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    by  • August 15, 2002 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan Starring: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin, Rory Culkin, Cherry Jones Rated: PG-13 for some frightening moments Parental Notes: “Signs” is aimed at the adult crowd, and more mature teens may enjoy it. Youngsters will likely find it alternately dull and terrifying, as some of the more suspenseful scenes...

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    Eight Legged Freaks

    by  • July 21, 2002 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: Ellory Elkayem Starring: David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scott Terra, Scarlett Johannson, Leon Rippy Rated: PG-13, for sci-fi violence, brief sexuality and language. Parental Notes: There’s not much here to distress parents of older preteens and teenagers. Some sequences may be frightening to small children, but the violence is mostly cartoonish rather than...

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    Men In Black II

    by  • July 15, 2002 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Lara Flynn Boyle Director: Barry Sonnenfeld Rated: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and some provocative humor. Parental Notes: Like the first film, “Men in Black II” is primarily aimed at teens and sci-fi fans. Younger children may find some sequences too intense, but the violence is very cartoonish...

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    Minority Report

    by  • July 1, 2002 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Stars: Tom Cruise, Max von Sydow, Samantha Morton, Colin Farrell Directed by: Steven Spielberg Rated: PG-13 for violence, brief language, some sexuality and drug content. Parental Notes: This film contains some scenes that children and younger teens will likely find far too intense to watch, in particular a scene in which a character’s eyes...

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    Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

    by  • June 1, 2002 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Starring: John Turturro, Clea DuVall, Alan Arkin, Matthew McConaughey Directed by: Jill Sprecher Rated: R for language and brief drug use. Notes for Parents: This is a film most pre-teens will find uninteresting, although it isn’t particularly inappropriate for them. Indeed, “Thirteen Conversations” would make a great starting point for a long discussion with...

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    by  • May 18, 2002 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: Christopher Nolan Starring: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hillary Swank Rated: R Notes for Parents: Although “Insomnia” has only a few moments of violence, its themes and intellectual suspense make it inappropriate for younger teens.

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    Star Wars Episode II: Atack of the Clones

    by  • May 15, 2002 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: George Lucas Stars: Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Christopher Lee Rated: PG for action/violence Notes for Parents: Like the other Star Wars films, this is a kid-friendly action flick. Although younger children might find the aliens too frightening and the action sequences too intense, older kids and teens will probably like...

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    Deuces Wild

    by  • May 10, 2002 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: Scott Kalvert Starring: Stephen Dorff, Brad Renfro, Fairuza Balk, Norman Reedus Rated: R for strong violence, language, some drug content, and brief sexuality Notes for Parents: “Deuces Wild” is aimed at the older teen and adult audience. The graphic violence and themes make it inappropriate for early teens and younger.

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    by  • May 3, 2002 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    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.

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    Blade II

    by  • April 27, 2002 • Movie Reviews and Features, Uncategorized, Writing

    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.

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