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by John Thielking

Peacemovies.com is an activist web site that starts viewers off with a political peace and justice editorial or two followed by violence ratings of movies available on DVD. Hyperlinks from the list of movie ratings take viewers to the reviews of the relatively nonviolent movies. The "Too Violent" movies are listed but not reviewed. The movies are classified into four categories: Little Or No Violence (2 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes and/or a few off screen violent stories and few deaths, if any), Nonviolent (10 or less serious acts of violence per 90 minutes with few if any deaths), Iffy (10-20 scenes of mild violence per 90 minutes) and Too Violent (way more than 10 violent scenes or more than 10 seriously violent scenes per 90 minutes and/or many dead bodies and/or an orgy of violence -- a sustained violent scene of 30 seconds or so or longer --- at any point).

Rave Reviews Of Peacemovies.com, the Peacemovies.com Newsletter and the Peacemovies.com Booklets:

I have reviewed the Peacemovies. com site and find it to be an excellent resource for detailed information as it pertains to nonviolent content. As the movement to reduce youth violence in movies and video games grows, this site can be very useful in establishing standards and ethics for both families and those affected by illnesses that would be very deemed detrimental to a violent movie experience. I applaud this site for its contribution and wish content creators and rating systems would look past advertiser sponsorship and utilize this vehicle.

Charles C.

Peacemovies are an invaluable tool for use in raising kids and grandchildren. There is so much gratuitous violence bombarding our children today, from video games to news programs, that it is difficult even to have a discussion with youngsters about why you won't take them to a particular movie. When the child whines, "But everybody is seeing it." you can point to the Peacemovies sheet and say, "No, everybody isn't. People who care about what influences their kids are not seeing it or taking their kids to see it. And I care."

Caroline Y.

It's a rare treasure to find a movie review guide that incorporates a healthy dose of progressive wisdom as well. Thank you John for the unique treat!

Gregory U.

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2-8-14 Update
The Peacemovies.com booklets and newsletter will no longer be printed for sale. A limited number of booklets may be printed as gifts for family members and friends. All materials related to the Peacemovies.com project will be available for free by visiting the web site.  Pdf's of the yearly booklets may be made available for free as downloads that with any luck will also work on Kindle products. .

1-14-2014 Update


Justice Coalition For Andy Lopez Under Attack

According to the 1-14-2014 Flashpoints program archived on www.kpfa.org the young people (13-17 years old along with some older organizers) who are organizing trying to get justice for Andy Lopez who was murdered in cold blood by Sheriff's deputy Gelhaus on October 22, 2013 are all under attack in a low level war launched by the Sonoma County Sheriff's department in Santa Rosa. On the program we hear testimony that 13 and 17 year old kids were handcuffed and held face down for 3 hours in the middle of the night after they showed up in force to put up posters on telephone poles calling for the community to join them for a rummage sale to provide funding for their ongoing legal costs. Visit www.justiccoalitionforandylopez.com for more information on how you can get involved. Also check out their awesome youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDqgeoNdXdzKP_1MnPYb60Q Thank you.

John Thielking
www.peacemovies.com

Emergency Rally For Kelly Thomas In Los Angeles after acquittal of killer cops!
For more information visit
http://www.answercoalition.org/la/events/solidarity-with-kelly-thomas.html



See the January 2014 Newsletter editorial below.

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Peacemovies.com

by John Thielking
January 2014

Vol. 3 No.1

What Is Peacemovies.com?
by John Thielking

Peacemovies.com is an activist web site that starts viewers off with a political peace and justice editorial or two followed by violence ratings of movies available on DVD. Hyperlinks from the list of movie ratings take viewers to the reviews of the relatively nonviolent movies. The "Too Violent" movies are listed but not reviewed. The movies are classified into four categories: Little Or No Violence (2 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes and/or a few off screen violent stories and few deaths, if any), Nonviolent (10 or less serious acts of violence per 90 minutes with few if any deaths), Iffy (10-20 scenes of mild violence per 90 minutes) and Too Violent (way more than 10 violent scenes or more than 10 seriously violent scenes per 90 minutes and/or many dead bodies and/or an orgy of violence -- a sustained violent scene of 30 seconds or so or longer --- at any point)


2-8-14 Update
The Peacemovies.com booklets and newsletters will no longer be printed for sale. A limited number of booklets may be printed as gifts for family members and friends. All materials related to the Peacemovies.com project will be available for free by visiting the web site.  Pdf's of the yearly booklets may be made available for free as downloads that with any luck will also work on Kindle products.


