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Paper Clips

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

This is the touching story of Whitwell, Tennessee,a small coal mining community (population 1600) outside of Chatanooga. The population is almost entirely white and entirely Christian. When the local school set out to teach children about tolerance and diversity, the […]

Hotel Rwanda

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

“How can they not intervene when they witness such atrocities?” Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) asks an American journalist (Joaquin Phoenix). “They’ll see this footage,” he answers. “They’ll say ‘Oh my god, that’s horrible,” and go on eating […]

National Treasure

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

This is a big, dumb, stunts and explosions movie that doesn’t quite make it even by action movie standards because it has a big, dumb script. Two Oscar-winning actors, location filming, tricked-up quick cuts, a thundering and blaring score, enormous […]

Beyond the Sea

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

Parents should know that the movie has situations and behavior that may be upsetting to some viewers including tense and emotional confrontations. Characters drink (one abuses alcohol in response to emotional distress) and smoke and use strong language. There are […]

Kinsey

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

It’s tempting to begin as Dr. Kinsey would himself, by putting him in the appropriate category. Pioneering sex researcher Alfred Kinsey was not a physician or an anthropologist, the disciplines that would seem most likely for the study of human […]

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

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

“Spongebob Squarepants” is a pleasantly silly animated television show for children that has earned the gratitude of parents for not being sugary or dull. It also has a bit of a cult following among college students and other fans around […]

After the Sunset

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2004
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2004

This movie features two of the most glorious sights on earth — Paradise Island and Salma Hayak in a bikini. Unfortunately, it keeps putting unappealing characters and a dumb story in front of them. Pierce Brosnan, in movie star scruffy […]

Saw

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

Grizzly does not mean scary, which is a lesson that first-time director James Wan and co-writer (and actor) Leigh Whannell do not master in this 100 minute long mish-mash of a horror flick. A thoroughly intriguing if ghoulish premise, some […]

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

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

In the first movie, Bridget Jones (Renee Zellwegger) learned that she could be loved just as she was. Now she has to figure out whether she can love herself. As the sequel begins, she has had six blissful weeks with […]

Tarnation

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

Jonathan Caouette, “Tarnation’s” director/writer/producer/cinematographer/ composer/editor and leading man, took home movies and other family memorabilia, added some cultural flotsam and jetsam, ran them through a computer program, and made a searing and unforgettable documentary of love and loss. It is […]

The Polar Express

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

“Are you sure?” This is a question asked several times during this movie, based on the exquisitely lovely Chris Van Allsburg book. It is a fitting question for a story about a boy struggling with his beliefs about Christmas. It […]

Undertow

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

Being Julia

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

Julia (Annette Bening) is a star who craves an audience. She thrills the paying customers in the theater night after night, but that is not enough for her anymore. Her husband, Michael(Jeremy Irons), a former actor turned manager, wasn’t paying […]

Sideways

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

Miles (Paul Giamatti), dips his nose deep inside the bowl of a glass of white wine and it is clear that this is where he is happiest and most at home. All of his mind, body, and spirit are focused […]

Ray

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

An extraordinary actor plays an extraordinary person in “Ray,” the life of a brilliant musician and performer who triumphed over poverty, blindness, and racism through talent, passion, and courage. It is an almost insurmountable challenge for an actor to play […]

Birth

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

In the middle of a story that lurches from unsettling to preposterous by way of sheer ookiness, there is a moment of sheer, breathtaking bravura, shared by actress and director. At her engagement party, Anna (Nicole Kidman) has just been […]

Surviving Christmas

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

In what is intended to be one of the most revealing and touching scenes in “Surviving Christmas,” the main character turns a lovely gesture into a crass, garish, and cringe-inducing display. Take away the revealing and touching part, and you’ve […]

Alfie

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

What’s it all about, Charlie? Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers used to be married and they used to make movies together (Baby Boom, the remakes of Father of the Bride and The Parent Trap). Now they are divorced, and they […]

The Grudge

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 “Don’t go into the house” movies, a remake of a popular Japanese horror film by Takashi Shimizu, the writer/director of the original. It is again set in Japan, but this time, it is a group […]

The Incredibles

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

Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), a superheroine whose limbs and torso can stretch the length of an Olympic swimming pool, pauses for just a second on the way to saving the world to check out her rear end in the form-fitting super-suit. […]

Team America: World Police

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

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the team behind “South Park,” take such pleasure in being naughty that it makes their work more silly than smutty. It’s all just too cheerful to be shocking, even with a character made out of […]

