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From the August 2012 newsletter:
by John Thielking
August 2012
Vol. 1 No. 8

August 6th and August 9th mark the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan that marked the end of WWII. Most of the events planned to mark this occasion have already happened as of the date of this publication. Fear not, however. There is still an opportunity to protest against nukes and to contribute to the cause. Coalition Against Nukes (CAN) is having three days of protest in Washington DC, from September 20-22, 2012.


As founder of Coalition Against Nukes, I'm asking all US members to consider offering any financial assistance possible to help defray costs for our Rally for a Nuclear Free Future. We plan an ambitious three days of actions in DC Sept. 20-22nd to bring our message to our elected officials and hearts and minds of the American people. We only have a few weeks left to raise funds for banners, posters, signs, web design, PR, photographers/videographers, audio visual equipment, stage and sound rentals, site fees and travel expenses for some of our guest speakers. If you CAN HELP, please mail your donation to: Coalition Against Nukes, c/o Priscilla Star, 51 Startop Drive, Montauk, NY 11954. For tax-deductible donations over $250, please make check payable to NIRS and put C.A.N in the memo line and send to: Nuclear Information and Resource Service, 6930 Carroll Avenue #340, Takona Park, MD 20912. THANKS!!

In related news, an 82 year old Nun was one of three people arrested in a nonviolent civil disobedience action that temporarily shut down the Oak Ridge, TN Uranium processing facility, the only facility in the US that handles weapons grade Uranium. This happened on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. For more information on that, go to http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/08/03/82-year-old-anti-nuke-nun-temporarily-shuts-down-u-s-nuclear-facility/#.UB880WURcc0.facebook

Peacemovies.com promotes the viewing of relatively nonviolent movies in an effort to bring about the creation of a more just and peaceful world. While it may be true that long term trends suggest that violence worldwide is decreasing (See Winning The War Against War by Joshua S. Goldstein and The Better Angels Of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker) it is still true that viewing violent movies and video games has been documented to increase the tendencies for individuals to commit acts of violence. Also, the US is tending to buck the worldwide trend in decreasing levels of violence with among other things the fact that more African Americans are today serving as indentured servants in US prisons than served as slaves in 1850.

Below you will find movies on DVD and in theaters categorized into 4 classes: Little or No Violence, Nonviolent, Iffy and Too Violent. Hopefully this will make you a better informed consumer of movies and enable you to enjoy movies that are largely free of violence. Happy reading!


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 May 1, 2012 to August 28, 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.)
Think Like A Man PG-13 Romantic Comedy (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

Life Happens
R Comedy (8-28-12)

Blue Like Jazz PG-13 Drama (8-7-12) [8-7-12]

Friends With Kids R Romantic Comedy (7-17-12) [7-17-12]

The Vow PG-13 Drama/Romance (5-8-12) [5-8-12]

Non-Violent (10 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes, with few if any dead bodies.)
Monsieur Lazhar PG-13 Drama (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

Darling Companion PG-13 Drama (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

Chimpanzee G Documentary (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

A Separation PG-13 Drama (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

Bernie PG-13 Drama/Comedy (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

Bel Ami R Romantic Comedy (8-7-12) [8-7-12]

Marley NR Documentary (8-7-12) [8-7-12]

The Deep Blue Sea R Romance/Drama (7-24-12) [7-24-12]

PG Drama/Comedy (7-24-12) [7-24-12]

American Reunion R Comedy (7-10-12)

A Thousand Words PG-13 Comedy (6-26-12) [6-26-12]

Jeff Who Lives At Home R Comedy/Drama (6-19-12) [6-19-12]

Big Miracle PG Drama/Adventure (6-19-12)

Thin Ice R Dark Comedy/Drama (6-12-12)

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds PG-13 Drama/Romance (6-12-12) [6-12-12]

The Secret World Of Arrietty G Animation/Fantasy (5-22-12) [5-22-12]

Albert Nobbs R Drama (5-15-12) [5-15-12]

