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Family Movie Review: Brooklyn Castle (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG           Length: 101 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 7+. Language, mainly, with some crudeness and rudeness. Maybe not for very young kids who won’t understand how to play chess, but generally fine for children.

‘Brooklyn Castle’ may not do for chess what ‘The Hunger Games’ did for archery, but the documentary about inner-city kids mastering the board is inspirational and effective enough.

By Roxana Hadadi

Last month, Kevin James starred in the comedy “Here Comes the Boom,” which focused on a biology teacher struggling to raise money for his public school’s on-the-chopping-block arts program. Weeks later, we get the documentary “Brooklyn Castle,” which seems exactly like a real-life inspiration for James’ mixed martial arts antics. As first-time director Katie Dellamaggiore captures the lives of middle school students in Brooklyn who happen to be some of the chess players in the country, “Brooklyn Castle” demonstrates how very little money can do very good things—and those very good things can change kids forever.

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