Taxi

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

“Superman has kryptonite,” explains Washburn (Jimmy Fallon), showing that even the greats have their weaknesses. “Indiana Jones has snakes. Whitney Houston has Bobby Brown.” (Ba-dum-pump) He might as well have added that movies have former Saturday Night Live stars, who […]

Friday Night Lights

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

On the very first day of pre-season practice, Coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) tells his team, the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas, that he expects them to be perfect. By the end of the season, in that last […]

Raise Your Voice

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

Squeaky-clean Hilary Duff’s latest movie plays like a cross between a Disney-fied music video and a script developed by girls playing with Barbies. So, it will please its target audience of tween girls while leaving parents relieved, if not entertained. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Collateral

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

As cool as a jazz riff from a tenor sax, this stylish and powerful thriller has it all — consistently absorbing characters, twisty dialogue and an even twistier story, and action that engages the heart as it thumps a little […]

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

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 unpretentiously genial little stoner comedy has a couple of things going for it. The characters and jokes are a bit above average for a genre with admittedly low standards. And its very unambitiousness gives the film moments that almost […]

The Village

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

The ending of this movie will infuriate some people, but for me it was a lot of fun and worked on many levels. And I thought about it all the way home. However, it’s just about impossible to say anything […]

Little Black Book

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

This would-be romantic comedy is romance-free, comedy-free, charm-free, and apparently carb-free as well, with leading ladies Brittany Murphy and Holly Hunter looking toned but stringy and underfed. Murphy plays Stacy, a television producer whose mother thinks that the cure for […]

A Home at the End of the World

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 Hours author Michael Cunningham has adapted his earlier novel for the screen and the result is admirable, respectable, but not completely successful. The book is the internal musings of the four main characters. What made it work was the […]

Thunderbirds

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

There are two kinds of people in the world, the people who know the 1960’s British television show “Thunderbirds” well enough to hum the theme song and those who say “who?” The show was enormously popular with children and something […]

Catwoman

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

“Catwoman” is kitty litter. Awkward and clumsy as a cat in high heels, this version of the comic book character Catwoman does not have enough to sustain one life, much less nine. Written in the comic books as Batman’s female […]

The Bourne Supremacy

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

This is a smooth thriller for grown-ups. That means it has lots of chase scenes and action scenes but the mood is dark, even grim. The dialogue is smart but not smart-alecky. No one wears a dinner jacket and there […]

The Manchurian Candidate

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

This sleek and supple thriller features powerhouse performances but never quite persuades us that it has anything to add to the cold war classic starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury. As in the first film, the focus is on soldier […]

I, Robot

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

Now this is what I call a summer popcorn movie! It’s hard to say which has the sleeker profile, Will Smith (everything you could ask for in an action hero) or the Chicago skyline of 2035, as envisioned by director […]

She Hate Me

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 hero of a popular radio program and movie serial of the 1930’s and 40’s was “Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy,” whose very name evokes wholesome strength and fortitude. The hero of this provocative, ambitious, and uneven movie is an […]

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

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 unpretentiously genial little stoner comedy has a couple of things going for it. The characters and jokes are a bit above average for a genre with admittedly low standards. And its very unambitiousness gives the film moments that almost […]

A Cinderella Story

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

Girls will love this fresh, funny, and sweet, update of the Cinderella story, and it might win some fans among their older siblings and parents as well. High school senior Sam (Hilary Duff) lives in the San Fernando Valley with […]

Sleepover

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

Fourteen-year-old girls at a sleepover party violate every rule they agreed to. They lie, cheat, vandalize, steal, sneak out of the house and into a bar, order a drink with a man they met on the internet, and sneak into […]

Anchorman

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2004
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2004

Remember the old “Spanky and Our Gang” episodes where the boys wouldn’t let Darla into the treehouse? Imagine that plot set in the all-white-guys world of 1970’s television news, when there were only four stations to watch and “everyone believed […]

The Corporation

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

This documentary from writer Joel Bakan and directors Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott argues that “today’s dominant institution” is not government or the church but the corporation. While Michael Moore participates and provides some of the film’s liveliest moments, the […]

King Arthur

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

Saying that this “King Arthur” is “The Truth behind the Legend” is an overstatement of epic proportions, making the movie’s tagline the only thing epic about it. The battle scenes, the dialogue and the attractive actors all place this film […]

Bus Stop

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1956
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1956

Bo (Don Murray) is a rough cowboy who comes to the city for the first time with his worldlier friend, Virgil (Arthur O’Connell), to compete in a rodeo. They meet Cherie (Marilyn Monroe), a good-hearted girl who sings and hustles […]

Spider-Man 2

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

This is why they invented movies. It is a dazzling story of love, loss, adventure, courage, heartbreak, tough choices, and tender feelings with a rescue from a burning building, a runaway train, a world-class villain, and a really great kiss. […]

