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List of "R" Movies

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) PG drama

This movie is about the adventures of three Aborigine girls who are abducted by the government circa 1930. They manage to escape, and they try to find their way home whilst dodging the tracker. This movie makes a good political statement without getting preachy. For the most part, it is engaging and contains memorable performances. Starring: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, David Gulpilil, Kenneth Branagh, Deborah Mailman, Jason Clarke. Directed by: Phillip Noyce. B+

Radio Days (1987) PG comedy

Woody Allen directs and supplies a voice in this enjoyable tribute to the times before television. It centers around a boy (who probably grows up into Woody Allen) and how his life was effected by the radio. It gets real funny at times and the number of stars and cameos are a real treat. This isn't one of Allen's finest, but this sure is treasurable. Starring: Mia Farrow, Seth Green, Julie Kavner, Josh Mostel, Michael Tucker, Dianne Wiest, Wallace Shawn, Tito Puente, Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, Tony Roberts, Dianne Keaton, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Kenneth Mars. Directed by: Woody Allen. B+

The Radioland Murders (1994) PG comedy

This is by no means a great film, but it is a bit underrated. Whereas many critics end up completely panning it, this comedy is quite alright. The cast, at least, is good consisting of such notables as Ned Beatty, Michael McKean, Jeffrey Tambor, and Christopher Lloyd. The two stars, the unfamiliar Brian Benben and the usually mediocre Mary Stuart Masterson, are even entertaining. The story, created by George Lucas, is an interesting one about a radio station's maiden broadcast and some of its key personnel turn up murdered. The script is bit of a mess, but you'll be able to sort it out. Starring: Brian Benben, Mary Stuart Masterson, Ned Beatty, George Burns, Scott Michael Campbell, Brion James, Michael Lerner, Michael McKean, Jeffrey Tambor, Stephen Toblowski, Christopher Lloyd, Larry Miller, Anita Morris, Corbin Bernsen, Rosemary Clooney, Bobcat Goldthwait, Dylan Baker. Directed by: Mel Smith. B

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) PG action/adventure

This is pure fun from the winning combo of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The first of the Indiana Jones trilogy, and it's certainly the best. Indiana Jones must recover the Ark of the Covenant before the evil Nazis do who plan to use it as a weapon that will most certainly give them the needed power to win the war. This is a perfect adventure that awed audiences for nearly 20 years with its bag full of thrills and chills. Its sequels even rule. Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Wolf Kahler, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliot, Anthony Higgins, Alfred Molina. Directed by: Steven Spielberg. A+

Raising Arizona (1987) PG-13 comedy

Written and directed by the Coen Brothers, this flick is slick, stylish, entertaining and unpredictable. Nicolas Cage, a criminal, and Holly Hunter, a cop, get married. Once this couple discovers that they can't physically have a baby and Cage (being a criminal) they're not allowed to adopt, so they do the next best thing: They steal one! This is a well-written, well-directed, well-acted and a delicious comedy that is highly strange and unique. Not for all tastes; this movie is only for those with good taste. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Randall "Tex" Cobb, Francis McDormand, Sam McMurray, M. Emmet Walsh. Directed by: Joel Coen. A

Raising Helen (2004) PG-13 comedy

This is an unfocused but charming date flick starring Kate Hudson as a young, flighty fashion consultant whose life is turned around when she inherits her sister’s three kids. Hudson is strong in the lead and Joan Cusack turns in a typically goofy performance as the other sister, a rigid and slightly demented mother. The film is predictable and transparent, and I didn’t like the ending at all. Starring: Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Hector Elizondo, Helen Mirren, Hayden Panettiere, Spencer Breslin, Abigail Breslin, Sakina Jaffrey, Kevin Kilner, Felicity Huffman, Sean O’Bryan. Directed by: Garry Marshall. C

Raging Bull (1980) R drama

One of Martin Scorsese’s most fascinating films; it’s a character study about the life of a boxer who can’t seem to tame himself down outside of the ring. Very few films ever capture the essence of the brute like this one does! Robert De Niro plays the lead character with yet another career-making performance. It’s considered a classic, and that’s for good reason. Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Mario Gallo, Frank Adonis, Joseph Bono. Directed by: Martin Scorsese. A+

Ran (1984) R drama

Akira Kurosawa’s classic rendition of William Shakespeare’s King Lear is a film not to be missed by anyone. This tragedy about the bitter loss of a powerful family and the lust for power is brought to inspired poetry by this celebrated Japanese director. Set in Medieval Japan, a warlord announces that he is retiring from the throne. But his sons aren’t as polite to each other and himself, as he slowly degrades into senility. The acting and the cinematography are top-notch. Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Mieko Harada, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Hishashi Yui. Directed by: Akira Kurosawa. A+

