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

From Closed Circuit to Getaway, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are defending a man accused of terrorizing London in Closed Circuit, and Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez are literally racing against time in Getaway. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?

'Closed Circuit' (Aug. 28)

Closed Circuit Review

Focus Features

Short Story: When London becomes the target of a high-profile terrorism case, lawyers Martin Rose (Eric Bana) and Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall) find themselves defending a man accused of killing 120 people in a bombing. And, if the case wasn't tough enough, Martin and Claudia are also ex-lovers. Yikes.
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What They're Saying: "Few audience members will be surprised to learn who’s up to what in a film that, despite its roots in the sophisticated political thrillers of the 1970s, settles for banal conspiracy-mongering and loose ends that are risibly tidy bows by the film’s rushed ending." -- The Washington Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43%

Good for Kids? Even without an R-rating for language and brief violence, Common Sense Media warns against taking young viewers to see Closed Circuit: "The movie's tone/structure -- which asks audiences to think heavily during the first two-thirds and then turn off their brains during the last act -- makes it seem unlikely to appeal to a broad audience."
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'Getaway' (Aug. 30)

Getaway Review

Warner Bros. Pictures

Short Story: When Brent Magna's (Ethan Hawke) wife is kidnapped, the former race-car driver must now race against time in order to save his love. At least he has help in the form of The Kid (Selena Gomez), a young woman who quite literally takes the passenger seat in Brent's quest to find his wife.
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What They're Saying: "It doesn't have a plot, really. It's more a first draft of an outline of a notion... The movie's title contains the review: Get away." -- San Jose Mercury News

Good for Kids? Although Getaway is rated PG-13, tweens should be able to enjoy the film with parental accompaniment. Among the film's warnings are intense action, violence and mayhem throughout, strong language and some rude gestures. (Gasp!)

'You're Next' (Aug. 23)

You're Next Review

Lionsgate Entertainment

Short Story: A gang of masked murderers descends upon the Davison family reunion. That is, until one unlikely family member is able to fight back. Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci and AJ Bowen star.
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What They're Saying: "You're Next is proof that the right combination of yuks, yikes and yecchs can also pump creative blood into an all-too-schlocky genre." -- Los Angeles Times

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%

Good for Kids? Even if your little ones love horror movies, viewers younger than 18 will need parental accompaniment: You're Next is rated R for strong bloody violence, language, brief sexuality and nudity.

'The World's End' (Aug. 23)

The World's End Review

Focus Features

Short Story: Jobless, broke and looking to relive the glory days of youth, alcoholic has-been Gary King (Simon Pegg) convinces his friends to reunite for one last epic pub crawl. Also starring Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan as Gary's skeptical pals.
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What They're Saying: "Unfortunately, it essentially repeats the [Shaun of the Dead] formula -- laughs and scares mixed with feelings and male angst -- to less success. So thank goodness it's pretty damn hilarious, too." -- Deadspin

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%

Good for Kids? Those who have seen Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz -- the first two movies in the so-called Cornetto Trilogy -- know that director Edgar Wright isn't kid-friendly. The film is rated R for pervasive language, including sexual references.

'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' (Aug. 21)

The Mortal Instruments Review

Screen Gems

Short Story: After her mother is attacked by a demon, Brooklynite Clary Fray (Lily Collins) learns she has the power to protect the world from evil forces. Along with others like her, she heads into a treacherous alternate universe that puts her power to the test. Also starring Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
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What They're Saying: "Despite the overstuffed assortment of vampires, werewolves, warlocks and demons of all shapes and sizes, The Mortal Instruments seldom feels like anything more than a shameless, soulless knockoff." -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 12%

Good for Kids? Though Mortal Instruments is only rated PG-13, Common Sense Media warns parents to expect "a lot of violent confrontations in the movie... including scenes of torture and even death."
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