Originally written for The Milpitas Post. Directed by: Charles Stone III Starring: Bernie Mac, Angela Basset, Michael Rispoli, Brian J. White, Ian Anthony Dale Rated: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language. Parental Notes: This is a good movie for teens and preteens, although some parents may find the good-natured swearing and mild sexuality objectionable.
Originally written for The Milpitas Post. Directed by: David R. Ellis Starring: Chris Evans, Kim Bassinger, Jason Statham, William H. Macy Rated: PG-13 for violence, terror situations, language and some sexual references. Parental Notes: This is a fairly intense PG-13 film, and may be way to intense for preteens. Teens will doubtless enjoy the humor-action mix.
Directed by: Zhang Yimou Starring: Jet Li, Daoming Chen, Donnie Yen, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung Rated: PG-13 for stylized martial arts violence and a scene of sensuality. Parental Notes: The violence in this movie is all heavily stylized and largely bloodless. This should be fine for preteens and up, although more mature kids will appreciate the philosophy more.
Review originally written for The Milpitas Post Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Adrien Brody Rated: PG-13 for a scene of violence and frightening situations. Parental Notes:
Originally written for The Milpitas Post Directed by: Paul Greengrass Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen, Brian Cox Rated: PG-13, for violence and intense action, and brief language Parental Notes: Teens and preteens who enjoyed the first movie will doubtless like this one. It is almost certainly too intense for youngsters.
Directed by: Alex Proyas Starring: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell Rated: PG-13 for intense stylized action, and some brief partial nudity. Parental Notes: This is a PG-13 movie that deserves its rating – the violence, while stylized, is still violence. It’s not gruesome or lascivious by any means, but youngsters may find it too intense. Teens and mature preteens will no doubt love it.
Directed by: Sam Raimi Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina Rated: PG-13 for stylized action violence. Parental Notes: Although youngsters may find much of the film too intense, preteens and teens will doubtless have a good time if they’re Spider-Man fans.
Originally written for The Milpitas Post Directed by: Frank Oz Starring: Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Roger Bart, Jon Lovitz. Rated: PG-13 for sexual content, thematic material and language. Parental Notes: Much of the humor here will be over the heads of youngsters, but teens with an ear for social satire will doubtless love it.
Originally written for The Milpitas Post Directed and written by: David Twohy Starring: Vin Diesel, Colm Feore, Thandie Newton, Judi Dench, Karl Urban, Alexa Davalos, Linus Roache Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violent action and some language. Parental Notes: Although some sequences, such as a man burning to death in superheated air, will definitely be too intense for youngsters, mature preteens and teens should be fine. The violence is fairly bloodless and without gruesome sound effects and there’s virtually no sensuality.
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 of people frozen to death and other deaths, but they’re fairly bloodless.