Review of A Silent Forest: The Growing Threat Of Genetically Engineered Trees NR Documentary 0:46
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w437uQf_A7c
1-11-2014
by John Thielking

This movie takes a look at the threat to the environment posed by genetically engineered trees as well as touching on the threat of genetically engineered crops in general. GE trees are potentially supposed to have the following properties:

* Sterile (terminator seeds)
* Herbicide Resistant (Roundup ready)
* Low Lignin (lower compressive strength, easier to process into paper pulp)
* Total Tree A Pesticide (mainly through expression of the Bt toxin)

All of these properties could be communicated to wild trees even if all GE trees are supposed to be "sterile" because the sterilization process could leave up to 5% of the GE trees being fertile. The terminator seeds don't grow because they contain a toxin that prevents them from growing. But like any other resistance to a poison that develops in a weed continuously exposed to pesticide, one would expect that eventually a significant portion of the GE trees that have terminator seeds would develop resistance to the terminator toxin. Since sterility is the main method for keeping the other GE properties of the GE trees from not being propagated to wild trees, it is clear that this is a failed project from the start. GE trees will grow faster than wild trees and will dry out the soil in just a few years, turning a GE tree plantation into a desert. Bad idea yet again. Four stars.

This movie ranks as having little or no violence as there is no violence in this movie.

There were no previews when this movie was viewed on youtube.com.  


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We live in tumultuous times. First Obama signed ACTA back in October 2011 that would usher in a new era of repression for the Internet. Then Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on December 31, 2011, authorizing the indefinite detention of US citizens without charge or trial if they are deemed to be terrorism suspects. Next up is a bill that would strip US citizenship from people who are detained as terrorism suspects and a bill that will outlaw protesting of any kind inside the security perimeter of a venue that is secured by the Secret Service. Plus Attorney General Eric Holder said regarding indefinite detention and extrajudicial executions, “Due process does not include judicial process.” and “The term 'assassination' only includes unlawful killings.” Where will all it end? All we can do is protest at every opportunity and work to raise a generation of folks who will consider freedom of expression and freedom from militarism as core principles to carry forward. To that end, Peacemovies.com seeks to use what is left of the free market to persuade the people who make movies to make more movies that are relatively nonviolent. On Peacemovies.com, movies are categorized into 4 classes: little or no violence, nonviolent, iffy and too violent. About 35%-50% of the movies currently in the theaters are relatively nonviolent. In the tables below, DVDs are rated and reviewed. Thank you for your support.


Peacemovies.com also offers reviews of older nonviolent movies on DVD.  To see reviews of the top 50 older movies on DVD, click here, or visit the page below to check out the latest non-violent movies and family movies recently released on DVD. The complete reviews of everything on newly released DVDs from Little Or No Violence up to Iffy are available by clicking the links in the tables below.  Concerned about your privacy while surfing Peacemovies.com?  Not to worry, your information is safe with Peacemovies.com.  Check out the privacy policy here.

New! Instances where movies feature people smoking are now included in the reviews of some of the nonviolent movies that are reviewed. (Movie reviews after 5-14-12 include this information.)  It has been documented that kids smoke more often if they first watch movies that feature smoking.

John Thielking is a peace and environmental activist who lived in Santa Cruz, CA from 1984-2005 and who currently lives in San Jose, CA. You can e-mail John at pagesincolor@yahoo.com.

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Violence Ratings And Reviews Of New Release DVDs (released from July 2, 2013 to December 10, 2013)  General release dates (from  dvdsreleasedates.com) are in (parentheses). Release dates for Netflix DVDs by mail are in [brackets].
Little or no Violence  (2 or less violent scenes, or just a few off screen violent stories and few deaths if any.)

Some Girl(s) NR Romantic Comedy* (12-10-13) [12-10-13]

Touchy Feely R Drama* (12-10-13) [12-10-13]

Jobs PG-13 Docudrama # (11-26-13)

The To Do List R Comedy # (11-19-13) [11-19-13]

Paradise PG-13 Drama/Comedy* (11-12-13) [11-12-13]

Frances Ha R Comedy* (11-12-13) [11-12-13]

Unfinished Song PG-13 Comedy/Drama* (9-24-13) [9-24-13]

What Maisie Knew R Drama* (8-13-13) [8-13-13]

The End Of Love NR Drama # (7-16-13) [7-16-13]

The Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure G Adventure/Musical # (7-16-13) [7-16-13]

Venus & Serena PG-13 Documentary # (7-2-13) [7-2-13]


Non-Violent (10 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes, with few if any dead bodies.)

