Weekend Movie Forecast

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

Opening this weekend...

Brothers
Short Story:
When a young mother (Natalie Portman) falsely believes her husband (Tobey Maguire) has died at war, she turns to his younger brother (Jake Gyllenhaal) for comfort. But when her husband returns unexpectedly, the family is torn apart.

What They're Saying:
"Brothers is a powerful statement on loyalty, love and the cost of war." -- Arizona Republic

"It's easy to overlook a drama like Brothers, with its plain-spoken title and stern subject matter. Don't. The film is gripping -- an honorable and beautifully acted addition to the tradition of homefront war stories." -- Chicago Tribune

Good for Kids?
Rated R for strong language and violence, this one's too heavy for kids.

Everybody's Fine
Short Story:
When a widower (Robert De Niro) finds himself alone for the holidays, he decides to visit each of his adult children (played by Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell) in an effort to reconnect the family.

What They're Saying:
"Everybody's Fine is a fitting title. The movie may well be fine. But it could have been a lot better." -- Arizona Republic

"Holiday movies should make you appreciate family, and the film, which explores lies that are meant to protect, is a warm-hearted ode to real connections and imperfections." -- Metromix.com

Good for Kids?
There's some brief language and adult themes, but it's fine for teens.

Up in the Air
Short Story:
A frequent-flying businessman (George Clooney) gets thrown a curveball when his company decides to cut back on travel. Can he adjust to life on the ground?

What They're Saying:
"Clooney -- slim, dark, perfectly tailored -- glamorizes insincerity in a way that makes you want to go out and lie." -- New York magazine

"Up in the Air takes the trust people once had in their jobs and pulls out the rug. It is a film for this time." -- RogerEbert.com

Good for Kids?
Sexual content and strong language earn this an adults-only R-rating.

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Old Dogs
Short Story:
When two middle-aged bachelors (John Travolta and Robin Williams) are put in charge of 7-year-old twins, they show how clueless men can be about kids.

What They're Saying:
"Old Dogs is no fun whatsoever, just a collection of stale kibble." -- Associated Press

"Is any of it believable for even one moment? Of course not. Do some of the jokes work? Sure." -- Detroit News

Good for Kids?
The slapstick humor is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

The Road
Short Story:
In a dark, post-apocalyptic world, a father (Viggo Mortensen) and son struggle to stay alive.

What They're Saying:
"Though older teens and adults may find it a meaningful, if not exactly entertaining, experience, know that it's not the Mad Max-type action movie that some ads have promised." -- Common Sense Media

"This adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is intense and, yes, depressing -- and earns every minute that it rattles inside your head." -- New York Daily News

Good for Kids?
Rated R for violence and drama, this dark drama is iffy for 15-18 and best for adults.

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