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

From Thor: The Dark World to About Time, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Chris Hemsworth is once again on a mission to save Earth in Thor: The Dark World, and Domhnall Gleeson is sweeping Rachel McAdams off her feet in About Time. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?

'Thor: The Dark World' (Nov. 8)

Thor The Dark World Review

Walt Disney Studios

Short Story: As if saving all of New York City with The Avengers weren't enough, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is faced with yet another monumental task. When met with his most formidable enemy yet, Thor embarks on a dangerous, deeply personal mission that reunites him with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and burdens him with saving Earth. Also starring Tom Hiddleston, who returns as Thor's power-hungry brother, Loki.
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What They're Saying: "Is Thor getting dumber, or am I?... With the release of The Dark World, the second film in the series about the hammer-wielding Norse god -- or the third if you count The Avengers -- I’m left with way more questions than I can answer." -- The Washington Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 70%

Good for Kids? For parents of little ones, be warned: Although Thor: The Dark World is only rated PG-13, Common Sense Media does say the film includes "intense battle scenes" featuring plenty of violence.
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'About Time' (Nov. 8)

About Time Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: When Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns that all the men in his family -- including himself -- can time-travel, he uses his newfound power with the hopes of getting a girlfriend. The romantic endeavor is easier said than done, but meeting bookworm Mary (Rachel McAdams) changes everything for him.
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What They're Saying: "This is a film that blends genre pleasures with efficient, thematically resonant storytelling and moreover gives its audience a call to action." -- NPR

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66%

Good for Kids? Although it has an R-rating for language and some sexual content, About Time isn't the most inappropriate movie out there. With parental accompaniment, teenagers should be able to enjoy the film.
 

'Ender's Game' (Nov. 1)

Ender's Game Review

Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate

Short Story: Based on Orson Scott Card's science-fiction novel of the same name, Ender's Game follows the shy -- but impressively bright -- youth Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield). When an alien race invades Earth, the International Fleet recruits Ender to lead the battle that will decide the fate of the human race. Also starring Harrison Ford as the esteemed Colonel Graff and Ben Kingsley as outgoing commander Mazer Rackham.
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What They're Saying: "Considering the sizable budget expended on Ender's Game, one could have hoped for something a bit more groundbreaking." -- The Huffington Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 59%

Good for Kids? Despite a PG-13 rating, Common Sense Media tells parents to expect "frequent peril and violent battle scenes," which could make Ender's Game unsuitable for little ones.
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'Free Birds' (Nov. 1)

Free Birds Review

Relativity Media

Short Story: When sensible turkey Reggie (voiced by Owen Wilson) is given the presidential pardon, his Thanksgiving woes are over — or so he thinks. But after he encounters wild turkey Jake (Woody Harrelson), the two are suddenly traveling back in time to 1621, and the first Thanksgiving, to get turkeys off the menu once and for all.
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What They're Saying: "The good news: The talking turkeys in Free Birds are so unappealing and unfunny that your kids will probably feel guilt-free eating their real-life counterparts this Thanksgiving." -- Entertainment Weekly

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 20%

Good for Kids? Common Sense Media warns merely for some "comedic violence" in Free Birds, but this PG-rated animated flick is bound to please viewers of all ages.
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'Last Vegas' (Nov. 1)

Last Vegas Review

CBS Films

Short Story: It's never too late for a bachelor party in Vegas! At least, that's the mindset of four old friends (Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline), who reunite for a boys' night out before one of their own gets married to a very young bride.
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What They're Saying: "To call this the geriatric Hangover is both accurate and misleading, as the main fun here is not so much the broad humor as it is to watch five great old pros imparting pleasure while obviously having it themselves." -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43%

Good for Kids? Despite being compared to The Hangover, Last Vegas isn't quite as crass. The film is rated PG-13 for sexual content and language, but should be enjoyable for young teens with parental accompaniment.

Rebecca Iannucci is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Pinterest, Twitter and Google+.

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