Two Brothers

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

This is the story of magnificent creatures gorgeously photographed in a story that is quietly told and genuinely touching. Two tigers meet in the jungle of Southeast Asia and are drawn to one another. Soon they have twins, shy Sangha […]

Fahrenheit 9/11

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

This is the movie that won the movie world’s highest accolade — a sort of international Oscar — the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme D’Or. And it is the movie that columnist Christopher Hitchens attacked as “a sinister exercise in moral […]

White Chicks

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

Appealing performers and a couple of very funny moments don’t make up for a lazy and generic script in this predictable farce about two black male FBI agents who go undercover as spoiled rich white girls. I knew we were […]

Control Room

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

Truth is a mosaic. Facts are the tiles that have to be pieced together, and it is only in standing back and looking at the whole that one can see the patterns. This documentary by Jehane Noujaim tries to provide […]

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

posted by rkumar
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for rude and sexual humor, and language.
Movie Release Date:2004
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for rude and sexual humor, and language.
Movie Release Date: 2004

Think Bad News Bears crossed with Happy Gilmore. Except with dodgeball, which means many, many opportunities for humorous slams to the head, chest, and crotch. That pretty much sums it up. Pete (Vince Vaughn) is about to lose his gym, […]

The Clearing

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

Why would such a murky movie be called “The Clearing?” Robert Redford plays Wayne, a very successful businessman who lives in a beautiful house with Eileen, his loving if somewhat reserved wife (Helen Mirren). When he does not show up […]

The Notebook

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

I was really hoping for this year’s Bridges of Madison County, a big-budget production that turned a mediocre weepie book into a better-than-mediocre weepie movie. I held my handkerchief in my hand, but no tears came. Instead, the full-scale Hollywood […]

The Stepford Wives

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 women’s movement of the 1970’s was one of the most seismic social movements in U.S. history because it affected every single household. It was about more than equal pay for equal work; it was about re-thinking every asumption about […]

The Terminal

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

One of the most enduring themes in fiction is the journey. From The Odyssey and the search for the holy grail to to The Wizard of Oz, The African Queen, and Finding Nemo, the story of heroes who have to […]

Around the World in 80 Days

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

This movie may take its title from the Jules Verne classic adventure about the man who circled the globe in 80 days to win a bet, but it is really just a Jackie Chan movie, and a below-average one at […]

America’s Heart and Soul

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:2004
DVD Release Date:June 29, 2011
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 2004
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2011

Celebrate America with this glorious love letter to our wonderful country.  If Norman Rockwell made a movie, this would be it. If “America the Beautiful” was a movie, this would be it. If America had a home move, this would […]

Stepford Wives

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 women’s movement of the 1970’s was one of the most seismic social movements in U.S. history because it affected every single household. It was about more than equal pay for equal work; it was about re-thinking every asumption about […]

The Chronicles of Riddick

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

Pitch Black was an outer space horror film about a group stranded on a planet with some very scary creatures. One member of the group was Riddick (Vin Diesel), a convict being transported to prison. His ability to see in […]

Before Sunset

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

Fair warning: five minutes into this film the critic checked out of my head and the fan took over. It may not be great art and it won’t work for everyone, but it kept me smiling all day. Nine years […]

Napoleon Dynamite

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic elements and language.
Movie Release Date:2004
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements and language.
Movie Release Date: 2004

When you are hurtling through adolescence, overcome with warring emotions and desperately trying to learn a whole new set of rules for status and interaction, everything you thought you knew seems suspect and even your own body is completely unfamiliar […]

Garfield

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

Garfield is a big, orange, lazy glutton of a cat created by cartoonist Jim Davis in 1978. His musings on life’s essential concerns — meaning mostly how he can get more of everything, especially food and attention, without any effort […]

De Lovely

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

De-Lovely is Di-Sapointing. On the asset side, we have the glorious songs of Cole Porter, the most urbane and elegant composer-lyricist of the 20th century. He’s the top. And we have suitably elegant and urbane production design, with sets and […]

Soul Plane

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

What happens when you take a relatively big budget for a comedy ($16 million), a tried-and-true comic vehicle in the plane from which no one can escape, and a handful of actors clearly having fun? Apparently, you get 86 minutes […]

The Day After Tomorrow

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

A disaster movie has to be about more than the cool special effects. It does not have to have compelling characters or memorable dialoge. It does not even have to make sense in logical terms, but it has to feel […]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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

Harry Potter is 13 in this third movie based on the globally-popular series of books by J.K. Rowling, and the movie itself seems to be entering adolescence, darker themes, darker images, and darker emotions. It also has a bracingly welcome […]