Rat Race (2001) PG-13 comedy

This highly energetic update of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World finds a group of celebrities going on a mad search for treasure. While it can't hold a candle to its predecessor in terms of the caliber of celebrities in this movie, but also its script, Rat Race is nevertheless an enjoyable chase comedy. It was somewhat misfired, though, but it can be forgiven. Starring: Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Seth Green, Jon Lovitz, Dave Thomas, Breklin Mayer, Kathy Najimy, Amy Smart, Dean Cain, Jenica Bergere, Carrie Diamond, Douglas Haase, Wayne Knight, Kathy Bates. Directed by: Jerry Zucker. B

The Raven (1963) G horror

Excellent (and humorous) performances from Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff highlight the already-good screenplay adapted from that classic Edgar Allen Poe story. Price plays a wizard who is visited by a raven (Lorre). Lorre then tells Price about seeing a woman who looks like Price’s dead wife at another wizard’s (Karloff) castle. Together, with Lorre’s son (Jack Nicholson) and Price’s daughter (Olive Sturgess), they make the venture to the house. This is a highly entertaining film that’s good for both adults and children. The end features a very funny wizard duel. And you did read that right. That is the same One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Jack Nicholson in one of his very early roles. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best films that B-movie director Roger Corman ever did. Splendid. Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court, Olive Sturgess, Jack Nicholson, Connie Wallace, William Baskin. Directed by: Roger Corman. A-

Ray (2004) PG-13 drama

Jaime Foxx delivers his Academy Award performance with an impeccable portrayal of Ray Charles. Besides Foxx, this biopic manages to not only be engaging and heartbreaking, but it’ll make you want to know more about the film’s subject after you’re through watching it! Nothing could be more of a compliment to anyone trying to make a biopic … nothing. Starring: Jaime Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Harry J. Lenniz, Bokeem Woodbine, Aunjanue Ellis, Sharon Warren, C.J. Sanders, Curtis Armstrong, Richard Schiff. Directed by: Taylor Hackford. A

Real Genius (1985) PG comedy

This utterly side-splitting comedy is about a small group of geeks who go to a prestigious college to work on a high-tech, powerful laser. The big problem with this group is that the smartest member, Val Kilmer, is pretty much obsessed with goofing off. Kilmer is great in this movie -- go see it! Starring: Val Kilmer, Gabe Jarret, Michelle Meyrink, William Atherson, Patti D'Arbanville, Robert Prescott, Louis Gaimbalvo, Ed Lauter, Jonathan Gries, Tommy Swerdlow, Mark Kamiyama. Directed by: Martha Coolidge. B+

Real Women Have Curves (2002) PG-13 drama

An excellent film about a Latina high school graduate who is suited for higher education, but her mother keeps her at home, working at the dressmaking factory. The characters are engaging, and it is well acted. The underwear scene was crap, though. Starring: America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu, George Lopez, Brian Sites. Directed by: Patricia Cardoso. A-

Reality Bites (1994) PG-13 comedy/drama

This film revolves around a group of college graduates who not only have a remarkably difficult time finding jobs, but a hard time finding their identity. It wants to be profound, but I didn't find it as such. However, it is entertaining and the good cast is this film's strongest point. If you love this movie for its insight on the 90's gen-X culture, then good for you. Starring: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn, Ben Stiller, Swoosie Kurtz, Harry O'Reilly, Susan Norfleet, Joe Don Baker, Renee Zellweger, James Rothenberg, John Mahoney, Eric Stuart, Barry Sherman. Directed by: Ben Stiller. B-

Rear Window (1955) NR thriller

This Alfred Hitchcock flick is nothing less than excellent. It stars James Stewart as a man confined to a wheelchair who begins spying on his rather busy neighbors outside the window. As he is studying, he is led to believe that one man has actually murdered his wife! The entire movie is an intriguing character study and is brought to a conclusion that is frighteningly chilling. This is rightfully considered one of Hitchcock's finest. Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr. Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock. A+

Rear Window (1998) NR thriller

If Christopher Reeve really wanted to be in a movie after his paralysis, then I guess this is the remake for him. He plays the wheelchair stricken man left to do nothing in his apartment but to spy on his neighbors. Soon, he believes that one of them killed his spouse. When he tells the police and his friends, nobody believes him except for his coworker played by Daryl Hannah. Naturally inferior to the original, this update has a lesser dialogue and technology seems to undermine the story. In the '50s, when the original took place, everybody had their blinds withdrawn because they had their windows open due to the heat. In the '90s everybody has air conditioning so it brings out the question: why the blinds are withdrawn? (I'm thinking too hard!) Sometimes the film tries to be inspirational noting how Christopher Reeve recovered his injuries despite the odds, which really didn't do anything for the movie. On the bright side, the conclusion is wonderfully thrilling. It was copied directly from Hitchcock's movie, but ... whatever. Starring: Christopher Reeve, Daryl Hannah, Robert Forster, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Anne Twomey, Ritchie Coster, Allison Mackie, Ali Marsh. Directed by: Jeff Bleckner. C+

