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

From The Lone Ranger to Despicable Me 2, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

From Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp seeking vengeance on a relentless gang in The Lone Ranger to Steve Carell once again voicing the lovable villain Gru in Despicable Me 2, here are the movies to check out. Will you be grabbing your popcorn and catching one of them this holiday weekend?

'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What They're Saying: "[Director Gore] Verbinski's film, stretching hard to both reinvent an out-of-date brand and breathe new life in the Western with a desperate onslaught of bloated set pieces, is a poor locomotive for Depp's eccentric theatrics."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: 18%

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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'Despicable Me 2' (July 3)

Despicable Me 2

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: 79%

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 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.

'The Heat' (June 28)

The Heat Review

20th Century Fox

Short Story: Meet FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock). She's never had a partner before, and she doesn't work well with others. But when it comes time to take down a drug lord, she's forced to work with tough Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), and the two get to know each other very quickly.
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What They're Saying: "McCarthy/Bullock fans unite. Step out of the blistering summer sun and chill out with The Heat. You won’t be disappointed." -- Fox News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 62%

Good for Kids? Not quite! Common Sense Media warns about this R-rated flick for "references to sex, violence, strong language, drug use and drinking."
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'White House Down' (June 28)

White House Down Review

Columbia Pictures

Short Story: During a paramilitary attack on the White House, John Cale (Channing Tatum), a Capitol police officer and rejected Secret Service applicant, must save the president (Jamie Foxx) and his own daughter. Which begs the question... who in their right mind would reject Channing Tatum from the Secret Service?
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What They're Saying: "[Director Roland Emmerich] adds a little Air Force One patriotic peril, some Lethal Weapon buddy banter and Homeland-style national security angst, resulting in an action thriller that doesn’t know when to quit. For the most part, though, it remains preposterously entertaining." -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 48%

Good for Kids? White House Down isn't a great choice for the littlest viewers. But those 13 and up should be able to handle the action flick, which Common Sense Media says is full of "explosive destruction, violence, strong language and a plot packed with peril."
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