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

From Admission to The Croods, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

From Tina Fey and Paul Rudd falling for each other in Admission to Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds voicing members of a prehistoric family in The Croods, 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?

Admission (March 22)

Admission Review

Focus Features

Short Story: If life as a Princeton University admissions officer seems fairly unglamorous… well, that’s because it is. Just ask Portia Nathan (Tina Fey), who’s been rejecting students from the Ivy League school for years. But when Portia starts eyeing the dean of admissions position, she sets herself apart for the job by visiting the New Quest school, which brings all kinds of surprises -- including romantic sparks with school founder John Pressman (Paul Rudd).
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What They’re Saying:Admission awkwardly grasps for serious feelings within all these wacky deceptions and manipulations and forces heavy, third-act emotions on us that it hasn't earned.” -- Newser

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 44%

Good for Kids? Admission might not be totally kid-friendly, but it’s certainly an appropriately rated PG-13 comedy. Common Sense Media warns only for “strong language and racy humor, as well as some smoking, drinking and partying among teens and college students.”
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The Croods (March 22)

The Croods Review

20th Century Fox

Short Story: These definitely aren’t the Flintstones! The Croods is centered around one of the only families existing in prehistoric times, constantly sheltered by a dark cave they call home. When that cave is destroyed, it’s time for the Croods to face the world -- even if it’s a little scary. Featuring voices by Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.
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What They’re Saying: “There's slapstick galore, and a ton of hyperkinetic action-y chase sequences, but they all come together nicely; yes, actually enhanced by the 3D.” -- IGN

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

Good for Kids? Although this family-friendly animated film is rated PG for some scary action sequences, Common Sense Media promises The Croods “has a wonderful message of courage and celebration of adventure at its core.”
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Olympus Has Fallen (March 22)

Olympus Has Fallen Review


Short Story: For former presidential guard Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), getting back into Washington’s good graces seems impossible after a tragic accident involving the first lady (Ashley Judd). But when a terrorist mastermind invades the country and kidnaps the president (Aaron Eckhart), it’s up to Banning and his expertise to make things right. No pressure!
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What They’re Saying: “Though not as exciting as the Olympus-falling seventh season of 24, the high-concept project alternates between brawny action movie and crudely considered ‘what if’ scenario.” -- Variety

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 60%

Good for Kids? Olympus Has Fallen might not be such a good choice for little ones: The film is rated R for strong violence and language throughout, and Common Sense Media calls it a “harrowing action film.”
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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). The job soon 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

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 37%

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)

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: 38%

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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