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(D) K-19: The Widowmaker

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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, ...

(B+) K-PAX

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
"K-Pax" has a couple of daunting movie cliché obstacles to overcome: the only-in-movies "land of cute crazy people" setting and the always popular "patient heals the doctor" theme. Despite all of...

(F+) Kangaroo Jack

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
“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...

(C+) Kate & Leopold

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As I watched this movie, I thought about how important the hair is in Meg Ryan movies. Those adorable tousled curls in "City of Angels." The feisty but vulnerable and equally adorable hairdo in "...

(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) Kick-Ass

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
"Kick-Ass" revels in its transgressive, nasty brutishness, and its audience will, too. Of course, it's one thing to have a 11-year-old girl in a » Read Review

(C) Kick-Ass 2

Genre: Superhero
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Adult
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(B) Kicking & Screaming

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Will Ferrell is to this movie (and pretty much any movie he is in) what the Italian ringers are to the soccer team his character coaches in the film. As long as he keeps getting the ball, he score...

(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+) Kids for Character

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Preschool
Tom Selleck and many of preschoolers' favorite TV figures like Barney, Miss Frizzle of the Magic Schoolbus, the Puzzle Place kids and Sheri Lewis explain concepts like trustworthiness, fairness, ca...

(B) Kill Bill Vol. 1

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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...

(B+) Kill the Messenger

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
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(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...

(D) Killers

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
This is not just a bad movie. It is three bad movies. "Killers" is trying to be a romantic action comedy and it fails all three times. Katherine Heigl plays Jen, on vacation in the French Rivi...

(B-) Killing Them Softly

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B+) Kim

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Plot: Kim (Dean Stockwell) is a street kid who lives by his wits in Victorian India. The orphaned son of white English parents, he disguises himself as a native, because "missionaries take white bo...

(F) The King and I

Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating:     Audience: Preschool
Don't waste your time on this animated version -- rent the classic version with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr instead. Some of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein songs remain, but second-rate anima...

(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...

(B+) King Kong

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
This is not just one of the most thrilling action movies ever made – it is more like five or six of the most thrilling action movies ever made. It is not quite twice as long as the usual movie, ...

(C+) King Solomon's Mines

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Elizabeth Curtis (Deborah Kerr) hires the best "white hunter" in Africa (Stewart Granger as dashing Allan Quartermain) to help her find her husband, who was lost searching for the legendary King So...

(C+) The King's Guard

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
This very uneven film has a strong cast and an ambitious story, but it falters in execution.

Top actors Eric Roberts, Ron Perlman, and Lesley-Anne Down appear in supporting roles, while the ...

(F) King's Ransom

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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...

(C) The Kingdom

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: High School
The highlight of this film is over by the time it begins. A brief credit sequence outlines the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia in provocative, trenchant terms covering the Saudi natio...

(B) Kingdom of Heaven

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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...

(B+) Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Genre: For all ages
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
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(B+) The Kite Runner

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B+) Knight and Day

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
As refreshing as a cool drink of lemonade on a hot day, "Knight and Day" has just what we want from a big summer Hollywood summer movie: glamorous locations, even more glamorous movie stars, lots o...

(B+) A Knight's Tale

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
If the idea of a medieval jousting movie set to classic rock songs like "We Will Rock You," "Low Rider," and "The Boys are Back in Town" bothers you, forget this movie and rent "Ivanhoe" instead. ...

(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...

(B) Kung Fu Panda

Genre: Talking animals
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B+) Kung Fu Panda 2

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
Po, the kung-fu master panda (Jack Black), has everything he hoped for in the first movie.  He has the martial arts skills to protect and impress the community and he is accepted as a teammate by ...



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