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Shall We Dance?

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

Chicago lawyer John Clark (Richard Gere) writes wills. He listens to people sum up their lives — their assets, their liabilities, their legacies. When it’s done, they ask, “Is that it, then?” and he tells them, “That’s it for the […]

Whiz Kids!

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:2004
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 2004

Children 18 months to three years old will enjoy this gentle DVD, filled with happy children learning colors, numbers, letters, and just enjoying each other. Babies and toddlers will be drawn into the fun, calling out the answers and playing […]

Shark Tale

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

This hip-hop/mob action comedy set undersea is fast, fresh, fun, and finny — I mean –punny — I mean funny. Okay, you watch the movie and see if you don’t come out making silly jokes like that. This isn’t a […]

Shaun of the Dead

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

First Daughter

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2004
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2004

This one is right off the conveyer belt. It’s numbingly predictable due to a screenplay straight from the “how to write a script” formula book, which may be forgiveable, but it is also thuddingly dull due to performances and direction […]

The Forgotten

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2004
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2004

This year’s most popular movie theme — memory — turns up once again, though this time what someone, um, forgot was the script. Oh there are situations here, but I would not say that they rise to the level of […]

Wimbledon

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

Sun splashed shots and a series of beautiful, thoroughly English sets get this sports-romantic-comedy over the net, but a clumsy romance with flat dialogue means “Wimbledon” is far from an ace. Peter Colt (a glum-looking but winningly wry Paul Bettany) […]

Mr. 3000

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

Bernie Mac doesn’t hit this one out of the park, but he manages a solid double in his first starring role, as a retired baseball player who has to get back into shape and suit up for three more hits. […]

I Heart Huckabees

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

We don’t think about it much, but most comedies are about existential crises. Whether it’s the bewitched lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an heiress grappling with a leopard in Bringing Up Baby or Moe bopping Larry, and Curly, comedies […]

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

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

Dashing pilot Joe “Sky Captain” Sullivan (Jude Law) and intrepid reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) investigate the disappearance of a group of top scientists and the invasion of enormous robots in this magnificently imaginative tribute to the adventure films of […]

Ladder 49

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2004
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2004

This is one of those “they don’t make them like that anymore” movies, an unabashed love letter to firefighters that might as well have been made sixty years ago. It is irony-free, which is fine — certainly, we could all […]

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

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

That nasty old Umbrella Corporation, “the largest and most powerful corporation in the world,” is up to its bad old tricks again. This time the evil virus that it unleashed in its huge underground facility, The Hive, in Resident Evil […]

Cellular

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

This serviceable little thriller suffers even more than most from the dreaded “none of this would have happened if our hero had even made one logical choice” syndrome. It more than makes up for it with its brisk pace (less […]

Finding Neverland

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2004
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2004

This much we know. James M. Barrie was inspired by his friendship with some fatherless boys, including one named Peter, to write one of the most enduring and beloved stories of all time, “Peter Pan.” The story of the man […]

Evergreen

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2004
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2004

Fourteen-year-old Henri (Addie Land) and her mother Kate (Cara Seymour) never quite make it. They are moving — again — this time to live with Kate’s mother. We don’t need details; it is clear from their tired eyes that Kate […]

Hero

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2004
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2004

The narrator tells us that mastery of the sword is connected to mastery of calligraphy. This movie shows that mastery of film-making is as well. The elegant precision of the ravishing images gives each scene a timeless beauty. “The ultimate […]

A Dirty Shame

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

Somehow I don’t see this movie following Hairspray to become a Tony-award-winning Broadway musical for the whole family. Too bad, because those would be some musical numbers. Once again, John Waters has made a Baltimore-based movie about people outside of […]

The Cookout

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

It’s too bad that a fresh, smart, and courageous look at the conflicts African-Americans feel about racist stereotypes that sometimes feel more real to them then they would like to admit gets lost in a a tired and lazy script […]

Danny Deckchair

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2004
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2004

We get one of these every few months whether we need one or not, so “Danny Deckchair” is this season’s quirky-characters-with-accents comedy. Unlike its main character, it never quite achives lift-off, but it is a pleasant little diversion with some […]

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