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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 and in theaters. 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).

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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."

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See the December 2013 Newsletter editorial below.

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by John Thielking
December 2013

Vol. 2 No.12

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 and in theaters. 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).

12-10-2013 Update:

San Jose Sunrise Ceremony of November 28, 2013

As many of us know and have experienced, the International Indian Treaty Council of SF has for many years, in fact decades, honored the occupation of Alcatraz by native peoples in the 70’s every year on what is popularly celebrated as Thanksgiving. This ceremony held every year at sunrise celebrates and honors that memory while also celebrating the Native community’s resilience through speakers, song and dance. It is a moving and key ceremony in the Bay area that is unique due to it occurring on the very land where a native occupation occurred. The fact that it has grown in size so much over the years points to the need that the community has to have ceremony and to commemorate important historical times.

The School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza opened up July 5, 2011 and from its inception, has always valued all indigenous cultures of the world. Of course, it is rooted in Mexican culture however has a multicultural perspective evident by the types of classes and cultural activities available on site. The School has hosted any number of artistic presentations and ceremonies of various indigenous peoples as well. The majority have been Aztec/Mexika dance ceremonies and these have laid the foundation for the School to initiate hosting a now annual sunrise ceremony starting in 2012.

As an organization, we wanted to host a ceremony that was in solidarity with the Alcatraz gathering and not in competition. We realized that many people in the South Bay and other places for many reasons, health and otherwise were not able to attend the Alcatraz ceremony. In addition, we had received a call from community leader and musician, Keith Hames asking if we were going to have an alternative activity on Thanksgiving similar to the one held at Alcatraz. Mr. Hames is the founder and director of Akoma Art, a group focused on African drum and song. We knew the time was ripe for a new ceremony.

The School requested the support of Calpulli Tonalehqueh, an Aztec dance group that practices and has ceremonies in the plaza to open that door. Calpulli Tonalehqueh leader, Mitlalpilli Gonzalez placed the call and received support from the International Indian Treaty Council for the new ceremony in San Jose and we were off. A sunrise ceremony was held on Thanksgiving Day 2012 and just this past Nov. 28th 2013 and we hope this is the beginning of a new tradition in San Jose, the South Bay and the southern end of the Bay Area.

The focus of this ceremony is to celebrate and honor all indigenous cultures and traditions that are present in the South Bay and to offer an alternative perspective on the day traditionally known as Thanksgiving. We all know that there are two sides to every story and we would like to offer the opportunity for people of many backgrounds to come and share their traditional stories, songs and dance with all.

The second sunrise ceremony counted upon the support of lead host, the School of Arts and Culture at MHP, key cultural and artistic groups such as Calpulli Tonalehqueh and Akoma Arts, New Fire/Yancuic Xihuitl and even the Leonard Peltier Offense Defense Committee of Silicon Valley. In addition, special speakers such as Ed Murillo and Teresa Castellanos, community leaders and advocates and supporters of our native ways were present to offer words of inspiration and healing to all present.

At 4:30a.m. School staff, members of Calpulli Tonalehqueh and Akoma gather in a circle to light the ceremonial fire that is kept lit throughout the ceremony. Lead chikomekoatl/firekeeper, Rio Salcedo provides a few words to frame the day and the circle is set. MC, Tamara Alvarado, Executive Director of the School of Arts and Culture asks that the ceremony be dedicated to the memory of Theodore “Teddy” Butler, member of the Potawatomi Nation, who passed in 2013 unexpectedly and was very much a part of local Native and Mexika circles.

Ed Murillo, Mamutsen.San Juan Bautista of the Chumash Northern Band opens with framing words after the four directions are honored as well as Mother Earth and Father Sun. It is dark and there is a circle of community members and aztec dancers in around the fire as more people arrive by the minute.

Donna Wallach reminds and educates the uninformed about who Leonard Peltier is and asks that we each keep him in our thoughts. Akoma Arts begins with a call with beautiful African drums beating into our hearts and minds. The women of the group dance to the beat and all are suddenly in ceremony and focused on the African expression before them. A simple and powerful water ceremony is carried out by a member of Akoma asking for permission from the elders to do so and it is done.

Teresa Castellanos, community activist, elected school board official and supporter of immigration and educational rights speaks and fills our hearts with hope.

