• 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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    Once Upon a Time in Mexico

    by  • September 21, 2003

    Directed by: Robert Rodriguez Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Mickey Rourke, Enrique Iglesias Rated: Rated R for strong violence, and for language. Parental Notes: Teens who loved “Desperado” may find “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” a bit of a disappointment but it’s a fine film for teens and above. Numerous blood-spattering...

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    Underworld

    by  • September 11, 2003

    Directed by: Len Wiseman Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy Rated: R for strong violence/gore and some language. Parental Notes: Although “Underworld” is neither as violent nor as gory as it could be, it is still likely too intense for preteens. Teenagers who like vampire and werewolf stories will...

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    The Medallion

    by  • September 1, 2003

    Directed by: Gordon Chan Starring: Jackie Chan, Claire Forlani, Julian Sands, Lee Evans Rated: PG-13 for action violence and some sexual humor. Parental Notes: The content of “The Medallion” is fine for preteens and above, provided they can endure the mediocre fight scenes and atrocious dialog and acting.

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    Passionada

    by  • August 18, 2003

    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.

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