Category Archives: Movie Reviews and Features

Spider-Man

Director: Sam Raimi Stars: Tobey McGuire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst Rated: PG-13 (stylized violence and action) Notes for Parents: “Spider-man” is filled with mostly cartoonish violence and thrills, but there are several moments which may be too intense for youngsters. It’s chiefly appropriate for mature pre-teens and teens.

Blade II

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Leonor Varela, Ron Perlman, Danny John-Jules, Luke Goss Rated: R for strong pervasive violence, language, some drug use and sexual content. Parental Notes: The pervasive violence of “Blade II” makes it unsuitable for all but older teens with a thing for horror-action films.

Death to Smoochy

Directed by: Danny DeVito Starring: Edward Norton, Robin Williams, Danny DeVito, Catherine Keener Rated: R for profanity, violent humor, sexual situations Parental Notes: This is a film for older teens and adults. It is aimed at adults, and the sexual and violent humor make it inappropriate for younger people.

Frailty

Rated: R for violence and intense situations Directed By: Bill Paxton Starring: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Matthew O’Leary, Jeremy Sumpter Parental Notes: Although “Frailty” is not extremely gory, its intensity and subject matter make it appropriate for older teens. There are a few sequences with somewhat graphic violence and numerous horrifying situations.

Sorority Boys

Starring: Michael Rosenbaum, Melissa Sagemiller, Barry Watson, Harland Williams Directed by: Wallace Wolodarsky Rated: R for nudity, sexual humor and situations, brief drug use, some violence. Notes for Parents: This is a gross-out comedy, and as such is appropriate and aimed at chiefly for older teens. Sexual situations, drug use, and various offensive jokes all play a large part and make the film inappropriate for most younger folks.

Ice Age

Rated: PG Director: Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge Starring: Raymond Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Jack Black Parental Notes: This film contains Roadrunner-and-Coyote style violence in small doses, and several intense sequences which might upset younger children.

Hart’s War

Directed by: Gregory Hoblit Starring: Colin Farrel, Marcel Iures, Bruce Willis, Terrence Dashon Howard, Cole Hauser Rated: R Parental Notes: Although “Hart’s War” isn’t particularly violent for a war film, it does have a number of disturbing images (corpses frozen in the snow, Nazi interrogation, etc) that make it unsuitable for younger teens.

Queen of the Damned

Starring: Stuart Townsend, Aaliyah, Vincent Perez, Paul McGann, Lena Olin Directed by: Michael Rymer Rated: R for vampire violence Parental Notes: “Queen of the Damned” has few redeeming features, but its value as eye candy may appeal to older teens. Younger teens will probably be put off by the violence (Akasha tears a vampire’s heart out and eats it, among other things).

Rollerball

Starring: Chris Klein, LL Cool J, Jean Reno, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos Rated: PG-13 (violence, nudity) Notes for Parents: “Rollerball” is a film aimed at teenagers, but the unpleasant tone of the violence near the end may make it worrisome to parents of younger teens.