“This isn’t what […]

Hart’s War

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

“Hart’s War” is a big movie that takes on big themes with the courage to give them time and allow for some ambiguity. Although it is set in WWII and has some battle violence, it is primarily a human drama […]

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some scary moments and mild language
Movie Release Date:2001
DVD Release Date:July 11, 2011
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some scary moments and mild language
Movie Release Date: 2001
DVD Release Date: July 11, 2011

Prepare for the final movie in the Harry Potter series by watching the first one again: I loved it. And I can’t wait to see it again. Based of course on the international sensation, the book by J. K. Rowling, […]

Hardball

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

“Hardball” is a softball, and this umpire calls it out at first base.Keanu Reeves plays a compulsive gambler named Conor O’Neill who owes a lot of money to various thugs. A childhood friend offers to pay him $500 a week […]

Happy Accidents

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

There’s a line in “Splash” that I thought of when I watched this movie. Tom Hanks plays a sweet guy who falls in love with a girl who turns out to be a mermaid. Utterly deflated when he finds out […]

Hamlet

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

This is a dreadful movie. Shakespeare is multi-facted enough to stand up to almost every possible kind of interpretation and adaptation. Almost. This version, using much of the original language but set in modern-day New York, is so poorly produced […]

Guys and Dolls

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1955
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1955

Plot: The story takes place among the small-time underworld characters of New York. Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) runs a “floating crap game” (held in a different place each time) that provides entertainment and bankrolls for many members of the community. […]

Gosford Park

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

Has there ever been a life as blessed as that of the wealthy English country house owner of the 1930’s? Imagine being able to toss off casual commands to a huge staff who are there to anticipate every thing the […]

Gone With the Wind

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1939
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1939

Plot: Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) is the beautiful and headstrong daughter of of the owner of a Southern plantation called Tara. She has “the smallest waist in three counties” and dozens of beaux clamoring for her attention. But the one […]

Gone in 60 Seconds

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

This is a check-your-brain-at-the-door, dig into some popcorn, sit back and enjoy summer explosion movie, brought to you by the same folks who did “Con Air.” Nicolas Cage again stars as the good guy in a bad world, this time […]

Gladiator

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

Gladiator” is a movie of such astounding scope and sweep and such masterful story-telling that it makes its storyline seem classic rather than clichéd. Breathtakingly sumptuous visuals credibly re-create the world of Rome in 180 AD, a world of unimaginable […]

Gaslight

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1944
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1944

Paula Alquist (Ingrid Bergman) falls in love with Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer), a musician, and once they are married, he persuades her to move into the house she lived in as a child, which has been closed since her aunt […]

Friendly Persuasion

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: This is the story of the Birdwells, a loving Quaker family in the midst of the Civil War. Eliza (Dorothy McGuire), a devout woman, is the moral center of the family. Jess (Gary Cooper) is a thoughtful man, not […]

Frequency

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

Every moment, we face a thousand seemingly inconsequential choices that can have the most profound impact on our lives and those around us. In “Frequency,” a fireman gets a message from his son, 30 years in the future, to turn […]

Frailty

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

Many great horror movies deal with families; that is where we are all most sensitive. This uneven film exploits that vulnerability but is ultimately unsatisfying. The film opens on a dark and stormy night; Fenton Meiks, (Matthew McConaughey) a troubled-looking […]

Finding Forrester

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

There is nothing more appealing to watch in a movie than one character teaching another, except perhaps when two characters teach each other. This reliable formula is well presented in this fine film about two great writers, one who has […]

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

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

In “A.I.” we had a real boy, Haley Joel Osment, playing a robot. In this movie, we have computer animated figures playing real people. This is the first computer-animated movie to “star” actors. Instead of giving us glossy surfaced-toys or […]

Field of Dreams

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1989
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1989

Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), who grew up in New York and went to college at Berkeley, stands in the middle of his first Iowa corn crop and hears a voice say, “If you build it, he will come.” He begins […]

Ferngully… The Last Rainforest

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1992
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1992

An evil and destructive spirit named Hexxus (voice of Tim Curry) is imprisoned in a tree by Magi, the leader of the fairies, who believes that all humans have been destroyed. Many years later, as Magi is teaching Crysta, her […]

Exit Wounds

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

Steven Seagal is definitely in “Fat Elvis” mode in this color-by-numbers honest-cop against corruption story. He’s got Wayne Newton-style black hair and a William Shatner-style sucked-in paunch, and I suspect that at least some of the cuts in the fight […]

