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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 Febrauary 2013 Newsletter

by John Thielking
February 2013
Vol 2 No 2

1-14-13 Update: Upon hearing the news that Aaron Swartz, one of the founders of Reddit and Demand Progress --- organizations that were key to defeating SOPA and PIPA last year at this time --- has committed suicide, I have decided to up the ante. Last year at this time, the homepage of Peacemovies.com was replaced by
this page (http://www.peacemovies.com/sopastrike1-16-12.html) for 5 days, from Monday Jan 16, 2012 to Friday Jan 21, 2012 This time, I am replacing the homepage with that page for a whole week --- 7 days --- from Friday January 18, 2013 to Thursday January 24, 2013 to mourn for (and organize because of) the death of Aaron Swartz. Solidarity forever and long live Aaron Swartz! Aaron Swartz was under indictment (13 felony counts with a possible sentence of 35 years) since January 2011 for simply downloading a bunch of academic articles in a pay per article database called JSTOR that he accessed for free using a network loophole. Some people are saying that the articles in question were available for free to the general public. The owners of the database have since ceased enforcement action against Swartz, and are now making 4.5 million articles available for free, but the federal prosecutor U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz continued to pursue Swartz up until his death, motivated apparently by a desire to make a name for herself and to send a message to other activists. After his death, some of the authors who had their work "stolen" by Swartz did a solidarity action by posting links to their work on twitter. For more information on this case go here. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz ) Of significance is the fact that, according to one of his defense attorneys, Swartz was offered a plea deal where if he plead guilty to all 13 felony counts he would only have to spend 6 months in prison. Only if he went to trial was he facing 35 years in the clink. This makes it more suspicious that the conspiracy theories claiming that Swartz was murdered have some merit. On the other side of the argument is the fact that it has been reported that Swartz was claiming to be essentially clinically depressed over a bad business deal as early as 2007.

   In other news, the grandson of Malcom X, Malcom Shabazz, was arrested by the FBI before he could start his trip to Tehran, Iran to attend a conference on Hollywoodism. “Hollywood is just a tool of the American government and European governments to pursue their imperialistic views whether it is in economy...culture…or religion,” Mike Gravel, former US Senator, stated after attending the conference.
For more information on these events check out:
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/02/04/287235/fbi-stops-malcolm-x-grandson-trip-to-iran/ and http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/02/04/287146/iran-holds-3rd-hollywoodism-conference/

and a critique of the film “Lincoln” here:

Press TV: How accurate was this portrayal [Lincoln]?
[Ken] O’Keefe: It was another nauseating example of Hollywood propaganda and it really has no resemblance to the truth.

From the January 2013 Newsletter:


by John Thielking
January 2013
Vol 2 No 1

What Does Gun Violence Have To Do With Movies?
by John Thielking

The massacre in Connecticut this week has left people devastated and some are looking for answers. Does boycotting violent movies (or realizing that there are nonviolent alternatives available) offer any hope of creating a mandate for change/gun control/ poverty elimination? This author says an emphatic Yes!

A recent debate with Steven Argue brought up the fact that there are two sides in the debate over weather violence in movies and video games significantly increases violence in the real world. Jonathan L. Freedman wrote a report published by The Media Institute (a movie producer funded outfit) located here:
http://www.mediainstitute.org/PDFs/policyviews/Freedman-TelevisionViolence.pdf that tries it's best to debunk the notion that violence in movies is significantly associated with violence in the real world. He claims that as little as 28% of the published studies on the issue show a positive correlation.  However, while he is good at criticizing the other side for doing sloppy science (such as not being able to eliminate experimenter demand effects and achieve a perfectly double blind experiment that uses violent and nonviolent movies), he himself neglects to do a formal meta-analysis of the entire set of studies that he is reviewing. If there are 28 studies with 100 subjects that show a positive correlation while there are 72 studies with 10 subjects that do not, then it is quite obvious that the balance of the evidence shows a positive correlation.

On the other side is Craig A. Anderson PhD of Center For Study Of Violence of Iowa State University, who has his own vested interest in that his career depends upon him continuing to find problems with violence in movies re: violence in society.  In his latest work (written by a panel of experts from the organization that he heads), available here:
it is claimed that no less than 3 formal meta-analyses of the possible correlation between violence in media and violence in the real world show a positive correlation.  In that same paper the panel writes that while there is a positive correlation between media violence and increased indicators of violence in experimental trials, this does not translate into as strong a correlation between media violence and criminal activity. That is a different level of violence not addressed by most of the studies.

