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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 Purge: Election Year - 1.8.9

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In this sequel a presidential election year includes the annual Purge that sanctions murder for a full 12 hours, especially eliminating individuals of "inferior" demographics. A US Senator (Elizabeth Mitchell) that survived the annual mayhem as a girl promises to eliminate the deadly tradition if elected President. Also with Mykelti Williamson, Betty Gabriel, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Secor and Joseph Julian Soria. Directed by James DeMonaco. [1:45 - R]


The BFG - 0.3.2

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Based on a Roald Dahl book, the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) helps a little orphan girl (Ruby Burnhill) navigate life and its challenges, while both learn what friendship really means. Also with Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall and Rafe Spall, and the voices of Bill Hader and Jermain Clement. Directed by Steven Spielberg. [1:53 - PG]


Swiss Army Man - 7.7.5

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A friendless man (Paul Dano) stranded on a tiny deserted island contemplates suicide, until he sees another man (Daniel Radcliffe) lying on the beach. The newcomer is dead, but the corpse makes a useful companion and through various "corpse superpowers," the dead man guides the loner home. Also with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Richard Gross, Timothy Eulich, Marika Casteel, Aaron Marshall and Andy Hull. Directed by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert. [1:35 - R]


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The Shallows - 2.7.5

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While surfing alone in Mexican waters and after a shark wounds her, a woman (Blake Lively) is stranded on a rock not far from an isolated beach. She plots an innovative escape from the circling shark, anxious to find a way to cover the 200 yards between her and safety. Also with Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen and Sedona Legge. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. [1:27 - PG-13]


Independence Day: Resurgence - 1.6.3

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In this sequel the previously defeated alien invaders amass larger, more technologically advanced forces and return to Earth. United Nations scientists directed by a US government expert (Jeff Goldblum) and soldiers led by pilots (Liam Hemsworth and Jesse T. Usher) scramble to defend the planet as they meet another alien species. Also with Brent Spiner, Bill Pullman, Sela Ward, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Maika Monroe, Travis Tope and William Fichtner. Directed by Roland Emmerich. [2:00 - PG-13]


The Free State of Jones - 1.7.3

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Set during the Civil War, it depicts the attempt to form a separate US state for former slaves and poor white farmers, based on racial and gender equality: A southerner (Matthew McConaughey) and fights alongside abolitionists (Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mahershala Ali), escaped slaves and Confederate deserters to declare the Free State of Jones. Also with Keri Russell, Brendan Gleeson, Jacob Lofland, Brad Carter and Sean Bridgers. Directed by Gary Ross. [2:19 - R]


Finding Dory - 1.3.1

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Off the coast of California, a forgetful Pacific blue tang (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) begins to retrieve family memories and wants to know more. Two clownfish (voiced by Hayden Rolence and Albert Brooks) accompany her on a journey to find her parents (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy) and learn about her past. Also with the voices of Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Idris Elba, Dominic West and Sigourney Weaver. Directed by Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane. [1:43 - PG]


Central Intelligence  - 4.6.5

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Bullied as an overweight teen, the now powerfully built CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson) looks up his old classmate (Kevin Hart), who is a nervous accountant and no longer a star athlete. The agent needs his friend's help to save the US satellite surveillance system, but reluctant to confront danger, the accountant is co-opted and involved in intrigues and gunfights. Also with Amy Ryan, Jason Bateman, Aaron Paul and Danielle Nicolet. Directed by Rawson M. Thurber. [1:50 - PG-13]


The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist - 1.6.2

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In this sequel paranormal investigators (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) travel to the UK to assist a single mother (Frances O'Connor) and her children. Family members are all tormented by poltergeists, but the 11-year-old daughter (Madison Wolfe) also shows strong signs of demonic possession and forces of evil attack the investigators. Also with Franka Potente and Joseph Bishara. Directed by James Wan. [2:14 - R]


Warcraft - 2.6.1

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An Orc shaman (voiced by Daniel Wu) uses black magic fueled by human souls to open a portal to the human world of Azeroth. He organizes Orc fighting clans into the massive Horde Army to subdue the human king (Dominic Cooper), his knight general (Travis Fimmel), and their wizard Guardian (Ben Foster). Many Orcs rebel and a multi-level war erupts. Also with Anna Galvin, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Burkely Duffield and Ben Schnetzer. Directed by Duncan Jones. Several lines of dialogue are in Orc language with English subtitles or translations. [2:03 - PG-13]


Now You See Me 2 - 1.5.4

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Notorious tricksters The Four Horsemen, from the first installment, re-surface and find themselves forced to undertake a heist that seems all but impossible. With Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Jon M. Chu. [2:09 - PG-13]


Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 8.4.10

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In this mockumentary a famous rapper (Andy Samberg) drops his second album, it fails, a band member quits, and his fiancée dumps him. He agrees to a new opening act to spark interest, but becomes jealous of its rising popularity and his worried fans and friends wonder if he can make a comeback or will have to drop out of the business. Also with Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Tim Meadows, Sarah Silverman, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack and Imogen Poots. Directed by Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone. [1:26 - R]


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - 2.5.3

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In this sequel the teen turtles battle their old enemy (Brian Tee), a mad scientist (Tyler Perry), two mutants, (voiced by Gary Anthony Williams and Stephen "Sheamus" Farrelly) and an evil extraterrestrial (voiced by Brad Garrett). The turtles struggle against bigotry in order to save the Earth, while Master Splinter (voiced by Tony Shalhoub) reminds them of their values. Also with Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett, Brittany Ishibashi, Laura Linney, and the voices of Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher and Jeremy Howard. Directed by Dave Green. [1:52 - PG-13]


Me Before You - 3.2.2

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A man (Sam Claflin) is confined to a wheelchair after an accident and a spinal cord injury and appears inconsolable until a new aide (Emilia Clarke) enters his life and they fall in love. However, he's still not dissuaded from ending his life and pursuing assisted suicide. Also with Vanessa Kirby, Eileen Dunwoodie, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance and Stephen Peacocke. Directed by Thea Sharrock. [1:50 - PG-13]


X-Men: Apocalypse - 2.6.5

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In this prequel, the telepathic Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and a shapeshifter (Jennifer Lawrence) gather gifted mutants to defeat the world's first mutant villain (Oscar Isaac), who plans to eliminate humankind and create a new species that's more to his liking. Also with Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters and Tye Sheridan. Directed by Bryan Singer. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in other languages with English subtitles. [2:25 - PG-13]


Alice Through the Looking Glass - 1.4.1

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Escaping her sexist would-be fiancé through a magic mirror portal, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) revisits Wonderland and finds that she must save her dying best friend the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) by traveling to the past and saving his long lost family. In so doing she may irrevocably break history. Also with Helena Bonham Carter, Leo Bill, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway and the voices of Alan Rickman, Paul Whitehouse, Matt Lucas and Timothy Sprall. Directed by James Bobin. People made up of fruit speak a few lines in their own language, accompanied by English subtitles. [1:48 - PG]



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