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  Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

Latest classification decisions

Link Here 16th November 2017
filmFilm Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 14 November 2017

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

  buena vista social club adios

BBFC uncut
PG 109:55s Buena Vista Social Club: Adios is a 2017 USA / Cuba documentary by Lucy Walker.
Starring Ballet de la Television Cubana, The Danza Abierta and Ana Maria Albernal. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed PG uncut for mild sex references for:

  • 2017 cinema release
Summary Notes

Revisit with the remaining original members of the Buena Vista Social Club and explore their contribution to the unknown history of Cuba.

filmCommunity Film Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 14 November 2017

Tumhari Sulu

BBFC uncut
PG 139:46s Tumhari Sulu is a 2017 comedy drama by Suresh Triveni.
Starring Vidya Balan, Neha Dhupia and Manav Kaul. BBFC link

UK: Passed PG uncut for mild sex references, innuendo, language for:

  • 2017 cinema release


BBFC uncut
15 158:01s Verna is a 2017 drama by Shoaib Mansoor.
Starring Mahira Khan, Haroon Shahid and Zarrar Khan. BBFC link

UK: Passed 15 uncut for references to rape, strong threat for:

  • 2017 cinema release
videoFilm on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 14 November 2017


Poster Renegades 2017 Steven Quale

BBFC uncut
12 101:15s Renegades is a 2017 France / Germany action thriller by Steven Quale.
Starring Sylvia Hoeks, JK Simmons and Ewen Bremner. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, sex, language for:

  • 2017 Signature Entertainment [Part Subtitled] video
Summary Notes

A team of Navy SEALs discover an underwater treasure in a Bosnian lake.

The Two Mikes: Tales of New York

BBFC uncut
15 67:30s The Two Mikes: Tales of New York is a documentary filmed performance by Paul Puccioni and Bryan Watson.
Starring Mike Graham and Mike Parry. BBFC link

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language for:

  • 2017 The Two Mikes [16:9] video
vodVoD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 14 November 2017


BBFC uncut
12 131:17s Daguerrotype is a drama by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
Starring Tahar Rahim, Constance Rousseau and Olivier Gourmet. BBFC link

UK: Passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language, moderate violence, injury detail, sex for:

  • 2017 Under The Milky Way SAS VoD


BBFC uncut
12 3:43s Not3s - Notice is a by Kirx.
Starring Not3s. BBFC link

UK: Passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language for:

  • 2017 Sony Music Entertainment VoD
TV CensorshipTV on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 14 November 2017

The Brokenwood Mysteries

BBFC uncut
15 363:25s The Brokenwood Mysteries is a crime drama
Starring Neill Rea, Fern Sutherland and Nic Sampson. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 4 Passed 15 for bloody injury detail


BBFC uncut
12 114:42s
Detectorists is a comedy drama by Mackenzie Crook.
Starring Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones and Rachael Stirling. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 3, Episodes 1-2 Passed 12 for moderate sexual innuendo, drug references
  • Season 3 Passed 12 for infrequent strong language


BBFC uncut
Lucifer is a by Tara Nicole Weyr.
Starring Tom Ellis, Lauren German and Kevin Alejandro. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 3, Episode 3, Mr. and Mrs. Mazikeen Smith Passed 12 for moderate bad language, violence, injury detail, sex references
  • Season 3, Episode 4, What Would Lucifer Do? Passed 15 for drug references
  • Season 3, Episode 5, Welcome Back, Charlotte Richards Passed 12 for implied strong language, moderate injury detail, sex references
  • Season 3, Episode 6, Vegas With Some Radish Passed 15 for bloody crime scene detail, moderate sex references
  • Season 3, Episode 7, Off the Record Passed 15 for strong sex references
PreviewComing Soon Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 14 November 2017


  • Fifty Shades Freed
  • Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
  • The Incredibles 2
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Lady Bird
  • Maltesers - Theo's Dog
  • Pitch Perfect 3
  • A Quiet Place
  • Ready Player One
  • Roman J. Israel, Esq
  • Smallfoot
  • Tiger Zinda Hai
  • Wonder


  Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA...

