Weekend Movie Forecast: Get the Scoop on 'Ides of March,' 'Real Steel' & More!

Ryan Gosling and George Clooney make politics thrilling, and Hugh Jackman gets in the ring with robots 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:

Ides of March
Short Story:
Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) is the deputy manager for Gov. Mike Morris (George Clooney) during the height of a major political battle in Ohio. Hoping to win his candidate the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Myers faces a dilemma when the opposing candidate's campaign manager (Paul Giamatti) offers him a job on his staff -- and he uncovers a secret that threatens to scuttle Morris' career. 

What They're Saying:
"Like the non-fossil-fuel alternatives Mr. Clooney pushes in his campaign rhetoric, the adrenalin rush of The Ides of March provides a sexy alternative to most mainstream political movies about dirty politics. Others dip. This one soars." -- New York Observer

"It pulses along like an update of The Candidate fused with a political Sweet Smell of Success -- it's got that kind of noirish fizz." -- Entertainment Weekly

Good for Kids?
The film is rated R for pervasive bad language, so it's not for little ones. But with fawning reviews, Oscar buzz and A-listers such as Clooney and Gosling at the top of their game, this thrilling political drama is a must-see for parents. 

Real Steel
Short Story:
In a future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, washed-up ex-fighter Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) teams with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to train a 2,000-pound, 8-foot-tall robot named Atom to fight other robots in the ring. Althought the odds are against them, Charlie and Max take Atom to the big-time, risking everything for a shot at redemption.

What They're Saying:
"Real Steel is a well-made, well-managed family fighting fantasy that combines high tech and low aspirations to go the distance in fairly lightweight fashion." -- MSN Movies

"Atom is complimented by a ringside announcer for displaying a fighting style that's 'almost human.' This is about the highest praise the mechanistic, spare-parts melodrama of Real Steel deserves." -- Village Voice

Good for Kids?
With a PG-13 rating, parents should be aware that this drama features some violence and intense action scenes that may not be appropriate for very young kids. But, with a plot that revolves heavily around robots boxing, this film is perfect for techy teens and those interested in a good action movie. 

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50/50
Short Story:
Things are going well for Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt): He has a beautiful girlfriend Rachel (Bryce Dallas Howard) and devoted best pal in Kyle (Seth Rogen). But his life is suddently turned upside down when he's diagnosed with cancer. Forced to start chemotherapy and fight for his life, Adam quickly learns to appreciate the humor in life and take nothing for granted.

What They're Saying:
"A picture with a commercial sensibility and a quippy streak, yet one honest enough to transcend the usual." -- Chicago Tribune

"It's the Rogen-Goldberg touch, with the duo's characteristic Superbad mash of the sweet and the bracingly coarse, that sells this unusual downer/upper of a life-and-death comedy." -- Entertainment Weekly

Good for Kids?
The film is rated R for sexual content and some drug use. And, not surprisingly,Common Sense Media tells parents to be prepared for some heavy themes. Based on screenwriter Will Reiser's own battle with cancer, the film is centered around the concept of life and death and "what to do when faced with the possibility of not living past 30." With rave reviews, this dramatic comedy is a good fit for adults. Read the full Common Sense review!

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What's Your Number?
Short Story:
After being fired from her marketing job, Ally Darling (Anna Faris) feels a little lost in life. When she reads an article that leads her to believe she will be alone forever, Ally -- with the help of her neighbor (Chris Evans) -- embarks on a journey to find love among her numerous ex-boyfriends. 

What They're Saying:
"There are no surprises, but for once you don't much mind." -- Hollywood Reporter

"What's Your Number? is not much dumber than the average romantic comedy, but there is something sad and infuriating about it -- like running into a high-school friend who seemed destined for greatness and walking away realizing she just picked your pocket." -- TIME magazine

Good for Kids?
The plot of a single girl searching for "the one" may seem charming and kid-friendly, but don't be fooled! Common Sense Media tells parents to be prepared for this R-rated raunchy comedy to include strong sexual content, foul language and a neighbor that "has one-night-stands." Read the full Common Sense review!

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Dream House
Short Story:
Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) quit his job as a sucessful publisher to relocate his wife (Rachel Weisz) and two daugters to a small New England town. But after they settle into their new dream home, they soon discover that it was the scene of the brutal murder of a mother and her two children. When Will investigates the crime with the help of his neighbor (Naomi Watts), he soon stumbles upon a shocking revelation: He was the father who survived the murders.

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

Good for Kids?
Rated PG-13, this mystery and supsense flick promises violence and terror. But with an A-list cast, it's perfect for teens and adults looking for a good thrill. 

Courageous
Short Story:
This Christian drama film from the men behind Fireproof follows four law enforcement officers who all face the daily challenge of fatherhood. When a tragedy hits close to home, they are left figuring out what it means to be a great dad. 

What They're Saying:
"Like a pastor so caught up in the moment that he can't see that the air conditioning has given out and the congregation wants to go home, the film travels far beyond its dramatic climax, aiming for an altar call finale." -- Orlando Sentinel

"A moving, modern parable not to be missed by anyone who's always wondering why they don't make wholesome movies with uplifting messages anymore." -- NewsBlaze

Good for Kids?
Although this film centers around faith and spirtuality, parents should know that the PG-13 film includes intense car chases, shoot-outs, fistfights and the tragic death of a child.

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