The bottom line is this: A 2009 on the street survey of what kind of movies people want to watch showed that 1/2 of the people want to watch a nonviolent movie, 1/2 the people don't care one way or the other, and only 2 or 3 people out of 35 want to watch a violent movie or seek out violent themes such as horror movies as their favorite. In light of the latest school shooting in Connecticut, it seems that one route to diminishing gun violence is to make sure that the box office receipts match the survey results.  If that ever happened, all the politicians would start running scared every time someone wanted to start a war or if there was any kind of gun violence anywhere in the USA.  Every trick in the book would be thrown at the problem until it was solved. Not all of the problem has to do with gun control. Some of it has to do with income inequality and general economic insecurity.  We should be solving those problems too. But we need something to signal that we have a mandate. If 75% of box office receipts went to movies such as Eat Pray Love and Dolphin Tale, we would have just such a mandate. 

Let's get cracking!

(Edited 12-17-12)


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 November 6, 2012 to February 26 , 2013)  General release dates (taken 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.)

The Sessions R Comedy* (2-12-13)

Robot & Frank PG-13 Comedy/Drama # (2-12-13) [2-12-13]

Celeste And Jessie Forever R Comedy/Drama* (2-5-13) [2-5-13]

A Late Quartet R Drama # (2-5-13)

The Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure G Adventure/Musical # (2-5-13) [2-5-13]

Pina PG Musical/Documentary (1-22-13) [1-22-13]

For A Good Time, Call R Comedy (1-22-13)

Nobody Walks R Drama (1-22-13) [1-22-13]

Sleepwalk With Me NR Comedy/Drama (12-18-12) [12-18-12]

Liberal Arts NR Comedy (12-18-12) [12-18-12]

Hope Springs PG-13 Drama/Romance/Comedy # (12-4-12)  [12-4-12]

The Queen Of Versailles PG Documentary # (11-13-12) [11-13-12]

2 Days In New York R Romance* (11-13-12) [11-13-12]

Your Sister's Sister R Romantic Comedy # (11-6-12) [11-6-12]

360 R Drama* (11-6-12) [11-6-12]

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

Chasing Mavericks PG Drama # (2-26-13)

Searching For Sugar Man PG-13 Musical/Documentary (1-22-13) [1-22-13]

Keep The Lights On NR Gay Romance (1-22-13) [1-22-13]

To Rome With Love R Romantic Comedy (1-15-13) [1-15-13]

Won't Back Down PG Drama (1-15-13)

The Intouchables R Comedy/Drama (1-15-13)

The Words PG-13 Drama/Thriller (12-24-12) [12-24-12]

Trouble With The Curve PG-13 Drama (12-18-12) [12-24-12]

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green PG Family/Fantasy/Comedy # (12-4-12) [12-4-12]

Step Up Revolution PG-13 Drama/Romance/Musical # (11-27-12) [11-27-12]

Dark Horse R Drama* (11-13-12) [11-13-12]

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)

Bully PG-13 Documentary (2-12-13) [2-12-13]

The Kid With A Bike PG-13 Drama (2-12-13) [2-12-13]

Samsara PG-13 Documentary (1-8-13)

Butter R Drama/Comedy* (12-4-12) [12-4-12]

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, (mbok) = movie trailer is OK but third party reviews are not OK, so should watch movie to confirm violence rating.

The Master R Drama (2-26-13) (mbok)

Border Run R Drama (2-26-13) [2-26-13] (wt)

Girls Against Boys R Horror (2-26-13) [2-26-13] (wt)

Argo R Thriller (2-19-13) (wt)

Sinister R Horror (2-19-13) [2-19-13] (wt)

Anna Karenina R Drama (2-19-13) (mbok)

Fun Size PG-13 Comedy (2-19-13) [2-19-13] (wt)

Atlas Shrugged Part 2 PG-13 Drama (2-19-13) (wt)

Special Forces R Drama (2-19-13) (wt)

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome TV-14 Sci-Fi (2-19-13) (wt)

Small Apartments R Comedy (2-19-13) [2-19-13] (wt)

Skyfall PG-13 Action/Adventure (2-12-13) (wt)

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower PG-13 Comedy/Drama (2-12-13) [2-12-13] (wt)

Silent Hill Revelation R Horror (2-12-13) (wt)

The Man With The Iron Fists R Adventure (2-12-13) (wt)

Rise Of The Zombies R Horror (2-12-13) [2-12-13] (wt)

Smiley R Horror (2-12-13) [2-12-13] (wt)

Flight R Drama (2-5-13) [2-5-13] (wt)

Here Comes The Boom PG Comedy/Action (2-5-13) [2-5-13] (wt)

Alex Cross PG-13 Thriller (2-5-13) [2-5-13] (wt)

