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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 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).

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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See the October 2013 Newsletter editorial below.

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To see a brand new page, detailing how you can legally watch and hear streaming content over the web (for free) that is often of much better quality and originality than the typical Hollywood production, and is most often completely nonviolent, click here to see the Off-Hollywood Page.

To see the original intro, click here.   To see last month's intro, click here.

Please support the Santa Cruz 11.  These are 11 activists and journalists who were innocent bystanders at a bank building takeover in November 2011 in Santa Cruz, CA, but who are now being charged with felony vandalism, felony conspiracy to commit vandalism and misdemeanor trespass.  See the suggested actions to take to support the Santa Cruz 11 by clicking here.

New! Check out this page that links to the Facebook page Small Businesses Are People Too.

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Peacemovies.com

by John Thielking
October 2013

Vol. 2 No. 10

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).

10-9-2013 Update
The publication of the October 2013 Peacemovies.com newsletter was delayed so that this author could have a better idea of what was happening with the US government shutdown and debt limit negotiations before publishing the newsletter. It turns out that the Democrats and Republicans are no closer to a deal on reopening the government than they were a week ago. Furthermore, President Obama has indicated that he will not negotiate concessions on the budget to avoid a default after October 17
th, the last day that the govt can continue to pay its bills without raising the debt limit. The Republicans on the other hand, including the speaker of the House, are insisting that some kind of negotiations and concessions MUST take place before they will raise the debt limit. If the US government defaults and this goes on for one month or more, the publication of Peacemovies.com newsletter will be in jeopardy if this author's SSDI payments are suspended as a result.

A March Against Monsanto is planned for Saturday, October 12, 2013 in San Jose. Assemble at the MLK Library at 11AM. Maybe someone there will give us an update on the request of Senator Elizabeth Warren to have the FDA finalize their rules on voluntary labeling of GMOs. According to the Organic Consumers Association web site, finalizing the rules about GMOs could throw a wrench into state efforts to require labeling of GMOs. This author claims that it might even threaten the non GMO status of organic foods or the status of organic foods at the most basic level as the new rules might state that any crop that was bred naturally as well as gene spliced in the lab could be defined as being GMO. Currently USDA rules require that organic foods not be GMO.


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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 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.

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Violence Ratings And Reviews Of New Release DVDs (released from July 2, 2013 to October 29, 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.)

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.)

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)

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.

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)


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Violence Ratings And Reviews of Movies Currently In Theaters from 10/4/2013 to 11/3/2013: (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.)
Linsanity PG Documentary #

Hidden Universe NR Documentary #

Grace Unplugged PG Drama #

Haute Cuisine PG-13 Comedy/Drama*

Enough Said PG-13 Romantic Comedy #

In A World... R Comedy #

20 Feet From Stardom PG-13 Documentary*

Non-Violent (10 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes, with few if any dead bodies.)
We Are The Nobles (Nosotros Los Nobles) NR Comedy*

Last Vegas PG-13 Comedy #

About Time R Romantic Comedy #

Generation Iron PG-13 Documentary*

Muscle Shoals PG Documentary*

Pulling Strings NR Romantic Comedy #

Inequality For All PG Documentary #

Populaire R Romantic Comedy*

Museum Hours NR Drama #

Austenland PG-13 Romantic Comedy #

The Spectacular Now R Comedy/Drama*

The Way Way Back PG-13 Comedy/Drama*

Flight Of The Butterflies NR Adventure/Documentary #

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)

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

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)

The Trials Of Muhammad Ali NR Documentary (wm)

House In The Alley R Horror (wt)

Mikey The Virus NR Drama (wt)

The Counselor R Thriller (wt)

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

Zero Charisma NR Comedy (wm)

The Fifth Estate R Drama (wm)

Shahid NR Drama (wt)

CZ12 PG-13 Drama (wt)

The Snitch Cartel R Drama (wt)

I'm In Love With A Church Girl PG Drama/Romance (wt)

Boss NR Drama (wt)

Ramayya Vasthavayya NR Drama (wt)

Carrie R Horror (wt)

Escape Plan R Action/Adventure (wt)

Tough As Iron NR Action* (wm)

Romeo & Juliet PG-13 Romance/Drama (wt)

The Summit R Documentary (wt)

Machete Kills R Action/Adventure (wt)

Captain Phillips PG-13 Drama (wt)

The Face Reader NR Drama (wt)

Besharam NR Comedy (wt)

Rush R Docudrama (wt)

Blue Caprice R Drama (wt)

Runner Runner R Drama (wt)

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

Baggage Claim PG-13 Romantic Comedy (wm)

Metallica: Through The Never R Drama (wt)

Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon NR Action/Adventure (wt)

Atharintiki Daaredi NR Comedy/Drama (wt)

On The Job NR Crime Drama (wt)

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

Battle Of The Year PG-13 Drama (wm)

Thanks For Sharing R Drama/Romantic Comedy (wm)

Phata Poster Nikla Hero NR Comedy (wt)

Prisoners R Suspense/Action/Thriller (wt)

Short Term 12 R Drama* (wm)

This is The End R Comedy (wt)

The Family R Comedy (wt)

Insidious Chapter 2 PG-13 Horror (wt)

Riddick R Sci-Fi/Action (wt)

Instructions Not Included PG-13 Comedy* (wm)

The World's End R Comedy (wt)

You're Next R Horror (wt)

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones PG-13 Action/Drama (wt)

Lee Daniels' The Butler PG-13 Drama (wt)

We're The Millers R Comedy (wt)

Kick Ass 2 R Comedy (wt)

Planes PG Animated (wm) (A scene from WWII counts as an orgy of violence.)

Chennai Express NR Comedy/Action/Adventure (wt)

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters PG Action/Adventure (wt)

Elysium R Sci-Fi (wt)

Blue Jasmine PG-13 Comedy/Drama* (wm) (This is a first. A Woody Allen movie that is too violent.)

2 Guns R Thriller/Action (wt)

Fruitvale Station R Drama* (wm)

The Wolverine PG-13 Action/Fantasy (wt)

Turbo 3D PG Comedy/Animation (wm)

The Conjuring R Horror (wt)

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

Despicable Me 2 PG Animated (wt)

Monsters University G Animated Comedy (wm)

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