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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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Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween - 4.4.5

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A father (Tyler Perry) tries to keep his 18-year-old daughter (Diamond White) from making bad choices but his ex-wife thinks she needs to be given some space to make mistakes. When her choices lead her into the path of a serial killer, the parents try to save the day. Also with Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat, Lexy Panterra, Andre Hall, Brock O'Hurn and Inanna Sarkis. Directed by Tyler Perry. [1:41 - PG-13]


Geostorm - 1.6.4

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When a complex system of satellites that control extreme weather goes haywire, the scientist (Gerard Butler) who created the system is called into action to track down the cause before the planet is destroyed by extreme storms. Also with Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Amr Waked, Adepero Oduye, Andy Garcia and Ed Harris. Directed by Dean Devlin. [1:49 - PG-13]


Same Kind of Different as Me - 2.4.3

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A wealthy art dealer (Greg Kinnear) befriends a chronically homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) so that he can impress his Christian wife (Renée Zellweger), who dreams of improving the lives of the less fortunate. Finally her husband begins to listen. Also with Olivia Holt, Jon Voight and Stephanie Leigh Schlund. Directed by Michael Carney. [2:00 - PG-13]


The Snowman - 6.8.5

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When a Norwegian detective (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearances of several women, he suspects a serial killer who strikes during fresh snowfall and always builds a snowman near the victim's body. A rookie detective (Rebecca Ferguson) helps connect the deaths to a cold case. Also with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson and J. K. Simmons. Directed by Tomas Alfredson. [2:00 - R]


Only the Brave - 4.5.5

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Based on true tragic events from 2013: The story of the creation of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and their efforts to protect the people of Yarnell, Arizona from a wild fire. With Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, James Badge Dale, Andie MacDowell, Geoff Stults, Alex Russell, Thad Luckinbill, Ben Hardy, Scott Haze, Jake Picking, Scott Foxx and Dylan Kenin. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. [2:13 - PG-13]


Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House - 1.2.5

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Based on the real-life story of FBI deputy assistant director Mark Felt (Liam Neeson), who received the moniker "Deep Throat" from journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward when he helped them uncover the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974. Also with Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Tony Goldwyn, Josh Lucas, Michael C. Hall, Tom Sizemore and Julian Morris. Directed by Peter Landesman. [1:43 - PG-13]


Professor Marston and the Wonder Women - 8.3.6

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Based on real events: American psychologist William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) created the action hero Wonder Woman during WWII. Marston, his wife (Rebecca Hall), and his mistress (Bella Heathcote) had a polyamorous relationship and liked bondage; the Wonder Woman comics were initially controversial. Also with Oliver Platt, JJ Field and Connie Britton. Directed by Angela Robinson. [1:48 - R]


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Happy Death Day - 4.6.5

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A college student (Jessica Rothe) wakes up on her birthday in the room of a young man (Israel Broussard) after a night of drinking. Before the end of the day she is murdered by a person in a mask and wakes up again in the same room, only to relive her murder over and over, in different ways, as she tries to identify her killer. Also with Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Charles Aitken, Jason Bayle and Phi Vu. Directed by Christopher Landon. [1:36 - PG-13]


Marshall - 6.5.5

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Based on the true story of the early legal career of Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) who became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Also with Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell, Keesha Sharp and Roger Guenveur Smith. Directed by Reginald Hudlin. A man says something that could have been in Hebrew with English subtitles. [1:58 - PG-13]


The Foreigner - 5.7.6

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An aging businessman (Jackie Chan) loses his teenage daughter (Charlie Murphy) in a London car bombing that's suspected of being the work of the IRA. When an Irish official refuses to help him find her murderer, the grieving father terrorizes him until he can provide the names of possible killers. Also with Pierce Brosnan, Simon Kunz and Katie Leung. Directed by Martin Campbell. Several lines of dialogue are in Chinese with English subtitles. Many characters speak with thick Irish accents. [1:54 - R]


Brad's Status - 3.1.7

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While a man (Ben Stiller) is touring the campuses of prestigious colleges with his son (Austin Abrams), he experiences an existential crisis that makes him question his life and the choices he has made. Also with Jenna Fischer, Michael Sheen, Jemaine Clement, Luke Wilson, Mike White and Shazi Raja. Directed by Mike White. [1:42 - R]


Victoria and Abdul - 2.2.5

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Set in the late 1880s: A platonic relationship develops between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and an Indian man (Ali Fazal) and the film tracks the turmoil this relationship caused in the royal house, especially when the elderly queen appointed him as her personal confidant. Also with Tim Pigott-Smith, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Michael Gambon and Paul Higgins. Directed by Stephen Frears. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Hindi with English subtitles and a few lines are spoken in Urdu with no subtitles but translated. [1:51 - PG-13]


The Mountain Between Us - 5.5.5

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Two strangers (Idris Elba and Kate Winslet) share a small chartered airplane when commercial flights are fully booked, but their pilot does not file a flight plan and they soon crash on a snowy Utah mountain range. Now, they must fight nature and injuries to survive. Also with Dermot Mulroney and Beau Bridges. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad. [1:49 - PG-13]


My Little Pony: The Movie - 1.3.1

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When three of the Princesses of Equestria are encased in a magical shell that restricts their powers, the remaining Princess and her friends search for a way to save them and free their home from the evil Stormking. With the voices of Uzo Aduba, Ashleigh Ball, Adam Bengis, Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Michelle Creber and Taye Diggs. Directed by Jayson Thiessen. [1:39 - PG]


Blade Runner 2049 - 7.7.5

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Sequel to the 1982 film: Set in 2049, Blade Runners continue to track down and permanently disable outdated replicants. One Blade Runner (Ryan Gosling) uncovers a mystery that leads him to search for a former Blade Runner (Harrison Ford) who's been missing for three decades. Also with Dave Bautista, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri and Mackenzie Davis. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in an unidentified foreign language accompanied by subtitles. [2:43 - R]



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