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Assassination Nation

Writer-director Sam Levinson's messy teen-age satire devolves into a heavy-handed morality tale about our online lives, dark sexual secrets, scapegoating, public shaming and mass mayhem. The film, which evokes the witch trials in 17th-century Massachusetts, stops short of being exploitative, but not by much. The leader (Odessa Young) of a jaded group of teen girls (Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse and Abra) is blamed for a series of hackings that expose her town's seamy side and becomes the target of mob rage.

Watch out for: Considerable violence with some gore, involving gunplay, torture and suicide, drug use, strong sexual content, including two implied nonmarital encounters, aberrant behavior and an adultery theme, a pornographic image, explicit dialogue, frequent rough language.

Rated: L, limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; MPAA: R

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