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

From The Wolverine to The To Do List, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Hugh Jackman is reprising his sexy superhero role in The Wolverine and Aubrey Plaza is getting her freak on in The To Do List. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?

'The Wolverine' (July 26)

The Wolverine Review

20th Century Fox

Short Story: In this continuation of the Marvel comic book tales, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels to Japan, where he faces new enemies and becomes even stronger. (Even though we think his muscles are big enough!)
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What They're Saying: "The Wolverine is an intermittently exciting action film anchored by a strong performance by Jackman, who embodies Wolverine like no one else could." -- USA Today

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 70%

Good for Kids? The Wolverine is only rated PG-13, but as with most comic book films, Common Sense Media calls the flick "violent, gritty and action-packed, with intense fighting and constant peril."
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'The To Do List' (July 26)

The To Do List Review

CBS Films

Short Story: Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza) is your average high school graduate: awkward, a little quirky and, um, highly interested in sex. When she feels pressured to become more sexually experienced before college, Brandy makes a list of sexual goals -- also known as The To Do List.
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What They're Saying:The To Do List falls neatly into the time-honored “Losin’ It” genre in which putative adolescents played by 20-something Hollywood actors scheme to de-virginize themselves while dodging a steady rain of gross-out gags." -- Boston Globe

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%

Good for Kids? A film that's all about a teenage girl's sexual self-discovery? Definitely not for little ones, even without the R-rating.
 

'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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What They're Saying: "Unfortunately, where a paranormal variation on Men in Black-style moviegoing could provide a captivating viewing experience, R.I.P.D. is an inferior film in nearly every single way imaginable." -- Screenrant

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: 40%

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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'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. Click here for the full Common Sense review.

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