Weekend Movie Forecast

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

Opening this weekend...

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Short Story:
In this futuristic James Cameron epic, an ex-Marine (Sam Worthington) is thrust into an exotic new world as an avatar interacting with a genetically engineered species and must choose his loyalties in his fight for survival.

What They're Saying:
"It's rare to recommend seeing a movie for its effects alone, but that's exactly the case here." -- Las Vegas Weekly

"James Cameron's Avatar is the most beautiful film I’ve seen in years." -- New Yorker

Good for Kids?
Fun for teens, but too intense for tweens.

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Did You Hear About the Morgans?
Short Story:
After estranged spouses (Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant) witness a murder, they're whisked to Wyoming by the witness protection program. The die-hard New Yorkers struggle to adapt to country life--and to living together again.

What They're Saying:
"This fish-out-of-water comedy is one of the holiday season's only romantic comedies and is most likely to appeal to teenage girls." -- Common Sense Media

"Predictable and sappy but the contrast between New York and Wyoming, filmed with fine production values, makes for some interest." -- Compuserve.com

Good for Kids?
Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and violence, this rom-com's best for teens and adults.

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In case you missed...

The Princess and the Frog
Short Story:
Set in New Orleans, this animated Disney film is a modern adaptation of the classic fairy tale. When a beautiful princess (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) kisses a frog prince, their magical adventure begins.

What They're Saying:
"This is the best Disney animated film in years." -- The Hollywood Reporter

"The dialogue is fresh-prince clever, the themes are ageless, the rhythms are riotous and the return to a primal animation style is beautifully executed."-- Los Angeles Times

Good for Kids?
This family film is rated G, but the villains may be too scary for kids under 6.

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Invictus
Short Story:
In this inspiring true story, South African president Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) calls upon the country's rugby team captain (Matt Damon) to help bring their people together in the wake of apartheid.

What They're Saying:
"The lapses fade in the face of such a soul-stirring story -- one that would be hard to believe if it were fiction" --  Newsweek

"Inspirational on the face of it, [director] Clint Eastwood's film has a predictable trajectory, but every scene brims with surprising details that accumulate into a rich fabric of history, cultural impressions and emotion." -- Variety

Good for Kids?
Rated PG-13 for brief adult language, this one's fine for teens.

The Lovely Bones
Short Story:
Based on the novel by Alice Sebold, this drama tells the story of a young girl (played by Saiorse Ronan) who looks down from heaven on her family and her murderer.

What They're Saying:
"It's likely to be deeply sorrowful, and younger teens may be overwhelmed by the material." -- Common Sense Media

"The film certainly plays well enough as a melodrama-cum-revenge thriller"-- The Hollywood Reporter

Good for Kids?
The heavy subject matter and violence earn this film a PG-13 rating and make it best suited to older teens and adults.

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