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Monday, 21 May 2012
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E1 Films
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Friday, 29 June 2012
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102m 13s
William Friedkin
Matthew McConaughey,Emile Hirsch,Juno Temple,Thomas Haden Church,Gina Gershon,Marc Macaulay,Jeff Galpin,Danny Epper
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Contains strong bloody and sadistic violence and sexual threat
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<p>KILLER JOE is a drama in which a police detective who also works as a contract killer is hired by a young man to kill his mother so the young man can use his mother's life insurance to clear a debt to a drug dealer.</p><dl><dt>Violence</dt><dd><p>Violent scenes include those in which a woman is punched hard in the face, causing her face to become heavily bloodied, a scene in which a can of food is used as a weapon to repeatedly punch a man in the face, a scene in which a man is beaten because of his debt to the drug dealer, and scenes where characters are shot and there are accompanying blood spurts.</p></dd><dt>Threat</dt><dd><p>There are also two scenes of sexual threat. In one scene, a young woman is ordered to remove her clothes before she is engaged in sexual activity. In the second scene, a woman is made to kneel and suck on a chicken drumstick which has been placed in front of a man's crotch. During this scene the man holding the chicken mimics sexual pleasure by thrusting his hips towards the woman and moaning.</p></dd></dl><p>There is also some strong language ('f**k'), sexualised nudity and drug misuse.</p>

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012
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