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

From Oblivion to 42, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

From Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko attempting to save Earth in Oblivion to Chadwick Boseman living out Jackie Robinson's career on the silver screen in 42, here are the movies to check out. Will you be grabbing your popcorn and catching one of them this weekend?

Oblivion (April 19)

Oblivion Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: After Earth is torn apart by an alien invasion, it’s up to Marine veteran Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) to protect the planet’s remaining resources. It isn’t until he rescues Julia (Olga Kurylenko) from a destroyed aircraft that he begins to learn the truth behind his mission and the fate of the planet. Here’s a hint: It’s not pretty.
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What They’re Saying:Oblivion feels like a gaggle of sci-fi fanboys riffed late into the night, letting one strand of plot beget another. The sad reality is that all this string theory turned into a big knotted-up twine ball.” -- New York Daily News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67%

Good for Kids? Despite its comparisons to Disney flick Wall-E, Oblivion isn’t right for a very young audience. According to Common Sense Media, the film’s “dark themes and violence may make it best suited to older kids.”
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42 (April 12)

42 Movie Review

Warner Bros.

Short Story: In this biopic directed by Brian Helgeland, the baseball career of Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) is examined through his struggle with racism and his historical decision to sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Also starring Harrison Ford as MLB executive Branch Rickey.
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What They’re Saying: “Brian Helgeland… got the story right. Better yet, he got the life right.” -- AOL

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%

Good for Kids? Although Common Sense Media warns for strong language, tense situations and mild violence in this PG-13-rated biopic, the site also says 42 “promises to be an inspiring account of a legend's rise over extremely daunting circumstances.”
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To the Wonder (April 12, limited release)

To the Wonder Review

Magnolia Pictures

Short Story: Salvaging a relationship is easier said than done. In Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, Neil (Ben Affleck) and Marina (Olga Kurylenko) learn that the hard way after relocating their romance from Europe to Oklahoma. Once there, Neil finds himself reconnecting with an old friend (Rachel McAdams) while Marina confides in a troubled priest (Javier Bardem).
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What They’re Saying: “What To the Wonder amounts to is virtually an entire film shot and edited as montage. Malick never stops for scenes or dialogue; each sequence seems to flow into the next, whether as cause and effect or as a parallel. And it goes on longer than it should.” -- The Huffington Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 42%

Good for Kids? In addition to the film’s R rating for sexuality and nudity, To the Wonder isn’t likely to appeal to young viewers: The movie is just shy of two hours and contains little dialogue throughout.

Scary Movie 5 (April 12)

Scary Movie 5 Review

Dimension Films

Short Story: The fifth installment of this horror movie parody franchise follows new parents Dan (Simon Rex) and Jody (Ashley Tisdale), who begin to notice strange occurrences after bringing their son home from the hospital. Naturally, the couple must find a way to exorcise demonic forces, while simultaneously making fun of films like Paranormal Activity, Black Swan and Inception.
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What They're Saying: "It's the kind of movie that leaves audience members partially lobotomized, exiting the theater and muttering absently to themselves, 'How on earth did this movie get made?'" -- The Washington Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 5%

Good for Kids? If you’re looking to take little ones to the theater this weekend, simply refer to Common Sense Media’s one-sentence summary of Scary Movie 5: “New sequel promises more crude humor and bodily fluids.” Enough said.
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