Adore R Drama* (12-10-13) [12-10-13]

Prince Avalanche R Comedy/Drama* (11-12-13) [11-12-13]

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas PG-13 Drama # (11-5-13) [11-5-13]

Syrup R Comedy/Drama* (11-5-13) [11-5-13]

The Way Way Back PG-13 Comedy/Drama* (10-22-13)

Before Midnight R Romance # (10-22-13) [10-22-13]

I Give It A Year R Romantic Comedy # (10-22-13) [10-22-13]

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain R Comedy # (10-15-13) [10-15-13]

Much Ado About Nothing PG-13 Romantic Comedy* (10-8-13) [10-8-13]

Home Run PG-13 Drama # (10-8-13) [10-8-13]

Simon Killer NR Thriller* (9-17-13) [9-17-13]

Peeples PG-13 Romantic Comedy # (9-10-13) [9-10-13]

Love Is All You Need R Romantic Comedy # (9-10-13) [9-10-13]

Amour PG-13 Drama* (8-20-13) [8-20-13]

The Big Wedding R Comedy # (8-13-13) [8-13-13]

On The Road R Drama* (8-6-13) [8-6-13]

To The Wonder R Drama/Romance # (8-6-13) [8-6-13]

Teen Beach Movie  TV-G Comedy/Musical # (7-30-13)

Flying Lessons (2010) R Drama* (7-30-13) [7-16-13]

Ginger & Rosa PG-13 Drama* (7-23-13) [7-23-13]

42: The True Story Of An American Legend PG-13 Drama # (7-16-13)

Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor PG-13 Drama # (7-9-13) [7-9-13]

Admission PG-13 Comedy/Drama # (7-9-13)


Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)

Clear History TV-MA Comedy # (11-5-13) [11-5-13]

The Kings Of Summer R Comedy/Adventure* (9-24-13) [9-24-13]

The House I Live In NR Documentary* (7-2-13) [7-2-13]


Too Violent (way more than 10 violent scenes and/or many dead bodies and/or an orgy of violence at any point)

Footnotes: (wt) = watched trailer,  (wm) = watched movie.

Despicable Me 2 PG Animation (wt) (12-10-13)

Fast & Furious 6 PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt) (12-10-13)

Battle Of The Year PG-13 Drama/Musical (wm) (12-10-13) [12-10-13]

The Hunt R Drama (wt) (12-10-13) [12-10-13]

Salinger PG-13 Documentary (wt) (12-10-13) [12-3-13 streaming only]

The Angels' Share NR Comedy/Drama (wm) (12-10-13) [12-10-13]

Man Of Tai Chi R Drama (wt)(12-10-13) [12-10-13]

Sightseers NR Comedy (wt) (12-10-13) [12-10-13]

Jayne Mansfield's Car R Drama (wt) (12-10-13) [12-10-13]

The Seasoning House NR Thriller (wt) (12-10-13)

Zombie Night NR Horror (wt) (12-10-13)

The Wolverine PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt) (12-3-13) [12-31-13]

The Smurfs 2 PG Animation (wt) (12-3-13) [12-3-13]

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt) (12-3-13) [12-3-13]

Drinking Buddies R Romantic Comedy (wm) (12-3-13) [12-22-13]

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane R Horror (wt) (12-3-13) [1-2-14]

Red 2 PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt) (11-26-13) [11-26-13]

Getaway PG-13 Drama (wt) (11-26-13)

The Grandmaster PG-13 Drama (wt) (11-26-13)

The Canyons NR Drama* (wm) (11-26-13) [11-26-13]

We're The Millers R Comedy (wt) (11-19-13)

All Is Bright R Drama/Comedy* (wm) (11-19-13) [11-19-13]

Planes PG Animation (wm) (11-19-13) [11-19-13]

2 Guns R Action/Adventure (wt) (11-19-13)

The World's End R Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi (wt) (11-19-13)

Paranoia PG-13 Drama (wt) (11-19-13)

Violet & Daisy R Drama (wt) (11-19-13) [11-19-13]

Man Of Steel PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt) (11-12-13)

Turbo PG Comedy/Animation (wm) (11-12-13)

Blackfish PG-13 Documentary (wt) (11-12-13) [11-12-13]

