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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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Roman J. Israel, Esq. - 1.4.5

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An idealistic lawyer (Denzel Washington) learns that his law partner died in debt and their firm must be liquidated. Joining an affluent firm under one of the deceased's former students (Colin Farrell), he alienates wealthy partners, but befriends a social justice advocate (Carmen Ejogo) and learns that he can still do the right thing. Also with Lynda Gravatt, Amanda Warren, Lynn Jackson, Fritz Molinar, Connor Novick and Jessie Salinas. Directed by Dan Gilroy. [2:09 - PG-13]


Coco - 1.3.1

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A young boy (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) has a guitar and practices hard, desperate for a music career. He is stymied though because his family hates music, so he consults with his departed ancestors in the Land of the Dead. Also with the voices of Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguia and Alanna Ubac. Directed by Lee Unkrich. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish without translation. [1:49 - PG]


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 2.7.10

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Convinced that lawmen have dropped the ball on solving her daughter's rape and murder, a distraught single mother (Frances McDormand) rents three billboards leading into town with messages that denigrate the sheriff (Woody Harrelson). Also with Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage, Caleb Landry Jones and Amanda Warren. Directed by Martin McDonagh. [1:55 - R]


The Star - 1.3.1

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In the days leading up to Christ's birthday, a little donkey (voiced by Steven Yeun) and his friends help Mary (voiced by Gina Rodriguez) and Joseph (voiced by Zachary Levi) find a place to stay and escape the wrath of the King of Judea and Roman leaders. Also with the voices of Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Directed by Timothy Reckart. [1:26 - PG]


Wonder - 1.3.3

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A 10 year old boy (Jacob Tremblay) born with unique facial features enters the 5th grade after having been home-schooled. While trying to fit in and feel ordinary he has to deal with the reaction from the other children. Also with Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic and Mandy Patinkin. Directed by Stephen Chbosky. [1:53 - PG]


Justice League - 3.6.4

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When an evil power threatens the world's existence, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) unite a league of super heroes that includes Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and the Flash (Ezra Miller) to save the planet. Also with Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Henry Cavill, Diane Lane and Jeremy Irons. Directed by Zack Snyder. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Russian with English subtitles. [2:01 - PG-13]


Lady Bird - 6.3.6

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The film follows a strong-willed high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) during the 2002-03 school year, as she struggles with her overbearing mother (Laurie Metcalf) and other people in her life. Also with Jordan Rodrigues, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein and Stephen Henderson. Directed by Greta Gerwig. [1:33 - R]


Novitiate - 7.5.5

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In 1954 a seven-year-old girl raised by an agnostic single mother (Julianne Nicholson) is introduced to Catholicism and as a young woman (Margaret Qualley) wins a scholarship to a Catholic school and to her mother's dismay, enters a convent. Vatican II disrupts the lives of the nuns and the novice suffers as her faith is challenged by pain, loneliness and sexual urges. Also with Melissa Leo, Dianna Agron, Morgan Saylor, Ashley Bell and Liana Liberato. Directed by Margaret Betts. [2:03 - R]


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Goodbye Christopher Robin - 2.3.1

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Biopic about A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson), the famous author of children's books, who was inspired by his son (Will Tilston) and his stuffed animals to create the book series set in the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. While the series brought hope and laughter to the English after World War I, it placed undue stress on the family. Also with Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alex Lawther and Vicki Pepperdine. Directed by Simon Curtis. [1:47 - PG]


A Bad Moms Christmas - 7.4.10

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Three over-worked suburban moms (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn) rebel against the expected trappings of Christmas, when their mothers barge in unexpectedly and make creating a perfect holiday for their families almost impossible. Also with Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon. Directed by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore. [1:44 - R]


Daddy's Home 2 - 4.3.4

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When it becomes clear that the kids are not happy with the way the holidays turn out, the dads (Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell) decide to celebrate a "together Christmas" where both extended families celebrate the holiday at the same place. Unexpected discoveries ensue. Also with Linda Cardellini, Mel Gibson, John Cena, John Lithgow, Scarlett Estevez, Alessandra Ambrosio, Owen Vaccaro and Didi Costine. Directed by Sean Anders. [1:40 - PG-13]


Murder on the Orient Express - 1.5.3

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Based on the eponymous Agatha Christie novel: Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) joins a friend on the Orient Express hoping for a vacation. However, his services are called upon when the train is trapped by an avalanche and a passenger is murdered. Also with Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Penélope Cruz, Richard Clifford, Josh Gad, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Lucy Boynton, Marwan Kenzari, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Olivia Colman and Willem Dafoe. Directed by Branagh. [1:54 - PG-13]


LBJ - 2.3.5

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Covering the period from 1961 to 1964, from the election of President John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan) and his assassination in 1963, to the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson and the passage of the Civil Rights Act and other progressive social programs. Also with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bill Pullman, C. Thomas Howell, Michael Mosley, Michael Stahl-David and Richard Jenkins. Directed by Rob Reiner. [1:38 - R]


Thor: Ragnarok - 3.6.4

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Thor (Chris Hemsworth) undertakes a mission to save his planet and his people from certain destruction with many distractions and enemies, and that includes members of his own family. Also with Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins and Benedict Cumberbatch. Directed by Taika Waititi. [2:10 - PG-13]


Wonderstruck - 2.2.1

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A boy (Oakes Fegley) in 1977 searches for his father after his mother dies in an accident; and a girl (Millicent Simmonds) in 1927 searches for a way to get away from her mother and father. When their paths cross they realize that they are getting closer to finding what's missing from their lives. Also with Julianne Moore, Cory Michael Smith, Jaden Michael, Tom Noonan and Michelle Williams. Directed by Todd Haynes. [1:57 - PG]



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