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

From 2 Guns to The Smurfs 2, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are fighting their way out of an elaborate CIA scheme in 2 Guns, and Hank Azaria is once again hoping to take down the little blue guys in The Smurfs 2. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?

'2 Guns' (Aug. 2)

2 Guns Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: Meet the newest Odd Couple: DEA agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) and NCIS officer Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg). After unsuccessfully tag-teaming the demise of a Mexican drug lord, both men are thrown into the middle of a CIA scheme that puts them in serious peril.
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What They're Saying: "[Director Baltasar] Kormakur shows he knows his way around an action movie better than most, keeping the pace quick, the banter lively and the old-school, mostly CGI-free thrills delivering right on schedule." -- Variety

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50%

Good for Kids? Not exactly. The R-rated flick, which includes "lots of crime, violence, strong language and sex" (according to Common Sense Media), is best suited for viewers 18 and older.
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'The Smurfs 2' (July 31)

The Smurfs 2 Review

Columbia Pictures

Short Story: In an attempt to recreate the Smurfs' magic, evil nemesis Gargamel (Hank Azaria) creates mischievous creatures called Naughties, and kidnaps Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) with the hope that the Naughties will corrupt her. Also starring Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays.
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What They're Saying: "Just as with the 2011 film The Smurfs, the new The Smurfs 2 is a passable mediocrity." -- Los Angeles Times

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 20%

Good for Kids? Despite some "edgy humor" and "a few situations that could be scary for really young kids," Common Sense Media says The Smurfs 2 is a family-friendly summer movie.
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'The Wolverine' (July 26)

The Wolverine Review

20th Century Fox

Short Story: In this continuation of the Marvel comic book tales, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels to Japan, where he faces new enemies and becomes even stronger. (Even though we think his muscles are big enough!)
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What They're Saying: "The Wolverine is an intermittently exciting action film anchored by a strong performance by Jackman, who embodies Wolverine like no one else could." -- USA Today

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67%

Good for Kids? The Wolverine is only rated PG-13, but as with most comic book films, Common Sense Media calls the flick "violent, gritty and action-packed, with intense fighting and constant peril."
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'The To Do List' (July 26)

The To Do List Review

CBS Films

Short Story: Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza) is your average high school graduate: awkward, a little quirky and, um, highly interested in sex. When she feels pressured to become more sexually experienced before college, Brandy makes a list of sexual goals -- also known as The To Do List.
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What They're Saying:The To Do List falls neatly into the time-honored “Losin’ It” genre in which putative adolescents played by 20-something Hollywood actors scheme to de-virginize themselves while dodging a steady rain of gross-out gags." -- Boston Globe

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 55%

Good for Kids? A film that's all about a teenage girl's sexual self-discovery? Definitely not for little ones, even without the R-rating.
 
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