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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 November 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
November 2013

Vol. 2 No.11

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).

11-7-2013 Update:

National Protest Against Police Killing Of 13 Year Old Planned For Saturday, November 9, 2013.

On Saturday, November 9, 2013 there will be a national protest against police brutality and against the unjustified killing of 13 year old Andy Lopez by Santa Rosa Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22, 2013. The protest in Santa Rosa will take place at Juilliard Park at Sonoma and Santa Rosa Avenues in Santa Rosa from 1PM-5PM, Saturday, November 9, 2013.

Andy apparently was playing with a toy Air-Soft pistol that Sheriff's Deputies claim closely resembled an assault rifle when he was confronted by Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus. Gelhaus ordered him to turn around and as he turned around, Gelhaus shot Andy 7 times. The first shot dropped Andy to the ground as it pierced his heart so the other 6 shots were completely unnecessary. Extensive coverage of this incident and the subsequent protests have been made by the KPFA radio program called Flashpoints. Search through the archives at www.kpfa.org to find out more.


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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 November 26, 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.)

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.)

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.

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)

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)

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



Violence Ratings And Reviews of Movies Currently In Theaters from 11/4/2013 to 12/4/2013: (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.)
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.)

Delivery Man PG-13 Comedy #

The Armstrong Lie R Documentary*

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 #

Flight Of The Butterflies NR Adventure/Documentary #

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)
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

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)

Bhaji In Problem NR Comedy (wt)

Ram Leela NR Romance (wt)

How I Live Now R Drama (wt)

The Motel Life R Drama (wt)

Great Expectations PG-13 Drama (wt)

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)

House In The Alley R Horror (wt)

The Counselor R Thriller (wt)

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

The Fifth Estate R Drama (wm)

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

Carrie R Horror (wt)

Escape Plan R Action/Adventure (wt)

Captain Phillips PG-13 Drama (wt)

The Face Reader NR Drama (wt)

Rush R Docudrama (wt)

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

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

Instructions Not Included PG-13 Comedy* (wm)

Not yet reviewed







Note that Peacemovies.com reviews movies only for their violence content.  For a more detailed analysis of other issues in movies (especially for gauging age-appropriateness for kids) please visit http://www.commonsensemedia.org .

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