Deadfall R Drama (2-5-13) [2-5-13] (wt)

So Undercover PG-13 Action/Comedy (2-5-13) [2-5-13] (mbok)

You May Not Kiss The Bride PG-13 Romantic Comedy (2-5-13) [2-5-13] (wt)

Hotel Transylvania PG Animation (1-29-13) [1-29-13] (mbok)

Paranormal Activity 4 R Horror (1-29-13) [1-29-13] (wm)

Seven Psychopaths R Comedy (1-29-13) [1-29-13] (wt)

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 PG-13 Action/Adventure (1-29-13) (wt)

End Of Watch R Drama (1-22-13) (wt)

The Paperboy R Drama (1-22-13) [1-22-13] (wt)

Tai Chi Zero R Action (1-22-13) [1-22-13] (wt)

Nature Calls R Comedy (1-22-13) [1-22-13] (wt)

Death Race 3: Inferno Drama (1-22-13) (wt)

Fat Kid Rules The World R Drama (1-22-13) [1-22-13] (mbok)

Hansel & Gretel: Warriors Of Witchcraft NR Drama (1-22-13) (wt)

Officer Down R Crime Thriller (1-22-13) [1-22-13] (wt)

Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning R Drama (1-22-13) [1-22-13] (wt)

Taken 2 PG-13 Thriller (1-15-13) (wt)

The Possession PG-13 Horror (1-15-13) [1-15-13] (wt)

Branded R Sci Fi/Thriller (1-15-13) [1-15-13] (wt)

China Heavyweight NR Drama (1-15-13) [streaming only] (wt)

House At The End Of The Street PG-13 Horror/Suspense (1-8-13) (wt)

Frankenweenie PG Animation (1-8-13) [1-8-13] (mbok)

Hit And Run R Comedy/Action (1-8-13) [1-1-13] (wt)

Dredd R Sci Fi (1-8-13) [1-8-13] (wt)

Compliance R Drama (1-8-13) [1-8-13] (mbok)

Stolen R Drama (1-8-13) [1-1-13] (wt)

Jack And Diane R Drama (1-8-13) [1-8-13] (wt)

Collaborator NR Drama/Comedy (1-8-13) (wt)

Guns, Girls And Gambling NR Action/Adventure (1-8-13) (wt)

Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden NR Drama (1-8-13) [1-8-13] (wt)

Stella Days NR Drama (1-8-13) (mbok)

Cosmopolis R Drama (1-1-13) [1-1-13] (wt)

Little Birds R Drama (1-1-13) [1-1-13] (wt)

Looper R Sci-Fi/Thriller (12-31-12) [12-31-12] (wt)

Resident Evil: Retribution R Sci-Fi/Horror (12-21-12) [12-21-12] (wt)

Premium Rush PG-13 Action/Thriller (12-21-12) [12-21-12] (wt)

Arbitrage R Drama (12-21-12) [12-21-12] (wt)

Red Hook Summer R Drama (12-21-12) [12-21-12] (wm)

Killer Joe NC-17 Drama (12-21-12) [12-21-12] (wt)

Pitch Perfect PG-13 Comedy/Musical (12-18-12) (wm)

Total Recall PG-13 Drama (12-18-12) [12-18-12] (wt)

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days PG Comedy (12-18-12) (wm)

Ted R Comedy (12-11-12) (wm)

Ice Age: Continental Drift PG Animation (12-11-12) (wm)

The Bourne Legacy PG-13 Drama (12-11-12) (wt)

The Dark Knight Rises PG-13 Drama/Action/Adventure (12-4-12) [12-24-12] (wt)

Beasts Of The Southern Wild PG-13 Drama (12-4-12) [1-1-13] (wm)

V/H/S R Horror/Thriller (12-4-12) [12-4-12] (wt)

Halo 4: Unto Dawn PG-13 Action/Sci-Fi (12-4-12) (wt)

Silent Night R Drama (12-4-12) [12-4-12] (wt)

Men In Black III PG-13 Sci-Fi (11-30-12) (wm)

Sparkle PG-13 Drama/Musical (11-30-12) (wm)

ParaNorman PG Horror/Animation/Comedy (11-27-12)  (mbok)

Lawless R Drama (11-27-12) [11-27-12] (wt)

The Apparition PG-13 Horror (11-27-12) (wt)

The Day R Drama (11-27-12) [11-27-12] (wt)

The Expendables 2 R Action/Adventure (11-20-12) [11-20-12] (wt)

Brave PG Animation (11-13-12) [11-13-12] (mbok)

Savages R Crime Drama (11-13-12) (wt)

