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by John Thielking

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May 2013
Vol 2 No 5

4-15-13 Update:
SARATOGA -- A 15 year old Saratoga High School student killed herself on September 10, 2012, 8 days after being allegedly sexually assaulted by three 16 year old high school football players at a party after she had passed out from drinking too much alcohol. The reason why she took her own life was because she felt humiliated and tortured after digital photos showing the assault were circulated "like wildfire" on students' cell phones and other social media. According to the family's attorney Robert Allard, "Poor Audrie was terrorized by cyber bullying." The three alleged perpetrators were arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall on Thursday, April 11, 2013, according to the San Jose Mercury News in an article located here:

This is not the first time than an incident like this has happened at a high school party. There was the football team back East that had some players prosecuted for rape after a similar incident and a year or so ago a 16 year old girl was raped outside of a Bay Area high school prom while bystanders just stood around taking pictures of the event. It is clear that this type of incident is not just something that happens in red-neck towns or in some other community far away.  It happens here in the South Bay too. To combat the cyber bullying component of this crime, the girl's parents have set up a foundation called http://blog.audriepottfoundation.com. The girl's parents are also pushing for passage of Audrie's Law which would make it possible to try teenage sex offenders as adults and also raise the penalties for cyber bullying. In the Monday, April 15th issue of the Mercury News it was stated that the pictures of the assault were not as widely circulated as first claimed by the family's lawyer in the April 11th article online. Whatever the case, it is a tragedy that this happened to such a young, promising teenage girl. The culture of rape must come to an end.

John Thielking
Owner and Editor of Peacemovies.com


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 February 5, 2013 to May 28, 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.)

The Guilt Trip PG-13 Comedy # (4-30-13) [4-30-13]

To The Arctic G Documentary # (3-26-13) [4-23-13]

Smashed R Drama # (3-12-13) [3-12-13]

Kumare NR Documentary # (3-12-13) [3-12-13]

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]

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

Promised Land R Drama # (4-23-13)

Hyde Park On Hudson R Historical Drama* (4-9-13)

Late Bloomers NR Romantic Comedy* (4-9-13)

Parental Guidance PG Comedy # (3-26-13) [4-23-13]

Late Bloomers (Die Herbstzeitlosen) NR Romantic Comedy* (3-26-13) [3-5-13]

Bachelorette R Romantic Comedy* (3-19-13) [3-19-13]

The Intouchables R Comedy/Drama* (3-5-13) [3-5-13]

Playing For Keeps PG-13 Romantic Comedy # (3-5-13) [3-5-13]

Chasing Mavericks PG Drama # (2-26-13)[3-26-13]

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)

Do The Math NR Documentary # (4-20-13)

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away # PG Docudrama (3-12-13) [3-12-13]

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

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

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.

Dark Skies PG-13 Sci-Fi/Thriller (wt) (5-28-13) [5-28-13]

Lore NR Drama/War (wm) (5-28-13) [5-28-13]

Side Effects R Drama/Thriller (wm) (5-21-13)

Beautiful Creatures PG-13 Drama (wt) (5-21-13)

Parker R Action/Adventure (wt) (5-21-13) [5-21-13]

The Last Stand R Action/Thriller/Crime (wt) (5-21-13) [5-21-13]

Stand Up Guys R Drama (wt) (5-21-13) [5-21-13]

Texas Chainsaw 3D R Horror (wt) (5-14-13) [5-14-13]

Cloud Atlas R Sci-Fi (wt) (5-14-13)

Back To 1942 R Drama/War (wt) (5-14-13)

Jack Reacher PG-13 Thriller (wt) (5-7-13) [5-7-13]

Mama PG-13 Horror (wt) (5-7-13)

Safe Haven PG-13 Drama/Romance (wm) (5-7-13) [5-7-13]

The Oranges R Comedy/Drama (wm) (5-7-13) [5-7-13]

Silver Linings Playbook R Romantic Comedy # (wm) (4-30-13)

Broken City R Drama (wt) (4-30-13)

The Details R Comedy/Drama (wt) (4-30-13)

The Wicked R Horror (wt) (4-30-13)

Gangster Squad R Drama (wt) (4-23-13)

A Haunted House R Horror/Comedy (wt) (4-23-13)

The Impossible PG-13 Drama (wt) (4-23-13) [4-23-13]

Pawn R Drama (wt) (4-23-13) [4-23-13]

Django Unchained R Drama/Western (wt) (4-16-13) [4-16-13]

Dragon R Drama (wt) (4-16-13) [4-16-13]

The Haunting In Connecticut 2: The Ghosts of Georgia R Horror (wt) (4-16-13) [4-16-13]

The Sorcerer And The White Snake PG-13 Drama (wt) (4-9-13) [4-9-13]

Bad Kids Go To Hell R Horror (wt) (4-9-13) [4-9-13]

John Dies At The End R Comedy/Horror (wt) (4-2-13) [4-2-13]

The Sweeny R Crime Drama (wt) (4-2-13)

