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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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How to Be a Latin Lover - 5.3.4

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After 25 years of marriage a man (Eugenio Derbez) finds himself both single and without an income. He convinces his estranged sister (Salma Hayek) to take him in while he looks for a new wealthy wife. Also with Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raphael Alejandro, Michael Cera, Rob Corddry, Mckenna Grace, Rob Huebel, Rob Riggle, Raquel Welch and Linda Lavin. Directed by Ken Marino. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. [1:55 - PG-13]


The Circle - 4.3.5

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An eager new employee (Emma Watson) becomes a customer experience representative for the world's largest social media firm, The Circle. The company's founder (Tom Hanks) encourages her to participate in cutting edge research that increases her enthusiasm, but as the experiment evolves, she begins to see that all her decisions affect everyone she knows, destroying privacy and freedom. Also with John Boyega, Glenne Headly, Bill Paxton, Karen Gillan and Patton Oswalt. Directed by James Ponsoldt. Several short text messages in several languages are shown without translations. [1:50 - PG-13]


Phoenix Forgotten - 1.4.4

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According to the plot, on the night of March 13, 1997 unknown lights in a V-pattern moved across Phoenix skies near a military base and three teens (Chelsea Lopez, Florence Hartigan and Luke Spencer Roberts) drove into the desert with a video camera to document the incident. The teens disappeared and 20 years later new evidence begins a new investigation. Also with Justin Matthews, Clint Jordan and Cyd Strittmatter. Directed by Justin Barber. [1:30 - PG-13]


The Promise - 4.7.3

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Based on real events from the 1915 Armenian Genocide: A medical student (Oscar Isaac) falls in love with a dancer (Charlotte Le Bon), who's dating an American reporter (Christian Bale) who is investigating the Ottoman persecution of Armenians. As the genocide begins, the members of the love triangle decide to fight together for the Armenian resistance. Also with Daniel Gimnez Cacho, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Rade erbedija. Directed by Terry George. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in German with no translation, and a few additional lines are spoken in Armenian, a Turkish dialect, and French with English subtitles. [2:14 - PG-13


Unforgettable - 7.7.5

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A man and a woman (Geoff Stults and Rosario Dawson) start a new life together and all is well until his former wife (Katherine Heigl) decides she can't let go of her life with him. Also with Cheryl Ladd, Whitney Cummings, Robert Wisdom, Simon Kassianides and Isabella Kai Rice. Directed by Denise Di Novi. [1:40 - R]


Free Fire - 3.8.10

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In 1970s Boston, a black-market arms deal between the IRA and South Africans goes haywire and the result is an interminable shootout in an abandoned warehouse; the arms broker (Brie Larson) responsible for setting up the deal and her sidekick (Armie Hammer) attempt to survive the ordeal by using their arsenal of weapons. Also with Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Michael Smiley, Enzo Cilenti, Noah Taylor, Jack Reynor and Babou Ceesay. Directed by Ben Wheatley. [1:30 - R]


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Gifted - 3.3.5

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After his sister's death, a man (Chris Evans) takes custody of her young daughter (Mckenna Grace) who appears to be gifted in math. Once discovered, the man's estranged mother (Lindsay Duncan) decides that she knows what's best for the child and sues her son for custody. Also with Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, Michael Kendall Kaplan and Glenn Plummer. Directed by Marc Webb. [1:41 - PG-13]


The Fate of the Furious - 4.6.5

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The team from the first 7 installments returns to battle cyber terror and are tested to their limits when they find themselves in a battle against one of their own. With Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Kristofer Hivju and Scott Eastwood. A few lines of dialogue are in Spanish and Russian with English subtitles. Directed by F. Gary Gray. [2:16 - PG-13]


The Case for Christ - 1.3.2

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An investigative reporter and atheist (Mike Vogel) sets out to use journalistic and legal methods to disprove the existence of Jesus Christ. Tensions rise as his wife (Erica Christensen) becomes a believer, and after exhausting his methods, the reporter may have to accept her belief. Also with Faye Dunaway, Frankie Faison and Robert Forster. Directed by Jon Gunn. [1:52 - PG]


Going In Style - 3.3.5

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Remake of the George Burns 1979 comedy: Three retired men (Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin) lose their pensions when the company they worked for dissolves the fund and moves production to another country. Unable to make ends meet on their meager government checks, they decide to take matters into their own hands and rob a bank. Also with Ann-Margret, Joey King, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Serafinowicz, Matt Dillon and Kenan Thompson. Directed by Zach Braff. [1:36 - PG-13]


Smurfs: The Lost Village - 1.3.1

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An evil wizard (voiced by Rainn Wilson) uses Smurfette (voiced by Demi Lovato) to lead him to the Lost Village, where he can capture Smurfs and villagers to extract their special power for his own use. He is surprised by magical creatures and unexpected resistance when Smurfs unite against him. Also with the voices of Danny Pudi, Joe Manganiell, Jack McBrayer, Michelle Rodriguez, Mandy Patinkin and Julia Roberts. Directed by Kelly Asbury. [1:30 - PG]


Ghost in the Shell - 4.7.4

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In the near future a woman (Scarlett Johansson) awakens in a laboratory to find herself in a cybernetic body she cannot feel, and also devoid of memories. Trained and put into service as an anti-terror specialist, she searches for the truth about her past. Also with Pilou Asbaek, "Beat" Takeshi Kitano, Michael Carmen Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Peter Ferdinando, Kaori Momoi, Anamaria Marinca, Daniel Henshall, Lasarus Ratuere and Yutaka Izumihara. Directed by Rupert Sanders. Several lines of dialogue are in Japanese with English subtitles. [1:46 - PG-13]


The Boss Baby - 1.3.1

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Baby Corp sends a secret-agent baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) to investigate Puppy Corp in order to stop its dogs from stealing love from infants and thereby save the baby business. Placed with parents (voiced by Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow), the little agent works reluctantly with their young son (voiced by Miles Bakshi) to solve the problem. Also with the voices of Steve Buscemi and Tobey Maguire. Directed by Tom McGrath. Several Elvis impersonators mumble gibberish accompanied by English subtitles. [1:37 - PG]


The Zookeeper's Wife - 6.6.1

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Set in the period between 1939 and '45 and based on a true story about the keepers of the Warsaw, Poland zoo and their efforts to save hundreds of Jews from the invading Nazis. With Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brhl, Timothy Radford, Efrat Dor, Iddo Goldberg, Shira Haas, Michael McElhatton and Val Maloku. Directed by Niki Caro. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in German and Hebrew with no translation. [2:04 - PG-13]


CHIPS - 8.7.10

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Based on the TV series: A rookie highway patrolman (Dax Shepard) is partnered with an undercover FBI agent (Michael Pea) and together they investigate a string of robberies and potentially dirty cops. Also with Jessica McNamee, Adam Brody, Ryan Hansen, Kristen Bell, Jamie Bock, Justin Chatwin, Cameron Cruz, Clay Cullen and Vincent D'Onofrio. Directed by Dax Shepard. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. [1:40 - R]



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