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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 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.

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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 January 3, 2012 to April 3, 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.)
Like Crazy PG-13 Romance (3-6-12) [3-6-12]

Revenge Of The Electric Car NR Documentary (Jan 24, 2012) [current]

The Ides Of March R Drama (Jan 17, 2012) [current]

What's Your Number R Romantic Comedy (Jan 10, 2012) [current]

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
R Comedy (Jan 3, 2012) [current]

I Don't Know How She Does It
PG-13 Comedy (Jan 3, 2012) [current]

Non-Violent (10 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes, with few if any dead bodies.)
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey PG Documentary  (4-3-12)

Carnage NR Comedy/Drama (3-20-12) [3-20-12]

Melancholia R Sci-Fi Fantasy (3-13-12) [3-13-12]

My Week With Marilyn R Drama (3-13-12) [3-13-12]

Young Adult R Drama (3-13-12) [3-13-12]

The Descendants R Drama/Comedy (3-13-12)

The Way PG-13 Comedy/Drama (2-21-12) [current]

Take Shelter R Drama (2-14-12) [current]

Mozart's Sister NR Drama (2-14-12) [current]

The Big Year PG Comedy (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

50-50 R Comedy/Drama (Jan 24, 2012) [current]

Dirty Girl R Comedy (Jan 17, 2012) [current]

Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain
R Comedy (Jan 17, 2012) [current]

Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star
R Comedy (Jan 17, 2012) [current]

Higher Ground R Drama (Jan 10, 2012) [current]

Moneyball PG-13 Drama (Jan 10, 2012) [current]

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)
We Bought A Zoo PG Drama (4-3-12) [5-1-12]

A Dangerous Method R Drama (3-27-12) [3-27-12]

Jack And Jill PG Comedy (3-6-12) [3-6-12]

Senna PG-13 Documentary (3-6-12) [3-6-12]
Too Violent (way more than 10 violent scenes and/or many dead bodies and/or an orgy of violence at any point)
Tyrannosaur NR Drama  (4-3-12)

War Horse PG-13 Drama (4-3-12)

Air Collision Drama (3-27-12)

In The Land Of Blood And Honey R Romance/War (3-27-12) [3-27-12]

Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close PG-13 (3-27-12)

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked G Animation (3-27-12)

Creature R Drama (3-20-12)

Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy R Drama (3-20-12)

The Sitter PG-13 Comedy (3-20-12)

The Muppets PG Animation (3-20-12) [3-20-12]

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo R Drama (3-20-12) [3-20-12]

The Adventures Of TinTin PG Adventure (3-13-12) [3-13-12]

Happy Feet Two With I Tawt I Taw A Puty Tat PG Animation (3-13-12)

The Three Musketeers PG-13 Adventure (3-13-12) [3-13-12]

Bag Of Bones R Drama/Horror (3-13-12) [current]

Abstentia R Drama (3-13-12)

Immortals R Action/Adventure (3-6-12) [4-3-12]

Footloose PG-13 Musical (3-6-12) [3-6-12]

The Skin I Live In R Horror (3-6-12) [3-6-12]

Mercenaries R Drama (3-6-12) [3-6-12]

Johnny English Reborn (2-28-12) [3-27-12]

Answers To Nothing R Comedy (2-28-12) [current]

Puss In Boots PG Animated (2-24-12) [current]

Martha Marcy May Marlene R Drama (2-21-12) [3-20-12]

J Edgar R Drama (2-21-12)

Tower Heist PG-13 Drama (2-21-12) [3-20-12]

The Human Centipede 2 R Horror (2-14-12) [current]

Rum Diary R Drama (2-14-12) [current]

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2-7-12) [4-3-12]

Anonymous PG-13 Drama (2-7-12) [current]

Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2-7-12) [current]

In Time PG-13 Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

The Thing R Horror (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

Outrage R (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

Dream House PG-13 Suspense/Thriller (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

The Hammer R Drama (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

Drive R Drama (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

The Double PG-13 Drama (Jan 31, 2012) [current]

The Woman R Horror (Jan 24, 2012) [current]

The Whistleblower R Drama (Jan 24, 2012) [current]

Real Steel R Drama (Jan 24, 2012) [current]

Hell And Back Again (Jan 24, 2012) [current]

