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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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The Angry Birds Movie - 3.3.2

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A very angry redbird (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) becomes even angrier when strange pigs visit Bird Island and steal all the eggs. The redbird uses his fury to spur the avian population to take back their unhatched offspring. Also with the voices of Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage, Kate McKinnon, Kegan-Michael Key, Danny McBride, Josh Gad and Bill Hader. Directed by Clay Kaytis &, Fergal Reilly. [1:37 - PG]


A Bigger Splash - 9.4.9

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A famous singer (Tilda Swinton) recovering from surgery convalesces on an island with her boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts) and everything becomes confused when her ex (Ralph Fiennes) arrives with his teenage daughter (Dakota Johnson). Also with Corrado Guzzanti. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. [2:05 - R]


The Nice Guys - 7.7.10

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A private detective (Ryan Gosling) trying to come to terms with the loss of his wife while raising a teen daughter (Angourie Rice) and a street-level enforcer (Russell Crowe) inadvertently end up working together when a missing person case leads to murder. Also with Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Amelia Kuttner, Yaya DaCosta and Kim Basinger. Directed by Shane Black. [1:56 - R]


Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising - 7.6.10

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Immature parents (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) confront the wild freshman leader (Chloë Grace Moretz) of a new party-loving sorority next door. The sorority declares war on the family and escalates their partying as their neighbors attempt to stop them with harebrained schemes. Also with Kiersey Clemons, Beanie Feldstein, Ike Barinholtz, Zac Efron, Selena Gomez and Dave Franco. Directed by Nicholas Stuller. [1:32 - R]


The Lobster - 7.6.5

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In the near future, humans are legally required to be in long-term relationships and single people are sentenced to a 45-day stay at a hotel to search for a mate; if unsuccessful, they are turned into animals. One single man (Colin Farrell) discovers renegade loners in nearby woods, and realizes that love is not allowed there. Also with Olivia Coleman, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz and Lea Seydoux. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. A few lines of dialogue are in French with English subtitles. [1:58 - R]


Pelé: Birth of a Legend - 1.3.1

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The story of the legendary Brazilian soccer star Pelé, and how he changed soccer. With Vincent D'Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta, Colm Meaney, Tonya Cornelisse, Kevin de Paula, Seu Jorge and Leonardo Lima Carvalho. Directed by Jeff & Michael Zimbalist. [1:47 - PG]


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The Darkness - 1.6.5

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A father (Kevin Bacon) returns home with his family after a vacation and his son (David Mazouz) brings home Native American stones that hold fear-loving supernatural entities that now inhabit their home. Also with Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz, Lucy Fry, Matt Walsh, Jennifer Morrison and Parker Mack. Directed by Greg McLean. Several lines of dialogue are in a Southwest Native American language and in Spanish with translations or English subtitles. [1:35 - PG-13]


The Meddler - 2.3.5

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After the death of her husband, a woman (Susan Sarandon) moves to LA to be closer to her daughter (Rose Byrne). However, the proximity makes the daughter's life more difficult and she struggles with her mother's constant interference. Also with J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael, Cecily Strong, Lucy Punch, Michael McKean, Jason Ritter, Sarah Baker, Casey Wilson, Amy Landecker, Billy Magnussen and Megalyn Echikunwoke. Directed by Lorene Scafaria. [1:40 - PG-13]


Green Room - 1.9.10

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Destitute punk rockers (Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole and Callum Turner) live in their van and end a lackluster tour when they receive a call for another gig. They arrive to find a dilapidated club and a corpse and are trapped backstage in the green room by the sinister club owner (Patrick Stewart). Also with Imogen Poots and Macon Blair. Directed by Jerry Saulnier. [1:34 - R]


Money Monster - 5.5.10

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A self-absorbed TV host (George Clooney) delivers stock tips, until a distraught truck driver (Jack O'Connell) that lost everything based on the host's bad advice holds him hostage, on air, at gunpoint. The show's producer (Julia Roberts) frantically calls for help, while the host digs for answers to his failed tips, turning the program into a different sort of reality show. Also with Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Christopher Denham and Giancarlo Esposito. Directed by Jodie Foster. There are a few lines of dialogue in Korean that are not translated. [1:38 - R]


Captain America: Civil War - 1.7.3

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When the Avengers participate in a mission that ends disastrously, it is decided that in the future they should be controlled and restrained by a UN body. The group breaks into factions, each one believing they are right and each side suffers consequences. With Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Rudd. Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo. [2:27 - PG-13]


Mother's Day - 4.3.5

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Three personal stories link a successful HSN jewelry entrepreneur (Julia Roberts), a divorcée (Jennifer Aniston) with two sons, and a wife and mother (Kate Hudson) who is feuding with her own mom. Also with Jason Sudeikis, Aasif Mandvi, Sarah Chalke, Brit Robertson, Timothy Olyphant, Hector Elizondo and Jack Whitehall. Directed by Gary Marshall. [1:58 - PG-13]


Ratchet & Clank - 1.3.1

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A call for a new Galactic Ranger inspires a young Lombax (voiced by James Arnold Taylor) to try out for the position. Dejected, he takes refuge in a machine shop with a friend (voiced by John Goodman) until their planet is threatened and he figures out a way to save everybody. Also with the voices of David Kaye, Jim Ward, Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti and Sylvester Stallone. Directed by Kevin Munroe & Jericca Cleland. [1:34 - PG]


Keanu - 6.7.10

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A sad jilted man (Jordan Peele) perks up when he finds a kitten on his doorstep. After he comes to adore it, a local drug gang steals it. Heartbroken, he enlists the help of his straight-laced cousin (Keegan-Michael Key) to infiltrate the gang and steal back his pet. Also with Will Forte, Method Man, Nia Long and Luis Guzman. Directed by Peter Atencio. [1:38 - R]


The Family Fang - 3.5.5

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The members of an eccentric, dysfunctional family of performance artists are estranged from each other, until reunited after an accident and the parents (Chrstopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett) try to convince the children (Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman) to participate in another performance. Also with Kathryn Hahn, Marin Ireland, Harris Yulin, Eugenia Kuzmina, Jason Butler Harner and Linda Emond. Directed by Jason Bateman. [1:45 - R]


Sing Street - 3.4.5

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A teen boy (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is forced to change schools when his parents can no longer afford his tuition and in order to cope with the stress of dealing with bullies and being the new kid he organizes a band that eventually changes the path of his life. Also with Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor, Lucy Boynton, Kelly Thornton, Ben Carolan, Mark McKenna, Percy Chamburuka, Conor Hamilton and Karl Rice. Directed by John Carney. [1:46 - PG-13]



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