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» We enable adults to determine whether a movie is appropriate for them or their children, according to their own criteria. Unlike the MPAA we do not assign an inscrutable rating based on age but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE & PROFANITY, on a scale of 0 to 10, and we explain in detail why a film rates high or low in a specific category; we also include instances of SUBSTANCE USE, a thorough list of DISCUSSION TOPICS that may elicit questions from children, and the MESSAGE the film conveys. Since our system is based on objective standards, not the viewer's age or the artistic merits of a film, we enable adults to determine whether a movie is appropriate for their own children...

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Ben-Hur - 2.6.1

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In this remake Prince Judah Ben Hur (Jack Huston) takes the blame for an assassination attempt on a Roman prefect and his whole family is taken into slavery by his adopted brother, a Roman Centurion (Toby Kebbell). After five years of tortuous punishment in a warship's slave galley, the former prince escapes and finds his way to Jerusalem's Roman circus. Also with Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi and Rodrigo Santoro. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. [2:10 - PG-13]


Kubo and the Two Strings - 0.4.1

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Animated tale about a young boy (voiced by Art Parkinson) who finds himself caring for his ill mother (voiced by Charlize Theron) after they must run from their home when his father is killed. Also with the voices of Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro, Rooney Mara and Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Travis Knight. [1:41 - PG]


Hell or High Water - 4.6.8

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An unemployed divorced father (Chris Pine) and his ex-felon brother (Ben Foster) rob a chain of banks that is foreclosing on the family ranch after their mother's death. At the same time a Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges), just weeks from retirement, is confronted with bringing the brothers to justice in what will be his last case. Also with Gil Birmingham, Kevin Rankin and Katy Mixon. Directed by David MacKenzie. [1:42 - R]


War Dogs - 4.5.10

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A slick businessman (Jonah Hill) offers an old friend (Miles Teller) a partnership as an arms dealer and they travel to Jordan, Iraq, and Albania to make lucrative deals with shady characters and terrorists. When they win a $300 million US government contract, their sales techniques backfire and repercussions accumulate. Also with Bradley Cooper, Ana de Arnas and Kevin Pollack. Directed by Todd Phillips. Several lines of dialogue are in Albanian and Arabic with and without English subtitles. [1:54 - R]


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Sausage Party - 9.6.10

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In this adult animated tale an angry jar of mustard alerts his grocery store cohorts that the gods they believe in and the Great Beyond afterlife are all fiction and all the groceries will be murdered and eaten. A hotdog, a bun, a bagel, a flatbread and a taco (voiced by Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton and Salma Hayek) journey the aisles to find the truth and meet disturbing realities. Also with the voices of Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll and David Krumholtz. Directed by Conrad Vernon & Greg Tiernan. [1:28 - R]


Pete's Dragon - 1.3.1

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A young boy (Oakes Fegley) orphaned in an automobile crash is adopted by a forest dragon (voiced by John Kassir). Six years later, the boy is discovered by a forest ranger (Bryce Dallas Howard) and loggers, giving rise to renewed regional rumors of dragon sightings and childlike hopes for magic. Also with Robert Redford, Karl Urban, West Bentley, Oona Laurence and Isaiah Whitlock Jr. Directed by David Lowery. [1:42 - PG]


Florence Foster Jenkins - 4.3.3

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Based on real events: A New York City heiress (Meryl Streep) maintains a music appreciation club in 1944, and while she's practically tone deaf, she performs operatic arias and long-time patrons support her. She engages Carnegie Hall with the help of her husband (Hugh Grant) and her pianist (Simon Helberg), where she performs for thousands of soldiers and sailors (with mixed reviews). Also with Nina Arianda and Rebecca Ferguson. Directed by Stephen Frears. [1:50 - PG-13]


Nine Lives - 2.3.2

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A successful businessman but distracted father (Kevin Spacey) finds himself transported into the body of the family cat and unless he can reconcile himself with his estranged wife (Jennifer Garner) and daughter he'll remain a feline forever. Also with, Robbie Amell, Cheryl Hines, Mark Consuelos, Malina Weissman, Christopher Walken and Talitha Bateman. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. [1:27 - PG]


Suicide Squad - 4.6.4

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A government official (Viola Davis) organizes a squad of imprisoned supervillains to take out forces that the military is unable to defeat. They are called into action against a supernatural pair, in exchange for clemency. Also with Will Smith, Ike Barinholtz, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Ezra Miller, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman, Karen Fukuhara and Ben Affleck. Directed by David Ayer. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in an unknown language with English subtitles and a few lines of dialogue are spoken in Japanese with English subtitles. [2:03 - PG-13]


Jason Bourne - 1.7.4

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The runaway government assassin (Matt Damon) with induced amnesia resurfaces only to be hunted down again. He teams up with another ex-operative (Julia Stiles) to avoid capture and continues to try to discover the truth about himself and his past. Also with Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Riz Ahmed. Directed by Paul Greengrass. Several lines of dialogue are in Greek, Russian and other languages with and without English subtitles. [2:13 - PG-13]


Bad Moms - 7.3.10

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An upper middle class wife and mom (Mila Kunis) seems to have the perfect life but she's over-committed and exhausted. Needing a change, she gathers other stressed-out moms (Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) to explore unconventional lifestyles and in a shared quest for freedom the trio butts heads with an irksome PTA president (Christina Applegate) and a clique of smug moms. Also with Annie Mumolo and Jada Pinkett Smith. Directed by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore. [1:41 - R]


Nerve - 4.5.5

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A high school over-achiever (Emma Roberts) wants some action in her life and her friends push her into joining "Nerve," a popular online role playing game. As paying spectators watch, they assign players progressively more dangerous dares and the teen girl and a co-player (David Franco) face possible death as they look for a means of escape. Also with Juliette Lewis, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer and Kimiko Glenn. Directed by Ariel Schulman & Henry Joost. [1:36 - PG-13]


Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie - 5.4.6

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Based on the British TV series: Two well-known but aging fashionistas (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) spend large amounts of money shopping, drinking champagne and clubbing across London. The money dries up and further disaster strikes when one of them is blamed for a famous model's plunge from a balcony into the Thames River. Also with Jane Horrocks, Julia Sawalha and June Whitfield. Directed by Mandie Fletcher. A few lines of dialogue are in French and Japanese and are not translated. [1:31 - R]


Star Trek: Beyond - 2.6.2

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Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto), the ship's doctor (Karl Urban) and the Enterprise crew into a barren world. Stranded on the planet that's ruled by sinister reptilian aliens, they join a freedom fighter (Sofia Boutella) to save her species and return to Earth. Also with Simon Pegg, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Anton Yelchin. Directed by Justin Lin. A few lines of several alien languages have no translation, and many lines of the languages have English subtitles or a Universal Translator translating. [2:02 - PG-13]


Ice Age: Collision Course - 2.3.2

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The friends and family from the previous installments continue their adventures and struggle to survive when a giant asteroid barrels toward Earth and threatens to destroy everything in its path. With the voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Nick Offerman, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Seann William Scott, Jennifer Lopez and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Directed by Mike Thurmeier & Galen T. Chu. [1:34 - PG]


Lights Out - 2.5.3

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A woman (Teresa Palmer) worries when her young half-brother (Gabriel Bateman) reports that he is haunted by a supernatural presence visible only in the dark. Suspecting a sinister association with her own past, she confronts her mother (Maria Bello) about her own childhood friend (Alicia Vela-Bailey) during confinement in a mental institution. Also with Alexander DiPersia and Billy Burke. Directed by David F. Sandberg. [1:21 - PG-13]



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