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

From The Mortal Instruments to You're Next, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Lily Collins is learning how to kick demon butt in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are reuniting for last call in The World's End and Sharni Vinson is attempting to ward off masked killers in You're Next. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?

'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' (Aug. 21)

The Mortal Instruments Review

Screen Gems

Short Story: After her mother is attacked by a demon, Brooklynite Clary Fray (Lily Collins) learns she has the power to protect the world from evil forces. Along with others like her, she heads into a treacherous alternate universe that puts her power to the test. Also starring Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Click here for the official movie site!

What They're Saying: "Despite the overstuffed assortment of vampires, werewolves, warlocks and demons of all shapes and sizes, The Mortal Instruments seldom feels like anything more than a shameless, soulless knockoff." -- The Hollywood Reporter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 16%

Good for Kids? Though Mortal Instruments is only rated PG-13, Common Sense Media warns parents to expect "a lot of violent confrontations in the movie... including scenes of torture and even death."
Click here for the full Common Sense review.

'The World's End' (Aug. 23)

The World's End Review

Focus Features

Short Story: Jobless, broke and looking to relive the glory days of youth, alcoholic has-been Gary King (Simon Pegg) convinces his friends to reunite for one last epic pub crawl. Also starring Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan as Gary's skeptical pals.
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What They're Saying: "Unfortunately, it essentially repeats the [Shaun of the Dead] formula -- laughs and scares mixed with feelings and male angst -- to less success. So thank goodness it's pretty damn hilarious, too." -- Deadspin

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

Good for Kids? Those who have seen Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz -- the first two movies in the so-called Cornetto Trilogy -- know that director Edgar Wright isn't kid-friendly. The film is rated R for pervasive language, including sexual references.

'You're Next' (Aug. 23)

You're Next Review

Lionsgate Entertainment

Short Story: A gang of masked murderers descends upon the Davison family reunion. That is, until one unlikely family member is able to fight back. Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci and AJ Bowen star.
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What They're Saying: "You're Next is proof that the right combination of yuks, yikes and yecchs can also pump creative blood into an all-too-schlocky genre." -- Los Angeles Times

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%

Good for Kids? Even if your little ones love horror movies, viewers younger than 18 will need parental accompaniment: You're Next is rated R for strong bloody violence, language, brief sexuality and nudity.

'Kick-Ass 2' (Aug. 16)

Kick-Ass 2 Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: Feeling inspired by high-school hero Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), normal citizens in town begin wearing masks and joining the superhero force. For a while, the team of crime-fighters has a good thing going... until the police tell New Yorkers to turn in anyone wearing a mask. Also starring Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the nemesis formerly known as Red Mist.
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What They're Saying: "Kick-Ass 2... is significantly less confident and less brazen. It's a have-a-go affair that tries out the same blend of red-blooded action and salty-blue humour, but serves mainly to bolster the bravery of the original." -- The Guardian

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 29%

Good for Kids? As it turns out, not all superhero movies are for kids. According to Common Sense Media, the R-rated flick contains "graphic violence, strong language, some alcohol consumption and sexual content."
Click here for the full Common Sense review.

Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' (Aug. 16)

The Butler Review

The Weinstein Company

Short Story: Based on a true story, The Butler follows African-American Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who recounts the many years he spent as a butler in the White House and how certain societal events shaped his life.
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What They're Saying: "Lee Daniels’ work (Shadowboxer, Precious, The Paperboy) has been flavorful, sometimes to a fault. But The Butler, inspired by a true story, raises Daniels up." -- New York Daily News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72%

Good for Kids? The Butler is only rated PG-13, but it explores some heavy issues that may be too much for young kids, including the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War.

'Paranoia' (Aug. 16)

Paranoia Review

Relativity Media

Short Story: When Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) takes an entry-level job at a major corporation, he has no idea what he's getting into. By the time his boss, Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) asks Adam to spy on Wyatt's old mentor (Harrison Ford) and steal secrets, Adam becomes the middle-man in a very dangerous situation.
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What They're Saying: "As bad as the attempts at tension may fare, Paranoia is even worse when it attempts to smarten up." -- Variety

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 3%

Good for Kids? Tweens and teens looking to swoon over Liam Hemsworth may need parental accompaniment to this PG-13-rated film. Common Sense Media tells parents to expect "sex, violence and strong language in this corporate crime thriller."
Click here for the full Common Sense review.
 
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