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Articles

Valentine’s Day Disappointment - 2014 »

It’s Valentines Day. The day to celebrate everything hearts, cupids, chocolate and love! Or if you’re on the other side of the equation, a time to grumble about what many call a manufactured holiday.

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Memorial Day Movies »

The last Monday in May is the day set aside for Americans to remember those who have been injured or lost their lives while serving their country. Dating back to the end of the Civil War, Memorial Day now includes all conflicts ever engaged in by the United States.

Over… read more »

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Pain & Gain: Why Has Crime Become So Funny? »

Pain & Gain stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two steroid-using gym rats that turn to extortion, kidnapping and torture and is rated R for bloody violence among other things. Unfortunately this script isn’t solely the imagination of some Hollywood scriptwriter searching the dark regions of his or her psyche. It’s… read more »

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James Bond: 50 Years in the Movies »

He’s suave, debonair and almost always incredibly cool, no matter who plays him. In 2012 fans of the 007 film franchise celebrated Global James Bond Day on October 5, the 50th anniversary of the 1962 release of Dr No.

A feature documentary, Everything or Nothing:… read more »

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War Heroes »

On this historic date of 11-11-11, citizens around the world will participate in activities to recognize the sacrifices made in World War I and other conflicts that followed.

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Expert Studies

FTC Report on Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children »

Released in December 2009, this report details improvements and deficiencies in the current US marketplace with the selling of media products to children and teens. Of particular interest within the report are the compliance rates of specific retailers in making sure underage customers don’t have access to adult rated products.

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Articles

Changes in Movie Ratings Part 2—More NC-17 Movies Coming to a Theater Near You »

For years, independent producers (and foreign filmmakers) have claimed their movies receive stricter ratings than movies coming from the big six studios that contain similar content. One filmmaker who decided to make a strong statement about this inequality is Kirby Dick. His recent documentary, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, made its debut appearance… read more »

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TV Violence—When Push Comes to Shoot… »

By now I’m sure you, the thousands of parents who come to the Parents Television Council website, have read the report or at least the summary on the dramatic increase in television violence. And I’m sure you’re not surprised. But before you think there’s nothing you can do to turn this tide of events, perhaps take a few minutes… read more »

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Cocaine: Snort It, Guzzle It, Promote It »

Use of illegal and "recreational" drugs is truly becoming an epidemic that has reached crisis proportions. We’ve spent millions of tax dollars attempting to educate North American societies about the consequences of using these substances, and then in a moment, all of that proactive training is undone by a celebrity’s thoughtless… read more »

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Jackass: The Movie? Or the MPAA? »

Please forgive the questionable title on this column, but it certainly is a question that begs to be answered after checking out the content in Jackass: Number Two, a "movie" (better described as an obscene circus act) that has left many—including hardened liberals—wondering just what does the MPAA consider NC-17 content?

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