Weekend Movie Forecast: Get the Scoop on 'Contagion,' 'Warrior' & More!

Matt Damon and Kate Winslet battle a deadly virus, and Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton get in the MMA ring in this week's new releases

Which movies are fun for the whole family and which ones are treats just for you? Find out!

In theaters now:

Contagion
Short Story:
This thriller follows the story of multiple people -- including a Midwester dad (Matt Damon) and his not-so-lucky wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) -- affected by a lethal airborne virus that kills withins days. As the virus rapidly spreads, it becomes a worldwide pandemic, and ordinary citizens have to struggle to survive as their society falls apart. Their only hope is a team of international doctors (Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard) out to find a cure and help control the panic.

What They're Saying:
"Contagion deserves praise for taking the scientific method seriously when so much hogwash is floated about regarding vaccines." -- Chicago Sun-Times

"Though far from a likeable movie, Contagion is admirable as a highly controlled, verging-on-Kubrickian exercise in directorial vision and style." -- MSN Movies

Good for Kids?
With a PG-13 rating, Common Sense Media says parents need to know that this thriller has mature themes, including "losing loved ones to a deadly disease and living in a constant state of fear." With an all-star cast, t is perfect for thrill-seekers not not for kiddies. Click to read the full Common Sense review!

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Warrior
Short Story:
Centered around the wrold of professional mixed martial arts, this story focuses on estranged brothers Tommy (Tom Hardy) and Brendan (Joel Edgerton). After 14 years as a soldier, Tommy returns home to enlist the help of his father (Nick Nolte) to train for SPARTA, an MMA tournament with the biggest prize purse in history. But when ex-fighter turned teacher Brendan is forced to return to the ring to save his family from financial ruin, he and Tommy must battle each other in the ring -- and contfront the issues that tore them apart outside of it. 

What They're Saying:
"It is appropriately blunt, powerful and relentless, a study of male bodies in sweaty motion and masculine emotions in teary turmoil." -- New York Times 

"Lovers of the sport and macho men in general be warned: Warrior is so beautifully constructed and emotionally engaging, the tears are almost certain to fall. Bring a hankie and/or a very discreet companion." -- Toronto Star

Good for Kids?
Rated PG-13 for intense fighting, this movie is good for teenagers and adults -- particularly ones interested in mixed martial arts and good acting.

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Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
Short Story:
Bucky Larson (Nick Swardson) seems to be going nowhere in life. He's a grocery bagger in a small town with no prospects, but he dreams of something more! When he finds out his seemingly conservative parents were once adult film stars, he travels to Los Angeles hoping to follow in their footsteps. Don Johnson and Christina Ricci costar, and Adam Sandler cowrote the script with Swardson.

What They're Saying:
This film has not yet been screened for critics.

Good for Kids?
An raunchy comedy about pornstars that's rated R for pervasive sexual content and nudity? We're thinking no. But for adults and Sandler fans looking for something a bit lighter than MMA fights and viral epidemics, this one's the money shot!

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The Debt
Short Story:
Based on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name, this thriller begins in 1997 as retired secret agents Rachel (Helen Mirren) and Stephan (Tom Wilkinson) learn shocking news about their former colleague David (Ciarán Hinds). All three have been revered for decades thanks to a mission they undertook in 1966, where the trio (portrayed, by Jessica ChastainMarton Csokas, and Sam Worthington, respectively) successfully tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Jesper Christensen) in East Berlin. But did they really complete their mission? Jumping back and forth between two time periods, the suspense builds as surprising revelations come to light.

What They're Saying:
"A Nazi-hunting thriller deepens into a meditation on conscience in The Debt, a movie that holds you in its grip." -- Rolling Stone  

"It's a wakeup face slap for a medium that has spent too many warm-weather nights dreaming of superheroes and frat boys." -- TIME Magazine

Good for Kids?
Common Sense Media recommends this flick for ages 16 and above only, since it's rated R for violence and language. Parents should expect to see bloody, realistic fight scenes, as well as swearing and drinking. So if you're interested in seeing this intense -- and well-reviewed -- spy movie, leave the little kids at home. Click to read the full Common Sense review!

Apollo 18
Short Story:
On Dec. 17, 1972, Apollo 17 was the last manned mission to the moon. Ever wonder why? According to the revisionist history of this "found footage" sci-fi film, it's because just one year later the U.S. Department of Defense sent two astronauts went on a top-secret mission to the moon -- and something very, very, very bad happened. Is the movie's conspiracy theory legit, or just some entertaining conjecture? You be the judge.

What They're Saying:
This film has not yet been screened for critics.

Good for Kids?

Comparable to the Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, this science-fiction/horror film is rated PG-13 for some disturbing sequences and language -- so it's probably best left to teenagers and adults looking for a good thrill.

 

 

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