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

From The Wolf of Wall Street to Grudge Match, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

This holiday season seems to be bringing more movies than ever! As you unwind from the Christmas festivities and gear up for New Year's Eve, take the opportunity to see one of the many films in theaters now: The Wolf of Wall Street, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues... and plenty more! Will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?

'The Wolf of Wall Street' (Dec. 25)

The Wolf of Wall Street Review

Paramount Pictures

Short Story: Based on a true story, The Wolf of Wall Street refers to Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), a real-life stockbroker who enjoyed a fabulous rise to wealth and power... before experiencing a miserable fall at the hands of the federal government. Also starring Jonah Hill as Jordan's business partner and Matthew McConaughey as one of his early mentors.
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What They're Saying: "The Wolf of Wall Street remains one-note even at is most outre." -- The Washington Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%

Good for Kids? Some R-rated flicks can be suitable for mature young viewers, with parental accompaniment. The Wolf of Wall Street isn't one of them. Featuring sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use, language and violence throughout, Common Sense Media says "this one's not recommended for kids of any age."
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'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' (Dec. 25)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Review

20th Century Fox

Short Story: Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) loves to daydream. He's got a big imagination that puts him in extraordinary situations, even though he really just works in the photography department at Life magazine. But in his quest to track down a missing negative, he gets to live out an adventure better than his fantasies. Also starring Kristen Wiig as Walter's office crush and Sean Penn as a mysterious photographer. (Based on a short story of the same name.)
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What They're Saying: "This version of Walter Mitty undermines some of the democratic whimsy that has made his story such an appealing and durable modern myth." -- The New York Times

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 47%

Good for Kids? Although little ones might be bored by Walter Mitty's concept, Common Sense Media calls the PG-rated flick "a tween- and teen-friendly tale."
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'47 Ronin' (Dec. 25)

47 Ronin Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: Based on a centuries-old Japanese legend, 47 Ronin stars Keanu Reeves as Kai, a warrior who is recruited by a group of samurai, called ronin, who must defend themselves against an evil army. Oh, and the army is infinite. So that sounds fun.
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What They're Saying: "Though the film teeters on the verge of bad-movie damnation... it redeems its existence by supplying dozens of striking original compositions." -- Variety

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 11%

Good for Kids? If you're not a fan of action or violence, 47 Ronin isn't the flick for you or your young theatergoers. Although it's only rated PG-13, Common Sense Media says the samurai flick contains "plenty of graphic violence, including swordplay, guns and martial arts."
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'Grudge Match' (Dec. 25)

Grudge Match Review

Warner Bros. Pictures

Short Story: In their heyday, boxers Henry "Razor" Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) and Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (Robert De Niro) had quite the rivalry between them. Now, 30 years later, they're being drawn out of retirement to fight against each other in one last grudge match.
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What They're Saying: "Grudge Match never settles on the movie it wants to be, wavering uncertainly between a jokey old-guys comedy and something more dramatic and heartfelt. It never lands the combination of being both." -- Los Angeles Times

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 20%

Good for Kids? Maybe! Grudge Match is rated PG-13 for sports action violence, sexual content and language, but Common Sense Media says audiences "will definitely cheer" if they can appreciate seeing Stallone and De Niro on screen together.
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'American Hustle' (Dec. 20)

American Hustle Review

Columbia Pictures

Short Story: Set in 1970s New Jersey, con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are reluctantly roped into working with FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). Naturally, hijinks ensue. Also starring Jennifer Lawrence as Irving's manic wife Rosalyn, and Jeremy Renner as New Jersey mayor Carmine Polito.
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What They're Saying: "It's a film of jaw-dropping virtuosity and pleasure, one that leaves you revved, enthralled, tickled, moved, and amazed." -- Entertainment Weekly

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

Good for Kids? In case the con-artist subject matter isn't enough to drive young viewers away, American Hustle's R-rating for language, sexual content and violence should do the trick. Common Sense Media tells viewers to "expect strong performances, but save this one for older teens and adults."
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'Saving Mr. Banks' (Dec. 20)

Saving Mr Banks Review

Walt Disney Studios

Short Story: A dream is a wish your heart makes, right? In Saving Mr. Banks, it's "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) that has the dream, and Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) who wishes to adapt her novel into a movie.
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What They're Saying: "Hanks IS Disney in these scenes, as we've never seen him before." -- The Huffington Post

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

Good for Kids? Although this feel-good, Disney-centric flick might immediately appeal to little ones, Common Sense Media says its PG-13 rating (for unsettling themes and images) makes Saving Mr. Banks "appropriate for older tweens and up."
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'Walking With Dinosaurs' (Dec. 20)

Walking With Dinosaurs Review

20th Century Fox

Short Story: Looking to follow in his dad's (really big) footsteps as the next leader of the herd, young Pachyrhinosaurus dinosaur Patchi (voiced by Justin Long) is shown the ropes and forced to become a hero among dinosaurs as climate change threatens the species. Additional voices provided by John Leguizamo, Karl Urban and Skyler Stone. Click here for the official movie site!

What They're Saying: "While the walking part’s pretty impressive, the talking part -- not so much." -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 27%

Good for Kids? Despite moments of mild violence and the ever-depressing topic of climate change, Common Sense Media says "this family-friendly movie is sure to be a visual spectacle, especially in 3D."
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'Inside Llewyn Davis' (Dec. 20)

Inside Llewyn Davis Review

CBS Films

Short Story: Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, this flick follows young singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he navigates the folk music scene of 1961 Greenwich Village. Also starring John Goodman, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake.
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What They're Saying: "If you love the Coens, or follow folk music, or hold fast to this period of history and that patch of New York, then the film can hardly help striking a chord... Yet something in the movie fails to grip, and it has to do with the hero." -- The New Yorker

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

Good for Kids? With an R-rating for language -- and according to Common Sense Media, intense subject matter, drinking and drug use -- Inside Llewyn Davis "may be too heavy for younger teens."
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'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' (Dec. 18)

Anchorman 2 Review

Paramount Pictures

Short Story: After he gets sacked from his job (and his wife is conversely given a promotion), news anchor Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is forced into the world of 24-hour news when he takes a new gig at fledgling news channel GNN -- joined, of course, by his old team (Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner).
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What They're Saying: "If it has a '2' -- or, classier yet, a 'II' -- in the title, the smart money says that it won't be as funny as the original. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues doesn't defy that axiom, but it's still plenty hilarious in a reheated sort of way." -- CNN

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%

Good for Kids? Although Anchorman 2 is not rated R as parents might expect, Common Sense Media says the PG-13 flick is a "mature comedy" that contains plenty of "strong language, graphic sexual references, some nudity, racial stereotypes and other crude content." In short? Not for kids.
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