Rebecca (1940) NR thriller

Excellent, spooky and an early film of director Alfred Hitchcock, "Rebecca" holds your attention to the very end! A rich widower played by Laurence Olivier marries a shy and clumsy secretary. When she moves into Olivier's mansion, everyone seems to be comparing her with the original and recently departed wife, Rebecca, which almost drives her insane. The police concluded that Rebecca's death was because she drowned in a boat that accidentally capsized but new evidence suggests that it was caused otherwise. This is tremendously haunting and tremendously entertaining. It gets full marks! Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Goerge Sanders, Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce, C. Aubrey Smith, Reginald Denny, Gladys Cooper, Philip Winter, Edward Fielding, Florence Bates. Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock. A+

Red Eye (2005) PG-13 horror

This under-90-minute feature film from director Wes Craven stars Rachel McAdams as the concierge of a prestigious hotel. Assassin (Cillian Murphy) holds her hostage on an airplane and forces her to call her hotel to change the room number of a powerful politician. She resists, of course, but he quickly reveals that he has a killer waiting outside her father's (Brian Cox) home. It's a fairly ridiculous film that's only somewhat exciting. It makes a decent popcorn flick. Starring: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Jayma Mays, Jack Scalia, Colby Donaldson. Directed by: Wes Craven. B-

Red Heat (1988) R action

Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Belushi make an unlikely combo in this 48 hrs.-like police flick. Schwarzenegger plays a Soviet looking for a drug dealer in the States. Belushi plays a Chicago cop with a smart mouth. Obviously this team doesn't seem like it would work well together, but you never know. As this movie closed, only one thing comes to mind: It's nothing special. Action lovers will only want to see it for Arnold, and others shouldn't want to see it at all. Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O'Ross, Laurence Fishburne, Gina Gershon, Richard Bright, J.W. Smith, Brent Jennings. Directed by: Walter Hill. C+

Reds (1981) PG drama

A notable biography/drama depicting the life of American communist, John Reed, who tried to convert the American lifestyle and ideals to his own ways of thinking. An interesting aspect of this film is that it's narrated in the first person by people who have actually been there and seen it happen. This film would have been much better if Reed's dull love life wasn't included and the film wasn't so lengthy. This film's not for everybody; only see if this sort of thing typically interests you. Wonderful performances from Beatty and Keaton! Starring: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski, Jack Nicholson, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, Nicolas Coster, Gene Hackman, William Daniels, Max Wright, M. Emmet Walsh, Ian Wolfe, Bessie Love, George Plimpton, Dolph Sweet, Josef Sommer. Directed by: Warren Beatty. B

The Reduced Shakespeare Company (2000) NR comedy

Anyone who likes Shakespeare and has a penchant for goofy humor cannot miss this stage performance of a trio of actors who attempt to perform the entire works of Shakespeare in 90 minutes. Their work is so compact that they manage to perform Hamlet four times; once was in 30 seconds backwards. A lot of this stuff is forced, specifically the spats between the performers. But it's all done for laughs, and it succeeds formidably! Starring: Adam Long, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor. Directed by: Paul Kafno. A

Remember the Titans (2000) PG sports

This is a good football flick about new black coach, Denzel Washington, of a high school football team in a newly integrated school in the '70s. It succeeds in depicting the tension between the different races and how they eventually come to resolve it. Many sports scenes are good, but the film's strongest point is the craftful character development. It's not a great film but worthy of your view. Starring: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Donald Faison, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, Ethan Suplee, Nicole Parker, Hayden Panettiere, Kip Pardue, Craig Kirkwood. Directed by: Boaz Yakin. B+

Renaissance Man (1994) PG-13 comedy

Danny DeVito stars as a recently unemployed advertising man who reluctantly takes a job teaching a classroom of army recruits how to "comprehend" events on the battlefield. He ends up teaching them Hamlet. This is frequently sappy and adolescent, but it has its moments. Directed by Penny Marshall; she's not at her best. Starring: Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines, James Remar, Cliff Robertson, Lillo Brancato Jr., Stacey Dash, Kadeem Hardison, Richard T. Jones, Khalil Kain, Peter Simmons, Ed Begley Jr. Directed by: Penny Marshall. C+

The Replacements (2000) PG-13 sports

A professional football team decides to go on strike because they want an extra million dollars or two added to their paycheck. Rather than complying with their demand, the owner decides to hire temporary replacements. As expected, they're the usual brand of nitwits. This movie sure toys around with a good idea delivering the basic idea that pro-football has lost its value, because all players are interested in is cash, but it doesn't run with it. It's too cute and audience-pleasing (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Starring: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones, Jon Favreau, Jack Warden, Rhys Ifans, Michael Jace, Troy Winbrush, John Madden, Pat Summerall. Directed by: Howard Deutch. B-