Latest classification decisions

Link Here 16th November 2017
Cuts Cert Run Time MPAA Bulletin 2502, 16 November 2017

12 Strong

Poster 12 Strong 2018 Nicolai Fuglsig

R rated
  12 Strong is a 2018 USA action war drama by Nicolai Fuglsig.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky and Taylor Sheridan. IMDb

Rated R for war violence and language throughout.

Warner Bros. Pictures

Summary Notes

The True Story of the Army's Special Forces "Green Berets", who within weeks responded to the 9-11 attack. Green Berets and AFSOC took over the country and allowed other Special Forces and the rest of the conventional military to begin the real war.

Acts of Violence

R rated
  Rated R for violence, language throughout, sexuality/nudity and drug material.

Lionsgate Premiere

Big Fish & Begonia


  Big Fish & Begonia is a 2016 China animation by Xuan Liang (as Liang Xuan) and Chun Zhang (as Zhang Chun).
Starring Guanlin Ji, Guangtao Jiang and Shih-Chieh King. IMDb

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief nudity.

Shout! Factory

Summary Notes

It is a world within our world, yet unseen by any human, and the beings here control time and tide and the changing of the seasons. On the day Chun turns sixteen, she is transformed into a dolphin to explore the human world. She is rescued from a vortex by a human boy at the cost of his own life. Chun is so moved by the boy's kindness and courage that she decides to give him life again. But to do this, she must protect the boy's soul, a tiny fish, and nurture it to grow. Through adventure and sacrifice, love grows, yet now she must release him back to the sea, back to life in the human world.

Crazy Rich Asians


  Crazy Rich Asians is a 2018 USA comedy by Jon M Chu.
Starring Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding. IMDb

Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and language.

Warner Bros. Pictures

Summary Notes

The story follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick's (Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he's perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down.

The Death of Stalin

Poster Death of Stalin 2017 Armando Iannucci

R rated
  The Death of Stalin is a 2017 France / UK historical comedy biography by Armando Iannucci.
Starring Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs and Steve Buscemi. IMDb

Rated R for language throughout, violence and some sexual references.

IFC Films

Summary Notes

Follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.

Down a Dark Hall


  Down a Dark Hall is a 2017 USA fantasy thriller by Rodrigo Cortés.
Starring AnnaSophia Robb, Uma Thurman and Isabelle Fuhrman. IMDb

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, terror and violence, some language including a sexual reference, and smoking.

Summit Entertainment, LLC

Summary Notes

Kit Gordy, a new student at the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School, confronts the institution's supernatural occurrences and dark powers of its headmistress.


R rated
  Rated R for some sexual content including graphic images, and brief drug use.

Sony Pictures Classics


R rated
  Rated R for language throughout, violence and sexual content.

Amazon Studios

Molly's Game

Poster Mollys Game 2017 Aaron Sorkin

R rated
  Molly's Game is a 2017 USA biography by Aaron Sorkin.
Starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner. IMDb

Rated R for language, drug content and some violence.

STX Entertainment

Summary Notes

Molly Bloom a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

Monsters at Large

Poster Monsters at Large 2017 Jason Murphy

  Monsters at Large is a 2017 USA family film by Jason Murphy.
Starring Mischa Barton, Stephen Tobolowsky and Austin St John. IMDb

Rated PG for some action and rude humor.

Grindstone Entertainment Group

Pacific Rim Uprising

Poster Pacific Rim Uprising 2018 Steven S Deknight

  Pacific Rim Uprising is a 2018 China / USA action Sci-Fi adventure by Steven S DeKnight.
Starring Scott Eastwood, Adria Arjona and John Boyega. IMDb

Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language.

Universal Studios

Summary Notes

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.


Poster Stratton 2017 Simon West

R rated
  Stratton is a 2017 UK action thriller by Simon West.
Starring Connie Nielsen, Tom Felton and Gemma Chan. IMDb

Rated R for strong violence, and language.

Momentum Pictures LLC

Summary Notes

A British Special Boat Service commando tracks down an international terrorist cell.

A Wrinkle in Time

  Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures


  More EU censorship legislation for the benefit of multinational companies...