New Fire, a local group focused on the acquisition of land for ceremonial purposes offers a few songs as the sun begins to rise. They humble themselves on their knees as they offer the songs for all.

A tobacco ceremony is carried out led by Capulli Tonalehqueh. Each member of the community is given a small amount of tobacco to place in the ceremonial fire pit and each one is asked to fill their hearts with positive energy and to focus on the strength and resilience of our collective native cultures.

To conclude, the traditional Aztec dancers led by CT, begin their offering of six ceremonial dances with bare feet and flowing feathers as the sun begins it’s slow climb. It is a beautiful day and the beat of the drums, the sound of the dancers rattles maintains the ceremonial energy of the morning and makes it all very worth getting up so early in the morning!

Shortly after, participants gather in the plaza’s pavilion for coffee, tea and pan dulce provided by the groups that collaborated. There is a portable paper mural available for the children to color provided by New Fire, coffee from CT, small tables hold information about the different groups. More importantly, people are talking and laughing and getting to know one another. It is a good day in San Jose and we hope to see this ceremony grow year after year.

Tamara Mozahuani Alvarado

Executive Director
School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza

On the Death of Nelson Mandela

December 5, 2013 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


On December 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95. In the coming period, revcom.us/Revolution will have more reporting and analysis of the significance of the struggle against the brutal racist apartheid regime in South Africa with which Mandela was so closely associated, Mandela's role in that, and the nature of South Africa today. But at this moment, the following are five points of orientation:

1) The vicious system of apartheid—blatant, racist, brutal oppression and discrimination against black (and other non-white) peoples in South Africa, which Nelson Mandela struggled against—was part of a legacy of centuries of the most horrific plunder of Africa as a whole by the capitalist world. In South Africa after World War 2, apartheid further institutionalized and intensified that vicious oppression. black (and other non-white) South Africans were locked down in prison-like "Bantustans," without the most basic necessities of life (like clean water or decent shelter). They were treated as non-humans, subject to fascist "pass laws" that governed their every movement. On the backs of their labor, white settlers lived the lifestyles of northern Europe and global capitalism-imperialism accumulated massive profits.

2) Nelson Mandela emerged as an opponent of the apartheid system in the 1950s. He joined the rising tide of courageous, widespread struggle among many different sections of people in South Africa that went up against the whips, club, guns and torture chambers of the regime. For this he was sentenced to a life of hard labor in prison, and he never backed down in his opposition to apartheid. The struggle against apartheid became a cause that inspired people around the world. Many people gave their lives in this struggle. And Nelson Mandela became the most prominent symbol of that struggle.

3) But the powers-that-be are not praising Mandela because of his role as an opponent of apartheid, but because he conciliated with the forces of the old order, and played a key role in dismantling apartheid in a way that didn't excavate, but in the main reinforced the historic and horrific oppression of the black and other non-white people of South Africa. Whatever Mandela's intent, his outlook of "embrace the enemy" which is being so extolled by the powers-that-be in their eulogies, went directly against the need to uproot all the political, structural, economic, social and cultural relations that formed the foundation for that system.

4) We have to have the honesty to confront the reality of the path Nelson Mandela charted. It did not lead to freedom for the oppressed people of South Africa. The vast majority of people in South Africa continue to suffer in the grip of global capitalism-imperialism. Today, two decades after Mandela became the first black president of South Africa, the situation for the masses of black people in South Africa remains horrendous. South Africa is one of the world's most unequal societies. Over half the population of South Africa lives in extreme poverty. The only source of water for 1.4 million children is dirty, disease-ridden streams. Immigrant workers from poorer countries in Africa are subjected to violent attacks. Conditions for women, who played such a heroic role in the battle against apartheid, are abysmal—South Africa has the highest rate of rape in the world. And, perhaps the most heartbreaking consequence of all, people have been left demoralized—seeing all this as more proof that fundamental change in society is not possible. That is not the case.

5) But it is the case that nothing short of uprooting exploitation and oppression can free the people of South Africa or anywhere else. The "wretched of the earth" have made revolution and started on the road to communism—a society free of all oppression—first in Russia and then in China. They achieved great things before these revolutions were turned back. And not only has this been done before, it can be done again, and even better this time. We urge everyone reading this to get their hands on the special issue of revcom / Revolution "You Don't Know What You Think You 'Know' About… The Communist Revolution and the REAL Path to Emancipation: Its History and Our Future," and get into the work of Bob Avakian at revcom.us.

