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9-13-12 Update:  Three US Embassies in the Middle East (Yemen, Libya and Egypt) have been attacked after riots were instigated in response to the blasphemous anti-Islamic movie titled "Innocence Of Muslims", which violated tenants of the Muslim faith in two ways: It depicts Mohammed in a work of art and it criticizes Mohammed in an unflattering way.  So far 6 people have died as the result of the violence (4 Americans and 2 Arabs).  Peacemovies.com condemns the violence, while also condemning the making of the movie, apparently by a man named Sam Bacile and promoted by the infamous people named Terry Jones and Morris Sadek.  If you want to see the clip of the movie that is causing so much controversy, search for the Twitter account of Morris Sadek and look for the links to the Youtube videos in the tweets displayed there.  A couple of factors are fueling the controversy on both sides.  First, the Middle East is already simmering with anti-American sentiment due to American foreign policy of drone strikes and the war on terror.  Secondly, Sam Bacile has stated that he plans to produce a total of 200 hours of additional anti-Islamic material, which I consider to be just over the top, considering how much controversy he has generated with just 15 minutes of his work so far.  I think we should be satisfied with parodies such as movies like The Dictator, which depicts Middle Eastern leaders in an unflattering light, and we should leave the topic of Mohammed well enough alone.   That is all for now.  Thanks for reading.

John Thielking

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Pop Quiz Question:  When you watch a movie, what kind of movie do you prefer to watch?  violent  nonviolent  don't care


From the September 2012 newsletter:
by John Thielking
September 2012
Vol. 1 No. 9

Newsflash: The Green Party of Santa Clara County has just now passed a resolution calling for peaceful negotiations to resolve the crises with Iran and Syria. See below:

Resolution Of The Santa Clara County, CA USA Green Party To Oppose Military Intervention In Iran Or Syria

We also urge the government and opposition forces in Syria to enter into serious negotiations to achieve a diplomatic settlement of the conflict there and that the US government, NATO and their allies fully support such negotiations instead of directly or indirectly supporting regime change through a violent proxy war or other violent means while undermining efforts to negotiate a settlement.

We also urge the US/UN to lift the sanctions on Iran and allow Iran to continue their nuclear program without outside interference while continuing to work through peaceful negotiations (not coercive negotiations, threats or military action) for the worldwide abolition of nuclear weapons and for the ultimate goal of dismantling all nuclear power plants and nuclear material production facilities worldwide.

Whereas there has rarely been a successful occupation/liberation by military force that promptly resulted in a stable democracy being formed in a formerly occupied country AND;

Whereas the US and NATO have an established track record of using depleted Uranium in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and probably also in Libya AND;

Whereas the use of depleted Uranium has longer lasting effects than any use of biological or chemical weapons while the use of all three devices are themselves war crimes AND;

Whereas the people and established governments of Iran and Syria have the right to self determination without outside interference;

Hereby be it resolved that we, the Santa Clara County Green Party, of California USA, demand that the US, NATO and allied forces should not intervene militarily in either Iran or Syria, nor should either side continue to supply arms in attempts to foment proxy wars and/or regime changes through violent conflict.

Resolution proposed on August 23, 2012

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The Peacemovies.com web site is dedicated to bringing you important news updates such as this, in addition to providing you with the latest movie reviews so you can figure out which movies are the least violent that are being shown in the theaters and that are newly released to DVD. See below for more details about movies:


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 to 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 May 1, 2012 to September 25, 2012)  General release dates 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.)
The Salt Of Life NR Romantic Comedy (9-18-12) [9-18-12]

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel PG-13 Romantic Comedy (9-18-12)

Katy Perry: Part Of Me
PG Documentary (9-18-12) [9-18-12]

Girl In Progress PG-13 Comedy/Drama (9-11-12) [9-11-12]

Think Like A Man PG-13 Romantic Comedy (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

Life Happens
R Comedy (8-28-12)

Blue Like Jazz PG-13 Drama (8-7-12) [8-7-12]

Friends With Kids R Romantic Comedy (7-17-12) [7-17-12]

The Vow PG-13 Drama/Romance (5-8-12) [5-8-12]

Non-Violent (10 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes, with few if any dead bodies.)
Damsels In Distress PG-13 Comedy (9-25-12) [9-25-12]

Hysteria R Comedy (9-18-12) [9-18-12]

What To Expect When You're Expecting PG-13 Romantic Comedy (9-11-12) [9-11-12]

The Five Year Engagement R Romantic Comedy (9-4-12) [10-2-12]

Monsieur Lazhar PG-13 Drama (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

Darling Companion PG-13 Drama (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

Chimpanzee G Documentary (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

A Separation PG-13 Drama (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

Bernie PG-13 Drama/Comedy (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

Bel Ami R Romantic Comedy (8-7-12) [8-7-12]

Marley NR Documentary (8-7-12) [8-7-12]

The Deep Blue Sea R Romance/Drama (7-24-12) [7-24-12]