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) PG comedy

Somebody stole the precious Pink Panther diamond again, and it's up to Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) to find it. This is the famed revival of the Pink Pather series after A Shot in the Dark was released in 1964, and it's certainly worth seeing! Sellers is as brilliant as usual. Starring: Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom, Peter Arne, Burt Kwouk, Andre Maranne, Gregoire Aslan, Peter Jeffrey, David Lodge. Directed by: Blake Edwards. B

The Revenge of the Nerds (1984) R comedy

A group of misfit of college nerds have a hard time finding lodging, so they fix up a house of their own to start a fraternity. However, the head of the college's Greek Society won't let them become an official fraternity, because they're too nerdy. They must win the homecoming carnival contest (the winner becomes the new head of the Greek Society) and prove their worth. This is a good natured film, and much of it is endearing though dumb and only marginally funny. Starring: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Cassese, Curtis Armstrong, Larry B. Scott, Brian Tochi, Julie Montgomery, Michelle Meyrink, Ted McGinley, Matt Salinger. Directed by: Jeff Kanew. B

Revenge of the Nerds II (1987) PG-13 comedy

Everything that Revenge of the Nerds was lovable for is conspicuously absent in this remarkably unfunny sequel. When the nerds go to a regional greek conference, they are met with a less than enthusiastic reception. They are thrown out of their hotel for being too geeky and their status within the greek system is jeopardized from a few hating members. Ninety-nine percent of the gags fall flat. Starring: Robert Carradine, Curtis Armstrong, Larry B. Scott, Timothy Busfield, Donald Gibb, Andrew Cassese, Bradley Whitford, Ed Lauter, Barry Sobel, Courtney Thorne-Smith. Directed by: Joe Roth. D-

The Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) PG comedy

This is a worthy addition to the Pink Panther series, and it is amusing with a few genuine laughs though the plot is weak. The bumbling French detective (Peter Sellers) is mistakenly pronounced dead, but he continues his mission to capture an evil drug lord. The jokes and the supporting cast only suffices but "Panther" fans will still undoubtedly enjoy it. Starring: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Dyan Cannon, Robert Webber, Burt Kwouk, Paul Stewart, Robert Loggia, Graham Stark, Tony Beckley, Valerie Leon, Andrew Sachs. Directed by: Blake Edwards. B

Riding in Cars With Boys (2001) PG-13 comedy

Drew Barrymore once had great ambitions in life, but they were spoiled when she was merely 15 when she got pregnant. The father of the child (Steve Zahn) must marry Barrymore, who further declines into the delusions that she has lost her grip of her dreams. Director Penny Marshall helmed this comedy even though she would have been well advised to turn up the comedy and toned down the sap. It's still a decent watch, however. Starring: Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Brittany Murphy, Damien Garcia, Lorraine Bracco, James Woods, Sara Gilbert, Desmond Harrington, David Moscow, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Facinelli, Marissa Ryan, Mika Boreem. Directed by: Penny Marshall. B-

The Right Stuff (1983) PG drama

This is an excellent film about what it takes to be an astronaut. The film greatly succeeds in telling the story about what the original seven astronauts, Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Gordon Cooper, Gus Grissom, etc., went through to meet the qualifications of the job. All history buffs should see this, and so should every kid who wants to be an astronaut. Starring: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Kim Stanley, Veronica Cartwright, Pamela Reed, Scott Paulin, Charles Frank, Lance Henriksen, Donald Moffat, Levon Helm. Directed by: Philip Kaufman. A-

The Ring (2002) PG-13 horror

This is an utterly chilling and absorbing horror flick about a mysterious videocassette. After you’re finished watching the videocassette, your telephone rings, and a woman informs you that you are going to die in seven days. This is a horror film that I gobbled up like cotton candy. I didn’t want to miss a second of it! … The sets and the atmospheric feel of the film were absolutely top-notch. I just wish that it all made sense in the end. Starring: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, Jane Alexander, Lindsay Frost, Pauley Perrette, Amber Tamblyn, Rachael Bella, Sara Rue, Shannon Cochran, Daveigh Chase. Directed by: Gore Verbinski. B+

The Ringer (2004) PG-13 comedy

Johnny Knoxville stars in this lacking comedy as a former track star who pretends that he's mentally retarded and competes in the Special Olympics. It's a premise that shows some promise for the mean-spirited crowd, but the jokes aren't funny. Furthermore, the filmmakers didn't bother developing the dramatic plot points in any believable fashion. Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Brian Cox, Katherine Heigl, Jed Rees, Bill Chott, Edward Barnabell, Leonard Earl Howze, Geoffrey Arend, John Taylor, Luis Avalos, Leonard Flowers. Directed by: Barry W. Blaustein. C-

Risky Business (1983) R comedy

Tom Cruise stars as a do-gooder high school student who is left home alone in his house while his parents are away. As a joke, one of his friends (Curtis Armstrong) invites a prostitute over to the house. One thing leads to another and … Tom Cruise becomes a pimp! This brilliant film features a performance from Cruise that he struggles to top to this day, and Hollywood rarely releases comedies better than this. This film is truly great. Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur, Bronson Pinchot, Curtis Armstrong, Nicholas Pryor, Janet Carroll, Shera Danese. Directed by: Paul Brickman. A

