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

From Carrie to The Fifth Estate, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Chloe Grace Moretz is setting her mind to it in a remake of Carrie, Benedict Cumberbatch is taking on Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate and Sylvester Stallone is back on the big screen -- and back in the big house -- in Escape Plan. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?

'Carrie' (Oct. 18)

Carrie Review

MGM/Screen Gems

Short Story: If Sissy Spacek scared the pants off you in the 1976 original, you won't have trouble remembering the plot of this horror movie reboot. The bottom line? Carrie White (Moretz) is a high school outcast, who channels her newfound telekinetic powers to get revenge on her bullies. Also starring Julianne Moore as Carrie's God-fearing mother, Margaret.
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What They're Saying: "Something's missing from this well-made venture. What's there is more than respectable, while staying this side of surprising." -- Chicago Tribune

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 63%

Good for Kids? Some Halloween flicks are suitable for young kids, but Carrie isn't one of them. When it comes to this R-rated remake, Common Sense Media tells viewers to expect "lots of violence and blood, some nudity and profanity and plenty of scary moments."
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'The Fifth Estate' (Oct. 18)

The Fifth Estate Review

Walt Disney Studios

Short Story: Ever heard of WikiLeaks? If not, The Fifth Estate can clue you in, as it chronicles the story of founder Julian Assange (Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl), who team up and begin exposing government secrets, corporate crimes and more jaw-dropping information. But all too soon, Assange and Berg's endeavor becomes a major question of ethics -- one they're not exactly prepared to answer.
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What They're Saying: "Told in a jazzy, chaotic style that throws computer algorithms and text messages on the screen, and with dialogues that the camera keeps swiveling and jerking to catch up with, The Fifth Estate means to be both a filmic and an Internet experience. But it’s really an old-fashioned falling-out-of-love story, as seen from Domscheit-Berg’s perspective." -- TIME

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 38%

Good for Kids? Although it's only rated R for language and some violence, The Fifth Estate also deals with complex topics, like computer hacking and the journalism industry, that might be over kids' heads.

'Escape Plan' (Oct. 18)

Escape Plan Review

Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate

Short Story: Ray Breslin (Stallone) is a structural security expert who has a habit of getting locked up -- only to find the weak spots in each prison's security and escape just as quickly as he arrived. But when he is suddenly incarcerated in the world's most secure prison, it takes help from fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) for Ray to break out.
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What They're Saying: "They just don't make 'em like this anymore, and it's a good thing, too. A portion of the Expendables audience will reliably turn out for this claptrap, but it really is a blown opportunity to do something at least amusing, if not special, with the two still-pumping muscle-bound legends." -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 40%

Good for Kids? It doesn't look like any of this weekend's films are all that family-friendly! The third R-rated flick of the bunch, Common Sense Media says Escape Plan contains "plenty of peril, intense violence, strong language, smoking and drinking and other mature content."
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'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: 94%

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: 30%

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 2013 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: 23%

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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