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(D) K-19: The Widowmaker

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

(F+) Kangaroo Jack

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“Kangaroo Jack” is not just a very bad movie. It is a very bad movie that shows how inadequately the MPAA rating system handles the kinds of materials that are of concern to parents. This mov...

(B+) Keeping the Faith

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Keeping the Faith" is a romantic comedy for grown-ups, witty, thoughtful, sweet and funny. Always respectful of the sincerity and commitment of its two clergy lead characters and the serious issue...

(B) Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) The Kid Stays in the Picture

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The Kid Stays in the Picture is a fascinating True Hollywood Story-esque look on the tumultuous life of Robert Evans, a prolific Hollywood producer who had it all, lost it all, regained most of, al...

(B+) The Kids are All Right

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Life is messy, and one of the ways we try to make sense of it is through stories. With their selection of detail and events and resolution -- whether a happy or a sad one -- they give us a sense o...

(B) Kill Bill Vol. 1

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This is a stylish and visually striking movie, but it is also a very violent movie. Make that a very, very, very, very violent movie, possibly the most violent movie ever released by a major Ameri...

(B) Kill Bill Vol. 2

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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 charac...

(C) Killer Elite

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Like this year's "The Devil's Double," this film would be much more satisfying and believable if it was not so self-serving in favor of the people telling the story. The oddest part is that the fig...

(B-) Killing Them Softly

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) King Arthur

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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 d...

(F) King's Ransom

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At times, during this movie, I looked up at the ceiling, not so much casting my eyes heavenward for assistance as trying to find something more interesting to look at than what was on the screen. T...

(B) Kingdom of Heaven

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This huge, clanging epic about the 12th century Crusades is too beautiful to be bad, too clumsy to be good, too long to be comfortable, too uneven to be powerful, and has a leading character too li...

(B+) The Kings of Summer

Genre: Independent
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(A) Kinsey

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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 discipli...

(D) Kiss of the Dragon

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Jet Li is always a pleasure to watch, even in this silly story about a Chinese spy befriended by an American prostitute on a mission in Paris.

No longer the pretty boy in the equally silly b...

(C+) Knockaround Guys

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(B-) Knocked Up

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Here's the secret for making a raunchy comedy work -- it has to be sweet and even a little bit romantic. What the makers of films like American Pie and » Read Review

(D) Knowing

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Mature High Schooler
When MIT astrophysics professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage in one-note mournful mode) looks distracted and thoughtful as he invites his class to debate randomness vs. determinism, you don't have t...



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