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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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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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The Infiltrator - 6.7.10

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Based on real events: In the mid-1980s a federal agent (Bryan Cranston) works undercover in the vicious drug-trafficking business of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar. Fellow agents (Diane Kruger and John Leguizamo) help him pose as a money-laundering businessman to gain the confidence of Escobar's lieutenant (Benjamin Bratt) and arrange a mass arrest. Also with Amy Ryan, Yul Vázquez, Joseph Gilgun and Said Taghmaoui. Directed by Brad Furman. [2:07 - PG-13]


Ghostbusters - 2.4.3

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In this re-launch of the 1984 classic, a paranormal investigator (Melissa McCarthy) and a physicist (Kristen Wiig) write a book proving that ghosts are real, are belittled and lose their jobs. Glowing apparitions begin appearing in NYC and the scientists join with an engineer and a subway clerk to stop the hauntings. Also with Neil Casey, Charles Dance, Michael Kenneth Williams and Chris Hemsworth. Directed by Paul Feig. [1:57 - PG-13]


Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates - 8.5.10

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Two brothers (Adam DeVine and Zac Efron) wreak havoc at family celebrations with reckless stunts. To stop them from destroying their sister's Hawaiian wedding, their parents issue an ultimatum to the brothers, instructing them to bring responsible dates with them. After a TV talk show appearance, two women (Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick) answer the brothers' plea, but turn out to be unpredictable. Also with Stephen Root, Sugar Lyn Beard, Sam Richardson and Stephanie Faracy. Directed by Jake Szymanski. [1:38 - R]


The Secret Life of Pets - 1.3.2

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A spoiled Jack Russell terrier (voiced by Louis C.K.) lives in a New York City high rise, when his owner (voiced by Ellie Kemper) adopts a rescue dog, an unkempt, klutzy Newfoundland (voiced by Eric Stonestreet). The two dogs squabble and end up in the pound, where a feisty white rabbit (voiced by Kevin Hart) saves them and demands that they join his anti-human gang of discarded pets. Also with the voices of Jenny Slate, Dana Carvey, Steve Coogan, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Directed by Chris Renaud & Yarrow Cheney. [1:31 - PG]


The Legend of Tarzan - 3.6.2

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Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic adventure: In the 19th century a British infant lost in an African jungle after a shipwreck is raised by gorillas. As an adult (Christopher Skarsgård), he marries an American woman (Margot Robbie) and confronts Belgium's mercenary soldiers. Also with Djimon Hansou, Christopher Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and James Broadbent. Directed by David Yates. [1:48 - PG-13]


The Purge: Election Year - 1.8.9

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In this sequel a presidential election year includes the annual Purge that sanctions murder for a full 12 hours, especially eliminating individuals of "inferior" demographics. A US Senator (Elizabeth Mitchell) that survived the annual mayhem as a girl promises to eliminate the deadly tradition if elected President. Also with Mykelti Williamson, Betty Gabriel, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Secor and Joseph Julian Soria. Directed by James DeMonaco. [1:45 - R]


The BFG - 0.3.2

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Based on a Roald Dahl book, the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) helps a little orphan girl (Ruby Burnhill) navigate life and its challenges, while both learn what friendship really means. Also with Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall and Rafe Spall, and the voices of Bill Hader and Jermain Clement. Directed by Steven Spielberg. [1:53 - PG]


Swiss Army Man - 7.7.5

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A friendless man (Paul Dano) stranded on a tiny deserted island contemplates suicide, until he sees another man (Daniel Radcliffe) lying on the beach. The newcomer is dead, but the corpse makes a useful companion and through various "corpse superpowers," the dead man guides the loner home. Also with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Richard Gross, Timothy Eulich, Marika Casteel, Aaron Marshall and Andy Hull. Directed by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert. [1:35 - R]


The Shallows - 2.7.5

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While surfing alone in Mexican waters and after a shark wounds her, a woman (Blake Lively) is stranded on a rock not far from an isolated beach. She plots an innovative escape from the circling shark, anxious to find a way to cover the 200 yards between her and safety. Also with Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen and Sedona Legge. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. [1:27 - PG-13]


Independence Day: Resurgence - 1.6.3

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In this sequel the previously defeated alien invaders amass larger, more technologically advanced forces and return to Earth. United Nations scientists directed by a US government expert (Jeff Goldblum) and soldiers led by pilots (Liam Hemsworth and Jesse T. Usher) scramble to defend the planet as they meet another alien species. Also with Brent Spiner, Bill Pullman, Sela Ward, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Maika Monroe, Travis Tope and William Fichtner. Directed by Roland Emmerich. [2:00 - PG-13]


The Free State of Jones - 1.7.3

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Set during the Civil War, it depicts the attempt to form a separate US state for former slaves and poor white farmers, based on racial and gender equality: A southerner (Matthew McConaughey) and fights alongside abolitionists (Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mahershala Ali), escaped slaves and Confederate deserters to declare the Free State of Jones. Also with Keri Russell, Brendan Gleeson, Jacob Lofland, Brad Carter and Sean Bridgers. Directed by Gary Ross. [2:19 - R]


Finding Dory - 1.3.1

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Off the coast of California, a forgetful Pacific blue tang (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) begins to retrieve family memories and wants to know more. Two clownfish (voiced by Hayden Rolence and Albert Brooks) accompany her on a journey to find her parents (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy) and learn about her past. Also with the voices of Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Idris Elba, Dominic West and Sigourney Weaver. Directed by Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane. [1:43 - PG]



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