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From Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton nearly ruining their son's marriage in The Big Wedding to Mark Wahlberg turning to a life of crime in Pain & Gain, here are the movies to check out. Will you be grabbing your popcorn and catching one of them this weekend?
'The Big Wedding' (April 26)
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Short Story: Nothing says “family affair” like a wedding, right? Well, for long-divorced Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie Griffin (Diane Keaton), it’s more like a circus act. When their adopted son Alejandro (Ben Barnes) decides to wed, they must act as if they are still married. What could possibly go wrong? Also starring Amanda Seyfried as Alejandro’s bride-to-be and Robin Williams as the officiating priest. Click here for the official movie site!
What They're Saying: "The fact that this awful ensemble comedy — a remake of a French farce, which is one of the most dreaded phrases in the Hollywood lexicon — is still standing after an hour and a half is only because of the charisma of a few of its cast members." -- New York Daily News
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 0% (Yikes!)
Good for Kids? Divorced parents, wedding drama and dysfunctional family relations -- not the most kid-friendly subjects! Young viewers should probably avoid this R-rated flick, which Common Sense Media says includes “strong language, drinking, iffy behavior and other mature content.” Click here for the full Common Sense review.
'Mud' (April 26)
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Short Story: While off on an excursion, teenage boys Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) encounter a man on the run after he’s murdered someone in Texas. The fugitive’s name? Mud (Matthew McConaughey). His goal? Avoid the law and reunite with longtime love Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Click here for the official movie site!
What They're Saying: "There's something old-fashioned about Mud, but if you allow yourself to settle into its leisurely pace, it will reward you. If he were alive today, Mark Twain would approve." -- Entertainment Weekly
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%
Good for Kids? Although two teenage boys are the stars of Mud, parents may want to join their children at the theater to see this PG-13 flick, which includes violence, strong language and heavy themes.
'Pain & Gain' (April 26)
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Short Story: Although Pain & Gain is labeled as an action comedy, the subject matter is pretty serious. When bodybuilder Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) and his buddy decide they’re in need of some cash, they call upon criminal Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson) to help kidnap, torture and extort money from a rich businessman who exercises at Daniel’s gym. And it's all based on a true story! Click here for the official movie site!
What They're Saying: "The jokes curdle. Bay's touch is like granite. The look and nasty, insincere vibe of the picture carries the assurance of every Bay project. I'll give it that." -- Chicago Tribune
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 49%
Good for Kids? Not exactly! The film’s R-rating includes bloody violence, crude sexual content, nudity, strong language and drug use. Plus, Common Sense Media predicts Pain & Gain may be “troubling to some viewers.” Click here for the full Common Sense review.
'Oblivion' (April 19)
Short Story: After Earth is torn apart by an alien invasion, it’s up to Marine veteran Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) to protect the planet’s remaining resources. It isn’t until he rescues Julia (Olga Kurylenko) from a destroyed aircraft that he begins to learn the truth behind his mission and the fate of the planet. Here’s a hint: It’s not pretty. Click here for the official movie site!
What They’re Saying: “Oblivion feels like a gaggle of sci-fi fanboys riffed late into the night, letting one strand of plot beget another. The sad reality is that all this string theory turned into a big knotted-up twine ball.” -- New York Daily News
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56%
Good for Kids? Despite its comparisons to Disney flick Wall-E, Oblivion isn’t right for a very young audience. According to Common Sense Media, the film’s “dark themes and violence may make it best suited to older kids.” Click here for the full Common Sense review.