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Violence surging in PG-13 films, new study finds

A comprehensive study of violence in movies rated PG-13 has found that gunplay has tripled in such films since 1985, when the rating was introduced, and further concluded that from 2009 to 2012, PG-13 films have contained as much or more violence than films rated R. The study, published Monday in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, offers a troubling portrait not only of the accelerating levels of violence in blockbuster movies aimed at children but also the effect this kind of cinematic bloodshed can have on young moviegoers, which other studies have shown can increase hostile behavior.  “This research suggests that the presence of...