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quality

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Wicker Park

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2004
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2004

This is one of those dopey thrillers that are frustrating to write about because I can’t tell you why it is dopey without spoiling the surprises. Even dumb surprises are sacrosanct according to the Code of the Critic. I’ll do […]

Criminal

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2004
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2004

The con man’s greatest asset is not the gullibility of the mark, but the greed. It is much easier to persuade someone that you are dishonest than honest, especially if he is intrigued by the chance to be just a […]

Vanity Fair

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2004
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2004

Our first peek into the world of this film is a peacock feather, and it sets the stage both visually and metaphorically for a colorful story about a woman who uses her allure to get what she wants. Thackeray’s Vanity […]

American Graffiti

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:1973
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 1973

The movie takes place on a single night in 1962, immediately before two good friends, Curt (Richard Dreyfus) and Steve (Ron Howard), are about to leave for college. Curt and Steve are facing enormous changes and they are both scared […]

Benji: Off the Leash!

posted by rkumar
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2004
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2004

The dogs are cute, the intentions are good, and there’s a refreshing absence of potty humor, but that’s about the best that can be said about the fifth movie about loveable mutt Benji from writer/director Joe Camp. In past films, […]

We Don’t Live Here Anymore

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2004
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2004

Situated somewhere between John Updike and “Knott’s Landing,” this is a story of suburban angst and adultery, with meaningful glances, inexpressible longing, fumbled groping, and a lot of hangovers. Two couples’ lives overlap so completely that the boundaries between them […]

Head in the Clouds

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2004
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2004

This is a soapy saga of love, war, and many, many hairstyles. The hair signifies the passage of time in the story of a love triangle that lasts through the turbulent decades of Europe in from the roaring 20’s through […]

Silver City

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2004
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2004

A movie about a dim, rich, conservative political candidate named “Pilager” (pronounced “pillager”) who finds a corpse on the end of his fishing line when he is makng a commercial is not going for subtlety. Did I mention that the […]

Code 46

posted by rkumar
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2004
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2004

The world director Michael Winterbottom creates is much more interesting then the story or the characters. The story is set in a future when reproductive technology is so advanced and widespread that the odds are good the person who looks […]

Mean Creek

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2004
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2004

When Sam (Rory Culkin) is beat up by a school bully, his older brother Rocky (Trevor Morgan) and his friend Marty (Scott Mechlowicz) plot revenge. They will invite the bully (Josh Peck as George) on a boating trip, telling him […]

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2004
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2004

Another sweet lollipop of a movie, “Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” picks up five years later than the first and, though missing some of the original’s spark and humor, it’s a pleasant romp for girls of all ages. It’s the […]

Yu-Gi-Oh!

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2004
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2004

When a movie begins by telling you that “Eternity does not last forever,” it is clear that no one behind it is paying much attention to whether the script makes sense, so you’d better not worry about it, either. Oh, […]

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2004
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2004

There is a tap-dancing scene in the samurai film, “Zatoichi”. For fans of the genre, using the words “samurai” and “tap-dancing” in the same sentence should capture both the eye and the quintessential weirdness that can be Japanese cinema for […]

Without a Paddle

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2004
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2004

“Without a Paddle” is also without talent, originality, anything to laugh at, or a reason to buy a ticket. The opening moments of faux home movies showing four boys up to all kinds of faux hi-jinks, and then we then […]

Everybody Says I’m Fine

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 bittersweet fairy tale centers on Xen (Rehaan Engineer), the owner of an upscale Bombay beauty shop, who can read the minds of his clients when he cuts their hair. The source of this power is a devastating loss. His […]

Garden State

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2004
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2004

Andrew Largeman’s head seems to float in the air. Largeman (director/writer Zach Braff) has been given a shirt made from the fabric left over when his mother covered the walls, so when he wears it, his body blends in with […]

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