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

From 42 to Scary Movie 5, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

From Chadwick Boseman portraying Jackie Robinson during his historical baseball career in 42 to Ashley Tisdale and Simon Rex combating a hilarious demon in Scary Movie 5, 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?

42 (April 12)

42 Movie Review

Warner Bros.

Short Story: In this biopic directed by Brian Helgeland, the baseball career of Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) is examined through his struggle with racism and his historical decision to sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Also starring Harrison Ford as MLB executive Branch Rickey.
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What They’re Saying: “Brian Helgeland… got the story right. Better yet, he got the life right.” -- AOL

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50%

Good for Kids? Although Common Sense Media warns for strong language, tense situations and mild violence in this PG-13-rated biopic, the site also says 42 “promises to be an inspiring account of a legend's rise over extremely daunting circumstances.”
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To the Wonder (April 12, limited release)

To the Wonder Review

Magnolia Pictures

Short Story: Salvaging a relationship is easier said than done. In Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, Neil (Ben Affleck) and Marina (Olga Kurylenko) learn that the hard way after relocating their romance from Europe to Oklahoma. Once there, Neil finds himself reconnecting with an old friend (Rachel McAdams) while Marina confides in a troubled priest (Javier Bardem).
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What They’re Saying: “What To the Wonder amounts to is virtually an entire film shot and edited as montage. Malick never stops for scenes or dialogue; each sequence seems to flow into the next, whether as cause and effect or as a parallel. And it goes on longer than it should.” -- The Huffington Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43%

Good for Kids? In addition to the film’s R rating for sexuality and nudity, To the Wonder isn’t likely to appeal to young viewers: The movie is just shy of two hours and contains little dialogue throughout.

Scary Movie 5 (April 12)

Scary Movie 5 Review

Dimension Films

Short Story: The fifth installment of this horror movie parody franchise follows new parents Dan (Simon Rex) and Jody (Ashley Tisdale), who begin to notice strange occurrences after bringing their son home from the hospital. Naturally, the couple must find a way to exorcise demonic forces, while simultaneously making fun of films like Paranormal Activity, Black Swan and Inception.
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Good for Kids? If you’re looking to take little ones to the theater this weekend, simply refer to Common Sense Media’s one-sentence summary of Scary Movie 5: “New sequel promises more crude humor and bodily fluids.” Enough said.
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Jurassic Park 3D (April 5)

Jurassic Park 3D Review

AMBLIN/UNIVERSAL / THE KOBAL COLLECTION

Short Story: The film might be 20 years old, but the story is a classic! When Dr. John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) creates a nature preserve where dinosaurs can roam the earth, he invites four doctors and his two grandchildren to visit the park. Naturally, though, a dinosaur versus human battle quickly ensues, giving the park’s visitors an up-close-and-personal look at prehistoric ages.
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What They’re Saying: “The decision to tart the film up in 3-D is essentially a marketing gimmick -- a claxon-blaring come-on for folks who think that every spectacle has to come with a pair of tinted glasses. And yet, it's still Jurassic freakin' Park.” -- Entertainment Weekly

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%

Good for Kids? Although this PG-13 sci-fi flick is bound to be scarier in 3-D, Common Sense Media says “kids as young as 9 may be able to handle the fright factor with an adult at hand.”
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Evil Dead (April 5)

Evil Dead Review

TriStar Pictures

Short Story: In this remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic, Evil Dead follows five friends in the woods, who find a Book of the Dead in their cabin and unleash demons that quickly possess almost everyone on the trip. We won’t be vacationing there anytime soon! This horror flick reboot stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez and Elizabeth Blackmore.
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What They’re Saying: “The high production values and nonstop action offered here should also please younger genre fans who've never bothered to rent [the 1981 original].” -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 64%

Good for Kids? Definitely not! Rated R for strong bloody violence, gore, sexual content and language, this graphic film is one best suited for adults. According to Common Sense Media, Evil Dead is “very scary… with unsettling imagery.”
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