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

From Monsters University to World War Z, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

From Billy Crystal and John Goodman returning to voice our favorite scarers in Monsters University to Brad Pitt traveling the globe in order to stop the threat of zombies in World War Z, here are the movies to check out. Will you be grabbing your popcorn and catching one of them this weekend?

'Monsters University' (June 21)

Monsters University Review

Walt Disney/Pixar Studios

Short Story: Same beloved monsters, different decade! In this Monsters, Inc. prequel, we meet Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) in their college days at Monsters University -- where they definitely started off on the wrong foot.
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What They’re Saying: “No, we didn’t need Monsters University. But the movie that was made? It’s a really fun, entertaining one.” -- IGN

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%

Good for Kids? Of course! Although Common Sense Media gives parents a heads-up about “college pranks and mild ribald humor,” Monsters University is wholly family-friendly.
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'World War Z' (June 21)

World War Z Review

Paramount Pictures

Short Story: When the world is plagued by a zombie pandemic that threatens to overtake government, it is up to retired United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) to find a way to stop it.
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What They’re Saying: “The odd triumph of the World War Z movie is that it leaves you wanting to linger in its depiction of atrocity, because that’s where the movie’s great skill and drama reside.” -- TIME

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72%

Good for Kids? Although World War Z is rated PG-13, Common Sense Media says the film’s disturbing images and graphic violence make it “best suited for mature viewers only.”
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'Man of Steel' (June 14)

Man of Steel Review

Warner Bros.

Short Story: If you think you know everything about Superman, think again! In director Zack Snyder’s reboot of the superhero franchise, journalist Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) must face his otherworldly roots when Earth comes under attack. Also starring Amy Adams as love Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Clark’s mother and father.
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What They’re Saying: “Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer have managed to become Superman’s very own Kryptonite, stripping the iconic character of his greatest assets: wit, charm, and most importantly, hope; rendering Man of Steel this blockbuster season’s biggest disappointment.” -- Fox News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56%

Good for Kids? Young nerds and old nerds alike will want to see this PG-13-rated Superman reboot. Common Sense Media tells viewers to expect “intense sci-fi action, violence and some strong language.”
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‘The Bling Ring’ (June 14, limited release)

The Bling Ring Review

A24 Films

Short Story: Ever wonder what the inside of Paris Hilton’s closet looks like? Ask The Bling Ring, a group of Hollywood-obsessed teens who robbed a number of celebrities’ houses in 2008 and 2009. Based on a true story, Sofia Coppola’s latest follows Nicki (Emma Watson) and friends on their shopping spree -- until they get caught, that is.
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What They’re Saying:The Bling Ring would be more effective if it instilled some desire in us, some way for us to connect with the hankering that drives these kids.” -- LA Weekly

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 63%

Good for Kids? For parents looking to teach their kids an important lesson, The Bling Ring is the perfect choice. According to Common Sense Media, the R-rated film (for drug and alcohol use and language) sheds “a more comical light on the teens' spontaneity but doesn't forget to portray the life-changing consequences, too.”
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‘This Is The End’ (June 12)

This Is The End Review

Columbia Pictures

Short Story: When celebrities come face-to-face with the apocalypse, what is there to do but party? At least, that’s the best option for Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel (playing themselves) who are living it up at James Franco’s house when the end of the world comes upon them. Emma Watson, RihannaMichael Cera and other celebs also appear.
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What They’re Saying: “The degree to which viewers enjoy This Is the End depends entirely on the degree to which they enjoy watching Rogen, Franco and their cohorts riff, bounce off and diss one another, often with the most unsavory sexual references at their disposal.” -- The Washington Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:
85%

Good for Kids? Definitely not! This exceedingly raunchy flick is rated R for sexual content, nudity, language, drug use and violence. But despite that, Common Sense Media says “for older teens and adults, the movie is very funny.”
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