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

From The Internship to The Purge, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

From Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson taking on Google in The Internship to Ethan Hawke trying to survive the night in The Purge, here are the movies to check out. Will you be grabbing your popcorn and catching one of them this weekend?

'The Internship' (June 7)

The Internship Review

20th Century Fox/TheInternshipMovie.com

Short Story: Newly unemployed buddies Nick (Owen Wilson) and Billy (Vince Vaughn) are accepted into a highly competitive internship program with Google -- and that’s the easy part! Now they need to fit in with their young, tech-savvy coworkers and a cranky internship coordinator (Aasif Mandvi). Nothing a quick Google search can’t solve, right?
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What They’re Saying:The Social Network it isn’t -- nor does it try to be -- but this big-hearted underdog comedy from director Shawn Levy is, much like its two leads, exceedingly affable and good-natured despite being undeniably long in the tooth.” -- Variety

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 27%

Good for Kids? Those who have seen Wedding Crashers know all about Vaughn and Wilson’s crude sense of humor. But Common Sense Media still reminds parents to expect “references to drinking, language, sex and other mature content that's likely best suited for teens and up.”
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'The Purge' (June 7)

The Purge Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: What would the nation look like if all crime were legal? In director James DeMonaco’s version of the year 2022, that’s exactly what happens for 12 hours in March. And this year, the main target is entrepreneur James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) and his family, who are taken hostage during the annual anarchy.
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What They’re Saying:The Purge never threatens to become more than the sum of its various parts.” -- Associated Press

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 55%

Good for Kids? Taking into account The Purge’s pro-brutality plot and R-rating for violence and language, this flick is definitely not appropriate for young viewers.

'After Earth' (May 31)

After Earth Review

Columbia Pictures

Short Story: When General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) sets out on a space expedition with estranged son Kitai (Jaden Smith), they crash-land onto Earth, a long uninhabited planet that is now hostile and threatening. Now, it is up to Kitai to navigate the dangerous planet, saving his dad and their spacecraft in the process. It brings a whole new meaning to “father-son bonding.”
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What They’re Saying: “The movie takes off from a concept as basic as a videogame, and it sticks to that concept, without surprise.” -- Entertainment Weekly

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 12%

Good for Kids? Kind of! The PG-13-rated flick features action violence and disturbing images, but Common Sense Media says After Earth “also looks to have themes that touch on family, courage and love.”
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‘The East’ (May 31, limited release)

The East Review

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Short Story: Sarah (Brit Marling), a private intelligence operative, is embarking on a potentially life-changing assignment: Infiltrate The East, an anarchist group that aims to covertly attack several major corporations. But as Sarah befriends the group members and their leader (Alexander Skarsgard), her priorities (and moral compass) begin to change.
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What They’re Saying: “[Director] Zal Batmanglij and cowriter/star Brit Marling deliver a consistently tense, morally alert story that has plenty of box-office appeal.” -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73%

Good for Kids? Of all this weekend’s movies, The East might be the least kid-friendly. Its plot has the potential to overwhelm young viewers, as well as a PG-13 rating for violence, sexual content and nudity, among other items.

‘Now You See Me’ (May 31)

Now You See Me Review

Summit Entertainment

Short Story: J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) is the slick leader of a team of illusionists. Their classic trick? Pulling off international bank heists during each performance and rewarding their audience with the money. Sounds awesome! That is, until an FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo), Interpol detective (Melanie Laurent) and magic debunker (Morgan Freeman) threaten to take them down.
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What They’re Saying:Now You See Me is a movie about magic, but its most astonishing trick is how little mileage it gets out of a stellar cast." -- Florida Today

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43%

Good for Kids? Although Now You See Me is rated PG-13 for language, some action and sexual content, the film seems pretty tame overall. Common Sense Media warns only for “plenty of peril and other edgy content.”
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