Yet Another View On The Passing Of Nelson Mandela And The Current State Of Apartheid in South Africa And In The United States:

by John Thielking

Leonard Peltier in his latest article titled:

Leonard Peltier On Passing Of Nelson Mandela: Apartheid Still Exists In America


stated the following:

The struggle from apartheid, I am sure, is not over in South Africa, nor is the struggle against apartheid and slavery over in America.”

Truer words have seldom been spoken and much of the mainstream media isn't telling the true story of how poorly off many Black South Africans are today and how they are not better off economically than they were under explicit apartheid.


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 and then the movies currently in theaters 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 on DVD and in theaters. The complete reviews of everything on newly released DVDs and in theaters 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!  The Peacemovies.com homepage has been reorganized to reflect the priorities of the majority of viewers.  Since a survey shows that 80% of you watch DVDs (and 90% of DVD viewers watch new releases), but only 45% of you watch movies in theaters, a brand new list has been created showing new releases to DVD in the past 60-90 days towards the top of the homepage, followed by the regular list of movies currently in theaters. At the very bottom of the homepage are links to archived versions of the homepage, showing past lists of movies in theaters and past lists of movies on DVD.  The entire site is also searchable using the Google search box in the upper left hand corner of the homepage.  Thank you.

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.


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)

Violence Ratings And Reviews of Movies Currently In Theaters from 12/4/2013 to 1/4/2014: (Click on links to see reviews.) 
Movie listings obtained from the print edition of the San Jose Mercury News.
Footnotes: * = there is smoking in this movie. 
# = there is no smoking in this movie.
Little or no Violence  (2 or less violent scenes, or just a few off screen violent stories and few deaths if any.)
Philomena PG-13 Drama #

Blue Is The Warmest Color NC-17 Romance*

Linsanity PG Documentary #

Hidden Universe NR Documentary #

Enough Said PG-13 Romantic Comedy #

Non-Violent (10 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes, with few if any dead bodies.)
Saving Mr. Banks PG-13 Drama #

Delivery Man PG-13 Comedy #

Last Vegas PG-13 Comedy #

About Time R Romantic Comedy #

Flight Of The Butterflies NR Adventure/Documentary #

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)

A Miracle In Spanish Harlem PG Drama #

Bettie Page Reveals All R Documentary*

Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation With Noam Chomsky NR Documentary #

Nebraska R Drama #

Under The Sea G Documentary #

Comedy Sportz  NR  Live Improv Comedy  #

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 movie trailer,  (wm) = watched movie

Grudge Match PG-13 Drama (wt)

Walking With Dinosaurs PG Animation (wt)

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones R Horror (wt)

47 Ronin PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt)

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom PG-13 Drama (wt)

Anchorman2 The Legend Continues PG-13 Comedy (wt)

American Hustle R Drama (wm)

Inside Llewyn Davis R Drama (wm)

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty PG Comedy (wm)

Friend 2 NR Drama (wt)

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt)

Out Of The Furnace R Drama (wt)

Black Nativity PG Drama (wm)

Oldboy R Thriller (wt)

Frozen PG Animation (wt)

Homefront R Action/Adventure (wt)

The Book Thief PG-13 Drama (wm)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt)

The Best Man Holiday R Comedy* (wm)

Dallas Buyer's Club R Drama (wm)

Thor: The Dark World PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt)

Kill Your Darlings R Comedy (wt)

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa R Comedy (wt)

Free Birds PG Animation (wt)

Ender's Game PG-13 Sci-Fi (wt)

12 Years A Slave R Drama (wt)

All Is Lost PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt)

The Fifth Estate R Drama (wm)

Captain Phillips PG-13 Drama (wt)

Rush R Docudrama (wt)

Gravity PG-13 Sci-Fi/Thriller (wt)

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 PG Animation (wt)

Not yet reviewed
The Wolf Of Wall Street R Drama (This movie is so depraved that I'm delisting it! So much for penny stocks!)

The Past PG-13 Drama

Her R Drama

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