Stateside

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

Good intentions and passionate feelings are sometimes the enemy of vivid and coherent storytelling, as this movie, based on the real-life experiences of its writer/director, demonstrates. Sometimes the person who lived through it is just too close to realize what […]

Breakin’ All the Rules

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

Bright stars can’t save this over-plotted and under-directed romantic comedy. Jamie Foxx plays Quincy, a magazine editor who is about to propose to his girlfriend when she dumps him. So he writes a book about how to break up with […]

Shrek 2

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

Oh, stop reading now and just go to the movie. All you need to know from me is that “Shrek 2″ is pure enjoyment, with stunningly brilliant technology and hilarious performances. And (here is the most important part) it has […]

Troy

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 Iliad begins, “Sing, O goddess, of the anger of Achilles.” It is a story about love, honor, betrayal, fate, ambition, and of course, hubris. And it is the adventure of the best warrior there ever was or will be. […]

Van Helsing

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

Forgive me, I have to say it. This is one vampire movie with bite. And it’s the first real popcorn pleasure of the year, a deliciously entertaining thrill ride that pleasurably tweaks new thrills from old stories. It starts with […]

New York Minute

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

People in movies tend to fall into two categories. Some are actors and some are movie stars. A few are both. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson are not actresses and they are not movie stars. What they are is a brand. […]

Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius

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

Bobby Jones was a great man and a great golfer. He deserves a better movie than this one, as clumsy as its title. Jones may be the greatest golfer who ever lived. He’s the only one to win all four […]

Raising Helen

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

They say that it isn’t adults who create children; it’s children who create adults. And they’re right. This theme resonates deeply with us and has inspired many, many movies, going back before the days of Shirley Temple. There’s nothing wrong […]

Godsend

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

I think it is a good bet that some day there will be an Oscar lifetime achievement award for Robert DeNiro. And I think it is a better bet that clips from this movie will be nowhere near that event. […]

Envy

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

I wonder how many critics are going to analogize their reviews to the wildly successful product that leads to the title emotion of this movie: “VaPOOrize,” an aerosol spray that eliminates dog poop. Then there will be those who will […]

Super Size Me

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

Mordantly funny and trenchantly sobering, this is a Big Mac attack you can sink your teeth into. And then it will bite you back. Film-maker Morgan Spurlock takes on American fast food culture in general and McDonald’s in particular in […]

Laws of Attraction

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

“The Laws of Attraction” demonstrates no understanding of either attraction or laws. I don’t just mean the completely innacurate portrayal of law practice and court proceedings in the film. I mean the fundamental laws that make a movie appealing to […]

Saved

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

The first thing teenagers figure out is that it is enticingly easy to make fun of believers in any category. What’s nice about this movie is that it does so while still entirely respectful of belief. It begins as a […]

Man on Fire

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

Two of today’s most talented and charismatic screen performers are lost in an over-big, over-loud, over-heated, over-long, over-everything mess of a story about this year’s most popular movie theme, revenge. Denzel Washington plays Creasy, a burnt-out hired gun who asks […]

Mean Girls

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

Author Judith Viorst once wrote about a little girl who looked over at another child and reported on her assessment. “Her dress is very pretty,” she said, “but mine is very prettier.” She was clearly on her way to becoming […]

Shaolin Soccer

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

You know, we just don’t get enough kung fu soccer fairy tale movies. At least, I know it now, because this one is such fun I can’t wait to see another. The most successful Hong Kong film ever, this is […]

Clifford’s Really Big Movie

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

Clifford is not just a Big Red Dog; he’s a big, red phenomenon, hero of a series of books by Norman Bridwell, an animated PBS series, and even a live road show. Now he has moved (briefly) to the big […]

Close Your Eyes

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

Those who like atmospheric thrillers that feature pentagrams and second sight and mysterious incantations from ancient texts will enjoy guaranteed goosebumps in this story of a doctor who tries to help the little girl who escaped from a serial killer […]

Kill Bill Vol. 2

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

Be careful what you ask for. In my review of Kill Bill Vol. 1, I admired its pure style and mastery of the language of pure cinema but said that I hoped the sequel would provide more character and texture. […]

13 Going on 30

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

A girl who suffers total humiliation at her 13th birthday party wishes she could be 30. The next morning, she is all grown up, living in a swanky Manhattan apartment with a gorgeous face and figure (played by Jennifer Garner). […]

Dogville

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

“Dogville” will inspire passionate responses, partly because it is deliberately provocative but more because it

The Alamo

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2004
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2004

