• The Haunted Mansion

    by  • November 30, 2003

    Directed by: Rob Minkoff Starring: Eddie Murphy, Marsha Thomason, Nathaniel Parker, Terrence Stamp Rated: PG for frightening images, thematic elements and language. Parental Notes: This is a fun spooky movie for kids. Very young children will likely find the spiders, animated skeletons, ghosts, and tastefully filmed suicides too frightening, but kids who love the...

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    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    by  • November 21, 2003

    Starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany Directed by: Peter Weir Rated: PG-13 for intense battle sequences, related images, and brief language. Parental Notes: Youngsters may find the battle sequences and medical procedures shown in the film too intense; there is plenty of attention to realism here. Teens looking for some brains with their brawn will...

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    The Matrix Revolutions

    by  • November 15, 2003

    Directed by: Larry and Andy Wachowski Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Lawrence Fishbourne, Collin Chou, Nona Gaye, Nathaniel Lees Rated: R for sci-fi violence and brief sexual content Parental Notes: Like the other films in the trilogy, this includes a great deal of violence, both unrealistic and visceral. Youngsters will find it...

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    Love Actually

    by  • November 11, 2003

    Directed by: Richard Curtis Starring: Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Laura Linney, Thomas Sangster, Alan Rickman Rated: R for sexuality, nudity and language. Parental Notes: This is a sweet and charming film, but not one free of sorrow. Teens and mature preteens with a taste...

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    Runaway Jury

    by  • November 2, 2003

    Directed by: Gary Fleder Starring: John Cusack, Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman Rated: PG-13 for violence, language and thematic elements. Parental Notes: This is a standard Grisham thriller, appropriate for all teens and mature pre-teens. The violence is not particularly gory but youngsters may find it a bit intense.

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    Kill Bill, Vol. 1

    by  • October 30, 2003

    Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, Sonny Chiba Rated: R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexual content. Parental notes: Hyper-violent, full of distressing images, and barrels of gore, this is not a movie for the weak-stomached and definitely too intense for younger...

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    School of Rock

    by  • October 21, 2003

    Directed by: Richard Linklater Starring: Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Miranda Cosgrove, Joey Gaydos, Kevin Clark. Rated: PG-13 for some rude humor and drug references. Parental Notes: As other reviewers have noted, this movie does not deserve a PG-13 rating. There is some rude humor and drug references, but this is a movie kids will...

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    Bubba Ho-Tep

    by  • October 11, 2003

    Directed by: Don Coscarelli Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Bob Ivy Rated: R for language, some sexual content and brief violent images. Parental Notes: This is a strange film. Teens who love Campbell’s work will doubtless enjoy it, but those without an odd sense of humor and a strong appreciation of adult themes will...

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    Duplex

    by  • October 1, 2003

    Directed by: Danny DeVito Starring: Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, Eileen Essel, Harvey Fierstein, Robert Wisdom Rated: PG-13 for sexual content, language and some violence. Parental Notes: Plenty of slapstick comedy and some dark themes, but little objectionable material for teens or mature preteens.

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