• Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    by  • June 7, 2004

    Originally written for The Milpitas Post Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis Rated: PG for frightening moments, creature violence and mild language. Parental Notes: although particularly young children will find some of the sequences far too intense, older children and preteens will doubtless...

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    The Day After Tomorrow

    by  • May 31, 2004

    Originally written for The Milpitas Post Directed by: Roland Emmerich Starring: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sela Ward, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok, Ian Holm Rated: PG-13 for intense situations of peril. Parental Notes: Although some of the perilous situations may be a bit much for youngsters, this isn’t a particularly gruesome movie. There are shots...

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    Troy

    by  • May 24, 2004

    Originally written for The Milpitas Post Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen Starring: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Brian Cox, Brendan Gleeson, Peter O’Toole Rated: R for graphic violence and some sexuality/nudity. Parental Notes: This is not a movie for little kids – in spite of the comparative lack of disgusting gore, there are still...

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    VanHelsing

    by  • May 17, 2004

    Originally written for The Milpitas Post Directed by: Steven Sommers Starring: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Shuler Hensley, Kevin J. O’Connor Rated: Rated PG-13 for nonstop creature action violence and frightening images, and for sensuality. Parental Notes: Although the monster action is indeed nonstop, this is an innocuous movie for teens...

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    Envy

    by  • May 10, 2004

    Originally written for The Milpitas Post Directed by: Barry Levinson Starring: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Rachel Weisz, Amy Poehler, Christopher Walken Rated: PG-13 for language and sexual/crude humor. Parental Notes: Teens will probably find this somewhat over-the-top tale of the infamous emotion and its effects amusing. It’s a bit raunchy for younger kids, but...

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    Laws of Attraction

    by  • May 3, 2004

    Originally Published In: The Milpitas Post Directed by: Peter Howitt Starring: Julianne Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Parker Posey, Michael Sheen Rated: PG-13 for sexual content and language. Parental Notes: This light romantic comedy is fine for teens but will probably bore youngsters.

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    Man On Fire

    by  • April 26, 2004

    Originally written for The Milpitas Post Directed by: Tony Scott Starring: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Marc Anthony, Radha Mitchell, Christopher Walken Rated: R for language and strong violence. Parental notes: This film is full of very strong, on-screen violence. The first half of the film is thoughtful and very well done but the second...

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    Connie and Carla

    by  • April 19, 2004

    Originally written for The Milpitas Post Directed by: Michael Lembeck Starring: Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, David Duchovny, Stephen Spinella Rated: PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual humor and drug references. Parental Notes: Parents who aren’t worried about the subject matter (drag queens and mobsters) will find nothing to object to in this sweet, fluffy comedy.

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    Walking Tall

    by  • April 12, 2004

    Originally written for The Milpitas Post Directed by: Kevin Bray Starring: The Rock, Johnny Knoxville, Neal McDonough, John Beasley, Barbara Tarbuck, Kristen Wilson Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense violence, sexual content, drug material and language Parental Notes: This is a hard PG-13, much closer to an R. Teens will probably like it but...

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    Hellboy

    by  • April 5, 2004

    Originally written for The Milpitas Post Directed by: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Karel Roden, Rupert Evans, John Hurt, Doug Jones Rated: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and frightening images. Parental Notes: There’s plenty of violence here, but it’s comic-book style and mostly harmless for the teen and mature preteen set.

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