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

From Captain Phillips to Machete Kills, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Tom Hanks is warding off Somali pirates on the water in Captain Phillips, Danny Trejo is back in butt-kicking action as the title character in Machete Kills and Hailee Steinfeld is making a forbidden love connection with Douglas Booth in a reboot of Romeo and Juliet. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?

'Captain Phillips' (Oct. 11)

Captain Phillips Review

Columbia Pictures

Short Story: Based on a true story, Captain Phillips follows the harrowing ordeal of the titular captain (Tom Hanks), whose American cargo ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.
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What They're Saying: "Captain Phillips is a triumph of solid, professional and sometimes inspired film crafts, deserving of all the plaudits that come its way." -- The Telegraph

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%

Good for Kids? Rated PG-13 for sequences of menace, violence and substance use, Common Sense Media calls Captain Phillips a film "better suited for older kids and teens."
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'Machete Kills' (Oct. 11)

Machete Kills Review

Open Road Films

Short Story: After he is recruited by the President of the United States (Charlie Sheen), Machete (Danny Trejo) attempts to take down a Mexican revolutionary who is aiming a missile directly at Washington. Also starring Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez and Alexa Vega.
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What They're Saying: "Machete is the cinematic joke that won’t die. Which might not be a bad thing." -- IGN

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43%

Good for Kids? Not this time. If the Common Sense Media review of the original Machete film is any indication, the sequel "is absolutely adults-only fare."
 

'Romeo and Juliet' (Oct. 11)

Romeo and Juliet Review

Relativity Media

Short Story: It's one of Shakespeare's most enduring tales, and the premise hasn't changed. Romeo (Douglas Booth) meets Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld). The two fall in love. The only problem? Their warring families, the Montagues and Capulets, make their love a forbidden one.
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What They're Saying: "Despite the ostensible benefits of having an Italian filmmaker work on his native soil, the film never really comes alive as a visual experience, despite the well-chosen locations, the handsome sets and Carlo Poggioli’s sumptuous costumes." -- Variety

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 29%

Good for Kids? With a warning from Common Sense Media that includes "violent and deadly swordplay, suggestive bed scenes and tragic deaths," this PG-13-rated reboot might not be suitable for young viewers.
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'Gravity' (Oct. 4)

Gravity Review

Warner Bros. Pictures

Short Story: Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer working on the Hubble telescope. Outer space is a completely new world for her — and a scary one, at that. After she experiences a traumatic accident, she is knocked off course, left alone to survive in the sky. Also starring George Clooney as a veteran astronaut also impacted by the accident.
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What They're Saying: "What you can't know, until you're in the theater, is just how much you'll feel like you're up there in space, feeling its vastness, perhaps even feeling cold." -- ABC News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97%

Good for Kids? If your kids want to be astronauts when they grow up, Gravity might just change their minds. Common Sense Media warns for "some strong language and intense and terrifying moments."
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'Runner Runner' (Oct. 4)

Runner Runner Review

20th Century Fox

Short Story: After getting cheated in a high-stakes game of online poker, Princeton student Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) travels to Costa Rica to meet the man behind the operation: Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), the so-called "wizard of odds." Although Ivan tries to take Richie under his wing, the sudden appearance of the FBI throws a wrench in an already-dangerous working relationship.
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What They're Saying: "This is a lazy, trashy film that barely goes through the motions. It wallows endlessly by the swimming pool and then gives a perfunctory frown of pious disapproval." -- The Guardian

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 8%

Good for Kids? Combine a mature topic like online gambling with Common Sense Media's warning for "strong language, violence, corruption and sex," and this R-rated crime thriller becomes highly unsuitable for little ones.
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Rebecca Iannucci is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Pinterest, Twitter and
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