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

From Prisoners to The Wizard of Oz 3-D, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Hugh Jackman is on a desperate search for his missing daughter in Prisoners, Josh Holloway leads a team of dancers in Battle of the Year and Judy Garland re-introduces us to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in the 3-D remastering of The Wizard of Oz. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?

'Prisoners' (Sept. 20)

Prisoners Review

Warner Bros. Pictures

Short Story: Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is not only the father of a precious 6-year-old. He's the father of a missing precious 6-year-old, who disappeared along with her friend. And when Keller meets the man who he is sure abducted his little girl, just how far will he go to protect his loved ones? Also starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Detective Loki, who helps Keller in his pursuit of the criminal.
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What They're Saying: "Prisoners takes the mythic simplicity of the vigilante film and adds arresting layers of ambiguity." -- Entertainment Weekly

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

Good for Kids? Common Sense Media describes this R-rated flick as "violent, intense and dark," so it's not recommended for viewers under 18.
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'Battle of the Year' (Sept. 20)

Battle of the Year Review

Screen Gems

Short Story: For dance crews all around the world, the Battle of the Year is their time to shine. But America hasn't won the annual dance-off in 15 years. Embarrassing, no? In order to get the group back on its feet (pun not intended), Dante Graham (Laz Alonso) enlists Jason Blake (Josh Holloway) to create the best American dance team the Battle has ever seen. Also starring Josh Peck and Chris Brown.
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What They're Saying: "Battle of the Year never free-styles past a cliche it doesn’t like.... But it’s undeniable that the good-natured “Afterschool Special” vibe here plays to the film’s corny strengths, and the dancing is impressive." -- New York Daily News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 40%

Good for Kids? Battle of the Year is only rated PG-13 for language and some rude behavior. But with a high-energy film that's all about dance, even younger viewers are sure to be entertained.

'The Wizard of Oz 3-D' (Sept. 20)

The Wizard of Oz 3-D Review

Warner Bros. Pictures

Short Story: Seventy-four years later, nothing has changed about this iconic tale -- except the 3-D, of course. But in case you've forgotten: When young farm girl Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) is swept away by a twister to a magical land called Oz, she enlists the help of three new friends — the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Tin Man (Jack Haley) and the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) to help get her home to Kansas.
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What They're Saying: "It looks fantastic, sounds great and the 3-D effects (reportedly labored over for 16 months by a thousand technicians) are both subtle and respectfully applied." -- New York Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 99%

Good for Kids? Is there anyone who isn't a little afraid of the Wicked Witch of the West? According to Common Sense Media, she and "her band of creepy flying monkeys" provide most of the scares in this 1939 classic, but compared to today's Hollywood movies, "this classic is downright tame."
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'The Family' (Sept. 13)

The Family Review

Relativity Media

Short Story: They say old habits die hard. Truer words have never been spoken, at least not for the Blake family: father Fred (Robert De Niro), mother Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer), daughter Belle (Dianna Agron) and son Warren (John D'Leo). When the notorious mafia family is relocated to France under the Witness Protection Program, they find the family business isn't so easy to shake.
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What They're Saying: "Despite a dream cast, The Family is an only intermittently funny gangster comedy... Still, this is the most animated and interesting De Niro has been on screen in a while." -- Film Journal International

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 32%

Good for Kids? A mafia flick starring Robert De Niro? Even without the R-rating (for violence, language and brief sexuality), The Family definitely isn't kid-friendly.

'Insidious: Chapter 2' (Sept. 13)

Insidious Chapter 2 Review


Short Story: After the first Insidious film, in which Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) rescued his son from the supernatural realm known as The Further, he and wife Renai (Rose Byrne) are once again encountering terrors that threaten their family.
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What They're Saying: "You’re going to have to trust me when I tell you that there are plot holes a-plenty, but they can be forgiven as Wan creates with Insidious: Chapter 2 the type of palpable, ominous atmosphere horror fans crave." -- ABC News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 37%

Good for Kids? If you've seen Insidious, you know its sequel is bound to be equally as scary. With a PG-13 rating for intense sequences of terror and violence and thematic elements, the film isn't right for young kids.

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