Category Archives: Movie Reviews and Features


Directed by: Dan Ireland Starring: Jason Isaacs, Sofia Milos, Emmy Rossum, Lupe Ontiveros, Seymour Cassel, Theresa Russell Rated: PG-13 Running Time: 108 min. Parental Notes: Although this movie contains nothing objectionable for preteens beyond some passionate kissing and implied sexual activity, it may bore them with its sly humor and slow, thoughtful romance.

Freaky Friday

Directed by: Mark S. Waters Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Harmon, Harold Gould, Chad Murray Rated: PG for mild thematic elements and some language. Running Time: 93 min. Parental Notes: This is a great film for all ages, especially for those who live with a teenager. The film’s message – that life isn’t easy, no matter what your age, and that your family really does love you, no matter how lame they can be at times – is a good one, and the acting is a delight.

Spy Kids 3d: Game Over

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez Starring: Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Ricardo Montalban, Robert Vito, Ryan Pinkston, Bobby Edner, Courtney Jines Rated: PG for action sequences and peril. Running Time: 89 min. Parental Notes: Although some sequences may frighten very young children or kids afraid of heights, this film is harmless for kids under 10. Teens and adults, however, may find the cliches, lack of plot, and general incoherence tiresome.

Cookin’ at the Cookery

Written, directed, and choreographed by: Marion J. Caffey Starring: Ann Duquesnay, Janice Lorraine Showing at: San Jose Repertory Theatre through August 3rd. Parental Notes: Although this production is not rated, it might qualify as a PG for some language and sexual innuendo. This is an inspiring show, especially for any child who wants to sing. Alberta Hunter followed her dreams and had a long, rich life in which she did everything she’d dreamed of doing, and more.

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.