The Baytown Outlaws R Drama (wt) (4-2-13) [4-2-13]

Killing Them Softly R Drama (3-26-13) [3-26-13] (wt)

The Collection R Thriller (3-26-13) [3-26-13] (wt)

Les Miserables R Drama/Musical (3-22-13) (wm)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey PG-13 Fantasy/Adventure (3-19-13) (wt)

Zero Dark Thirty R Thriller/Action (3-19-13) [3-19-13] (wt)

Les Miserables R Drama/Musical (3-22-13) (wm)

Life Of Pi PG Adventure (3-12-13) (wm)

Rise Of The Guardians PG Animated (3-12-13) [3-12-13] (wm)

Grave Encounters 2 NR Horror (3-12-13) [3-5-13] (wt)

In Their Skin NR Thriller (3-12-13) [3-12-13] (wt)

Storage 24 R Horror (3-12-13) [3-12-13] (wt)

Wreck-It Ralph PG Animation (3-5-13) [3-5-13] (wt)

Red Dawn PG-13 Action/Adventure (3-5-13) [3-5-13] (wt)

Unconditional PG-13 Drama (3-5-13) [3-8-13] (wt)

The Bay R Horror (3-5-13) [3-5-13] (wt)

Lay The Favorite R Drama # (3-5-13) [3-5-13] (wm)

A Dark Truth PG-13 Action (3-5-13) [3-5-13] (wt)

Collaborator NR Drama/Comedy (3-5-13) [3-5-13 streaming only] (wt)

Interview With A Hit Man PG-13 Drama (3-5-13) (wt)

The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 PG-13 Drama (3-2-13) [3-2-13] (wm)

The Master R Drama* (2-26-13) [3-19-13] (wm)

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) [3-19-13] (wm)

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)

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

Not yet reviewed

Violence Ratings And Reviews of Movies Currently In Theaters from 5/4/13 to 6/2/13: (Click on links to see reviews.) 
Movie listings obtained from http://events.mercurynews.com/movies.
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.)
Stories We Tell PG-13 Documentary*

Frances Ha R Comedy*

Hubble G Documentary #

A Place At The Table PG Documentary #

It Takes A Man And A Woman NR Romantic Comedy #

Quartet PG-13 Drama*

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

Hating Breitbart R Documentary #

Simon Killer NR Thriller*

Peeples PG-13 Romantic Comedy #

Gimme The Loot NR Comedy*

The Big Wedding R Comedy #

42: The True Story Of An American Legend PG-13 Drama #

Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor PG-13 Drama #

Admission PG-13 Comedy/Drama #

Flight Of The Butterflies NR Adventure/Documentary #

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)
The Source Family NR Documentary*

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

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani NR Romance (wm)

The Painting NR Adventure (wm)

Now You See Me PG-13 Thriller (wt)

After Earth PG-13 Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi (wt)

The Hangover Part III R Comedy (wt)

Fast & Furious 6 PG-13 Action (wt)

Jatts In Golmaal NR Comedy (wt)

Epic PG Animation/Action/Adventure (wt)

Ghost In The Shell NR Animation/Action (wt)

Midnight's Children NR Drama (wm)

Go Goa Gone NR Comedy/Horror (wt)

Shootout At Wadala NR Crime Drama/Action (wt)

The Iceman R Thriller (wt)

Black Rock R Thriller (wt)

Star Trek: Into The Darkness PG-13 Sci-Fi (wt)

Erased R Thriller (wt)

Kon Tiki PG-13 Drama (wt)

Aftershock R Drama (wt)

The Great Gatsby PG-13 Drama* (wm) (There are too many dead bodies, including the war scenes. Otherwise it might be ok.)

In The House R Suspense/Thriller # (wm)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist R Drama (wt)

At Any Price R Drama (wt)

Iron Man 3 PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt)

Lucky Di Unlucky Story NR Comedy (wm)

Pain And Gain PG-13 Drama (wt)

Disconnect R Drama # (wm)

Blancanieves PG-13 Drama (wm)

The Angels' Share NR Comedy/Drama (wm)

Mud PG-13 Adventure/Drama (wt)

Filly Brown R Drama # (wm)

Oblivion PG-13 Sci Fi (wt)

The Place Beyond The Pines R Drama (wt)

The Company You Keep R Thriller (wt)

Scary Movie 5 Comedy/Horror (wt)

Sadda Haq NR Action (wt)

Evil Dead R Horror (wt)

Jurassic Park PG-13 Sci-Fi/Adventure (wm)

The Sapphires PG-13 Musical Comedy (wt)

G. I. Joe: Retaliation PG-13 Action/Adventure (wt)

The Croods PG Comedy/Adventure/Animated (wm, wt)

Olympus Has Fallen R Thriller/Action (wt)

OZ: The Great And Powerful PG Adventure/Fantasy (wt)

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

Django Unchained R Drama (wt)

Silver Linings Playbook R Romantic Comedy # (wm)

Rocky Mountain Express  NR Documentary # (wm)

Not yet reviewed

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