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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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NEW REVIEWS - 


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]


It Follows - 8.7.5

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After strange sexual experiences among urban ruins, a teen girl (Maika Monroe) feels terrified that an evil shape shifting entity is following her. She asks her friends (Olivia Luccardi, Lile Sepe and Keir Gilchrist) for help, but without adults to guide them, they find that they may be outfoxed by persistent demons. Also with Daniel Zovatto and Jake Weary. Directed by David Robert Mitchell. [1:34 - R]


Spring - 6.7.10

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A young man (Lou Taylor Pucci) questions his life and his future after his mother dies and he travels to Italy where he meets and falls in love with a mysterious young woman (Nadia Hilker). It turns out that she has secrets that may change his life. Also with Jeremy Gardner and Vanessa Bednar. Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. [1:49 - NR]


Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter - 1.3.1

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A woman (Rinko Kikuchi), tired of her mundane life, dreams of finding a treasure and follows what she thinks is a path to a real treasure laid out in the movie "Fargo." Also with Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard, David Zellner and Nathan Zellner. Directed by David Zellner. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Japanese with no subtitles and others with English subtitles. [1:45 - NR]


Serena - 6.7.1

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It's the late 1920s and a timber baron (Bradley Cooper) falls in love and marries a woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who helps him grow his business. However, when secrets from the past creep between them their future comes into question. Also with Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones, David Dencik, Sean Harris, Ana Ularu and Sam Reid. Directed by Susanne Bier. [1:49 - R]


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The Gunman - 6.7.8

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A man (Sean Penn) working for a private security agency in Congo assassinates a government official and is forced to flee and remain in hiding. When he returns he realizes that he is now a target for assassination. Also with Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca. Directed by Pierre Morel. [1:55 - R]


Do You Believe? - 3.5.2

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A well-meaning but complacent Christian pastor (Ted McGinley) wonders at the faith of a street-corner preacher. Ready to reevaluate his work and his life, the pastor remembers that one must act on one's faith and his subsequent actions surprise his congregation, his family, and the community. Also with Mira Sorvino, Andrea Logan White, Lee Majors, Alexa PenaVega, Sean Astin, Madison Pettis, Cybill Shepherd, Brian Bosworth and Delroy Lindo. Directed by Jonathan M. Gunn. [1:55 - PG-13]


Cinderella - 2.2.2

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After a young woman's father dies, her cruel stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters (Holliday Grainer and Sophie McShera) mercilessly bully her (Lily James). Forced to become their unpaid servant, she maintains a positive outlook and when an invitation to a palace ball provides the chance of reuniting with a man (Robert Madden) she met in the woods, her stepmother interferes, but an elderly passerby makes magic happen. Also with Derek Jacobi, Stellan Skarsgård, Hayley Atwell and Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. [1:45 - PG]


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Insurgent - 3.6.5

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In this sequel teens who have abandoned their assigned societal factions, along with one Divergent who can think for herself (Shailene Woodley), battle the powerful Erudite government. The teens flee from soldiers and seek answers as to why the only world they have ever known is crumbling and barricaded behind a wall. Also with Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Zoë Kravitz and Naomi Watts. Directed by Robert Schwentke & Neil Burger. [1:58 - PG-13]


Run All Night - 3.8.8

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Liam Neeson stars as an experienced hit man trying to defend his son (Joel Kinnaman) from the wrath of an Irish crime lord (Ed Harris). Corrupt police officers, Albanian drug lords, and a crime family in New York City complicate his mission. Also with Common, Boyd Holbrook, Genesis Rodríguez and Vincent D'Onofrio. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. A few lines of dialogue are in Albanian with English subtitles. [1:54 - R]


Unfinished Business - 8.3.9

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Vince Vaughn stars as an employee who's tired of working for someone else and not being appreciated and decides to start his own company. After a year of knocking on doors, he goes to Germany with two colleagues to try and pitch a big deal. Also with, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, June Diane Raphael, Britton Sear, Ella Anderson, Nick Frost and James Marsden. Directed by Ken Scott. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in German with no subtitles provided. [1:31 - R]


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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - 3.2.2

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In this sequel, a young man (Dev Patel) has built a successful hotel business and is hoping to expand if he can find someone to back him. At the same time, he is preparing for his wedding and the pressures push him to the brink of losing everything without the help of his friend and co-manager (Maggie Smith). Also with David Strathairn, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Tina Desai, Richard Gere and Shazad Latif. Directed by John Madden. [2:02 - PG]


Chappie - 5.7.9

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In a South African police state android scouts aide city patrols, but the people begin to fight back. A cadre of criminals force a scientist (Dev Patel) to give up an android he stole and reprogrammed to become sentient but a local robotic weaponry company sees the new android as a threat to business and unleashes a giant mega-robot against it and its human companions. Also with Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman Yo-Landi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Sigourney Weaver. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. English subtitles accompany English spoken with thick Afrikaner accents. [2:00 - R]


Maps to the Stars - 10.7.9

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A dysfunctional Hollywood family consists of a self-help guru (John Cusack), his wife (Olivia Williams) who manages their teen son's (Evan Bird) acting career after having already spent time in drug rehab, and their daughter (Mia Wasikowska), who's just been released from a psych ward. The daughter becomes the personal assistant to a dysfunctional actress (Julianne Moore) who is haunted by the ghost of her famous mother (Sarah Gadon). Also with Robert Pattinson, Carrie Fisher, Jayne Heitmeyer and Kiara Glasco. Directed by David Cronenberg. [1:51 - R]


The Lazarus Effect - 2.6.5

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An engaged couple (Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde) leads a university team of biomedical researchers to develop a serum they call "Lazarus," which can revitalize dead animals. As the team begins planning for clinical trials, the leader's fiancée suffers electrocution and dies, whereupon he administers Lazarus to her and she is revived, but something sinister comes back with her. Also with Donald Glover, Evan Peters and Sarah Bolger. Directed by David Gelb. [1:23 - PG-13]


Focus - 6.5.10

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A professional con man (Will Smith) takes a younger woman (Margot Robbie) on as an apprentice and falls in love with her, but dismisses her after her training. Years later she shows up as his opponent in a big swindle, now a seasoned con artist herself. Also with Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney, BD Wong and Robert Taylor. Directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. [1:44 - R]



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