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

From The Family to Insidious: Chapter 2, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer are raising two kids in the mafia in The Family, and Patrick Wilson is once again hoping to save his wife and son from evil in Insidious: Chapter 2. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?


'The Family' (Sept. 13)

The Family Review

Relativity Media

Short Story: They say old habits die hard. Truer words have never been spoken, at least not for the Blake family: father Fred (Robert De Niro), mother Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer), daughter Belle (Dianna Agron) and son Warren (John D'Leo). When the notorious mafia family is relocated to France under the Witness Protection Program, they find the family business isn't so easy to shake.
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What They're Saying: "Despite a dream cast, The Family is an only intermittently funny gangster comedy... Still, this is the most animated and interesting De Niro has been on screen in a while." -- Film Journal International

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 29%

Good for Kids? A mafia flick starring Robert De Niro? Even without the R-rating (for violence, language and brief sexuality), The Family definitely isn't kid-friendly.
 

'Insidious: Chapter 2' (Sept. 13)

Insidious Chapter 2 Review

FilmDistrict

Short Story: After the first Insidious film, in which Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) rescued his son from the supernatural realm known as The Further, he and wife Renai (Rose Byrne) are once again encountering terrors that threaten their family.
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What They're Saying: "You’re going to have to trust me when I tell you that there are plot holes a-plenty, but they can be forgiven as Wan creates with Insidious: Chapter 2 the type of palpable, ominous atmosphere horror fans crave." -- ABC News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50%

Good for Kids? If you've seen Insidious, you know its sequel is bound to be equally as scary. With a PG-13 rating for intense sequences of terror and violence and thematic elements, the film isn't right for young kids.
 

'Riddick' (Sept. 6)

Riddick Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: Stranded on a desolate foreign planet, Riddick (Vin Diesel) must fight back against a predatory alien race and a group of intergalactic bounty hunters. Also starring Jordi Molla, Matt Nable and Katee Sackhoff.
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What They're Saying: "The latest installment feels tentative even at a flabby 120 minutes, more like a placeholder that barely advances the considerable Riddick mythology." -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 58%

Good for Kids? Parents looking to avoid violent films will have to pass on Riddick: The film is rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity.

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