The Watch R Sci-Fi/Comedy (11-13-12) (wt)

Nitro Circus PG-13 Action/Comedy (11-13-12) [11-13-12] (wt)

The Amazing Spiderman PG-13 Action/Adventure (11-9-12) [11-9-12] (wt)

Arthur Christmas PG Animation (11-6-12) [11-6-12] (wm)

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 PG-13 Action/Adventure  (11-6-12) [11-20-12] (wt)

Fire With Fire R Drama/Romance (11-6-12) [11-6-12] (wt)

The Pact NR Horror (11-6-12) [11-6-12] (wt)

[Rec]3 Genesis R Horror (11-6-12) [11-6-12] (wt)

Not yet reviewed

Violence Ratings And Reviews of Movies Currently In Theaters from 2/4/13 to 3/3/13: (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.)
A Place At The Table PG Documentary #

Quartet PG-13 Drama*

The Sessions R Comedy/Drama*

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

Flight Of The Butterflies NR Adventure/Documentary #

Amour PG-13 Drama*

Promised Land R Drama #

Parental Guidance PG Comedy #

Hyde Park On Hudson R Drama*

Chasing Ice PG-13 Documentary #

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)
Under The Sea G Documentary #

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)

Footnotes: (wt) = watched movie trailer,  (wm) = watched movie,  (mbok) = movie trailer is OK but third party reviews are not OK, should go and watch movie to be sure of violence rating.
Lore NR Drama/War (wm)

Les Miserables Drama/Musical (wm)

Beautiful Creatures PG-13 Romance (wt)

Zila Ghaziabad NR Thriller/Action (wt)

Zero Dark Thirty R Thriller/Action (wt)

The Attacks of 26/11 NR Crime Drama (wt)

Jack The Giant Slayer PG-13 Adventure/Fantasy (wt)

Haridas NR Drama (wt)

21 And Over R Comedy (wt)

Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan NR Action (wt)

Oscar Shorts 2013 NR (wm)

The Gatekeepers PG-13 Documentary (wt)

Zila Ghaziabad NR Thriller/Action/Adventure (wt)

Top Gun 3D PG Action/Adventure (wm)

The Berlin File NR Thriller (wt)

Snitch PG-13 Thriller (wt)

Murder 3 NR Thriller (wt)

Dark Skies PG-13 Sci-Fi/Thriller (wt)

Bless Me, Ultima PG-13 Drama/War (wt)

West Of Memphis R Documentary (wm)

ABCD Anybody Can Dance NR Drama (wm)

Vishwaroopam NR Crime Drama/Thriller/Action (wt)

Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22 NR Comedy (mbok)

The Crow R Fantasy (wt)

Safe Haven PG-13 Drama/Romance (wm)

Kadal NR Romance/Thriller (wt)

Escape From Planet Earth PG Comedy/Sci-Fi (wt)

A Good Day To Die Hard R Thriller (wt)

Lost In Thailand NR Comedy (wt)

Identity Thief R Comedy/Drama (wt)

Special 26 NR Drama/Thriller (wt)

Side Effects R Drama/Thriller (wm)

David NR Drama (wt)

Sisterakas NR Comedy (wm)

Warm Bodies PG-13 Comedy/Horror (wt)

Stand Up Guys R Comedy (wt)

Bullet To The Head R Drama (wt)

Broken City R Drama (wt)

A Haunted House R Comedy (wt)

Movie 43 R Comedy (wt)

The Last Stand R Drama (wt)

Mama PG-13 Horror (wt)

Race 2 NR Drama (wt)

Parker R Drama (wt)

Hansel & Gretel ---Witch Hunters 3D R Horror (wt)

Gangster Squad R Drama (wt)

The Impossible PG-13 Drama (wt)

Django Unchained R Drama (wt)

This Is 40 R Comedy (mbok)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey PG-13 Fantasy/Adventure (wt)

Monsters, Inc G Animated (wm)

Jack Reacher PG-13 Thriller (wt)

Dabangg 2 NR Comedy/Drama (wt)

Hitchcock PG-13 Drama/Biography (mbok)

Silver Linings Playbook R Romantic Comedy # (wm)

Rocky Mountain Express  NR Documentary # (wm)

Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 PG-13 Drama (wm)

Rise Of The Guardians PG Animated (wm)

Lincoln PG-13 Drama (wt)

Life Of Pi PG Adventure (wm)

Anna Karenina R Drama (mbok)

Skyfall PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt)

Wreck-It Ralph PG Animation (wt)

Flight R Drama (wt)

Argo R Thriller (wt)

Red Dawn PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt)
Not yet reviewed

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