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List of "K" Movies

Kangaroo Jack (2003) PG comedy

A bad movie about a kangaroo getting away with a red jacket that contains a lot of money. It’s not worth seeing, not even for the usually fun Christopher Walken. The humor is way too crude even for family viewing. Estella Warren is pretty much the hottest woman on the planet. Starring: Jerry O’Connell, Anthony Anderson, Estella Warren, Christopher Walken, Marton Csokas, Dyan Cannon, Michael Shannon, Bill Hunter. Directed by: David McNally. D

Kicking & Screaming (2005) PG comedy

An manchild and clumsy athlete (Will Ferrell) coaches a little league soccer team full of misfits. It shares its general plot with The Bad News Bears so closely that this is probably plaigarism. The execution of it was amateurish and corny, and some of the film's more unique and potentially funny subplots were not fleshed out whatsoever. However, moments of inspired lunacy from Ferrell make watching this a scream. That is the appeal. If you don't think you'd like watching Will Ferrell go ape-crazy, you won't like this movie. Starring: Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Mike Ditka, Kate Walsh, Musetta Vander, Dylan McLaughlin, Josh Hutcherson, Steven Anthony, Jeremy Bergman, Elliot Cho, Erik Walker. Directed by: Jesse Dylan. C+

The Kid (2000) PG comedy

Bruce Willis stars as a jerk with no friends. He meets a mysterious child who he soon learns is himself at eight. Willis has no idea why he's here. Usually entertaining but not incredibly funny or touching, the film is made worthwhile by its fun premise, good performances, and some nice moments. Starring: Bruce Willis, Spencer Breslin, Emily Mortimer, Lily Tomlin, Jean Smart, Chi McBride, Daniel Von Bargen, Dana Ivey. Directed by: Jon Turtletaub. B-

The Kidnapping of the President (1980) R thriller

William Shatner stars in this thriller with a dime novel premise. Terrorists have abducted the president, and it's up to the Secret Service (headed by Shatner) to rescue him. Some of the suspense is effective, but this is mostly throwaway. This is only for Shatner fans to watch out of curiosity. Starring: William Shatner, Hal Holbrook, Van Johnson, Ava Gardner, Miguel Fernandes. Directed by: George Mendeluk. C

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) R action

Utterly gruesome and bloody (yet in an entirely comic book way) work from hailed director Quentin Tarantino gives us a sickeningly satisfying tale of revenge. Uma Thurman plays a tough chick who nearly dies in a massacre at a wedding chapel. The culprits: a babes in sexy clothes and a guy named Bill. Her mission: to kill each and every one of them! The plot isn’t anything special. The way Tarantino executes it, however, is utterly priceless! (It’s even hilarious most of the time … even though the jokes involve buckets of blood and dismemberment.) The film leaves off in a cliffhanger … I suppose you’ll have to check out Vol. 2 to see what else happens. Starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Julie Dreyfus, Chiaki Kuriyama, Sonny Chiba, Chia Hui Liu, Michael Parks, Michael Bowen, Jun Kunimura. Directed by: Quentin Tarantino. A

Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004) R action

And the action continues with more blood (though not quite as much as Vol. 1, methinks) and more killins’. Thurman continues where she left off in her rampage … but her ultimate trek for Bill comes to complications! As good and as funny as Vol. 1. I probably like Vol. 2 better, overall, not only because I find the plot a bit more intriguing, but there’s this really funny kung-fu guru in here who likes to stroke his snow-white beard. (Dudes … I’m pretty much convinced that every great modern movie needs a funny kung-fu guru who likes to stroke his snow-white beard!) Overall, this has been a very satisfying and EXTREMELY entertaining epic. And I’m not one who particularly enjoys violent films. Starring: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Chia Hui Liu, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, Michael Parks, Bo Svenson, Jeannie Epper, Stephanie L. Moore, Shana Stein. Directed by: Quentin Tarantino. A

The Killing Fields (1984) R war

This effective film stars Sam Waterston as a Vietnam-era war journalist covering the end of the Vietnam War. Unfortunately, his loyal translator companion (Haing S. Ngor) is left behind in Cambodia who suffers as a war prisoner. This is an illustrative film that’ll have your senses fully engaged until the end. Starring: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands, Craig T. Nelson, Athol Fugard, Spalding Gray, Bill Patterson. Directed by: Roland Joffe. A+

The King and the Mockingbird (1980) NR animated

Phenomenally imaginative animated film from France about a cross-eyed king, hated by his people. He has a collection of paintings that come alive at night. The shepherdess in a painting is in love with a chimney sweep from a different painting, and they decide to flee the castle. Their love is despised by a painting of the king (with the crossed eyes corrected) who deposes of the real king to go after this fleeing couple. This couple has the help of a crow who has a personal vendetta against the king. This is a must-see for any historian of animated film, as this is a cited influence of Hayao Miyazaki . . . and it is easy to understand why. It is also a true passion project . . . the filmmakers having taken 30 years to complete this. Voices of: Jean Martin, Pascal Mazzotti, Raymond Bussieres, Agnes Vaila, Renaud Marx, Hubert Deschamps, Roger Blin, Philippe Derrez. Directed by: Paul Grimault. A

