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

From White House Down to World War Z, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Channing Tatum is saving Jamie Foxx from peril in White House Down and Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are teaming up for an unconventional mission in The Heat. Will you be grabbing your popcorn and catching one of them this weekend?

'White House Down' (June 28)

White House Down Review

Columbia Pictures

Short Story: During a paramilitary attack on the White House, John Cale (Channing Tatum), a Capitol police officer and rejected Secret Service applicant, must save the president (Jamie Foxx) and his own daughter. Which begs the question... who in their right mind would reject Channing Tatum from the Secret Service?
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What They're Saying: "[Director Roland Emmerich] adds a little Air Force One patriotic peril, some Lethal Weapon buddy banter and Homeland-style national security angst, resulting in an action thriller that doesn’t know when to quit. For the most part, though, it remains preposterously entertaining." -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 42%

Good for Kids? White House Down isn't a great choice for the littlest viewers. But those 13 and up should be able to handle the action flick, which Common Sense Media says is full of "explosive destruction, violence, strong language and a plot packed with peril."
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'The Heat' (June 28)

The Heat Review

20th Century Fox

Short Story: Meet FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock). She's never had a partner before, and she doesn't work well with others. But when it comes time to take down a drug lord, she's forced to work with tough Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), and the two get to know each other very quickly.
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What They're Saying: "McCarthy/Bullock fans unite. Step out of the blistering summer sun and chill out with The Heat. You won’t be disappointed." -- Fox News

Good for Kids? Not quite! Common Sense Media warns about this R-rated flick for "references to sex, violence, strong language, drug use and drinking."
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'Monsters University' (June 21)

Monsters University Review

Walt Disney/Pixar Studios

Short Story: Same beloved monsters, different decade! In this Monsters, Inc. prequel, we meet Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) in their college days at Monsters University, where they definitely started off on the wrong foot.
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What They’re Saying: “No, we didn’t need Monsters University. But the movie that was made? It’s a really fun, entertaining one.” -- IGN

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%

Good for Kids? Of course! Although Common Sense Media gives parents a heads-up about “college pranks and mild ribald humor,” Monsters University is wholly family-friendly.
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'World War Z' (June 21)

World War Z Review

Paramount Pictures

Short Story: When the world is plagued by a zombie pandemic that threatens to overtake the government, it is up to retired United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) to find a way to stop it.
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What They’re Saying: “The odd triumph of the World War Z movie is that it leaves you wanting to linger in its depiction of atrocity, because that’s where the movie’s great skill and drama reside.” -- TIME

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67%

Good for Kids? Although World War Z is rated PG-13, Common Sense Media says the film’s disturbing images and graphic violence make it “best suited for mature viewers only.”
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Rebecca Iannucci is an iVillage contributing writer. Find her on Google+.

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