Big-Screen Cheat Sheet: Which Movie Should You See This Weekend?

From The Call to The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

From Halle Berry racing against the clock to save an abducted Abigail Breslin in The Call to Steve Carell and Jim Carrey acting as rivals, once again, in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, here are the movies to check out this weekend. Plus, don't miss the films that have already hit theaters! Will you be grabbing your popcorn and catching one of them this weekend?

The Call (March 15)

The Call Review

TriStar Pictures

Short Story: Being a 911 operator is among the world’s most stressful jobs. Even for veteran Jordan Turner (Halle Berry), and the job becomes a race against time when she receives a call from abducted teen Casey Welson (Abigail Breslin) and must help her survive.
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What They’re Saying: “There’s little to differentiate this high-pitched screamer from a particularly feverish Law and Order rerun, and it might be tough for such a film to dial in sizable auds to theaters.” -- Variety

Good for Kids? Younger viewers may recognize child star Breslin, but The Call is certainly not kid-friendly. According to Common Sense Media, the film “looks violent and disturbing and isn't likely to be appropriate for anyone who's easily scared.”
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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (March 15)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Review

New Line Cinema

Short Story: Contrary to the movie’s title, Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) is becoming less and less incredible by the day. Feeling threatened by an impressive new street magician (Jim Carrey), Burt and his former partner (Steve Buscemi) work to salvage their friendship and breathe new life into their act.
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What They’re Saying: “The only incredible thing about The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is that way it makes Steve Carell so thoroughly and irreparably unlikable. In a film about magic tricks, this is the most difficult feat of all.” -- The Huffington Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 48%

Good for Kids? Although The Incredible Burt Wonderstone has a PG-13 rating, Common Sense Media warns mostly for “slapstick violence, iffy language and dangerous magic stunts.”
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Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8)

Oz the Great and Powerful Review

Walt Disney Pictures

Short Story: We know the story of Dorothy and Toto. We know the story of Glinda and Elphaba in Wicked. But what about the story behind the wizard himself? Oz: The Great and Powerful takes us on that journey, revealing how small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) landed the job for which he is now famous. Also starring Mila Kunis as the Wicked Witch of the West and Michelle Williams as Glinda.
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What They're Saying: "I suspect that even [kids] will be fidgeting during the last 45 minutes; like so many other recent tentpoles, the film is stuffed with three endings too many." -- Entertainment Weekly

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 62%

Good for Kids? No childhood is complete without many repeat viewings of The Wizard of Oz. But according to Common Sense Media, even this PG-rated prequel contains "dark surrealism, wicked witches and ominous imagery [that] could make this film quite scary for young kids."
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Dead Man Down (March 8)

Dead Man Down Review


Short Story: Forget romantic sunsets and long walks on the beach. In Dead Man Down, the common ground between Victor (Colin Farrell) and Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) is a mutual interest in exacting revenge on their enemies. Victor is plotting against crime kingpin Alphonse (Terrence Howard), a man who has shattered Victor's happiness. But when Beatrice needs help getting redemption of her own, she and Victor find themselves in a tangled web of lies and deceit. Sounds scintillating!
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What They're Saying: "Writer J.H. Wyman and filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev introduce enough stylish eccentricity -- and opaque plotting -- to keep the tale interesting, at least until the generic bloodbath conclusion. -- Washington Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 38%

Good for Kids? Coming from Niels Arden Oplev, the director of Sweden's original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film, Dead Man Down is certainly unsuitable for young viewers. The film is rated R, primarily for violence and language throughout.

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