King Arthur (2004) PG-13 action

Horrible. Utterly and devastatingly horrible. Even worse, I think I had the misfortune of watching the “director’s cut” on the DVD rather than catching this sorry, big-budget disaster in the movie-house. Oh, where do I begin? The acting sucks, the action is boring, the movie is dull and plodding, and … yeah. They should have used this film’s budget to build me a nice house in Connecticut. Starring: Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Edgerton, Hugh Dancy, Ray Winstone, Ray Stevenson, Keira Knightley, Stephen Dillane, Stellan Skarsgard, Til Schweiger. Directed by: Antoine Fuqua. D

King Kong (1976) PG horror

This inadequate remake of the 1933 classic is about a crew of oil diggers who brings a giant gorilla back from an oil dig. Despite the subject matter, this is a fairly tedious film with unimpressive visual effects. The monkey’s boring, too. Starring: Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange, John Randolph, Rene Auberjonois, Julius Harris, Jack O’Halloran, Ed Lauter, Rick Baker, Joe Piscopo, Corbin Bernsen. Directed by: John Guillermin. C-

King Kong (2005) PG-13 action

It's much longer than it needed to be, but director Peter Jackson's enormous epic honoring the giant ape who is set loose in 1930's New York is awe-inspiring. It's a bit slow at the get-go, but the perfect casting of Naomi Watts helps the film radiate above the already-super-impressive computer-generated special effects. Jack Black is convincing in his role as the driven director who sails to an uncharted island to deliver the world footage of something they've never seen before. Parts of the story were too overblown (notably the love between Watts and the beast), but this is a notable epic. Starring: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Jamie Bell, Evan Parke, Lobo Chan, Kyle Chandler, Andy Serkis. Directed by: Peter Jackson. B+

The King of Comedy (1983) PG comedy

Robert De Niro plays a loser who dreams about becoming a famous comedian, but his comedic talent is mediocre at best. He worships funny talk show host, Jerry Langford, played by Jerry Lewis. He fights endlessly for just one chance to be on his talk show; he sends in tapes of his act, he waits ceaselessly out in the lobby, and he even ends up harassing the poor guy at his home. When all seems hopeless, he kidnaps him! A remarkably funny offbeat comedy brilliantly directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert De Niro's performance (as always) is inspired! Starring: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard, Ed Herlihy, Louis Brown, Whitey Ryan, Doc Lawless. Directed by: Martin Scorsese. A-

King of Comedy (1999) NR (weak R-equivalent)

This film is sick and twisted. Even more oddly, I’m not sure if the filmmaker was completely aware how sick and twisted it was!! (It’s a Hong Kong export from Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle creator Stephen Chow, before he discovered his voice.) Chow stars, writes, and directs this comedy about a man who wants nothing else but to be an actor. (There are some pretty funny scenes where Chow wants to add something “extra” to the bit parts he manages to land.) Certain aspects of the film are kind of brilliant, but others are just too over-the-top. Starring: Stephen Chow, Karen Mok, Cecilia Cheung, Man Tat Ng, Jackie Chan. Directed by: Stephen Chow. C

King Solomon’s Mines (1937) NR adventure

You might think the plot is too cliché, but it has a great sense of adventure! It comes packed with everything from a highly eventful script, to good performances from the cast, and it even contains songs sung by "Old Man River" Paul Robeson. It’s corny but exhilarating. Starring: Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke, Roland Young, Anna Lee, John Loder, Arthur Sinclair, Robert Adams, Arthur Goullet, Ecce Homo Toto. Directed by: Robert Stevenson. B+

King Rat (1965) NR drama

The setting is the brutal conditions of a Japanese prisoner of war camp, but the toils and hardships of these living conditions come only secondary to the fascinating character study of Corpral King (George Segal) who managed to achieve great fear and respect from other prisoners despite their respective military ranks. And, he is the only person in the entire camp who is not looking forward to eventual liberation, because he is only a mere corpral and not a particularly important person. The drama is engaging (if a little pretentious) and the actors are all fantastic. Starring: George Segal, Tom Courtenay, James Fox, Patrick O'Neal, Denholm Elliott, John Mills, James Donald, Todd Armstrong, Leonard Rossiter, John Standing, Alan Webb, John Ronane, Hamilton Dyce, Joe Turkel, Geoffrey Bayldon. Directed by: Bryan Forbes. A-

Kingpin (1996) PG-13 comedy

This generally unfunny tribute to bowling stars Woody Harrelson as a once-superior bowler only to have his hand torn to shreds. Working as a bowling supply dealer, he runs across a natural (Randy Quaid) who also happens to be Amish. Quite starkly, this is without laughs, but its goofy nature makes this fun to watch. Starring: Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, Bill Murray, Chris Elliot. Directed by: Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly. C+

