Weekend Movie Forecast: Should You See 'Green Lantern' or 'Mr. Popper's Penguins'?

From Ryan Reynolds' superheroic saga to Jim Carrey's penguin-friendly family film, get the scoop on 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:

Green Lantern
Short Story:
Ryan Reynolds plays cocky test pilot Hal Jordan, whose life is turned upside down when a dying alien bequeaths a mystical green ring unto him. The ring gives Hal otherworldly powers, which is always nice, but also makes him part of a super-powered squadron of intergalactic peace keepers known as the Green Lantern Corps -- something he's less psyched about. But when an fierce enemy theatens the fate of Earth, Hal must put his misgivings aside to save mankind and -- of course -- win the girl (Blake Lively).

What They're Saying:
"Even in the brainless world of cinematic comic books gone bad, it's as bad as it gets -- a dumb, pointless, ugly, moronic and incomprehensible jumble of botched effects, technical blunders, and cluttered chaos." -- New York Observer

"Serves up all the requisite elements with enough self-deprecating humor to suggest it doesn't take itself too seriously." -- Hollywood Reporter

Good for the Kids?
Though reviews have been mediocre at best, this PG-13-rated flick is a good one for teens, as well as sci-fi and comic book junkies.

Mr. Popper's Penguins
Short Story:
Based on the best-selling children's book, this family comedy stars Jim Carrey as Mr. Popper, a workaholic businessman who surprisingly inherits six penguins from his explorer father. Forced to convert his luxury New York apartment into a winter wonderland to care for the penguins, Popper's professional life begins to sink -- just as his family life begins to swim.

What They're Saying:
"Although the mix of real gentoo penguins and CGI tricksters will keep youngsters entertained, we spend a lot of time waiting for the movie to shake a tail feather." -- Toronto Star

"With, say, Eddie Murphy as the star, Mr. Popper's Penguins might have been a glorified paycheck contrivance. But Carrey is so naturally stylized that he coaxes the film's gentle, creature-feature insanity to life." -- Entertainment Weekly

Good for the Kids?
With manic, putty-faced Jim Carrey taking center stage, this is comedy magic for young kids. Although the movie has recieved mixed reviews, most of the critics agree on one fact: Carrey's ridiculous facial expressions -- and the adorable penguins -- will you keep kids laughing the whole way through!

In case you missed:

Super 8
Short Story:
Hold on to your popcorn for this '70s-set sci-fi thriller from producer Steven Spielberg and director J.J. Abrams! Set in a small Ohio town, the film follows a group of friends who witness a train accident while filming their own Super-8 zombie film. But when something escapes from the train, locals begin to mysteriously dissappear and no one knows why. Was the accident really an accident?

What They're Saying:
"Loving, playful, and spectacularly well made, Super 8 is easily the best summer movie of the year -- of many years. And I make that declaration with full knowledge that the season has just begun." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Super 8 is the movie of the summer, the movie of MANY summers going back to the '70s. It's a creature feature, a first-love romance and a movie buff's movie about movie buffs trying to become movie makers." -- Orlando Sentinel

Good for the Kids?
You can't argue with the critics! Well, you can, but this film has recieved uniformly stellar reviews. With a PG-13 rating, it may be a bit scary for little kids -- but it''ll have the teens enthralled and is the perfect pick for a date night. 

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Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer
Short Story:
In this big-screen flick based on the beloved children's book series, third-grader Judy Moody (Jordana Beatty) expects to have the most boring summer of her life. But with the help of her brother Stink (Parris Mosteller) and the unexpected arrival of her crazy Aunt Opal (Heather Graham), Judy may just be in for one wild ride!

What They're Saying:
"At the risk of being a Debbie Downer, watching Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is akin to being trapped in the ADHD-addled mind of an adolescent hopped up on too much Ritalin." -- Village Voice

"The movie may be high on the junk food meter and much too frantic when chasing down runaway plot threads, but who cares. Judy's creatively rowdy alternative kid universe delights with its Juno boot camp wild tween talk lingo and cartoonesque kid satire. " -- NewsBlaze

Good for the Kids?
Well, the critics might not have been so impressed, but it's definetely a movie to keep the kids entertained! With a PG rating, this film can be a fun escape for the entire family.

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