There is only one reason to see “The Alamo,” and it is Billy Bob Thornton. His portrayal of Davy Crockett is magnificently vibrant, fully imagined, and so breathtakingly evocative of the essence of the American hero that it may be […]

The Whole Ten Yards

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

Could it BE any more atrocious? This stupifyingly appalling mess of a movie takes the definition of “not funny” to a new low. The gravitational pull of its massive lack of humor is so strong that if you listen carefully […]

Ella Enchanted

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

In keeping with the fairy tale theme, I will begin this review with a warning: If you want to experience the real pleasures this movie has to offer, do not expect a faithful re-creation of the book. The plot, the […]

Hellboy

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

In the “it was a dark and stormy night” genre of graphic novels (that’s comic books with literary aspirations), we are guaranteed to find a Sam Spade-inspired anti-hero with a wicked sense of humor and a weakness for a dangerous […]

Walking Tall

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

Apparently, the people who stage professional wrestling matches looked for the story that was most like a wrestling match and picked the story of Buford Pusser, the sheriff who cleaned up a small Southern town. That is, if your definition […]

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

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

Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper), of Mandrake Falls, Vermont, is a quiet bachelor who writes rhymes for birthday cards and plays the tuba for concentration. Informed that he has inherited twenty million dollars, he goes to New York City to collect […]

Home on the Range

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

I love it when Disney doesn’t take itself too seriously. No one tried to reach for the stars or make this into a classic. It’s just a cute little story about some not-so-contented cows who save the day. It modestly […]

The Punisher

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 not as easy to turn a comic book into a movie as you might think, even though comics and illustrated novels are closer to cinema in conception than any other art form. But as this second attempt to turn […]

The Ladykillers

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

Tom Hanks and the Coen brothers take the title, the concept (sweet little old lady outwits criminals), the teeth, and the slightly sepulchral laugh from the 1955 English black comedy classic. They may miss the primary point (and joke) of […]

Never Die Alone

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

This movie’s greatest strength is also its greatest weakness — it wants to be more than the usual drug dealer shoot-em-up. It deserves some credit for its ambitions. But those ambitions tip it over into pretentious melodrama that only emphasizes […]

The United States of Leland

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 murder mystery at the center of this overly plotted but beautifully acted movie is not the who but the why. Leland (Ryan Gosling) seems like a reasonably pleasant and easy-going kid. And then one day he kills a developmentally […]

Never Die Alone

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

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

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

Scooby fans will enjoy this affectionate live-action tribute to the unquenchably popular cartoon series. Wisely abandoning the first version’s wobbly attempt to appeal both to children with silly scares and older teens with self-aware irony and double entendres, this one […]

Dawn of the Dead

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

Have you ever wanted a fresh start? To live in a shopping mall without needing your credit card? How about if these fantasies and more were writ large in a movie scary enough to remind you how good life is […]

Taking Lives

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

Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie) is an FBI profiler who immerses herself in her cases. She eats alone in an elegant hotel room, staring at photos of crime scenes and corpses. When construction equipment uncovers a dead body, she lies down […]

The Prince & Me

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

The title says it all. This is a classic Cinderella story about a hardworking girl from the Wisconsin dairy farm who wants to go to medical school but falls for a handsome and charming foreign exchange student who happens to […]

Spartan

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

There are three different stories in this latest effort from writer/director David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, State and Main). Only one of the three is pretty good — a rescue mission to retrieve the kidnapped daughter of the President. The […]

Secret Window

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

We know what scares Stephen King. That most prolific of writers is still terrified by an empty computer screen, or, even worse, a screen with writing that is unfixably bad. And that author whose imagination has kept millions of happily […]

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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

This fabulously imaginative and deliciously loopy romance is the sweetest movie yet from the magnificently twisty mind behind Adaptation, Human Nature, and Being John Malkovich. Once again Charlie Kaufman plays with the themes of identity, time, memory, and attraction in […]

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

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

Frankie Muniz returns as junior secret agent Cody Banks in a moderately cute action comedy that will satisfy its target audience of 8-14-year-olds. Cody is the superstar of the secret CIA training camp for spy kids. He helps the camp […]

Starsky & Hutch

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 is the latest in the genre I call lunchbox movies. Here is how these movies get made. A 30-something studio executive’s eyes light up when someone suggests a movie based on a cheesy-but-popular 1970’s television show. “I had that […]

The Girl Next Door

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

This is a romantic fantasy about a straight arrow high school senior who falls for the girl next door, a porn star. That’s not the most offensive part, though. It is a shameless rip-off of the far better Risky Business, […]