Gojira Sci-Fi (Jan 24, 2012) [current]

Abduction (Jan 17, 2012) [current]

Courageous (Jan 17, 2012) [current]

There Be Dragons PG-13 Action/Adventure (Jan 10, 2012) [current]

Killer Elite R Drama (Jan 10, 2012) [current]

Contagion R Drama (Jan 3, 2012) [current]

The Guard R Comedy/Suspense/Thriller (Jan 3, 2012) [current]

The Last Lions PG Documentary (Jan 3, 2012) [current]

Shark Night PG-13 Horror (Jan 3, 2012) [current]

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark R Horror (Jan 3, 2012) [current]

Not yet reviewed

Violence Ratings And Reviews of Movies Currently In Theaters from 3/5/12 to 3/30/12: (Click on links to see reviews.)
Little or no Violence  (2 or less violent scenes, or just a few off screen violent stories and few deaths if any.)
Friends With Kids R Romantic Comedy

Pina 3D PG Musical/Documentary

The Vow PG-13 Drama/Romance

Non-Violent (10 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes, with few if any dead bodies.)
Love In The Buff NR Romantic Comedy

Thin Ice R Dark Comedy/Drama

Footnote PG Drama

October Baby PG-13 Drama

Delicacy PG-13 Romantic Comedy

Jeff Who Lives At Home R Comedy/Drama

Touch NR Drama

A Thousand Words PG-13 Comedy

Love NR Drama/Romance

London, Paris, New York PG-13 Romantic Comedy

W.E. R Drama (Although this movie has few violent scenes, some of them are disturbing.)

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds PG-13 Drama/Romance

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu  NR Romantic Comedy

The Secret World Of Arrietty G Animation/Fantasy

Big Miracle PG Adventure/Drama

A Separation PG-13 Drama

The Descendants R Drama

My Week With Marilyn  R Drama

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)
The Kid With A Bike PG-13 Drama

Being Flynn R Comedy/Drama

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen PG-13 Romantic Comedy/Drama

Jodi Breakers NR Romantic Comedy

We Bought A Zoo PG Comedy/Drama/Family

Hugo PG Family/Suspense/Thriller

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)
Mirror Mirror PG Comedy/Action/Adventure

Wrath Of The Titans PG-13 Action/Adventure

The Raid: Redemption R Action

Intruders NR Horror/Thriller

The Hunger Games PG-13 Action/Family

Agent Vinod NR Drama

Paan Singh Tomar NR Action

In Darkness R Historical Drama

Casa De Mi Padre R Comedy

Ben-Hur G Historical Drama

21 Jump Street R Comedy

Kahaani NR Drama

We Need To Talk About Kevin R Drama

Silent House R Horror

John Carter PG-13 Action/Adventure

Project X R Comedy

Dr Sues: The Lorax PG Animated (traditional chase scene climax, plus 26 other violent scenes, though it has an excellent message for budding environmentalists.)

Bullhead R Crime Drama

The Oscar Nominated Shorts Live Action NR Drama (The last short, Tuba Atlantic, is too violent.)

The Oscar Nominated Short Films Animated NR Animation (The 2 shorts at the end have orgies of violence.)

Wanderlust R Comedy (violent climax)

Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya NR Romance  (car chase with gun play in first 10 min)

Rampart R Thriller

Gone PG-13 Thriller

Act Of Valor R Action

This Means War PG-13 Comedy/Action

Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance  PG-13 Horror

Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace 3D PG Sci-Fi

Safe House R Thriller

Journey 2 Mysterious Island PG Adventure

Chronicle PG-13  Adventure/Fantasy

The Woman In Black PG-13 Horror/Thriller

Man on A Ledge PG-13 Thriller/Drama

The Grey R Action/Adventure

The Iron Lady PG-13 Drama

The Artist PG-13 Romance

The Adventures Of TinTin 3D PG Animation/Action/Adventure

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo R Drama (A re-release of a movie from 2 years ago anyway...The sequel already came out last year...)

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked w/Scrat's Continental Crackup G Family  (The Island blows up at the end, looking like Vietnam.)

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol PG-13 Drama

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows PG-13 Thriller

Not yet reviewed
Love In The Buff NR Comedy

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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