Evolution

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

Despite what the advertising campaign tries to sell you, this is not another “Ghostbusters.” It may have the same director, but remember that he is also responsible for turkeys like “Father’s Day.” It tries for the same mix of scary […]

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements
Movie Release Date:1982
DVD Release Date:October 8, 2012
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements
Movie Release Date: 1982
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2012

“E.T’s” 30th anniversary is being celebrated with a gorgeous new re-issue and I have one to give away.  To enter, send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with E.T in the subject line and tell me your favorite movie alien.  Don’t […]

Enigma

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

One of the most important contributions to the Allied victory in World War II was a code-breaking operation that was so secret it was not revealed until 30 years later. Their deciphering of the Enigma code developed by the Germans […]

Enemy at the Gates

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

It is 1942 and Stalingrad is “a city on the Volga where the fate of the world is being decided.” Hitler is trying to do what Napoleon could not and has sent his troops to invade the Soviet Union. The […]

Edison, the Man

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1940
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1940

“Plot: The movie begins with a dinner in 1929 honoring the “”Golden Jubilee of Light,”” the anniversary of the invention of the electric light bulb. But the guest of honor has not yet left home. He is being interviewed by […]

East is East

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

George (Om Puri), who is Pakistani, marries Ella (Linda Bassett) and they settle down in Manchester to have seven children and run a fish and chips shop called George’s English Chippy.As the movie opens in 1971, George returns unexpectedly from […]

Dumbo

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1941
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1941

The stork delivers babies to the circus animals, including Mrs. Jumbo’s baby, an elephant with enormous ears. The other elephants laugh at him and call him Dumbo, but Mrs. Jumbo loves him very much. When Dumbo is mistreated, she is […]

Dr. T and The Women

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

This doctor knows what ails you. Sully Travis (Richard Gere) is known as “Dr. T” to the adoring upper-class women of Dallas. He is a popular gynecologist, and why not? No trying to cover your nudity with embarassing paper “gowns” […]

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1964
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1964

Plot: In this blackest of black comedies, a “Duck Soup” for the Cold War era, a rogue American general named Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) goes mad and sends planes to drop nuclear bombs on the Soviet Union. He cuts […]

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

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

Audiences will feel like their own hearts are two sizes too large at the end of this wonderful sugarplum of a movie. Based, of course, on the classic Christmas story by Dr. Seuss, this is the story of a Christmas-hating […]

Dr. Dolittle 2

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

Before the opening credits are over, we’ve seen bathroom jokes and sexual humor, but at least this time it’s rated PG. It really is a shame, because Eddie Murphy is just great as Dr. Dolittle, content to be the straight […]

Driven

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

It’s a good thing that the people who will want to see this movie are not too concerned about the plot, dialogue or performances, because the people who made the movie were not too concerned about them either. The plot […]

Dragonfly

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 is another attempt at creating a new “Sixth Sense,” and it falls far short. It is dreary, it is boring, and worst of all, it is phony. And it completely wastes the talents of two brilliant Oscar-winning actresses, Kathy […]

Down to Earth

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

Chris Rock is a stand-up comic. The people behind this movie (the Weitz brothers, of “American Pie” and “Chuck and Buck”) wisely devote 25 percent of the film to Rock’s stand-up routine. Chris Rock is not an actor. He has […]

Double Take

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

Usually, the worst thing about a movie like this is the waste of talent. Yes, this movie wastes the talent of Orlando Jones (the guy from the 7-Up commercials who was terrific in “The Replacements”) and Eddie Griffin and especially […]

Disney’s The Kid

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

Note to Bruce Willis: make sure all your future movies have kids in them. Willis has great talent as an actor and enough charm to keep him on the A-list despite a few clunkers, but he is simply the best […]

Dinosaur

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

Instead of the annual G-rated musical cartoon released just as school lets out, this year Disney’s big summer release is “Dinosaur,” a stunning integration of computer graphics over live backgrounds. Aladar is an orphan Iguanodon raised by monkey-like lemurs. When […]

Dick

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

The better you remember the early 70’s, the more you will enjoy this very funny movie. It purports to reveal the “Deep Throat” who gave the Washington Post the inside information that led to President Nixon’s resignation. And come to […]

Deterrence

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and violence
Movie Release Date:2000
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and violence
Movie Release Date: 2000

Teens may think that it does not really matter who gets elected President. Or, they may think that the important issues in this year’s election are the domestic controversies that attract most of the coverage, like abortion and gun control. […]

Dark Victory

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1939
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1939