Jersey Girl

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

Kevin Smith is the writer/director of some of the most cheerfully profane and wildly politically incorrect movies of all time, including Clerks, Dogma, and Chasing Amy. His characters — and his scripts — are often immature and outrageous. But Smith’s […]

Broken Lizard’s Club Dread

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

Does the world really need a comic slasher movie? Or, to be more precise, does it need another failed attempt at one? The would-be wild and crazy guys from would-be comedy troupe Broken Lizard have now produced a second film, […]

Twisted

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

Fifteen minutes into this movie, before the very first murder victim turned up, I figured out who the murderer was. That left me the rest of the movie to ponder much more fascinating mysteries, like why any of these people […]

The Passion of The Christ

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 is both more and less than a movie. In one sense, it is less a movie than the heartfelt prayer of a gifted film-maker. In another it is a narrow and harrowing perspective on a story that, no matter […]

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

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

Lindsay Lohan plays a 15-year-old who has a lot to be dramatic about, or at least she thinks she does. First of all, her parents had the bad judgment to name her “Mary,” when she was born to be a […]

Welcome to Mooseport

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

It’s a juicy premise: The most popular President of modern times retires to his summer home in the tiny town of Mooseport, Maine and ends up running for mayor against the handyman who owns the local hardware store — and […]

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

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

Somebody, please put this baby in a corner. Before we get into the reasons, let’s recap briefly why the original Dirty Dancing was so irresistibly watchable, because that will remind us of everything that this version is missing. The original […]

50 First Dates

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual humor and drug references
Movie Release Date:2004
DVD Release Date:2004
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual humor and drug references
Movie Release Date: 2004
DVD Release Date: 2004

Lucy (Drew Barrymore) wakes up every morning with no memory of anything that happened since her brain was injured in a car crash 18 months before. For the rest of us, everything that happens in this movie is just too, […]

Miracle

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

Sportscaster Al Michaels unforgettably called out “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” as the 1980 US Olympic hockey team beat the Russians. They then went on to win the gold medal. And so the team, the last group of amateurs […]

You Got Served

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

This would be mindless but enjoyably cheesy cinema fluff if it did not cross the line into the category of the unforgivable by using the murder of a child as a plot contrivance. That is a complete violation of the […]

The Big Bounce

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

“Big Bounce” wants to be comic caper movie, but the real crime is inflicted on the Elmore Leonard book credited with inspiring it. You can tell that somewhere in there there is a book with colorful characters and a couple […]

Touching the Void

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

Repeat after me: “We know they survived because they are up on the screen telling the story.” You’ll need to hold onto that thought tightly to get you through this almost unbearably tense re-enactment of a terrible mountain-climbing accident and […]

Perfect Harmony

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1993
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1993

The story takes place in Georgia, at an all-white private boys’ boarding school called Blanton, in 1959. Blanton is famous for its boys’ choir. The candidates for the prestigious “lead boy” position in the choir include Paul, an angry, bigoted […]

Nothing But a Man

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

Duff (Ivan Dixon) is a black man who is a member of a railroad crew, laying track in a small Southern town. He meets Josie (Abbey Lincoln), a local black woman who is a teacher, at a church social. Neither […]

The Butterfly Effect

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

This movie is not just pretentious twaddle. It is inept and exploitive pretentious twaddle, not even worth a “so bad it’s good” video rental. The title comes from the idea, here attributed to “chaos theory,” that the flap of a […]

Torque

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

Ford (Martin Henderson) comes back to town with a score to settle and a woman to win back, just like a cowboy in an old western. Only in this movie, instead of horses, there are motorcycles, very fast ones. This […]

Along Came Polly

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:2004
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: 2004

The writer and star of Meet the Parents reunite in this much tamer comedy about a risk-averse guy who meets a free spirit. Reuben (Ben Stiller) evaluates risk for a living. When he marries Lisa (Debra Messing), he thinks he […]

Teacher’s Pet

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

The animated television series “Teacher’s Pet” makes a fast, fresh, tuneful, and funny feature debut that will entertain its fans and amuse their families. Spot (voice of Nathan Lane) is a highly intelligent and articulate dog who dreams of becoming […]

The Fog of War

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

“The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara” is an intelligent documentary directed by Errol Morris and based upon an interview with Robert McNamara, who as Secretary of Defense for Presidents John F. Kennedy and […]

Chasing Liberty

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

Pop princess Mandy Moore plays the President’s runaway 18-year-old daughter in this formula romantic comedy designed for middle school girls and not of much interest or appeal for anyone else. Anna (Moore) is a sweet kid who understands that being […]

