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

From The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to Delivery Man, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are once again competing against each other in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Vince Vaughn is fathering 533 (!) children in Delivery Man and Matthew McConaughey is on a crusade to beat AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' (Nov. 22)

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Review


Short Story: Not long after becoming the first pair of champions in Hunger Games history, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) are getting forced into the games again, this time as part of the Quarter Quell — a version of the Hunger Games in which past winners compete against each other. Knowing they are up against serious competition, Katniss and Peeta are forced to get even more cunning.
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What They're Saying: "Catching Fire is smoothly exciting but a bit of a tease... I hope that in the upcoming sequels, Katniss gets to show another dimension or two to go along with her precocious, defiant strength." -- CNN

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%

Good for Kids? Despite the Hunger Games book trilogy becoming quite popular with teens and tweens alike, Common Sense Media warns parents not to be fooled: "The movie may be too dark and violent for even mature tween readers."
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'Delivery Man' (Nov. 22)

Delivery Man Review

Walt Disney Studios

Short Story: Let's face it: Dave (Vince Vaughn) hasn't got much going for him. He's a truck driver and all-around average Joe, much to the chagrin of girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders). But life for both of them is about to get a lot more interesting, when Dave learns that his past donations to an artificial insemination clinic have resulted in 533 children. And they're all his.
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What They're Saying: "Characters barely connect, exposition is jammed awkwardly into conversation and major plot holes are regularly ignored." -- New York Daily News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 38%

Good for Kids? Delivery Man is rated PG-13, so it's not quite as dangerous for young viewers as other movies hitting theaters this weekend. Still, among other things, Common Sense Media points out that "the humor can be mature and sexual in nature."
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'Dallas Buyers Club' (Nov. 22)

Dallas Buyers Club Review

Focus Features

Short Story: Based on a true story, Dallas Buyers Club follows rodeo lover Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), who learns he has HIV after a routine blood test in the hospital. In the pursuit of finding drugs that will help him get healthier, Ron falls into the dangerous business of drug smuggling. Also starring Jared Leto as Rayon, Ron's transgender partner in crime.
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What They're Saying: "Hollywood has largely ignored one of the most tragic chapters of the 20th century. Considering that track record, even a movie as imperfect as Dallas Buyers Club is something worth celebrating." -- Entertainment Weekly

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

Good for Kids? Although the R-rating for Dallas Buyers Club should already be a red flag for parents, the subject matter of HIV/AIDS is another indicator that the film is wholly adults-only. Common Sense Media says the film "contains very strong subject matter overall -- including graphic unsafe sex, drug abuse and bigotry -- but tells a powerful and relevant story."
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'The Best Man Holiday' (Nov. 15)

The Best Man Holiday Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: In this sequel to the 1999 flick The Best Man, Malcolm D. Lee's The Best Man Holiday once again follows author Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs), who catches up with estranged friend Lance (Morris Chestnut) 14 years after Lance's wedding. Soon, the two men are reunited with their whole group of college friends, reigniting old flames and revisiting past rivalries.
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What They're Saying: "The returning ensemble cast remains eminently watchable here... but the cluttered, overlong narrative never really finds its footing." -- Variety

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 65%

Good for Kids? The holiday season is a time for wholesome family films, but The Best Man Holiday isn't one of them. Rated R for language, sexual content and brief nudity, we'd encourage parents to hold off on a trip to the movie theater this weekend.

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