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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 Transporter Refueled - 5.6.5

A reboot of the action series: A hired driver (Ed Skrein) becomes involved in a deadly plot for revenge when he is enlisted to drive four women in the south of France. Also with Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Gabriella Wright, Tatiana Pajkovic, Wenxia Yu, Radivoje Bukvic and Noémie Lenoir. Directed by Camille Delamarre. [1:36 - PG-13]
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A Walk in the Woods - 4.2.6

A harried non-fiction author (Robert Redford) feels burned out and dislikes people. He escapes it all to hike the Appalachian Trail for adventure and his only option for a hiking partner is a grating old friend (Nick Nolte) who owes him money. Both in their 70s, the hikers find a fresh perspective and unexpected challenges on the trail. Also with Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, Susan McPhail, Emma Thompson and Mary Steenburgen. Directed by Ken Kwapis. [1:44 - R]
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The End of the Tour - 3.2.7

A film based on the transcript of an interview between "Rolling Stone" writer David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) that took place over several days on the writer's 1996 book tour. Also with Mamie Gummer, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Ron Livingston and Mickey Sumner. Directed by James Ponsoldt. [1:46 - R]
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Z for Zachariah - 6.4.5

After a nuclear event destroys most of Earth, a scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a coal miner (Chris Pine) and a 19-year-old woman (Margot Robbie) seem to be the only survivors. The two men compete for the woman's attention in a dangerous love triangle clouded by nuclear radiation and jealousy. Directed by Craig Zobel. [1:35 - PG-13]
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No Escape - 4.8.6

A man (Owen Wilson) takes his wife (Lake Bell) and two young daughters (Sterling Jerins and Claire Geare) overseas, where he thinks that his company is helping to provide clean drinking water to the denizens. Shortly after they arrive he realizes that the local people don't see their presence as positive and they must flee for their lives. Also with Pierce Brosnan, Thanawut Kasro, Chatchawai Kamonsakpitak and Sahajak Boonthanakit. Directed by John Erick Dowdle. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in a foreign language with no subtitles and a couple are in French and are translated into English. [1:43 - R]
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War Room - 2.3.1

A family appears to be breaking apart when the husband and wife stop communicating. Then the wife meets an older, wiser woman who insists that she has the answer they need. Also with Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie, Beth Moore Michael Jr., Jadin Harris, Tenae Downing and Alena Pitts. Directed by Alex Kendrick. [2:00]

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We Are Your Friends - 7.5.10

An ambitious promoter and DJ (Zac Efron) plans to amass fame and wealth by stepping up his game to spin discs in Hollywood. However, he creates only mediocre mashup tracks and a more experienced but burned-out DJ (Wes Bentley) offers to help. The younger man becomes distracted as he falls for his mentor's girlfriend (Emily Ratajowski) and puts his future at risk. Also with Alex Shaffer, Shiloh Fernandez, Jonny Weston and John Bernthal. Directed by Max Joseph. [1.36 - R]
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Mistress America - 5.3.7

A college freshman (Lola Kirke) is disappointed with her life in a dorm. She tackles the doldrums by hanging out with her irrepressible older stepsister, a hard core New Yorker (Greta Gerwig) who lives in Times Square and manufactures misadventures for the pair. Also with Heather Lind, Cindy Cheung and Matthew Shear. Directed by Noah Baumbach. [1:24 - R]
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Irrational Man - 6.5.5

A philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) struggles to cure his job burnout with a move to a small Northeastern college. When he chooses to become involved with a student (Emma Stone) instead of an unhappily married professor (Parker Posey) who is pursuing him, he feels renewed. Also with Jamie Blackley. Directed by Woody Allen. [1:35 - R]
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Agent 47 - 2.7.5

In this sequel, a woman (Hannah Ware) with heightened senses searches for a man who will not leave her thoughts and dreams. She confronts two genetically enhanced secret agents (Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto) who alternately threaten and protect her, and she learns family secrets that lead to more questions. Also with Ciarin Hinds, Angelababy and Thomas Kretschmann. Directed by Aleksander Bach. [1:36 - R]
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American Ultra - 3.8.10

A West Virginia slacker's (Jesse Eisenberg) life consists of smoking marijuana, slouching through his convenience store job, and writing a comic book about an ape superhero. Buried in his subconscious is the fact that he is a lethal sleeper agent for the CIA and when he's scheduled to be eliminated one of its project leaders activates his fighting skills with a hypnotic phrase. He becomes a weapon, but also discovers a secret about his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart). Also with Topher Grace, Connie Britton. Walton Groggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Tony Hale. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh. The film contains several lines of dialogue in Chinese with English subtitles. [1:35 - R]
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Sinister 2 - 2.8.5

Running from an abusive ex-husband (Lea Coco), a mother (Shannyn Sossamon) moves her 9-year-old twin boys to an old country farmhouse. Strange things occur in the house and the abandoned church next door, the ex-husband shows up to claim the twins, and an evil entity influences the children to murder while filming their actions as "kill art." Also with Nicholas King, James Ransone, Robert Daniel, Dartanian Sloan, Robert Daniel Sloan, Tate Ellington and John Beasley. Directed by Ciaran Foy. [1:37 - R]
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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - 4.6.3

Based on the eponymous TV series from the 1960s: A CIA agent (Henry Cavill) and a KGB operative (Armie Hammer) find themselves working together to track down an organization bent on developing nuclear weapons. Also with Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Luca Calvani, Sylvester Groth, Hugh Grant and Jared Harris. Directed by Guy Ritchie. Some dialogue is in German, Italian and Russian with English subtitles. [1:56 - PG-13]
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Straight Outta Compton - 8.6.10

The story of the rise of rap group N.W.A.: In 1988 the new group revolutionized music and pop culture with its first studio album, "Straight Outta Compton," which addressed life in South Los Angeles and especially police harassment of African-Americans. With O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, R. Marcus Taylor, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr. and Paul Giomatti. Directed by F. Gary Gray. [2:27 - R]
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Ricki and the Flash - 4.3.4

A long time ago an aging rock star (Meryl Streep) left her husband (Kevin Kline) and daughter (Mamie Gunner) to follow her singing dreams. Returning home in guilt, she faces questions, heartbreak and anger from her grown daughter, her two sons and her ex-husband's new wife. Also with Rick Springfield, Audra McDonald, Sebastian Stan, Nick Westrate, Hailey Gates, Ben Platt, Charlotte Rae, Rick Rosas, Joe Vitale and Bernie Worrell. Directed by Jonathan Demme. [1:42 - PG-13]
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