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

From Gravity to Runner Runner, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are trying to get home to Earth in Gravity, and Justin Timberlake is forming a risky partnership with Ben Affleck in Runner Runner. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?

'Gravity' (Oct. 4)

Gravity Review

Warner Bros. Pictures

Short Story: Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer working on the Hubble telescope. Outer space is a completely new world for her — and a scary one, at that. After she experiences a traumatic accident, she is knocked off course, left alone to survive in the sky. Also starring George Clooney as a veteran astronaut also impacted by the accident.
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What They're Saying: "What you can't know, until you're in the theater, is just how much you'll feel like you're up there in space, feeling its vastness, perhaps even feeling cold." -- ABC News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98%

Good for Kids? If your kids want to be astronauts when they grow up, Gravity might just change their minds. Common Sense Media warns for "some strong language and intense and terrifying moments."
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'Runner Runner' (Oct. 4)

Runner Runner Review

20th Century Fox

Short Story: After getting cheated in a high-stakes game of online poker, Princeton student Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) travels to Costa Rica to meet the man behind the operation: Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), the so-called "wizard of odds." Although Ivan tries to take Richie under his wing, the sudden appearance of the FBI throws a wrench in an already-dangerous working relationship.
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What They're Saying: "This is a lazy, trashy film that barely goes through the motions. It wallows endlessly by the swimming pool and then gives a perfunctory frown of pious disapproval." -- The Guardian

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 22%

Good for Kids? Combine a mature topic like online gambling with Common Sense Media's warning for "strong language, violence, corruption and sex," and this R-rated crime thriller becomes highly unsuitable for little ones.
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'Rush' (Sept. 27)

Rush Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: This Ron Howard-directed biopic calls back to the days of Formula One racing, when English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) had an intense rivalry. In 1976, the two men were willing to put everything -- and we mean everything -- on the line in order to win.
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What They're Saying: "Rush lives up to its box-office imperative with racing sequences that are state-of-the-art, immersive marvels of high-octane camerawork and whiplash editing." -- Boston Globe

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%

Good for Kids? In a film that's rated R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use, Common Sense Media says the Grand Prix champions of Rush "aren't anywhere near the squeaky-clean role models parents might be hoping for."
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'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2' (Sept. 27)

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Review

Columbia Pictures

Short Story: Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) is looking to forget the events of the original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. But in this animated sequel, that proves difficult after Flint learns his FLDSMDFR — a device that turns water into food -- is still operational... and creating mutant food-animal hybrids. Uh-oh.
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What They're Saying: "The filmmakers see no imperative beyond the desire to entertain here. As weird as the world they’ve created can be, it’s ripe to the point of rupture in the imagination department." -- Variety

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 60%

Good for Kids? Much like its predecessor, the animated Meatballs 2 is geared primarily toward little ones. Still, Common Sense Media warns, "the animated beasts could scare younger or more sensitive viewers."
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'Don Jon' (Sept. 27)

Don Jon Review

Relativity Media

Short Story: A self-admitted lothario, churchgoing, Internet porn-watching Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is challenged by potential love Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) when she forces him to think beyond just sex and get serious about himself.
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What They're Saying: "Gordon-Levitt learned much from the staccato slickness of (500) Days of Summer, but fast doesn’t mean shallow." -- Vulture

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

Good for Kids? The plot of Don Jon revolves around an addiction to Internet porn. Enough said.

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