Monster

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

Aileen Wuornos peers into the murky mirror of the gas station bathroom. Somewhere in that lumpy, mottled face, she catches a glimpse of a girl who dreamed of being admired and cared for. We glimpse that girl, too, hopeful, even […]

Paycheck

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

Scientists will discover a way to bend the laws of time before anyone remembers that a movie about bending the laws of time has to have some way of handling the problem of determinism versus free will that is if […]

Peter Pan

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for adventure action sequences and peril
Movie Release Date:2003
DVD Release Date:May 4, 2004
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for adventure action sequences and peril
Movie Release Date: 2003
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004

Oh, the cleverness of storyteller James M. Barrie, who gave us Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, a St. Bernard nanny, Tiger Lily, and the crocodile that ticks because it swallowed a clock! And oh, the cleverness of P.J. Hogan, the […]

Cold Mountain

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

Inman (Jude Law), a wounded Confederate soldier, walks away from the hospital to return to his home and to Ada (Nicole Kidman), a woman he barely knows. But then, he barely knows himself or the world that has changed so […]

Stuck on You

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

The Farrelly brothers (There’s Something About Mary, Me, Myself and Irene, Shallow Hal) have shifted the mix a bit with their latest movie. There is still plenty of outrageous physical humor, but with more sweetness than slapstick. And they’ve even […]

Something’s Gotta Give

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

This delightful romantic comedy is the ultimate middle-age woman’s fantasy — not the part about being romanced by Keanu Reeves and Jack Nicholson, just the part about being Diane Keaton. Keaton plays Erica, a successful playwright with a beautiful house […]

Girl with a Pearl Earring

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

A portrait by Johannes Vermeer inspired a best-selling novel by Tracy Chevalier, who imagined the relationship between the artist and his subject, not as a Shakespeare in Love-style romance but as a commentary on artistic imperatives and the creative process […]

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2003
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2003

Take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief and satisfaction before this movie begins. You’re in good hands. And enjoy that breath because it may be your last for the next three hours. One of the most ambitious projects […]

Mona Lisa Smile

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

In “Mona Lisa Smile,” a vibrant and independent-minded teacher shows her students a paint-by-numbers kit for a Van Gogh picture to demonstrate the difference between art that is insightful and meaningful and mindless repetition of pretty images. The problem is […]

The Company

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

Form follows content in Robert Altman’s latest film. As in the lives of the ballet troupe it portrays, it is the dance that takes center stage. The rest of the characters’ lives are glimpsed only around the edges. The result […]

Love Don’t Cost a Thing

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

This teen makeover movie has had a makeover of its own, updating the durably popular 1987 hit Can’t Buy Me Love, the one where brainy-but-unpopular Patrick Dempsey unforgettably teaches the kids the Anteater Ritual dance and they think it is […]

Honey

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

For those who think it’s been too long since a movie like Breakin’ 2: Electric Boolago, or even Lambada: The Forbidden Dance, we now have “Honey,” the story of a spunky girl who dazzles hip-hop superstars with her dance moves […]

The Haunted Mansion

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2003
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2003

When Disney makes a movie based on a theme park ride, it is not about inspiration, it is about branding. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl managed to be a delight — and a huge hit — […]

Cheaper by the Dozen

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2003
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2003

This is not a movie; it is a product, with a script right off the assembly line, a mix of Teen People pin-ups to attract tween demographics, apparently directed on cruise control. Its intended audience of 8-14-year-olds will probably enjoy […]

House of Sand and Fog

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

Pride, anger, loss, desperation, law, love, strength, and weakness collide to create vast tragedy in this story of a battle for a house that overlooks the water. It begins as a clearly distressed woman is asked, “Is this your house?” […]

Timeline

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2003
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2003

Hollywood sometimes seems to operate under some unnamed Law of Plots, where certain themes and stories must be recycled on a schedule so predictable that it makes the daily orbit of the Earth around the Sun look as ungoverned as […]

The Missing

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

“The Missing” is a disappointment, relentlessly politically correct and even more relentlessly bleak and brutal. Cate Blanchett plays Maggie, one of those indomitable frontier women who can yank an infected tooth, chop the firewood, handle a pouting teenager, and still […]

The Last Samurai

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

For better and worse, this is what Hollywood knows how to do — a grand and eminently watchable epic with no expense spared, ambitious in scope, thoughtful in execution. If it is not particularly original or meaningful, and if it […]

Bad Santa

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

This is a movie about a very bad Santa, indeed. He’s worse than bad. He’s vile. He’s disgusting. Billy Bob Thornton plays Willie, a department store Santa who is constantly either drunk, horrifyingly inappropriate and obscene to the kids, or […]

