Weekend Movie Forecast

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

Opening this weekend...

Fantastic Mr. Fox
Short Story:
So far, everything in Mr. Fox's (George Clooney) world has been fantastic. But when the meanest farmers make it their mission to dig up his home, it's up to him to save the day.

What They're Saying:
"The movie's star-studded voice cast adds parent appeal, while kids are sure to want to see the stop-action animation adventures of the clever fox and his animal friends." -- Common Sense Media

"Although sometimes too sly for its own good, this great-looking carnivorous caper brings [director] Wes Anderson's whimsical melancholy to a kids' classic." -- The Hollywood Reporter

Good for Kids?
Rated PG for mild action, this animated film is fun for all ages.

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2012
Short Story:
In this apocalyptic action film, John Cusasck attempts to save his family as the world around him collapses.

What They're Saying:
"[Director] Roland Emmerich's latest big-budget, all-star, end-of-the-world disaster film promises to strike a little too close to home for families to enjoy worry-free." -- Common Sense Media

"This is fun. 2012 delivers what it promises, and since no sentient being will buy a ticket expecting anything else, it will be, for its audiences, one of the most satisfactory films of the year." -- RogerEbert.com

Good for Kids?
The intense action is a little much for kids under 13.

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Pirate Radio
Short Story:
Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in this 1960s-set comedy about a group of rebel deejays who set off in a boat to do nothing but revel in rock 'n' roll.

What They're Saying:
"The music is great, the comedy provides occasional laughs, and there's nothing fundamentally wrong with the movie." -- ReelViews

"Pirate Radio is, in the end, about as rock-revolutionary as a tea break. But the choppy production floats on a great soundtrack (the real pirates are the Rolling Stones) and is buoyed by an inviting cast." -- Entertainment Weekly

Good for Kids?
Rated R for dirty language and brief nudity, this rocker film is for older teens and adults.

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In case you missed...

The Box
Short Story:
In this 1970s-set thriller, Cameron Diaz's Norma is presented with a life-or-death decision: She and her family must choose whether to accept $1 million, knowing that someone they don't know will die in exchange.

What They're Saying:
"The pic reveals the hazards of taking Twilight Zone material too far and too seriously." -- Variety

"You can expect plenty of tense scenes, some chases and violent images, and other intense moments." -- Common Sense Media

Good for Kids?
Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing scenes, this film's a little too scary for younger children and tweens.

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Disney's A Christmas Carol
Short Story:
This 3D version of the classic Charles Dickens tale with Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge will get you in the holiday spirit -- even weeks before Thanksgiving.

What They're Saying:
"Disney's A Christmas Carol is a marvelous and touching yuletide toy of a movie, and the miracle is that it goes right back to the gilded Victorian spirit of those black-and-white films of yore." -- Entertainment Weekly

"The messages are all quite positive, as Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation is one of literature's ultimate stories of redemption and hope, even in the bleakest of times." -- Common Sense Media

Good for Kids?
Kids will love the animation, but the ghosts can be a little creepy. Best for ages 8 and up.

The Men Who Stare at Goats
Short Story:
George Clooney stars in this bizarre comedy as a member of a top-secret military sect whose deadliest weapons are his psychic powers.

What They're Saying:
"An absurd comedy that borders on genius." -- MovieWeb.com

"For a movie that searches constantly for a consistent feel, sometimes within the same scene, The Men Who Stare at Goats is remarkably entertaining." -- Arizona Republic

Good for Kids?
Rated R for adult language and brief nudity, Clooney's latest flick is for adults only.

The Fourth Kind
Short Story:
Something is definitely wrong in a small Alaskan town. After several people go missing, it appears a government conspiracy just might be to blame.

What They're Saying:
"A couple of modestly effective shocks lie in store, but none as frightening as the onscreen text informing us that some 11 million people claim to have seen a UFO." -- The Village Voice

"[Milla] Jovovich is good, actually. It's a broad melodramatic role with lots of screaming, and after two Resident Evil movies, she's good at being an endangered heroine, and makes a competent psychologist." -- RogerEbert.com

Good for Kids?
Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, this thriller is suited for older teens and adults.

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