W.E. R Drama (Caution: Though this movie has few violent scenes, some of them are bloody.)  (5-1-12) [5-1-12]

New Year's Eve PG-13 Drama/Comedy (5-1-12) [5-1-12]

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)
Being Flynn R Comedy/Drama (7-10-12)
Too Violent (way more than 10 violent scenes and/or many dead bodies and/or an orgy of violence at any point)

Battleship PG-13 Action/Sci-Fi (8-28-12)

The Lucky One PG-13 Drama (8-28-12)

The Pirates! Band Of Misfits PG Animation (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

Headhunters R Thriller (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

The Dictator R Comedy (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

Freelancers R Action/Adventure (8-21-12)

One In The Chamber NR Action/Adventure (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

The Hunger Games PG-13 Action/Sci-Fi (8-18-12) [8-18-12]

The Raid Redemption NR Drama (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

Kill List NR Thriller (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

The Snowtown Murders (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

Breathless R (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

Hick R Drama (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

Dr Suess' The Lorax PG Animation (8-7-12)

Warriors Of The Rainbow NR Drama (8-7-12) [8-7-12]

Fortress PG-13 War/Drama (7-31-12)

Hatfields And McCoys NR Drama (7-31-12) [7-31-12]

ATM R Thriller/Horror (7-31-12) [7-31-12]

Treasure Island NR Action/Adventure (7-24-12)

Meeting Evil R Drama (7-24-12) [7-24-12]

Age Of The Dragons PG-13 Action/Adventure (7-24-12)

Brake R Drama (7-24-12) [7-24-12]

Silent House R Horror (7-24-12)

The Three Stooges PG Comedy (7-17-12)

Lockout PG-13 Sci-Fi (7-17-12) [7-17-12]

Casa De Mi Padre R Comedy (7-17-12) [7-17-12]

Get The Gringo R Drama (7-17-12)

Intruders R Horror (7-17-12)

The Flowers Of War R Drama (7-10-12)

The Hunter R Drama (7-3-12) [7-3-12]

God Bless America R Comedy (7-3-12) [7-3-12]

Project X R Comedy/Drama (6-19-12)

Wanderlust R Comedy (6-19-12)

Seeking Justice R Drama (6-19-12) [6-19-12]

The FP R Drama (6-19-12) [6-19-12]

Cat Run R Drama (6-19-12)

The Legend Of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy Drama (6-19-12) [6-19-12]

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows R Drama (6-12-12)

Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance PG-13 Horror (6-12-12) [6-13-12]

In Darkness R Drama (6-12-12) [6-12-12]

Kill Speed R Drama (6-12-12)

Monster Brawl NR Horror (6-12-12)

Safe House R Thriller (6-5-12)

Journey 2: Mysterious Island PG Adventure (6-5-12)

John Carter PG-13 Action/Adventure (6-5-12) [6-5-12]

Act Of Valor R Action (6-5-12)

Machine Gun Preacher R Drama (6-5-12)

Bad Ass R Drama (6-5-12) [6-5-12]

Goon R Drama (5-29-12) [5-29-12]

96 Minutes Drama (5-29-12) [5-29-12]

Coriolanus Drama (5-29-12)

We Need To Talk About Kevin R Drama (5-29-12) [5-29-12]

Gone PG-13 Thriller (5-29-12) [5-29-12]

Man On A Ledge PG-13 Thriller/Drama (5-29-12) [5-29-12]

This Means War PG-13 Comedy/Action (5-22-12)

The Woman In Black PG-13 Horror (5-22-12) [5-22-12]

Kinyarwanda R Drama (5-15-12) [5-15-12]

Rampart R Thriller (5-15-12) [5-15-12]

One For The Money PG-13 Drama (5-15-12) [5-15-12]

The Grey R Action/Adventure (5-15-12)

The Devil Inside R Horror (5-15-12) [5-15-12]

Chronicle PG-13 Adventure/Fantasy (5-15-12)