The European Union enacts new regulation enabling the blocking of websites without judicial oversight

Link Here 16th November 2017  full story: Internet Censorship in EU...EU proposes mandatory cleanfeed for all member states
EU flagThe European Union voted on November 14, to pass the new internet censorship regulation nominally in the name of consumer protection. But of course censorship often hides behind consumer protection, eg the UK's upcoming internet porn ban is enacted in the name of protecting under 18 internet consumers.

The new EU-wide law gives extra power to national consumer protection agencies, but which also contains a vaguely worded clause that also grants them the power to block and take down websites without judicial oversight.

Member of the European Parliament Julia Reda said in a speech in the European Parliament Plenary during a last ditch effort to amend the law:

The new law establishes overreaching Internet blocking measures that are neither proportionate nor suitable for the goal of protecting consumers and come without mandatory judicial oversight,

According to the new rules, national consumer protection authorities can order any unspecified third party to block access to websites without requiring judicial authorization, Reda added later in the day on her blog .

This new law is an EU regulation and not a directive, meaning its obligatory for all EU states.

The new law proposal started out with good intentions, but sometimes in the spring of 2017, the proposed regulation received a series of amendments that watered down some consumer protections but kept intact the provisions that ensured national consumer protection agencies can go after and block or take down websites.

Presumably multinational companies had been lobbying for new weapons n their battle against copyright infringement. For instance, the new law gives national consumer protection agencies the legal power to inquire and obtain information about domain owners from registrars and Internet Service Providers.

Besides the website blocking clause, authorities will also be able to request information from banks to detect the identity of the responsible trader, to freeze assets, and to carry out mystery shopping to check geographical discrimination or after-sales conditions.


  X-Files Season 4 Episode 2 mutated...

Following up on a censored version shown on Netflix

Link Here 16th November 2017
The X Files: Season 4 DVD The X-files Season 4 Episode 2:  Home is a 1996 USA Sci-Fi mystery TV episode by Kim Manners.
Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Tucker Smallwood. BBFC link IMDb

I have revisited the first 9 series of X-Files. They were shown in widescreen recently on on Netflix, but Netflix showed the audio censored network version of the highly controversial episode from Season 4 called Home. This features inbred mutant like creatures burying an infant (a product of incest) at the start of the episode.

The baby's cries and distress as it is buried alive are clearly missing, thus conveying that it is being buried dead instead of alive. The original cries of distress had stirred American TV censors into muting the audio for future releases.

I investigated further and have confirmed that all Region 1 DVD releases are censored as well as all-region Blu ray releases to date. Only the older UK PAL R2 DVD shows the full version, giving the viewer the option of playing the episode with or without the baby's screams!

Also any buyer of the re-mastered Blu-ray set should be warned to only buy the 2nd release. The 1st release showed some mastering errors in Season 8, described as 'crushing of dark colours'. Stockists offered replacement discs to purchasers of the 1st issue from new corrected stock. See also details mastering errors at xfilesvault.com


  'Outrage' at Greggs sausage roll nativity...

God rest you merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay. Remember Greggs and savour...cream horn on Christmas day

Link Here 16th November 2017

greggs nativiyThe bakery chain Greggs has apologised for offending Christians with a nativity scene advert that replaces Jesus with a sausage roll.

Greggs released the image to promote its £24 advent calendar. Its decision to use an image depicting the three wise men gathering round a crib containing a sausage roll sparked criticism from a few Twitter users and religious groups.

The chief executive of the Freedom Association, a rightwing campaign group, claimed the advert was sick and that the retailer would never dare insult other religions.

The Rev Mark Edwards, of St Matthew's church in Dinnington and St Cuthbert's church in Brunswick, said Greggs had been disrespectful. He told the Chronicle:

It goes beyond just commercialism, it's showing a total disregard and disrespect towards one of the greatest stories ever told, and I think people of all faiths will be offended by this.

Daniel Webster, a spokesperson for the Evangelical Alliance, said:

Putting a sausage roll in the manger of a nativity scene seems to be manufacturing a scandal to sell baked goods and neglecting the real scandal of Christmas. Every year some company creates a Christmas controversy for commercial gain; it seems to get earlier each year.


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