IP Man: The Final Fight PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt) (11-12-13) [11-12-13]

I Declare War NR Action/Adventure (wt) (11-12-13) [11-12-13]

Ambushed R Action/Adventure (wt) (11-12-13)

Grown Ups 2 PG-13 Comedy (wm) (11-5-13) [11-5-13]

White House Down PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt) (11-5-13) [11-5-13]

Girl Most Likely PG-13 Comedy # (wm) (11-5-13) [11-5-13]

Parkland PG-13 Drama (wt) (11-5-13) [11-5-13]

Lovelace R Drama (wt) (11-5-13) [11-5-13]

Passion R Thriller (wt) (11-5-13) [11-5-13]

As I Lay Dying R Drama (wt) (11-5-13) [11-5-13]

Under The Dome TV-14 Sci-Fi (wt) (11-5-13) [11-5-13]

Monsters University G Animation (wm) (10-29-13) [10-29-13]

R.I.P.D. PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt) (10-29-13)

Byzantium R Drama (wt) (10-29-13) [10-29-13]

The Conjuring R Horror (wt) (10-22-13)

The Internship PG-13 Comedy (wm) (10-22-13)

Only God Forgives R Drama (wt) (10-22-13) [10-22-13]

The Waiting Room NR Documentary/War (wt) (10-22-13) [10-22-13]

As Cool As I Am R Drama/Comedy (wt) (10-22-13) [10-22-13]

Dead In Tombstone R Western/Action/Adventure (wt) (10-22-13)

The Heat R Comedy (wt) (10-15-13)

Pacific Rim PG-13 Sci-Fi/Action/Adventure (wt) (10-15-13)

Cinco De Mayo La Batalla R War/Drama (wt) (10-15-13)

Plush R Thriller (wt) (10-15-13)

Anger Management TV-PG Comedy (wt) (10-15-13) [10-1-13]

The Black Dahlia Haunting TV-14 Horror (wt) (10-15-13)

The Colony NR Action/Adventure (wt) (10-15-13) [10-15-13]

The Hangover Part III R Comedy (wt) (10-8-13) [11-5-13]

The Purge R Sci-Fi/Thriller (wt) (10-8-13) [11-5-13]

After Earth PG-13 Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi (wt) (10-8-13) [10-8-13]

Europa Report PG-13 Sci-Fi (wt) (10-8-13) [10-8-13]

Curse Of Chucky R Horror (wt) (10-8-13) [11-5-13]

Nothing Left To Fear R Horror (wt) (10-8-13) [10-8-13]

Zombie Hunter NR Horror (wt) (10-8-13)

The Croods PG Animation (wt, wm) (10-1-13) [10-29-13]

This Is The End R Comedy (wt) (10-1-13) [10-1-13]

100 Bloody Acres NR Horror (wt) (10-1-13) [10-1-13]

Fright Night 2: New Blood R Comedy/Horror (wt) (10-1-13) [10-29-13]

The Frozen Ground R Thriller/Crime Drama (wt) (10-1-13) [10-1-13]

Iron Man 3 PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt) (9-24-13) [9-24-13]

Room 237 NR Documentary (wm) (9-24-13) [9-24-13]

Something In The Air NR Drama (wt) (9-24-13) [9-24-13]

Redemption R Action/Adventure (wt) (9-24-13) [9-24-13]

V/H/S/2 NR Horror (wt) (9-24-13) [9-24-13]

Hannibal NR Drama (wt) (9-24-13)

I Spit On Your Grave 2 R Horror (wt) (9-24-13) [9-24-13]

World War Z PG-13 Sci-Fi/Horror (wt) (9-17-13) [9-17-13]

The East PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt) (9-17-13)

Disconnect R Drama (wm) (9-17-13) [9-17-13]

Drift R Drama (wt) (9-17-13) [9-17-13]

Java Heat R Action/Adventure (wt) (9-17-13) [9-17-13]

Scenic Route R Drama (wt) (9-17-13) [9-17-13]

The Last Tycoon NR Drama (wt) (9-17-13)

Star Trek: Into Darkness PG-13 Sci-Fi (wt) (9-10-13) [9-10-13]

Wish You Were Here R Drama (wt) (9-10-13) [9-10-13]

Frankenstein's Army R Horror (wt) (9-10-13) [9-10-13]

Conspiracy NR Horror (wt) (9-10-13)

Now You See Me PG-13 Thriller (wt) (9-3-13) [9-3-13]

