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

From After Earth to Now You See Me, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

From father-son duo Will and Jaden Smith returning to a hostile planet in After Earth to Mark Ruffalo taking down a team of illusionists in Now You See Me, here are the movies to check out. Will you be grabbing your popcorn and catching one of them this weekend?

‘After Earth’ (May 31)

After Earth Review

Columbia Pictures

Short Story: When General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) sets out on a space expedition with estranged son Kitai (Jaden Smith), they crash-land onto Earth, a long uninhabited planet that is now hostile and threatening. Now, it is up to Kitai to navigate the dangerous planet, saving his dad and their spacecraft in the process. It brings a whole new meaning to “father-son bonding.”
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Good for Kids? Kind of! The PG-13-rated flick features action violence and disturbing images, but Common Sense Media says After Earth “also looks to have themes that touch on family, courage and love.”
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‘The East’ (May 31, limited release)

The East Review

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Short Story: Sarah (Brit Marling), a private intelligence operative, is embarking on a potentially life-changing assignment: Infiltrate The East, an anarchist group that aims to covertly attack several major corporations. But as Sarah befriends the group members and their leader (Alexander Skarsgard), her priorities (and moral compass) begin to change.
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What They’re Saying: “[Director] Zal Batmanglij and cowriter/star Brit Marling deliver a consistently tense, morally alert story that has plenty of box-office appeal.” -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72%

Good for Kids? Of all this weekend’s movies, The East might be the least kid-friendly. Its plot has the potential to overwhelm young viewers, as well as a PG-13 rating for violence, sexual content and nudity, among other items.

‘Now You See Me’ (May 31)

Now You See Me Review

Summit Entertainment

Short Story: J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) is the slick leader of a team of illusionists. Their classic trick? Pulling off international bank heists during each performance and rewarding their audience with the money. Sounds awesome! That is, until an FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo), Interpol detective (Melanie Laurent) and magic debunker (Morgan Freeman) threaten to take them down.
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What They’re Saying:Now You See Me is a movie about magic, but its most astonishing trick is how little mileage it gets out of a stellar cast.” -- Florida Today

Good for Kids? Although Now You See Me is rated PG-13 for language, some action and sexual content, the film seems pretty tame overall. Common Sense Media warns only for “plenty of peril and other edgy content.”
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‘The Hangover Part III’ (May 24)

The Hangover Part 3 Review

Warner Bros.

Short Story: There’s nothing like a Wolfpack reunion! After Alan’s (Zach Galifianakis) father dies, friends Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) take a road trip to drop Alan off at rehab for mental issues. But on the way, Doug is kidnapped, and the Wolfpack must enlist the help of Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) to save their unlucky buddy.
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What They’re Saying: “The good news is that The Hangover Part III isn’t a rerun like the second episode. The bad news is everything else. For all the promise of mayhem and WTF moments, the final episode hits you with all the force of a warm can of O’Doul’s.” -- New York Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 20%

Good for Kids? If you’ve seen either of the first two Hangover films, you know they’re anything but kid-friendly. With an R-rating that warns for strong language, violence, drug content and nudity (according to Common Sense Media), this third installment is similarly adults-only.
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‘Fast & Furious 6’ (May 24)

Fast & Furious 6 Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: After tracking a team of highly skilled mercenary drivers -- and realizing just how dangerous they are -- Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) employs outlaws Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) to take them down. The outlaws’ incentive? Full pardons for their past crimes.
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What They’re Saying: "Fast & Furious 6 serves up a big plate of entertainment. Its makers never pretend it's a steak, but they're happy to offer up a big fat juicy hamburger with extra cheese.” -- Yahoo!

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72%

Good for Kids? Not little ones! Fast & Furious 6 promises plenty of action, violence, sexuality and strong language. Common Sense Media says this newest flick in the franchise is likely “best suited for older teens.”
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‘Epic’ (May 24)

Epic Review

20th Century Fox

Short Story: When vivacious teen M.K. (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) wanders into the woods to find her estranged dad (Jason Sudeikis), she encounters a new and mysterious world where she must team up with oddball friends to fight a battle against evil. Additional voices provided by Beyonce, Aziz Ansari and Colin Farrell.
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What They’re Saying: “While it might not amount to epic animated filmmaking in terms of scope and invention, Epic, a 3D, CG adventure-fantasy from Blue Sky Studios, nevertheless makes for pleasantly engaging viewing.” -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 61%

Good for Kids? Definitely! Although Epic’s plotline involves conquering evil, Common Sense Media says “the star-studded voice cast and gorgeous animation will likely draw wide audiences to this family-friendly adventure.”
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