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

From Star Trek Into Darkness to The Great Gatsby, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

From Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto fighting a Starfleet terrorist in Star Trek Into Darkness to Leonardo DiCaprio rekindling a lost love in The Great Gatsby, here are the movies to check out. Will you be grabbing your popcorn and catching one of them this weekend?

'Star Trek Into Darkness' (May 16)

Star Trek Into Darkness Review

Zade Rosenthal / Paramount Pictures

Short Story: After Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) breaks Starfleet protocol and is sent back to Earth with Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the Enterprise crew, they encounter a new challenge: a terrorist working from the inside. The criminal is John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), a rogue member who threatens to destroy the entire organization. Can he be stopped?
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What They’re Saying: “[Director J.J.] Abrams fashions a hardboiled action-thriller, putting the film in full-throttle from the get go, grabbing the audience by the jugular and refusing to let go until the end credits roll.” -- FOX News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%

Good for Kids? Although Star Trek Into Darkness is bound to channel the inner nerd in all of us, Common Sense Media says the action flick’s “violent combat, explosive battle scenes and harrowing storyline likely make this sweeping adventure too intense for young kids.”
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'The Great Gatsby' (May 10)

The Great Gatsby Review

Warner Bros.

Short Story: In Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, we meet all the classic quirky characters -- this time, with whimsical visual effects. The film is narrated by war veteran Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), who finds himself fascinated by the life of his wealthy neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). But even though he’s rich, Gatsby really just wants one thing: the love of a former flame, Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan).
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What They’re Saying: “No matter how frenzied and elaborate and sometimes distracting his technique may be, Luhrmann's personal connection and commitment to the material remains palpable, which makes for a film that, most of the time, feels vibrantly alive while remaining quite faithful to the spirit, if not the letter or the tone, of its source.” -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50%

Good for Kids? Fitzgerald’s book is a classic, and Leo is still breaking hearts of all ages. But The Great Gatsby has still earned a PG-13 rating, and Common Sense Media warns parents about “lots of drinking and smoking, sex, adultery, violence and other mature content.”
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'Peeples' (May 10)

Peeples Review

Lionsgate

Short Story: Even when all goes according to plan, family reunions are always a little awkward. So when plans fall apart, what should be a pleasant evening quickly becomes a disaster. Such is the case for the well-to-do Peeples family and their daughter Grace (Kerry Washington). When Grace’s beau Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) crashes a reunion weekend in the Hamptons and asks for Grace’s hand in marriage, it leads to utter chaos. Not the best way to meet the in-laws!
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What They’re Saying: “With a long, boring buildup that finally pays off with scattered laughs in the second half, Peeples also manages to leave a better impression than the 'Tyler Perry Presents' tag on the posters might imply.” -- ABC News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 36%

Good for Kids? We’re not sure Tyler Perry movies are ever kid-friendly! Although Peeples is only rated PG-13, the film includes sexual content, drug material and strong language throughout.
 

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