Road to Perdition (2002) R drama

There was so much hype surrounding this film when it was released that was compared to The Godfather, but where's the emotion and grit? That's not to say that this film is boring, or even poorly executed. This is more of a pleasant flick about the everlasting bond between father and son. The story line escalates when a well-mannered hitman (Tom Hanks) goes on a killing mission when it is discovered that his son (Tyler Hoechlin) unexpectedly tagged along. Pretty soon, the mob-leader (Paul Newman), who Hanks has been faithful to his entire life, puts a price tag on his head, sending Hanks and son fleeing. The major redeeming quality of this movie is the breath-taking cinematography, which truly is at the top of its class. Starring: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stanley Tucci, Daniel Craig, Tyler Hoechlin, Liam Aiken, Siaran Hinds. Directed by: Sam Mendes. B-

Robin Hood (1991) NR adventure

Don't do what I did and confuse this medieval adventure with Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. This is a made-for-television account of the legendary crook's adventures that's too cliched and corny. Its action, however, is exhilarating, and that's the only real reason you'd want to see this. Starring: Patrick Bergin, Uma Thurman, Jurgen Prochnow, Edward Fox, Jeroen Krabbe, Owen Teale, Anthony O'Donnell, Gabrielle Reidy, Barry Stanton Danny Webb, Gabrielle Lloyd. Directed by: John Irvin. B-

Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) PG-13 comedy

Mel Brooks gives Robin Hood his treatment in this occasionally funny flick. Cary Elwes does an impressive job in spoofing the title character, but the rest of the cast is below par. Not as good as other Brooks films, naturally, but it contains just enough laughs to please his devoted fans. Starring: Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Rees, Amy Yasbeck, Mel Brooks, David Chappelle, Mark Blankfield, Tracey Ullman, Eric Allan Kramer, Megan Cavanagh, Dom De Luise, Dick Van Patten, Patrick Stewart. Directed by: Mel Brooks. B-

RoboCop (1987) R sci-fi

This awesome sci-fi picture stars Peter Weller as a good Detroit cop who dies in a shoot-off with sadistic gang members. The company who recently took over running the police converts Weller into a cyborg crime-fighting machine (very awesome). The action is bloody, but it's done in auch a tounge-in-cheek way that this hardly can be considered a regular action film. This unpredictable film is one of the most essential sci-fi films out there and highly recommended. Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Dan O'Herlihy, Robert Do'Qui, Miguel Ferrer, David Packer, Neil Summers, Sage Parker, Kevin Page, Diane Robin, Felton Perry. Directed by: Paul Verhoeven. A

Rocky (1976) PG sports

This classic boxing film sets the standards for all sports movies to come! Rocky Balboa, small-time boxer, is given the chance to fight the number one boxing champion in the nation for the title. Of course, being the underdog, he hasn't a fighting chance but decides to make the best of it. The boxing sequence at the end of the film is superb. It is highlighted by great performance by Stallone and Burgess Merideth. Stallone, who wrote the screenplay, never came close to matching this ever again. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Thayer David. Directed by: John G. Avildson. A

Rocky Balboa (2006) PG drama

You might have laughed at Sylvester Stallone for merely thinking about reviving his boxing character after all this time, but he managed to pull it off. Balboa is 60 and running a restaurant, but he is unhappy about it. Adrian died a few years ago, and he is still devastated. He has something he must get out of his system, and the only way he can properly do that is to get back in the ring. The film is marred by a few too many melodramatic episodes, but it's a fantastic revisit of the series. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Tarver, Burt Young, Milo Ventimiglia, Tony Burton, James Francis Kelly III, Geraldine Hughes. Directed by: Sylvester Stallone. B

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) R musical

Absolutely demented horror/musical/comedy which has absolutely nothing to show for it except its fun songs and Tim Curry's spirited debut performance. A man and his fiancee's car breaks down in the middle of pouring rain, so they head for the nearest spooky castle to make a phone call. They are greeted by a creepy butler and find themselves in the middle of the Annual Transylvania Convention (full of crudely-dresses transvestites). After that point, the plot of the film is lost and most of the material relies on poor humor and sick jokes. Through the years, this film has become a cult classic, famous for midnight showings where die hard participants sing and dance along. These people are nuts. Case closed. Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Jonathan Adams, Meatloaf, Little Nell, Patricia Quinn. Directed by: Jim Sharman. C-

Roger and Me (1987) R "documentary"

If you're going to make a documentary, the very least you can do is make it entertaining and funny. Well this is what Michael Moore does in his very first documentary. Moore films the lay-offs of the General Motors company in his hometown, Flint, Michigan, and how it affected the town's economy and the lives of its citizens. Moore's goal in this film is to get hold of Roger Smith, General Motors CEO, bring him to Flint and show him exactly what the lay-offs have done. This is a slick documentary. Starring: Michael Moore. Directed by: Michael Moore. B+