Dopamine

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

“Dopamine” is Mark Decena’s first journey as a director and it shows. While there are some lovely scenes and an evocative remote feeling, the dialogue and MESSAGE are as facile and meaningful as Snapple cap quotes. Decena has made a […]

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

posted by rkumar
C-
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:2003
DVD Release Date:2003
C-
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 2003
DVD Release Date: 2003

The great thing about the irrepressibly anarchic Cat in the Hat is that even Hollywood can’t contain him. They can stretch out the story with filler that ranges from the superfluous to the distracting and once in a while reaches […]

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

There is absolutely no need for you to read any further than the title of the film if you are not a fan of slasher flicks. If you are a fan, than this is a solid enough, if derivative, scare-fest […]

Gothika

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

Dr. Miranda Gray (Halle Berry) explains that “Logic is overrated” in the middle of a climactic confrontation. It feels like a last-minute attempt to justify the resolution of a movie that begins as a promisingly creepy thriller but then falls […]

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2003
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2003

Chuck Jones, who produced over 100 of the greatest Warner Brothers cartoons, was asked whether he was making his cartoons for adults or children. “Neither,” he responded. “I make them for myself and my friends.” Those cartoons are still wonderfully […]

In America

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

Screenwriter/director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot) tells the story of his family’s move to America as something of a fairy tale set in a sweltering and grimy apartment building where even the kind-hearted drug addicts help look out for the […]

Big Fish

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2003
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2003

“Big Fish” is the enchanting story of a father and son, but it is really the story of stories themselves. It’s about all kinds of stories, from the first stories whispered by a father to a sleepy child to the […]

21 Grams

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

In “21 Grams,” a terrible collision shatters more than the lives of three people. It shatters the very narrative of the story itself. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu conveys the fractured disorientation of the three characters with clusters of brief scenes […]

The Gospel of John

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2003
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2003

“The Gospel of John” is a reverent, moving, and dignified depiction of the life of Christ as described in the New Testament. It is a literal re-telling, actually a recitation of the Gospel, word for word, a “faithful representation,” in […]

Tupac: Resurrection

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

This mesmerizing documentary about the late rap star Tupac Shakur makes clear what a talented performer and vibrant presence he was, even for audiences who don’t listen to rap music and aren’t quite sure which rap star/convicted felon/murder victim he […]

The Matrix Revolutions

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

Please someone, get me the blue pill. I want to forget that this ambitious and noteworthy series is ending so weakly. The Matrix: Reloaded ended with the rebel forces of Zion preparing for the imminent invasion of the machines. Whatever […]

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

This first movie based on Patrick O’Brien’s hugely popular 20-volume series of books about a ship’s captain during the Napoleonic Wars falls into the Harry Potter category: the intensely detailed books have passionate and intensely detail-oriented fans, so any movie […]

In the Cut

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

Meg Ryan sheds more than her clothes in this would-be steamy thriller. She sheds her twinkle. We don’t get the nose-wrinkling smile. No adorable befuddlement. No irresistible misting of the eyes. Unfortunately, that leaves her — and us — with […]

Elf

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:2003
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 2003

Will Ferrell is a very funny guy. His lanky cluelessness has a slightly muddled but imperishable sweetness that gives an endearing quality to all the characters he plays, from SNL’s exemplar of ultimate school spirit, Craig the cheerleader, to the […]

Beyond Borders

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

An important and affecting story about relief workers gets buried under a syrupy romance in “Beyond Borders,” which has Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen gazing longingly at each other across starving and injured people in three different countries over a […]

Brother Bear

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:2003
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 2003

The most imaginative part of this latest Disney animated feature, set in the Pacific Northwest at the end of the Ice Age, is the sunlight on the glaciers. It is magnificently rendered. Other than that lovely glimpse of majesty and […]

Scary Movie 3

posted by rkumar
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

The first two “Scary Movies” written and directed by the Wayans brothers, were R-rated, cheerfully raunchy, and cheekily politically incorrect parodies of popular movies, including Scream and its sequels. This latest in the series is rated PG-13 and the Wayanses […]

The Human Stain

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2003
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2003

“The Human Stain” is a flawed but engrossing story of the way that people try to escape their pasts and the way that carefully constructed new personas, no matter how scrubbed and burnished, cannot erase the stain of the original. […]

Shattered Glass

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2003
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2003

“If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” That’s what editors tell young reporters. Journalists believe that telling the truth is more than their job; it is almost a sacred obligation. And yet, every so often a reporter […]

Radio

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2003
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2003

“Radio” may be as predictable as a Hallmark card, but it is as heartwarming, too. This is a nice, old-fashioned family movie about the importance of kindness. The characters learn that some things are more important than being smart. The […]

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