Category Archives: Movie Reviews and Features

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Directed by: Stephen Norrington Starring: Sean Connery, Peta Wilson, Naseeruddin Shah, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng, and Richard Roxburgh. Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence, language and innuendo. Parental Notes: Although preteens may find some of the fight sequences too intense, teens will doubtless enjoy the special effects and intriguing characters.

The Italian Job

Director: F. Gary Gray Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Donald Sutherland, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron, Seth Green, Jason Statham, Mos Def Rated: PG-13 for violence and some language Parental Notes: This is a fun summer action flick, with nothing to distress younger teens. Some children may find the chase sequences too intense.

Bulletproof Monk

Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Seann William Scott, Jamie King Directed by: Paul Hunter Rated: PG-13 for violence, language and some sexual content. Parental Notes: “Bulletproof Monk” is a fairly harmless action flick, with over-the-top fight sequences. Teens and preteens who don’t mind how cheesy it is will enjoy it.

The Matrix Reloaded

Directed by: the Wachowski Brothers Starring: Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving Rated: R for sci-fi violence and some sexuality. Parental Notes: Although most of the violence here is comparatively bloodless, this film deserves its R rating and may be too intense for youngsters. Teens who liked the first “Matrix” film will doubtless enjoy it.

Phone Booth

Directed by: Joel Schumacher Starring: Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell, Katie Holmes, Kiefer Sutherland Rated: R for pervasive language and some violence Parental Notes: This film will appeal to older teens who enjoy suspense. Youngsters may find it too intense, particularly the constant threat of violence which runs through most of the film.

Willard

Directed by: Glen Morgan Starring: Crispin Glover, R. Lee Ermy, Laura Harring, Jackie Burroughs Rated: PG-13 Parental Notes: although probably too intense for youngsters or those with phobias around rats, “Willard” will doubtless be enjoyed by teens with a taste for the macabre.

Adaptation

Directed by: Spike Jonze Starring: Nicholas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper Rated: Rated R for language, sexuality, some drug use and violent images. Parental Notes: This is a strange and at times violent film which younger teens will have difficulty understanding and young children will likely find too intense when they’re not utterly confused.