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

From Grown Ups 2 to Pacific Rim, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Adam Sandler is palling around with old friends once again in Grown Ups 2 while Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi are operating massive robots in order to save the planet in Pacific Rim -- these are the movies to check out. Will you be grabbing your popcorn and catching one of them this weekend?

'Grown Ups 2' (July 12)

Grown Ups 2 Review

Columbia Pictures

Short Story: After Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) relocates his family back to the town where he grew up, he and his friends (Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade, among others) end up learning a few lessons from their own kids.
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What They're Saying: "A water-treading rehash even on its own terms, the sequel is unlikely to attract an audience to match that of the first film, which was one of the biggest (if least deserving) hits of cowriter/coproducer/costar Adam Sandler's career." -- The Hollywood Reporter

Good for Kids? As many Sandler fans might expect, Common Sense Media warns for "slapstick violence, crude humor, strong language and partial nudity" in this PG-13-rated sequel.
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'Pacific Rim' (July 12)

Pacific Rim Review

Warner Bros. Pictures

Short Story: After giant monsters called Kaiju threaten to wipe out humanity, a war begins between them and human-controlled robots known as Jaegers. More importantly, it's up to former pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and rookie Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to successfully lead the endeavor. No big deal.
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What They're Saying: "On a purely surface level, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim delivers exactly what it advertises. ... But anyone expecting the auteur behind Pan’s Labyrinth to create something primal or genuinely epic may be a bit disappointed." -- Forbes

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%

Good for Kids? Rated PG-13 for intense action and brief language, Common Sense Media says "[f]ighting and violence are the film's biggest issues."
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'The Way, Way Back' (July 5, limited release)

The Way Way Back Review

Fox Searchlight

Short Story: Fourteen-year-old Duncan (Liam James) must endure a summer with his mom (Toni Collette) and her new boyfriend (Steve Carell), who bullies Duncan relentlessly throughout the vacation.
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What They're Saying: "There's something slightly formulaic and familiar about Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's coming-of-age film... but not enough to dampen its crowd-pleasing charm." -- Entertainment Weekly

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%

Good for Kids? The Way, Way Back is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, brief sexual content and drug material. With parental accompaniment, young teens should be able to enjoy the film.

'Despicable Me 2' (July 3)

Despicable Me 2 Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: After fatherhood starts to soften his formerly villainous nature, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) finds new adventure in potential love interest Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig), who helps Gru take down a new baddie at the local mall.
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What They're Saying: "Armed with masses of minions and an excess of adorability, Despicable Me 2 is guaranteed to charm anyone who’s out of school and already bored." -- New York Daily News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74%

Good for Kids? Definitely! Despite some wry humor, Common Sense Media assures parents this animated sequel remains "family-friendly and appropriate for younger viewers."
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'The Lone Ranger' (July 3)

The Lone Ranger Review

Walt Disney Studios

Short Story: After John Reid's (Armie Hammer) brother is killed by the merciless Cavendish Gang, Reid -- now the Lone Ranger -- receives help from Native American companion Tonto (Johnny Depp) to serve justice.
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What They're Saying: "[Director Gore] Verbinski's film, stretching hard to both reinvent an out-of-date brand and breathe new life in the Western with a desperate onslaught of bloated set pieces, is a poor locomotive for Depp's eccentric theatrics." -- Yahoo!

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 26%

Good for Kids? With a PG-13 rating, the film's kid-unfriendly nature is best summed up by Common Sense Media: "Although it's a Disney production, The Lone Ranger will likely have some mature content, including bloody violence, intense gun fights, persistent peril, strong language, smoking and drinking."
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