THE MAZE RUNNER (2014)

THE MAZE RUNNER (2014)
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  • Release date(s):

  • Run time: 108 minutes

  • Director(s): Wes Ball

  • Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patricia Clarkson

  • BBFCinsight: intense scenes, strong threat, violence

  • Synopsis: Science fiction thriller, based on a young adult book, about a lad called Thomas who wakes up in a glade surrounded by high stone walls and must work out what is lurking in the maze and whether there is any way to escape.

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THE MAZE RUNNER is a film in which a group of young people find themselves in a glade where the only escape appears to be through a dangerous maze.

Threat

There are intense scenes involving threat and attacks from scary creatures which roam the maze at night. There are also intense moments of threat involving infected characters who become aggressive and violent, and scenes of threat when characters disagree with each other.

Violence

Scenes of violence include fighting between the young people in the glade, with some heavy punches and blows. There are also attacks by the scary creatures in which young people are seen being grabbed and thrown or dragged away. In one scene a character is shot, with a small patch of blood seen on their chest, and another character is hit in the chest with a makeshift spear. There is brief sight of dead bodies, although there is no detail of injury.

There is mild bad language.

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MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS (2015)

MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS (2015)
  • Genre: ,

  • Release date(s):

  • Run time: 128 minutes

  • Director(s): Wes Ball

  • Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Rosa Salazar, Kaya Scodelario, Jacob Lofland, Giancarlo Esposito, Aiden Gillen

  • BBFCinsight: strong threat, violence

  • Note to parents: Some versions of this film are displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find them a more intense experience.

  • Synopsis: MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS is a science fiction film in which a group of young people must navigate a hostile environment in search of a safe haven.

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MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS is a science fiction film in which a group of young people must navigate a hostile environment in search of a safe haven.

Threat

There are scenes in which a group of characters are faced with various threats, including an organisation which they must fight and escape from, gangs of people operating in a lawless environment, and infected zombie-like people who attack the characters.

Violence

In some scenes there are exchanges of gun fire, mostly involving stun weapons, and the use of explosives. But other than people shuddering as they are stunned, there is little detail. There are some blows delivered as characters defend themselves, including heavy kicks and blows with makeshift weapons.

In one scene a man is questioned for information. He is punched and threatened, and his face is briefly seen with swelling and some blood.

Injury from encounters with the infected people is briefly seen.

It is implied that a character shoots and kills himself.

Bad language is mild. There is also a rude finger gesture.

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INTERSTELLAR (2014)

INTERSTELLAR (2014)
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  • Release date(s):

  • Run time: 166 minutes

  • Director(s): Christopher Nolan

  • Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn

  • BBFCinsight: infrequent strong language, moderate threat, violence

  • Synopsis: When survival on Earth is threatened an intergalactic space mission is sent to find a new home for humanity.

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INTERSTELLAR is a sci-fi drama about an intergalactic space mission to seek a new home for mankind after survival on Earth is threatened.

Language

Infrequent strong language during a heated confrontation, as well as various milder bad language.

Threat

Numerous scenes of threat show characters dealing with the dangers of space travel and the harsh environments on different planets.

Violence

Infrequent scenes of moderate violence, including punches and head butts. There is no injury detail.

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This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (2014)

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (2014)
  • Release date(s):

  • Run time: 123 minutes

  • Director(s): Josh Boone Not known

  • Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Lotte Verbeek, Willem Dafoe, Josh Boone

  • BBFCinsight: terminal illness theme, strong language

  • Synopsis: Teenage cancer patients meet at a support group and develop a relationship.

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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is a drama, adapted from a young adult novel, about two teenage cancer patients who fall in love and support each other as they face their uncertain futures.

Theme

The film deals with various aspects of serious and terminal illness and portrays the physical pain and debilitating nature of the characters’ conditions. It shows their courage and resourcefulness, as well as their vulnerability, as they confront mortality with a determination to enjoy life on their own terms. The film’s overall treatment of these upsetting themes is sensitive.

Language

There is one use of strong language and also milder bad language.

The film contains a discreet implication of sex, mild sex references, a passing reference to soft drugs, and indications of a character’s alcoholism. There are also scenes in which a character is seen with a cigarette in his mouth which is never lit or smoked. The character explains that this is his way of challenging his illness and facing up to mortality.

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SELMA (2014)

SELMA (2014)
  • Release date(s):

  • Run time: 125 minutes

  • Director(s): Ava DuVernay

  • Cast: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey

  • BBFCinsight: moderate violence, racist language, infrequent strong language

  • Synopsis: SELMA is a US drama based on the marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in the 1960s involving Martin Luther King Jr.

