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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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American Assassin - 6.8.8

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A man (Dylan O'Brien) determined to avenge the murder of his fiancée joins an elite counter-terrorism group to track down those responsible and he is trained as an assassin by a former Navy SEAL (Michael Keaton). Also with David Suchet, Sanaa Lathan, Taylor Kitsch, Scott Adkins, Shiva Negar and Charlotte Vega. Directed by Michael Cuesta. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Turkish with English subtitles and others are written in Arabic with English subtitles; a few lines are spoken in Arabic with no translation. [1:51 - R]


Mother! - 7.8.5

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A parade of strangers shows up at a newly married woman's (Jennifer Lawrence) house and her older husband (Javier Bardem) is slow to explain their presence. As the visitors become a crowd of admirers of her husband's poetry, the woman loses control of her life. Also with Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, Kristen Wiig, Jovan Adepo and Stephen McHattie. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. [2:00 - R]


9/11 - 1.4.6

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Based on a play: Five people (Charlie Sheen, Gina Gershon, Luis Guzmán, Wood Harris and Olga Fonda) are trapped in an elevator during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers and fear for their lives as the towers begin to crumble. Also with Whoopi Goldberg and Jacqueline Bisset. Directed by Martin Guigui. [1:30 - R]


Home Again - 4.3.4

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A recently separated woman (Reese Witherspoon) with two young daughters takes in three young men trying to make their way in the movie business. When her former husband has second thoughts and shows up unannounced, the unorthodox family setup is in jeopardy. Also with Nat Wolff, Lake Bell, Michael Sheen, Pico Alexander, Candice Bergen, Eden Grace Redfield and Jon Rudnitsky. Directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer. [1:37 - PG-13]


It - 4.8.9

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Based on the Stephen King novel: Seven bullied middle school students are terrorized by a dancing demon that assumes the appearance of a clown (Bill Skarsgård). Their stuttering leader (Jaeden Lieberher) persuades them to help avenge the murder of his little brother (Jackson Robert Scott), while also fighting off a gang of teen thugs. Also with Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer and Nicholas Hamilton. Directed by Andy Muschietti. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Hebrew without translation. [2:15 - R]


Tulip Fever - 7.4.3

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In 17th century Amsterdam a teenage orphan (Alicia Vikander) is given to a wealthy tulip dealer (Christoph Waltz) for a wife so she can give him an heir, but she does not conceive. When he commissions a portrait of them she begins a torrid affair with the artist (Dane DeHaan) and she devises a plan for escape. Also with Zach Galifianakis, Judi Dench, Holliday Grainger, Matthew Morrison and Cara Delevingne. Directed by Justin Chadwick. [1:47 - R]


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The Only Living Boy in New York - 5.2.6

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After graduating from college a young man (Callum Turner) doesn't know what he wants to do with himself and he meets an older man (Jeff Bridges) who helps him learn more about life among sophisticated urbanities. Also with Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Cynthia Nixon, Kiersey Clemons, Tate Donovan, Wallace Shawn, Anh Duong and Debi Mazar. Directed by Marc Webb. [1:28 - R]


Patti Cake$ - 6.3.10

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A young working class woman (Danielle Macdonald) stuck in her New Jersey hometown dreams of being discovered as the next great rap artist. Also with Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, Cathy Moriarty, McCaul Lombardi and Patrick Brana. Directed by Geremy Jasper. [1:48 - R]


Wind River - 6.7.7

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Inspired by actual events: an officer of the Fish and Wildlife Service (Jeremy Renner) is asked to help in an FBI investigation of the murder of a young woman on a Native American reservation. Also with Kelsey Asbille, Julia Jones, Teo Briones, Apesanahkwat, Graham Greene, Elizabeth Olsen and Tantoo Cardinal. Directed by Taylor Sheridan. [1:47 - R]


All Saints - 1.3.2

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A paper salesman (John Corbett) becomes an Episcopalian priest and accepts an assignment to close a Tennessee church. After he sees the dwindling congregation accept 15 Karen refugee families from Burma and work with them to farm the property, he helps the church to become self-supporting. Also with Nelson Lee, Cara Buono, Barry Corbin and Gregory Allan Williams. Directed by Steve Gomer. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Karenic with English subtitles and a hymn is sung without translation. [1:48 - PG]


Birth of the Dragon - 1.5.3

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Set in San Francisco in 1964, Bruce Lee (Philip Ng) looks for fame as a martial arts instructor and action star. He meets a famous Shaolin monk (Xia Wu) and fights him in a controversial no-rules match that is still debated today. Also with Billy Magnussen, Jin Xing, Jingjing Qu, Simon Yin and Terry Chen. Directed by George Nolfi. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Mandarin with and without English subtitles. [1:43 - PG-13]


Leap! - 1.2.1

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Animated film about two orphans that escape from their orphanage and make their way to Paris, where they hope to achieve their dreams of becoming a ballet dancer and an inventor. With the voices of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maddie Ziegler, Mel Brooks and Kate McKinnon. Directed by Eric Summer & Éric Warin. [1:29 - PG]


The Hitman's Bodyguard - 4.8.10

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A bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) down on his luck after failing to prevent the assassination of a high-powered client finds himself guarding a notorious hitman (Samuel L. Jackson) that's being transported to the Hague to testify against the Belarusian president (Gary Oldman). Also with Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung and Richard E. Grant. Directed by Patrick Hughes. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Japanese, Belarusian, French and Spanish and most are accompanied by English subtitles.[1:58 - R]


Logan Lucky  3.5.5

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A divorced West Virginia father (Channing Tatum) loses his job because of a war injury and gathers his one-armed brother (Adam Driver) and his sister (Riley Keough) to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. They recruit a convicted explosives expert (Daniel Craig) and his two odd brothers to intercept the track's money transport system, while local jail prisoners create diversions. Also with Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston and Sebastian Stan. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. [2:00 - PG-13]


13 Minutes - 5.8.4

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Based on the true story of Georg Elser (Christian Friedel), a man who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1939. Also with Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, Johann von Bülow, Felix Eitner, David Zimmerschied and Rüdiger Klink. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. In German with English subtitles. [1:54 - R]



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