PG Drama/Comedy (7-24-12) [7-24-12]

American Reunion R Comedy (7-10-12)

A Thousand Words PG-13 Comedy (6-26-12) [6-26-12]

Jeff Who Lives At Home R Comedy/Drama (6-19-12) [6-19-12]

Big Miracle PG Drama/Adventure (6-19-12)

Thin Ice R Dark Comedy/Drama (6-12-12)

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds PG-13 Drama/Romance (6-12-12) [6-12-12]

The Secret World Of Arrietty G Animation/Fantasy (5-22-12) [5-22-12]

Albert Nobbs R Drama (5-15-12) [5-15-12]

W.E. R Drama (Caution: Though this movie has few violent scenes, some of them are bloody.)  (5-1-12) [5-1-12]

New Year's Eve PG-13 Drama/Comedy (5-1-12) [5-1-12]

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)
The Magic Of Belle Isle PG Drama (9-18-12) [9-18-12]

Where Do We Go Now? PG-13 Drama  (9-11-12)  [9-11-12]

Being Flynn R Comedy/Drama (7-10-12)
Too Violent (way more than 10 violent scenes and/or many dead bodies and/or an orgy of violence at any point)

The Avengers PG-13 Action/Adventure (9-25-12) [9-25-12]

Soldiers Of Fortune R Drama (9-25-12)

The Samaritan R Drama (9-25-12)

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 PG-13 Action/Adventure (9-25-12)

The Tall Man R Drama (9-25-12) [9-25-12]

The Cabin In The Woods R Horror (9-18-12) [9-18-12]

Chico And Rita NR Animation (9-18-12) [9-18-12]

Bait R Drama (9-18-12) [9-18-12]

Snow White And The Huntsman PG-13 Drama  (9-11-12)

For Greater Glory R Drama/War  (9-11-12)  [9-11-12]

6 Bullets R Drama  (9-11-12)  [9-11-12]

Bad Karma R Drama  (9-11-12)  [9-11-12]

Safe R Drama (9-4-12) [9-4-12]

Woman Thou Art Loosed On The 7th Day PG-13 Drama (9-4-12) [9-4-12]

Piranha 3DD R Horror (9-4-12) [9-4-12]

Battleship PG-13 Action/Sci-Fi (8-28-12)

The Lucky One PG-13 Drama (8-28-12)

The Pirates! Band Of Misfits PG Animation (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

Headhunters R Thriller (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

The Dictator R Comedy (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

Freelancers R Action/Adventure (8-21-12)

One In The Chamber NR Action/Adventure (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

The Hunger Games PG-13 Action/Sci-Fi (8-18-12) [8-18-12]

The Raid Redemption NR Drama (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

Kill List NR Thriller (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

The Snowtown Murders (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

Breathless R (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

Hick R Drama (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

Dr Suess' The Lorax PG Animation (8-7-12)

Warriors Of The Rainbow NR Drama (8-7-12) [8-7-12]

Fortress PG-13 War/Drama (7-31-12)

Hatfields And McCoys NR Drama (7-31-12) [7-31-12]

ATM R Thriller/Horror (7-31-12) [7-31-12]

Treasure Island NR Action/Adventure (7-24-12)

Meeting Evil R Drama (7-24-12) [7-24-12]

Age Of The Dragons PG-13 Action/Adventure (7-24-12)

Brake R Drama (7-24-12) [7-24-12]

Silent House R Horror (7-24-12)

The Three Stooges PG Comedy (7-17-12)

Lockout PG-13 Sci-Fi (7-17-12) [7-17-12]

Casa De Mi Padre R Comedy (7-17-12) [7-17-12]

Get The Gringo R Drama (7-17-12)

Intruders R Horror (7-17-12)

The Flowers Of War R Drama (7-10-12)

The Hunter R Drama (7-3-12) [7-3-12]

God Bless America R Comedy (7-3-12) [7-3-12]

Project X R Comedy/Drama (6-19-12)

Wanderlust R Comedy (6-19-12)

Seeking Justice R Drama (6-19-12) [6-19-12]

The FP R Drama (6-19-12) [6-19-12]

Cat Run R Drama (6-19-12)

The Legend Of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy Drama (6-19-12) [6-19-12]

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows R Drama (6-12-12)

Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance PG-13 Horror (6-12-12) [6-13-12]

In Darkness R Drama (6-12-12) [6-12-12]

Kill Speed R Drama (6-12-12)

Monster Brawl NR Horror (6-12-12)

Safe House R Thriller (6-5-12)

Journey 2: Mysterious Island PG Adventure (6-5-12)

John Carter PG-13 Action/Adventure (6-5-12) [6-5-12]

Act Of Valor R Action (6-5-12)

Machine Gun Preacher R Drama (6-5-12)

Bad Ass R Drama (6-5-12) [6-5-12]

Goon R Drama (5-29-12) [5-29-12]

96 Minutes Drama (5-29-12) [5-29-12]

Coriolanus Drama (5-29-12)