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SELMA is a US drama based on the true story of Martin Luther King and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches.

Violence

There are several scenes of moderate violence, including fights and a shooting. There is some sight of blood and injury. For example in one long scene protestors clash with police, who use batons, whips and tear gas; after the clash, several people are shown with blood on their faces. In another scene, two protestors are beaten, with sight of blood flying from one man's mouth as he is kicked.

Discrimination

Frequent use of racist language as well as discriminatory behaviour. Although racism is a major theme of the film, the film clearly shows this behaviour is wrong.

Language

Infrequent use of strong language, as well as various uses of milder bad language.

There are also mild sex references.

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CHIMPANZEE (2012)

CHIMPANZEE (2012)
  • Release date(s):

  • Run time: 78 minutes

  • Director(s): Mark Linfield Alastair Fothergill

  • Cast: Tim Allen

  • BBFCinsight: Contains mild wildlife threat

  • Synopsis: Documentary following chimpanzees living in the rainforests of the Congo.

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CHIMPANZEE is a documentary about a family of chimpanzees living in the rainforests of the Congo.

Threat

Showing how the family of chimps survive in the harsh environment of the rainforest, there are scenes in which they come under attack from a rival family of chimps. There is also a scene in which the mother of a baby chimp is killed by a leopard. These scenes are very discreetly presented, however, and the documentary ultimately has a happy and uplifting ending.

LABYRINTH (1986)

LABYRINTH (1986)
  • Run time: 98 minutes

  • Director(s): Jim Henson

  • Cast: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson, Christopher Malcolm, Natalie Finland, Shari Weiser, Brian Henson, Ron Mueck, Rob Mills, Dave Goelz, David Alan Barclay

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014)

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014)
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  • Release date(s):

  • Run time: 101 minutes

  • Director(s): Jonathan Liebesman

  • Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville, Alan Ritson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Whoopi Goldberg, Pete Ploszek

  • BBFCinsight: moderate action violence, threat

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  • Synopsis: Mutated teenage turtles with ninja skills team up with a reporter to save their city.

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is a US action adventure about a group of mutant turtles who team up with a young reporter to defeat a threat to their city.

Violence

There are frequent scenes of martial arts violence, which include kicks to the face, chest and legs that send characters flying into walls and through windows. Some characters are thrown through moving train windows, or out of moving vehicles. There is lots of gunfire, although most characters are not harmed; when one man is shot, there is no blood or injury detail. There is a lot of focus on a character who has a suit entirely made out of metal blades, including ones which he flicks open on his hands and sends flying out at those he is fighting. The violence is often accompanied by jokey asides made by the main characters.

Threat

There are frequent moments of threat, including people being held hostage at gunpoint, or being left dangling from roofs, cliffs or the sides of speeding trucks.

Other issues include mild bad language. There are also some mild sex references as a man looks at a woman's clothed bottom, and as some characters use a large billboard advert, showing a woman wearing a bra, in order to hide.

MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988)

MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988)
  • Release date(s):

  • Run time: 87 minutes

  • Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki

  • Cast: Pat Carroll (voice), Cheryl Chase (voice)

  • BBFCinsight: Contains infrequent mild scary scenes

  • Synopsis: Two young girls who meet some mythical creatures in the woods near to their new home.

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MY FRIEND TOTORO is an animated Japanese film about two young girls who meet some mythical creatures in the woods near to their new home.

Threat

The film contains a couple of scenes in which the two young sisters meet large and initially frighting creatures. The creatures growl loudly and loom toward the girls with their large mouths open. The children are frightened at first but they soon realise the creatures are friendly. The youngest child also goes missing for a while but this is quickly resolved.

IRON MAN 3 (2013)

IRON MAN 3 (2013)
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  • Release date(s):

  • Run time: 131 minutes

  • Director(s): Shane Black Not known

  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Not known

  • BBFCinsight: Contains moderate violence, threat and language

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IRON MAN THREE is the latest in the series of Marvel Comics action adventure films. Tony Stark pledges to battle the threat posed to America by an international terrorist known as The Mandarin. However, he finds even more dangerous forces at work as he encounters an army of genetically modified super-warriors that he must fight without his powerful Iron Man technology.

Violence

There are some intense action scenes in which the heroes and villains battle, delivering punches and blows and attacking each other with weapons. These scenes are similar to those in other recent films featuring superhero characters. There are some strong blows but there isn't a lot of detail, and it is highly stylised. There are no realistic images of injury. Moments of more realistic violence and threat are very brief, and there are comic moments and jokes to break the intensity.

Language

There is some moderate bad language.

The film also contains infrequent mild sex references and innuendo.

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