Judith Traherne (Bette Davis) is an impetuous and headstrong heiress who lives life with furious energy. Her life revolves around parties and horses. She sees Dr. Frederick Steele (George Brent) for her headaches and dizzy spells, and he tells her […]

Curse of the Cat People

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1944
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1944

Plot: Despite the title (insisted on by the studio following the producer’s very successful — and scary — “The Cat People”), this is a gentle story of a lonely and sensitive girl and her “friend,” who may be imaginary or […]

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

Three close friends get together every week to share their saddest stories about looking for love. The one with the worst story of the week gets the consolation prize of a box of candy. Then, one of them has a […]

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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

This is a ravishing fairy tale/epic, and the best movie of the year. It is passionately romantic — the story of two sets of star-crossed lovers who face enormous obstacles, within themselves as well as those imposed by the outside […]

Crossroads

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

Here is the good news: Britney Spears is a better actress than Mariah Carey. Here is the bad news: the movie is not very good. Here is the worse news: it is not appropriate for the girls who should have […]

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

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

You would think that a movie called “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles” would just about make itself work. It starts with two strong assets: an engaging character already well known and fondly remembered from two previous movies and a city […]

crazy/beautiful

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

Sensitive but highly responsible and straight-laced guys have been falling for sensitive but high-maintenance and irresponsible girls in movies since before they started selling popcorn from theater concession stands. That theme has been played for comedy (“Bringing Up Baby”) or […]

Coyote Ugly

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

The people behind “Flashdance” have delivered another movie with about the same level of believabilty, but with little less flash and a lot less dance. You won’t see much more dance on screen than you do in the commericals. There […]

Corky Romano

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 tired attempt at comedy has no imagination or energy. The script is like a smudgy carbon originally rejected by Jerry Lewis as too dumb and then reworked for Gilbert Gottfried. It isn’t even second rate — it’s more like […]

Committed

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

Joline (Heather Graham) is a woman of her word. Her parents “had a way of moving on from things, including each other.” But Joline believes in commitment. When she gets married, she has the ring tattooed on her finger. Less […]

Collateral Damage

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

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Gordy, a fireman whose wife and son are killed when a bomb goes off in a terrorist attack. As he becomes convinced that the government will not do anything to bring justice to the man responsible, a […]

Clockstoppers

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

This special effects action comedy is fun for kids and fairly painless for adults. More important, it is a rare film directed at kids from 4th-8th grade, that most neglected of movie audiences. Not surprisingly, it is produced by Nickelodeon, […]

Citizen Kane

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

Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) dies, alone in Xanadu, his enormous mansion. His last word is the mysterious “Rosebud.” A newsreel gives us the highlights of his life, the wealthy young man who became an influential newspaper magnate and political […]

Cinderella

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

The classic fairy tale by Charles Perrault is lovingly and imaginatively brought to life in this animated Disney version, also a classic. Cinderella, a sweet, docile, and beautiful girl forced to act as a servant for her mean stepmother and […]

Chocolat

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

This choice little fairy tale even begins with “once upon a time.” It takes place in rural France, in a “quaint little village whose villagers believed in tranquility.” They have “learned not to ask for more.” The village is all […]

Chicken Run

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

Chicken Run” has arrived to the joy and relief of the many fans of Nick Parks’ Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit short films. In his studio’s first feature-length movie, a brave chicken plots an escape from a small Yorkshire chicken farm. […]

Charlotte Gray

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 is an old-fashioned WWII movie, with gallant heroes and vile bad guys, romantic longing and fabulous 1940’s clothes, heartbreaking betrayal and even more heartbreaking loyalty, odious collaborators and valiant resistance fighters, a purse containing both lipstick and a cyanide […]

Charlie’s Angels

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

Charlie’s Angels” manages to fulfill the middle-school-age fantasies of both boys and girls and to make it clear that it does not take itself too seriously. The result is a lot of silly popcorn fun. This is the kind of […]

Chariots of Fire

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for adult situations and language
Movie Release Date:1981
DVD Release Date:July 9, 2012
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for adult situations and language
Movie Release Date: 1981
DVD Release Date: July 9, 2012

In honor of the 2012 Olympics in London, this 1981 classic and winner of the Oscar for Best Picture has been reissued. This is the true story of two athletes who raced in the 1924 Olympics, one a privileged Jewish […]

Changing Lanes

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

Most thrillers have audiences asking themselves what the characters will do next. This one will have them asking themselves what they might do in this situation, because it is a movie about how close all of us are to abandoning […]

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The latest Criticwire survey asks for our first encounters with "Star Wars." I had a lot of fun writing about mine: A long, long time ...

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