We Need To Talk About Kevin R Drama (5-29-12) [5-29-12]

Gone PG-13 Thriller (5-29-12) [5-29-12]

Man On A Ledge PG-13 Thriller/Drama (5-29-12) [5-29-12]

This Means War PG-13 Comedy/Action (5-22-12)

The Woman In Black PG-13 Horror (5-22-12) [5-22-12]

Kinyarwanda R Drama (5-15-12) [5-15-12]

Rampart R Thriller (5-15-12) [5-15-12]

One For The Money PG-13 Drama (5-15-12) [5-15-12]

The Grey R Action/Adventure (5-15-12)

The Devil Inside R Horror (5-15-12) [5-15-12]

Chronicle PG-13 Adventure/Fantasy (5-15-12)

The Front Line R War (5-8-12) [5-8-12]

Humans Vs. Zombies NR Horror (5-8-12)

Playback R Horror (5-8-12) [5-8-12]

Underworld: Awakening R Horror (5-8-12) [5-8-12]

Haywire R Action (5-1-12) [5-1-12]

Not yet reviewed

Violence Ratings And Reviews of Movies Currently In Theaters from 9/4/12 to 9/29/12: (Click on links to see reviews.) 

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.)
Somewhere Between NR Documentary #

Liberal Arts
NR Comedy*

Kumare NR Documentary #

For A Good Time Call R Comedy*

Sleepwalk With Me NR Drama #

The Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure
G Adventure/Musical #

Robot & Frank PG-13 Comedy/Drama #

2 Days In New York
R Romance*

Celeste And Jesse Forever R Comedy/Drama*

Hope Springs PG-13 Romantic Comedy #

Ruby Sparks R Fantasy/Romance #

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel PG-13 Romantic Comedy #

To The Arctic G Documentary #

G Documentary #

Non-Violent (10 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes, with few if any dead bodies.)
Won't Back Down PG Drama

Heroine NR Drama/Musical/Romance*

Trouble With The Curve  PG-13 Drama*

Keep The Lights On NR Homosexual Romance*

Beauty Is Embarrassing NR Documentary #

Little White Lies NR Romantic Comedy*

The Words PG-13 Thriller*

Bachelorette R Romance*

Late Bloomers NR Romance/Comedy/Drama*

Joker NR Fantasy/Adventure #

Searching For Sugar Man PG-13 Documentary #

Beloved (Les Bien-Aimes) NR Musical*

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green PG Fantasy/Comedy #

2016: Obama's America PG Documentary/Comedy/Fantasy #

The Intouchables R Comedy/Drama*

To Rome With Love R Romantic Comedy #

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)
My Uncle Rafael PG-13 Comedy*

Samsara PG-13 Documentary #

Chicken With Plums PG-13 Drama*

Under The Sea G Documentary #

The Campaign R Comedy #

Moonrise Kingdom PG-13 Drama/Romance*

Born To Be Wild
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)
They Call It Myanmar: Lifting The Curtain NR Documentary

Pitch Perfect PG-13 Musical Comedy

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower PG-13 Comedy/Drama

Looper R Thriller

Hotel Transylvania PG Comedy/Family

The Art Of Submission PG-13 Drama/Action

Raaz 3 3D R Horror

Barfi! NR Romantic Comedy

The Master R Drama

Dredd 3D R Drama

End Of Watch R Crime Drama

House At The End Of The Street PG-13 Horror/Suspense

Finding Nemo 3D G Animation

Resident Evil: Retribution 3D R Drama/Action

The Last Ounce Of Courage PG Drama/War

The Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate 3D R Drama

Arbitrage R Drama

The Cold Light Of Day PG-13 Thriller/Action

The Bullet Vanishes NR Thriller/Action/Mystery

Branded R Sci-Fi/Thriller

Red Hook Summer R Drama/Romance

Compliance R Drama

The Possession PG-13 Horror

Lawless R Crime Drama

The Apparition PG-13 Suspense

Premium Rush PG-13 Thriller/Action

Cosmopolis R Drama

Hit And Run R Comedy/Action

Sparkle PG-13 Musical*

Paranorman PG Animation

The Expendables 2 R Action/Adventure

The Bourne Legacy PG-13 Thriller/Action

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days PG Comedy

Total Recall PG-13 Sci-Fi/Action

The Watch R Comedy/Sci-Fi

Cocktail PG-13 Romantic Comedy #  (One fight scene disqualifies this movie.)

The Dark Knight Rises PG-13 Action/Adventure

Ice Age: Continental Drift PG Animated Comedy

Beasts Of The Southern Wild PG-13 Drama # (One house burning down disqualifies this movie)

Ted R Comedy*

Brave PG Comedy/Animated

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted PG Comedy/Animated

Men In Black 3 PG-13 Comedy/Sci Fi 

Marvel's The Avengers PG-13 Sci-Fi/Action

The Pirates! Band Of Misfits PG Adventure/Animated

Not yet reviewed

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