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

From G.I. Joe: Retaliation to The Host, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

From Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson kicking Cobra butt in G.I. Joe: Retaliation to Saoirse Ronan fighting against an alien species on Earth in The Host, here are the movies to check out this weekend. Plus, don't miss the films that have already hit theaters! Will you be grabbing your popcorn and catching one of them this weekend?

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (March 28)

GI Joe Retaliation Review

Paramount Pictures

Short Story: At its core, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a battle between good and evil. The good guys are the Joes, fronted by Captain Duke Hauser (Channing Tatum) and Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), who have more than enough testosterone to go around. But when the safety of the world is suddenly threatened, original G.I. Joe General Joseph Colton (Bruce Willis) steps in to help take down the baddies: terrorist organization Cobra and all its scheming allies.
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What They’re Saying: “I submit that playing with G.I. Joe action figures… is not the same experience as a preteen soaking up this amount of PG-13-rated slaughter. That's what the Xbox is for, after all.” -- Chicago Tribune

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50%

Good for Kids? With a PG-13 rating for violence throughout (as well as brief sensuality and language), this G.I. Joe sequel is as unsuitable for kids as its predecessor, The Rise of Cobra. According to Common Sense Media, the action flick is “relentlessly loud and explosive” and likely “too mature for kids who are interested in playing with G.I. Joe toys.”
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The Place Beyond the Pines (March 29)

The Place Beyond the Pines Review

Focus Features

Short Story: When stunt biker Luke (Ryan Gosling) returns home to be with his former love (Eva Mendes), he gets a little more than he bargained for: a newborn son. Forced to turn to a life of crime to provide for the child, Luke finds himself pursued by Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper), a lawyer-turned-cop who is fighting his own battle against corruption in the police department.
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What They’re Saying: “I’m all in favor of experimental narrative forms and deep thematic undercurrents, but this movie feels patchy and underdone.” -- The New Yorker

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%

Good for Kids? We know it’s hard to stay away from the theater when Ryan Gosling’s abs are on the screen, but those under 18 will have to resist: The Place Beyond the Pines is rated R for language, some violence and teen drug and alcohol use.

The Host (March 29)

The Host Review

Open Road Films

Short Story: Based on the YA novel by Stephenie Meyer, The Host takes place on a future Earth where a parasitic alien species has overtaken humans, gaining total control of their bodies and minds. Except for Melanie (Saoirse Ronan). When an alien invades her body, it must find a way to co-exist with Melanie’s human emotions, which it finds too overwhelming to control. Oh, and there’s also a love story.
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Good for Kids? Although The Host is rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence, Common Sense Media says “the movie's Twilight association and romantic plot will probably make The Host a hit with teens.”
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Admission (March 22)

Admission Review

Focus Features

Short Story: If life as a Princeton University admissions officer seems fairly unglamorous… well, that’s because it is. Just ask Portia Nathan (Tina Fey), who’s been rejecting students from the Ivy League school for years. But when Portia starts eyeing the dean of admissions position, she sets herself apart for the job by visiting the New Quest school, which brings all kinds of surprises -- including romantic sparks with school founder John Pressman (Paul Rudd).
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What They’re Saying:Admission awkwardly grasps for serious feelings within all these wacky deceptions and manipulations and forces heavy, third-act emotions on us that it hasn't earned.” -- Newser

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43%

Good for Kids? Admission might not be totally kid-friendly, but it’s certainly an appropriately rated PG-13 comedy. Common Sense Media warns only for “strong language and racy humor, as well as some smoking, drinking and partying among teens and college students.”
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The Croods (March 22)

The Croods Review

20th Century Fox

Short Story: These definitely aren’t the Flintstones! The Croods is centered around one of the only families existing in prehistoric times, constantly sheltered by a dark cave they call home. When that cave is destroyed, it’s time for the Croods to face the world -- even if it’s a little scary. Featuring voices by Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.
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What They’re Saying: “There's slapstick galore, and a ton of hyperkinetic action-y chase sequences, but they all come together nicely; yes, actually enhanced by the 3D.” -- IGN

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67%

Good for Kids? Although this family-friendly animated film is rated PG for some scary action sequences, Common Sense Media promises The Croods “has a wonderful message of courage and celebration of adventure at its core.”
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Olympus Has Fallen (March 22)

Olympus Has Fallen Review


Short Story: For former presidential guard Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), getting back into Washington’s good graces seems impossible after a tragic accident involving the first lady (Ashley Judd). But when a terrorist mastermind invades the country and kidnaps the president (Aaron Eckhart), it’s up to Banning and his expertise to make things right. No pressure!
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What They’re Saying: “Though not as exciting as the Olympus-falling seventh season of 24, the high-concept project alternates between brawny action movie and crudely considered ‘what if’ scenario.” -- Variety

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50%

Good for Kids? Olympus Has Fallen might not be such a good choice for little ones: The film is rated R for strong violence and language throughout, and Common Sense Media calls it a “harrowing action film.”
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