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

From Riddick to Closed Circuit, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

This weekend, Vin Diesel is reprising his title role in Riddick, this time fighting off an alien race that threatens to end him once and for all. Meanwhile, Getaway and Closed Circuit continue their run in theaters. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them?

'Riddick' (Sept. 6)

Riddick Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: Stranded on a desolate foreign planet, Riddick (Vin Diesel) must fight back against a predatory alien race and a group of intergalactic bounty hunters. Also starring Jordi Molla, Matt Nable and Katee Sackhoff.
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What They're Saying: "The latest installment feels tentative even at a flabby 120 minutes, more like a placeholder that barely advances the considerable Riddick mythology." -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 62%

Good for Kids? Parents looking to avoid violent films will have to pass on Riddick: The film is rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity.

'Getaway' (Aug. 30)

Getaway Review

Warner Bros. Pictures

Short Story: When Brent Magna's (Ethan Hawke) wife is kidnapped, the former race-car driver must now race against time in order to save his love. At least he has help in the form of The Kid (Selena Gomez), a young woman who quite literally takes the passenger seat in Brent's quest to find his wife.
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What They're Saying: "It doesn't have a plot, really. It's more a first draft of an outline of a notion... The movie's title contains the review: Get away." -- San Jose Mercury News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 2%

Good for Kids? Although Getaway is rated PG-13, tweens should be able to enjoy the film with parental accompaniment. Among the film's warnings are intense action, violence and mayhem throughout, strong language and some rude gestures. (Gasp!)

'Closed Circuit' (Aug. 28)

Closed Circuit Review

Focus Features

Short Story: When London becomes the target of a high-profile terrorism case, lawyers Martin Rose (Eric Bana) and Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall) find themselves defending a man accused of killing 120 people in a bombing. And, if the case wasn't tough enough, Martin and Claudia are also ex-lovers. Yikes.
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What They're Saying: "Few audience members will be surprised to learn who’s up to what in a film that, despite its roots in the sophisticated political thrillers of the 1970s, settles for banal conspiracy-mongering and loose ends that are risibly tidy bows by the film’s rushed ending." -- The Washington Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 44%

Good for Kids? Even without an R-rating for language and brief violence, Common Sense Media warns against taking young viewers to see Closed Circuit: "The movie's tone/structure -- which asks audiences to think heavily during the first two-thirds and then turn off their brains during the last act -- makes it seem unlikely to appeal to a broad audience."
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