Rollerball (1975) R sci-fi

This riveting but superficial sci-fi film takes place in A.D. 2018 where corporations have taken control of the world and the vicious title sport has become a pop-culture craze. This sport is so violent, in fact, that the life expectancy of its players is extremely short. When the rollerball champion, Caan, survives 10 years at it and is still going strong, the corporations begin to worry. What if Caan grows so popular that he becomes more powerful than the corporations? They try with all their strength to get him to retire. The only entertainment value of the film is the actual rollerball games, but everything beyond that is usually boring. Starring: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Ralph Richardson. Directed by: Norman Jewison. C+

Roman Holiday (1953) NR comedy

This is a cheery, enjoyable comedy. Audrey Hepburn stars as a famous and frustrated princess who escapes her "prison" (i.e. the duties that a princess must fufill) and blindly wanders around Rome after taking a sleeping drug. Not knowing who she is, reporter Gregory Peck finds her sleeping on the streets and brings her home with him. The next day, Hepburn and Peck are in for the time of their lives. Eddie Albert co-stars as Peck's friend, a photographer. This is cleraly one of the most enjoyable films to come out of the 1950s, and the actors' performances couldn't have been better. Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power, Laura Solari, Harcourt Williams, Margaret Rawlings, Tullio Carminati, Paolo Carlini, Claudio Ermelli, Paola Berboni. Directed by: William Wyler. A

Romance With a Double Bass (1974) NR (contains nudity) comedy

Fawlty Towers fans won't want to miss this one. As a predecessor to that show, John Cleese and Connie Booth co-star (and co-write) this hilarious 40-minute short-subject film. Booth stars as a 19th Century princess who bathes in her castle's nearby pond before her engagement party is to begin. Cleese plays a double bassist who also goes bathing though in a different part of the lake. A thief steals their clothes and they are left to try to get back to the castle without being seen (or seeing each other). This is utterly delightful from beginning to end with plenty of belly laughs. It is essential for Cleese fans. Starring: John Cleese, Connie Booth, Freddie Jones, Graham Crowden, John Moffat, Jonathan Lynn, June Whitfield, Andrew Sachs. Directed by: Robert Young. A

Romancing the Stone (1984) PG adventure

This exciting adventure flick stars Michael Douglas as a tough Amazon bird catcher and Kathleen Turner as a romance novelist. They are in the jungle with a treasure map. Even though many people are competing for the treasure, Douglas and Turner cannot help but to look for it, too. Don't expect great cinema, but you can at least expect to be entertained. Starring: Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, Danny De Vito, Zack Norman, Alfonso Arau, Manuel Ojeda. Directed by: Robert Zemeckis. B+

Romantic Comedy (1983) PG romantic comedy

This (*ahem*) romantic comedy is about a Broadway playwright (Dudley Moore) who finds a new long-term writing partner (Mary Steenburgen). They fall in love, but at least one of them is married throughout their entire partnership. It makes entirely decent entertainment, but it's nothing special. Moore's performance is disappointingly flat. Starring: Dudley Moore, Mary Steenburgen, Frances Sternhagen, Janet Eilber, Robyn Douglass, Ron Leibman, Rozsika Halmos, Alexander Lockwood, Erica HIller, Sean Patrick Guerin, Dick Wieand. Directed by: Arthur Hiller. C+

Romeo and Juliet (1936) NR romance

This is the very first mainstream film production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and it's quite good. Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard play the title roles professionally, and the nicely staged sword fights enliven the otherwise dull flick. Recommended only if you have already seen the superior 1968 version starring Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting. Starring: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Edna May Oliver, John Barrymore, C. Aubrey Smith, Basil Rathbone, Andy Devine, Henry Kolker, Violet Kemble-Cooper, Ralph Forbes, Reginald Denny. Directed by: George Cukor. B

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997) R comedy

Strikingly solid performances from Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow highlight this otherwise lacking comedy about a pair of clueless young women who decide to fake certain aspects of their lives to impress people at their high school reunion. There are a few good gags in it, but a lacking script keeps this from becoming anything special. Janeane Garofalo’s performance as a depressed cigarette smoker is very funny. Starring: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming, Julia Campbell, Mia Cottet, Justin Theroux, Kristin Bauer. Directed by: David Mirkin. C

Room Service (1938) NR comedy

This disappointing Marx Brothers flick will still deliver a few laughs. It starts out very dull with little substance, but toward the end, good comedic material starts rolling in. This one's about the trio managing a new play. The must stay in a hotel for as long as possible while avoiding to pay the bill. Can the Marx Brothers keep this up until the play starts? Starring: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Lucille Ball, Ann Miller, Frank Albertson, Donald MacBride, Clifford Dunstan, Philip Loeb. Directed by: William A. Seiter. B-