Kinsey (2004) R drama

This is an entertaining biopic about the man who wrote the scientific book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male in 1948, which is said to have influenced the sexual revolution of the '60s. The title character (Liam Neeson) thinks human sexuality is kept too secret in society, and he wants to conduct scientific research about it. However, it being the late 1940s, he can't do it without sparking major controversy. Neeson is fantastic in his role as the unflinching and unapologetic scientist, and the film's pace is kept punchy and interesting. This isn't a great film, by any means. I still don't feel like I understand the character of Kinsey. Perhaps no one did. (John Lithgow is a treat as Kinsey's over-the-top-conservative father.) Starring: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Dylan Baker, Julianne Nicholson, Bill Sadler, John McMartin, Veronica Cartwright. Directed by: Bill Condon. B+

Klondike Annie (1936) NR comedy

This movie is intriguing mainly because of how it was censored into oblivion. The filmmakers chose to simply release the film with cuts instead of trying to rework the offending scenes. The result is some key plot developments--such as Mae West's character having killed her husband in self-defense--aren't learned until way later than they were supposed to. Even before the cuts, the censors had already defanged West significantly--she just isn't as funny when she can't get in those salacious one-liners. Sure there's a good dig here or there, but other than that we're just watching a tale of a showgirl escaping her overbearing husband to board a ship to Nome, Alaska where she poses as a missionary to help bring respectability to that roughneck town. Meh. Starring: Mae West, Victor McLaglen, Phillip Reed, Helen Jerome Eddy, Harry Beresford, Harold Huber, Lucile Gleason, Conway Tearle, Esther Howard. Directed by: Raoul Walsh. C-

Klute (1971) R mystery

Not the easiest thing to watch, but this neo-noir mystery features an Academy Award winning turn from Jane Fonda as a prostitute who gets caught up in the investigation of a business executive who went missing. Donald Sutherland is the humorless private detective doing the investigating. The story is gritty, uncompromising, and unpredictable, but the development comes across sluggish--mainly because the film prefers to focus on developing Fonda's character who barely had anything to do with that man's disappearance. Nonetheless she is a fascinating character, and Fonda brings to her an aura of intelligence and confidence. Any other actress would have been tempted to play more vulgar. Starring: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider, Dorothy Tristan, Rita Gam, Nathan George, Vivian Nathan. Directed by: Alan J. Pakula. B+

A Knight’s Tale (2001) PG-13 adventure

A peasant (Heath Ledger) convinces the peculiar novelist Geoffrey Chauncer (Paul Bettany) to forge papers that would allow him to participate in the jousting tournaments. A very good cast and a generally funny script make this film enjoyable; it just runs out of steam toward the end. This film really had some clever ideas, but the corny scenes and bad jokes left me with mixed feelings. Starring: Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, Shanynn Sossamon, Paul Bettany, Laura Fraser, Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk, Berenice Jejo, Scott Handy, James Purefoy, Leagh Conwell. Directed by: Brian Helgeland. B-

K-PAX (2001) PG-13 comedy

This intelligent and thoughtful film stars Kevin Spacey as an alleged-alien who, as it would have it, finds his way to a mental institution. There, he befriends the mental patients and confuses the psychiatrist (Jeff Bridges). Spacey’s performance is reason alone to watch this movie! The script is very clever. However, the film’s pacing seemed a bit too slow. Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack, Alfre Woodard, David Patrick Kelly, Saul Williams, Peter Gerety, Celia Weston, Ajay Naidu, Tracy Vilar, Melanee Murray. Directed by: Iain Softley. B+

Krippendorf's Tribe (1998) PG-13 comedy

Richard Dreyfuss stars as a world renown anthropologist who forgets about a deadline and ends up presenting a totally fictional tribe in New Guinea to his colleagues. His imaginary tribe ends up getting so much attention from the media that Dreyfuss ends up digging himself deeper down a hole of lies. There are no actual laughs, but parts are rather amusing. Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Jenna Elfman, Natasha Lyonne, Gregory Smith, Carl Michael Lindner, Stephen Root, Elaine Stritch, Tom Poston, David Ogden Stiers, Lily Tomlin, Doris Belack. Directed by: Todd Holland. C

Kung Fu Hustle (2004) R comedy

This shockingly unique kung fu movie with a blatant disregard of physics stars Stephen Chow as a talentless thief who wants to become a member of the dreaded mob, the Axe Gang. He unintentionally starts a war between the Axe Gang and a run-down apartment complex called Pig Sty Alley headed by the chain-smoking and very mean landlady (Yuen Qiu). The special effects are eye-popping (though not flawless) and the film provides and endless string of belly laughs. Just like Chow’s previous film Shaolin Soccer, this is truly innovative cinema. Starring: Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Leung Siu Lung, Dong Zhi Hua, Yuen Qiu. Directed by: Stephen Chow. A

Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (2002) PG-13 comedy

What were you thinking, Steve? Director Steve Oedekerk takes a couple kung fu movies that nobody's ever seen, re-dubs it with new dialogue, and edits himself in. What might have been a funny retread of what Woody Allen did with What’s Up Tiger Lily? is merely an unfunny film that’s destined for the bargain rack at K-Mart. The voice dubbing is annoying. Starring: Steve Oedekerk. Directed by: Steve Oedekerk. D

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