Weekend Movie Forecast

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

Opening this weekend...

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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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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