A Room With a View (1986) PG drama

A nice cast was picked for this adaptation of E.M. Forrester's novel about a young socialite (Helena Bonham Carter) who must choose between marrying a stiff intellectual (Daniel Day-Lewis) or a romantic eccentric (Julian Sands). The script is witty and the cast turns in excellent performances but the disappointedly average filming and editing makes this a bore. Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands, Daniel Day-Lewis, Simon Callow, Judi Dench, Rosemary Leach, Rupert Graves, Patric Godfrey. Directed by: James Ivory. C+

Rosemary's Baby (1968) R horror

This film was made with the mentality that effective horror movies don't have to consist of people in scary costumes jumping out of a bush and saying "boo." This will get under your skin. Mia Farrow stars as a pregnant woman. She soon begins to suspect that the couple who lives nextdoor (Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer) are members of the occult and have secret intentions for her child. This is Roman Polanski's first American film, and he does a brilliant job with it. Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Patsy Kelly, Elisha Cook, Jr., Emmaline Henry. Directed by: Roman Polanski. A

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1990) PG comedy

If you've ever read Hamlet, you're probably familiar with the scumbags of the story, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Well, this movie suggests that they weren't such bad guys after all; they were misunderstood! This is a comedic version of Hamlet told at a different point of view. It has its confusing moments and many of the jokes are directed only to fans of Hamlet, but the material in the film is usually clever and funny. The director has done a fine job adapting this film from his whimsical play. Starring: Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Roth, Ian Glen, Donald Sumpter, Joanna Miles, Ljubo Zecevic, Ian Richardson, Sven Medzesck, Vili Matula, John Burgess. Directed by: Tom Stoppard. B

Rounders (1998) R drama

John Dahl directs this fascinating study of high-stakes poker. Matt Damon stars as a heavily talented poker player who lost his entire savings on a bet. He quits poker until his friend (Edward Norton), who is a stupid but also talented poker player, convinces him to take the game up again. Unfortunately, he eventually comes at odds with very mean creditors. The final poker game at the end of the film (in which his life is riding on) is utterly tense. This is a highly effective and engaging film. Starring: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Tuturro, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, John Malkovich, Martin Landau, Michael Rispoli. Directed by: John Dahl. A

Roxanne (1987) PG comedy

Steve Martin stars in this sweetly entertaining modern update of Cyrano de Bergerac as a verbose and big nosed fire chief of a small town who is overtaken by a lovely new resident (Daryl Hannah). Unfortunately, Hannah is more overtaken by a more good-looking though clumsy fireman (Rick Rossovich), who turns to Martin to help. Great performance by Martin who manages to waft in and out of sweet drama and his signature wild’n’crazy antics. Starring: Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Rick Rossovich, Shelley Duvall, Michael J. Pollard, John Kapelos, Damon Wayans, Fred Willard. Directed by: Fred Schepisi. A-

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) R comedy

Wes Anderson's third film is another quirky winner. Gene Hackman stars as a man who fakes stomach cancer so that he may get close to the family he left behind many years ago (but he does this for financial reasons). This family features members who excelled as kids: Ben Stiller is an exercise-addicted stock market broker; Gwyneth Paltrow is a depressed playwright; and Luke Wilson as a professional tennis player. However, their lives went downhill from there. This is a comedy that doesn't offer up too many guffaws, but it is sure to entertain those who enjoy artsy movies. Starring: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover, Bill Murray, Seymour Cassel, Kumar Pallana, Alec Baldwin, Grant Rosenmeyer, Jonah Meyerson, Stephen Lee Sheppard. Directed by: Wes Anderson. A-

Rudy (1993) PG sports

Sean Astin plays a young man whose effort and ambition is larger than his physical and mental capabilities. It has been his goal since childhood to play football for Notre Dame, but when he grows older, he finds he's short, non-athletic and his schooling capabilities are below what's expected. However, through hard work and determination, he might be able to come through! An inspirational true story that's excellent for family night. Starring: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Greta Lind, Scott Benjaminson, Mary Ann Thebus, Charles S. Dutton, Lili Taylor, Christopher Reed. Directed by: David Anspaugh. B+

The Ruling Class (1972) PG comedy

Peter O’Toole’s notable and energetic performance is instrumental in making this whopping 154-minute film entertaining to the end. When the 13th Duke of Gurney (Harry Andrews) commits suicide, his only surviving son (O’Toole), who happens to think he’s the second coming of Christ, is appointed to fulfil that role. This somewhat ambiguous satire features fresh and inventive direction and the tendency to randomly break out in song. Starring: Peter O’Toole, Alistair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Harry Andrews, Coral Browne, Michael Bryant, Leslie Schofield, Hugh Owens, Llewellyn Rees, Declan Mulholland, Nigel Green. Directed by: Peter Medak. A-

