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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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Little Boy - 1.5.2

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A small boy (Jakob Salvati) with growth problems determines to bring his father (Michael Rappaport) back from WWII by way of magic and his own faith. Along the way he struggles against naysayers that denounce him and bigots that hate his Japanese friend. Also with Kevin James, Tom Wilkinson, Ted Levine and Emma Watson. Directed by Alejandro Monteverdi. [1:26 - PG-13]


The Age of Adaline - 4.4.3

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A widow (Blake Lively) in the 1930s suffers electrocution during a traffic accident and becomes immortal. Chased by suspicious investigators, she attempts to keep her immortality a secret, but decades into the future she begins a relationship with a man (Michiel Huisman) who is a relative of an old friend (Harrison Ford). The family starts asking questions. Also with Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker and Amanda Crew. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. [1:50 - PG-13]


Ex Machina - 6.5.6

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A programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a prize that grants him a week-long visit with a reclusive (Oscar Isaac) genius, who has developed artificial intelligence. During his stay in the compound the man must determine if the A.I. apparatus could pass for human. Also with Alicia Vikander and Sonoya Mizuno. Directed by Alex Garland. [1:48 - R]


Cut Bank - 2.6.7

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A young man (Liam Hemsworth) videotapes another man being murdered on an isolated road in a small town where the suspect is pursued by the town sheriff. But not everything is what it seems and a scheme to make money unravels, resulting in more murders. Also with Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver Platt and Bruce Dern. Directed by Matt Shakman. [1:33 - R]


White God - 1.7.7

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A teenage girl (Zsófia Psotta) left in the care of her estranged father (Sándor Zsótér) is distraught when he leaves her dog on the street to survive as a stray. Unwilling to believe that she will not see her dog again, she searches the shelters and unfriendly streets trying to find it, not knowing the nightmare it is having to endure. Also with Lili Horváth, Szabolcs Thuróczy and Lili Monori. Directed by Kornél Mundruczó. In Hungarian with English subtitles. [2:01 - R]


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Unfriended - 6.7.10

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One year ago a shaming video posted online about a teen girl (Heather Sossaman) went viral and caused her suicide. On the anniversary of her death, she seems to have returned to her online accounts, tormenting six friends until she can find out who posted the original video. Also with Will Peltz, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Jacob Wysocki and Renee Olstead. Directed by Levan Gabriadze. [1:22 - R]


Monkey Kingdom - 3.2.0

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Tina Fey narrates the story of a female toque macaque monkey of the lowest caste in a 50-member troop and how she saves the group from homelessness and starvation in Sri Lanka in order to provide a better life for her baby. Directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill. [1:25 - G]


Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 - 2.4.1

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The mall cop (Kevin James) returns for a convention in Vegas that turns out to be more than he bargained for when he stumbles into an art theft plot. Also with Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui, Daniella Alonso, Neal McDonough, David Henrie, D.B. Woodside, Nicholas Turturro and Loni Love. Directed by Andy Fickman. [1:34 - PG]


Beyond the Reach - 3.6.4

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A young man (Jeremy Irvine) is hired to be a guide to a wealthy man (Michael Douglas) bent on hunting a prized big horn in the Mojave Desert. The situation quickly spin out of control and the trip becomes a game of survival as the young man becomes the prey. Also with Ronny Cox, Patricia Bethune, Martin Palmer and David Garver. Directed by Jean-Baptiste Léonetti. [1:35 - R]


True Story - 5.6.5

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A New York Times reported (Jonah Hill) loses his job after one of his stories proves suspect. He struggles to find another job and becomes aware of a multiple murder case that he pursues tirelessly. Also with James Franco, Felicity Jones, , Ethan Suplee, Genevieve Angelson, Gretchen Mol and Maria Dizzia. Directed by Rupert Goold. [1:40 - R]


Child 44 - 5.7.6

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In Stalin's 1953 Soviet Union a serial killer murders dozens of young boys, while the government denies that such a thing could occur under communism. A Moscow police officer (Tom Hardy) attempts to investigate the crimes, but the government exiles him to a desolate mining town with his wife (Noomi Rapace). There, the police officer gains the help of an army general (Gary Oldman) and his small team fights the cover-up and double agents. Also with Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine and Vincent Cassel. Directed by Daniel Espinosa. [2:17 - R]


Woman In Gold - 1.4.5

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Based on a true story: A Jewish Holocaust survivor (Helen Mirren) in Los Angeles hires an attorney (Ryan Reynolds) to sue the government of Austria for a famous painting that belonged to her aunt. The Austrian government contends that the painting is a state treasure and the case goes all the way to the US Supreme Court. Also with Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Elizabeth McGovern, Antje Traue and Jonathan Pryce. Directed by Simon Curtis. [1:49 - PG-13]


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While We're Young - 4.3.8

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A husband and his wife (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) find themselves at a crossroads when their friends begin having babies and they are unable to do so. They immerse themselves in their careers until a young couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) ingratiates itself into their world, causing them to see things differently. Also with Maria Dizzia, Adam Horovitz, Matthew Maher and Dree Hemingway. Directed by Noah Baumbach. [1:37 - R]


Effie Gray - 5.3.1

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A loveless marriage between a Victorian era art historian (Greg Wise) and his teenage bride (Dakota Fanning) leads her to seek a different resolution. Also with Emma Thompson, Russell Tovey, Claudia Cardinale, Derek Jacobi, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, James Fox, Tom Sturridge and David Suchet. Directed by Richard Laxton. [1:48 - PG-13]


Furious 7 - 4.6.5

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After ending the career of a murderous criminal in the UK, an American racing crew leader and his partner (Vin Diesel and Paul Walker) gather their team for a safe return to the United States. However, the criminal's older brother (Jason Statham) pursues the Americans seeking revenge. Also with Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel and Lucas Black. Directed by James Wan. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Arabic without translation or subtitles. [2:15 - PG-13]


Get Hard - 8.5.10

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A hedge fund manager (Will Farrell) is framed and receives a 10-year sentence for a white-collar crime. Fearing for his safety in prison, he approaches another man (Kevin Hart) for instructions in survival inside the penitentiary. His instructor never spent a day in jail, but that does not stop him from giving lessons for a fee. Also with Tip Harris, Craig T. Nelson and Alison Brie. Directed by Eton Cohen. [1:40 - R]


Home - 1.3.1

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The extraterrestrial Boov people led by Captain Smek (voiced by Steve Martin) arrive on Earth to escape the enemy Gorg and make a new home. They ship humanity off to a desert, but in the meantime, the accident-prone Boov called "Oh" (voiced by Jim Parsons) accidentally emails the Gorg of their whereabouts. Meanwhile a human 7th grader (voiced by Rihanna) befriends Oh... Also with the voice of Matt Jones. Directed by Tim Johnson. A few lines of Boov and Gorg languages are spoken without translation or subtitles. [1:36 - PG]



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