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

From Rush to Don Jon, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Chris Hemsworth makes up one-half of a major racing rivalry in Rush, Bill Hader is putting a stop to mutant food animals in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is making a love connection with Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?

'Rush' (Sept. 27)

Rush Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: This Ron Howard-directed biopic calls back to the days of Formula One racing, when English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) had an intense rivalry. In 1976, the two men were willing to put everything -- and we mean everything -- on the line in order to win.
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What They're Saying: "Rush lives up to its box-office imperative with racing sequences that are state-of-the-art, immersive marvels of high-octane camerawork and whiplash editing." -- Boston Globe

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

Good for Kids? In a film that's rated R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use, Common Sense Media says the Grand Prix champions of Rush "aren't anywhere near the squeaky-clean role models parents might be hoping for."
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'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2' (Sept. 27)

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Review

Columbia Pictures

Short Story: Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) is looking to forget the events of the original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. But in this animated sequel, that proves difficult after Flint learns his FLDSMDFR — a device that turns water into food -- is still operational... and creating mutant food-animal hybrids. Uh-oh.
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What They're Saying: "The filmmakers see no imperative beyond the desire to entertain here. As weird as the world they’ve created can be, it’s ripe to the point of rupture in the imagination department." -- Variety

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%

Good for Kids? Much like its predecessor, the animated Meatballs 2 is geared primarily toward little ones. Still, Common Sense Media warns, "the animated beasts could scare younger or more sensitive viewers."
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'Don Jon' (Sept. 27)

Don Jon Review

Relativity Media

Short Story: A self-admitted lothario, churchgoing, Internet porn-watching Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is challenged by potential love Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) when she forces him to think beyond just sex and get serious about himself.
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What They're Saying: "Gordon-Levitt learned much from the staccato slickness of (500) Days of Summer, but fast doesn’t mean shallow." -- Vulture

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%

Good for Kids? The plot of Don Jon revolves around an addiction to Internet porn. Enough said.

'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: 5%

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.

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