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

From Turbo to RED 2, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Ryan Reynolds is voicing a lightning-fast snail and working for an undead police force in Turbo and R.I.P.D., respectively. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson have an evil spirit on their hands in The Conjuring, while Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren reprise their roles as butt-kicking agents in RED 2. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and catching one of them this weekend?

'Turbo' (July 17)

Turbo Review

20th Century Fox

Short Story: After a freak accident changes his chemical makeup, big-dreaming snail Turbo (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) becomes lightning-fast and stands a chance at winning the Indy 500. Much to the chagrin of his fellow slow-movers, of course.
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What They're Saying: "It’s all very rousing in the usual way, but Turbo leaves a slightly sour aftertaste, and not only because of its own brave choice of mediocrity over excellence." -- The New York Times

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 65%

Good for Kids? Of course! Common Sense Media calls Turbo's "repeated scenes of peril" the film's only concern, which we think isn't much of a concern at all.
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'The Conjuring' (July 19)

The Conjuring Review

Warner Bros. Pictures

Short Story: Paranormal investigators Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) don't back down from a challenge. That's why they agree to investigate the supernatural entity holed up at a local farmhouse. But the case quickly proves to be much more terrifying than they'd planned.
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What They're Saying: "It's always a pleasant surprise to happen upon a movie that achieves the level of suspense or just plain creepiness that The Conjuring manages." -- The Huffington Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%

Good for Kids? Not this time. The film is rated R for disturbing violence and terror, which is totally not kid-friendly.

'R.I.P.D.' (July 19)

RIPD Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: After losing his life while on the job, former cop Nick (Ryan Reynolds) is sent to work for the Rest In Peace Department -- a team of undead police officers, including Roy (Jeff Bridges) -- who aim to keep Earth a place for the living only. (Yes, we would appreciate that!)
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Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 12%

Good for Kids? Rated PG-13, mostly for violence, action and language, it looks like Turbo is the only Ryan Reynolds movie that's appropriate for little ones this weekend.
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'RED 2' (July 19)

Red 2 Review

Summit Entertainment

Short Story: Retired CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) can't stay away from the job for long. While trying to track down a nuclear device, Frank enlists the help of team members Marvin (John Malkovich), Victoria (Helen Mirren) and others.
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What They're Saying: "It’s never laugh-out-loud funny or inside-track smart, but in a summer full of bombastic failures, a lack of pretense is enough." -- New York Daily News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 30%

Good for Kids? There's only so much to expect from a comic book-based movie, right? Naturally, Common Sense Media warns parents to expect "violent content, sexual conduct and partial nudity."
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'Grown Ups 2' (July 12)

Grown Ups 2 Review

Columbia Pictures

Short Story: After Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) relocates his family back to the town where he grew up, he and his friends (Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade, among others) end up learning a few lessons from their own kids.
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What They're Saying: "A water-treading rehash even on its own terms, the sequel is unlikely to attract an audience to match that of the first film, which was one of the biggest (if least deserving) hits of cowriter/coproducer/costar Adam Sandler's career." -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 6%

Good for Kids? As many Sandler fans might expect, Common Sense Media warns for "slapstick violence, crude humor, strong language and partial nudity" in this PG-13-rated sequel.
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'Pacific Rim' (July 12)

Pacific Rim Review

Warner Bros. Pictures

Short Story: After giant monsters called Kaiju threaten to wipe out humanity, a war begins between them and human-controlled robots known as Jaegers. More importantly, it's up to former pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and rookie Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to successfully lead the endeavor. No big deal.
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What They're Saying: "On a purely surface level, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim delivers exactly what it advertises... But anyone expecting the auteur behind Pan’s Labyrinth to create something primal or genuinely epic may be a bit disappointed." -- Forbes

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%

Good for Kids? Rated PG-13 for intense action and brief language, Common Sense Media says "[f]ighting and violence are the film's biggest issues."
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Rebecca Iannucci is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Pinterest, Twitter and Google+.

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