Rumor Has It (2005) PG-13 comedy

This horrible riff on The Graduate stars Jennifer Aniston who visits her family with her fiancé (Mark Ruffalo), but she having second thoughts about him. Meanwhile, she becomes increasingly interested in her family history. Having never known her father, she wonders if a longtime family friend (Kevin Costner) might be him. He insists he isn't. It might not sound like a bad movie, but the pacing was wrong, and this is a tedious watch. Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Shirley MacLaine, Mark Ruffalo, Richard Jenkins, Mena Suvari, Chris McDonald, Steve Sandvoss, Mike Vogel. Directed by: Rob Reiner. D

Runaway (1984) PG-13 sci-fi

Decent sci-fi thriller directed by prominent author Michael Crichton stars Tom Selleck as a futuristic police officer specializing in robots. When he investigates an incident of a machine going awry and killing a family with a gun, he discovers that an evil scientist (KISS guitarist Gene Simmons) is up to something, well, evil. Fine plot that examines the dangers of technology and fine action sequences is enough to make this entertaining, but it ain’t no Bladerunner. Simmons, in his film debut, makes a surprisingly effective villain. Kirstie Alley is over-the-top as a victimized middleman. Starring: Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes, Gene Simmons, Kirstie Alley, Stan Shaw, Joey Cramer, G.W. Bailey, Chris Mulkey. Directed by: Michael Chrichton. B-

Running Scared (1986) R action

Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines partner up in this excellent comedy as detective who attempt to stop a drug lord from transporting illegal drugs. The story is rather routine, but there was enough chemistry in the pairing of Crystal and Hines to make it an entertaining watch. Starring: Billy Crystal, Gregory Hines, Steven Bauer, Darlanne Fluegel, Joe Pantoliano, Dan Hedaya, Jonathan Gries, Tracy Reed, Jimmy Smits, John DiSanti. Directed by: Peter Hyams. B+

Rush Hour (1998) PG-13 martial arts

Jackie Chan stars in this entertaining martial arts comedy as a Chinese detective traveling to the US to inspect the kidnapping of a Chinese diplomat's daughter. The FBI hires Chris Tucker, a man with a big mouth and ego, to keep Chan out of the investigation. This widely hailed film is Chan's first American movie and also among his personal best. The martial arts moves are as dazzling as usual and the chuckles keep coming. Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Tzi Ma, Julia Hsu, Ken Leung, Robert Littman, Michael Chow. Directed by: Brett Ratner. B+

Rush Hour 2 (2001) PG-13 martial arts

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker reunite to try to repeat the success of Rush Hour, but too many scenes with Tucker's yapping compromises the movie. Nevertheless, this is another entertaining vehicle and gives Chan many more happy excuses to use a lot of kung fu. This time, the pair try to find out who's behind the bombing of an American embassy (and, apparently, it wasn't Osama bin Ladel). Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone, Zhang Ziyi, Roselyn Sanchez, Harris Yulin, Alan King, Kenneth Tsang. Directed by: Brett Ratner. B

The Rutles (1978) NR comedy

This post-Monty Python creation from Eric Idle is silly but only mildly funny. He mocks the entire career of The Beatles from their origins to their break-up. Idle might have been well advised to have kept the film focused on a single era of the Beatles' career, because this film whizzes by too quickly. The mock songs are meant to sound eerily similar to the Beatles hits. The song titles, such as "All You Need are Cash" and "Yellow Submarine Sandwich" are humorous puns, but the tunes are fairly annoying. Nevertheless, this mockumentary is silly enough to be fun. It's also worth seeing for appearances from many of the original Saturday Night Live cast, Mick Jagger and the Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison. Starring: Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Paul Simon, Al Franken, Rikki Fataar, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, George Harrison, John Halsey, Gary Weis, Robert Putt, Tom Davis, Bianca Jagger, John Belushi, Gilda Radner. Directed by: Eric Idle. B-

Ruthless People (1986) R comedy

Danny DeVito contemplates ways to murder his undesirable wife, Bette Midler, but then he gets a phone call informing that his wife has been kidnapped for ransom. So DeVito does nothing. This is a clever comedy from Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker (directors of "Airplane!"), but don't expect a laugh a minute. They went the sophisticated route with this picture ... for some weird reason. Starring: Danny De Vito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, Anita Morris, Bill Pullman, William G. Schilling, Art J. Evans, Clarence Felder, J.E. Freeman, Gary Riley, Louise Yaffe. Directed by: Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker and David Zucker. B+

RV (2006) PG comedy

It's a shame that a film with Robin Williams as the star couldn't have had a script that aimed higher than poop jokes. Oh well; Williams' comic flare manages to make this a watchable film. He stars as a negligent father who cancels the family trip to Hawaii and attempts to take his spoiled family on an RV trip. (He does this to secretly attend business meetings in Denver.) Will this dysfunctional family ever bond? Starring: Robin Williams, Jeff Daniels, Cheryl Hines, Kristin Chenoweth, Joanna 'Jojo" Levesque, Josh Hutcherson, Will Arnett, Brendan Fletcher. Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld. C


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