The Iceman R Drama (wt) (9-3-13) [9-3-13]

The Lords Of Salem R Horror (wt) (9-3-13) [9-3-13]

Empire State R Action/Adventure (wt) (9-3-13) [9-3-13]

The Great Gatsby PG-13 Drama/Romance (wm) (8-27-13)

Pain & Gain PG-13 Drama (wt) (8-27-13) [8-27-13]

Kon Tiki PG-13 Drama (wt) (8-27-13) [8-27-13]

The Reluctant Fundamentalist R Drama (wt) (8-27-13) [8-27-13]

Pawn Shop Chronicles R Comedy (wt) (8-27-13) [8-27-13]

At Any Price R Drama (wt) (8-27-13) [8-27-13]

Stranded NR Sci-Fi (wt) (8-27-13) [8-27-13]

Super Buddies G Children & Family (wt) (8-27-13)

Epic PG Animation (wt) (8-20-13)

Scary Movie 5 PG-13 Comedy/Horror (wt) (8-20-13) [8-20-13]

No One Lives R Horror (wt) (8-20-13) [8-20-13]

Killing Season R action/Thriller (wt) (8-20-13) [8-20-13]

Rapture-Palooza R Comedy/Horror (wt) (8-20-13) [8-20-13]

Shadow Dancer R Thriller (wt) (8-20-13) [8-20-13]

Olympus Has Fallen R Thriller/Action (wt) (8-13-13) [8-13-13]

Emperor PG-13 Drama/War (wt) (8-13-13) [8-13-13]

The Angels' Share NR Comedy/Drama (wm) (8-13-13)

Detour NR Suspense/Thriller (wt) (8-13-13) [8-13-13]

Hatchet III R Comedy/Horror (wt) (8-13-13) [8-13-13]

The Company You Keep R Thriller (wt) (8-13-13) [8-13-13]

Oblivion PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt) (8-6-13) [9-3-13]

The Place Beyond The Pines R Drama (wt) (8-6-13) [9-3-13]

MUD PG-13 Drama (wt) (8-6-13) [8-6-13]

West Of Memphis R Documentary (wm) (8-6-13) [8-6-13]

Aftershock R Drama (wt) (8-6-13) [8-6-13]

Antiviral NR Horror (wt) (8-6-13) [8-6-13]

The Sapphires PG Drama/Comedy/Musical (wt) (8-6-13) [8-6-13]

Adventures In Zambezia G Animation (wt) (8-6-13) [8-6-13]

GI Joe: Retaliation PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt) (7-30-13) [7-30-13]

Filly Brown R Drama (wm) # (7-30-13) [7-30-13]

Assault On Wall Street R Drama (wt) (7-30-13) [7-30-13]

Black Rock R Thriller/Horror (wt) (7-30-13) [7-30-13]

Welcome To The Punch R Action/Adventure (wt) (7-23-13)[7-23-13]

Love and Honor PG-13 Drama/War (wt) (7-23-13) [7-23-13]

Vehicle 19 R Action/Adventure (wt) (7-23-13) [7-23-13]

Trance R Crime Drama (wt) (7-23-13) [7-23-13]

Graceland NR Crime Drama/Thriller (wt) (7-23-13) [7-23-13]

Kiss Of The Damned R Horror (wt) (7-23-13) [7-23-13]

Evil Dead R Horror (wt) (7-16-13) [7-16-13]

Bullet To The Head R Drama (wt) (7-16-13)

Solomon Kane R Action/Adventure (wt) (7-16-13) [7-16-13]

The Host PG-13 Sci-Fi/Romance (wt) (7-9-13) [7-2-13]

Spring Breakers R Comedy/Drama (wm) (7-9-13) [7-9-13]

Dead Man Down R Thriller/Crime (wt) (7-9-13) [7-9-13]

The Power Of Few R Drama (wt) (7-9-13) [7-9-13]

Would You Rather NR Horror (wt) (7-9-13) [7-9-13]

Inescapable R Thriller/Romance (wt) (7-2-13) [7-2-13}

6 Souls R Horror (wt) (7-2-13) [7-2-13]

Tai Chi Hero NR Action/Adventure (wt) (7-2-13) [7-2-13]

The Employer NR Thriller (wt) (7-2-13)

Tower Block NR Thriller (wt) (7-2-13)


Not yet reviewed

C.O.G. R Comedy/Drama (11-19-13)





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