The Front Line R War (5-8-12) [5-8-12]

Humans Vs. Zombies NR Horror (5-8-12)

Playback R Horror (5-8-12) [5-8-12]

Underworld: Awakening R Horror (5-8-12) [5-8-12]

Haywire R Action (5-1-12) [5-1-12]

Not yet reviewed

Violence Ratings And Reviews of Movies Currently In Theaters from 8/3/12 to 9/4/12: (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.)
Sleepwalk With Me NR Drama #

The Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure
G Adventure/Musical #

Robot & Frank PG-13 Comedy/Drama #

2 Days In New York
R Romance*

Celeste And Jesse Forever R Comedy/Drama*

360 R Drama*

Hope Springs
PG-13 Romantic Comedy #

Ruby Sparks R Fantasy/Romance #

The Queen Of Versailles PG Documentary #

Katy Perry: Part Of Me PG Documentary #

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel PG-13 Romantic Comedy #

To The Arctic G Documentary #

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

Late Bloomers NR Romance/Comedy/Drama*

Joker NR Fantasy/Adventure #

Searching For Sugar Man PG-13 Documentary #

Beloved (Les Bien-Aimes) NR Musical*

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green PG Fantasy/Comedy #

2016: Obama's America PG Documentary/Comedy/Fantasy #

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry R Documentary*

The Well Digger's Daughter
NR Romance*

Girlfriend Boyfriend NR Romantic Comedy*

The Intouchables R Comedy/Drama*

Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum NR Comedy #

Step Up Revolution
PG-13 Drama/Romance #

Farewell, My Queen  R Drama #

Neil Young: Journeys PG Documentary #

To Rome With Love R Romantic Comedy #

Bernie PG-13 Comedy #

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)
The Campaign R Comedy #

Moonrise Kingdom PG-13 Drama/Romance*

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)
Red Hook Summer R Drama/Romance

Compliance R Drama

The Possession PG-13 Horror

Julayi NR Comedy/Action

Lawless R Crime Drama

The Bullet Vanishes NR Thriller/Mystery

High Noon PG Western

The Apparition PG-13 Suspense

Premium Rush PG-13 Thriller/Action

Cosmopolis R Drama

Hit And Run R Comedy/Action

Jaws PG Horror

Sparkle PG-13 Musical*

Paranorman PG Animation

Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai NR Drama

The Awakening R Horror

The Expendables 2 R Action/Adventure

Karnan NR Drama/Action/War

Unforgivable NR Romance #

The Healing NR Horror

The Bourne Legacy PG-13 Thriller/Action

Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D PG-13 Comedy

Killer Joe NC-17 Drama

Karnan NR Action/War

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid PG Comedy

Assassin's Bullet R Drama

Total Recall PG-13 Sci-Fi/Action

Trishna R Drama/Romance* (One murder scene, by stabbing, disqualifies this movie.)

The Watch R Comedy/Sci-Fi

Cocktail PG-13 Romantic Comedy #  (One fight scene disqualifies this movie.)

The Dark Knight Rises PG-13 Action/Adventure

Ice Age: Continental Drift PG Animated Comedy

Beasts Of The Southern Wild PG-13 Drama # (One house burning down disqualifies this movie.)

Savages R Drama

The Amazing Spiderman PG-13 Action/Adventure

Magic Mike R Comedy/Drama # (One brawl disqualifies this movie.)

Ted R Comedy*

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter R Horror/Thriller

Brave PG Comedy/Animated

Prometheus R Horror/Sci-Fi

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted PG Comedy/Animated

Snow White And The Huntsman PG-13 Drama (Snow White joins a gang and is packing heat this summer.)

Men In Black 3 PG-13 Comedy/Sci Fi 

Marvel's The Avengers PG-13 Sci-Fi/Action

The Pirates! Band Of Misfits PG Adventure/Animated

The Hunger Games PG-13 Action/Family

Not yet reviewed

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