Weekend Movie Forecast: The Scoop on 'New Year's Eve' & More!

An A-list cast looks for love in New York on New Year's Eve, and Jonah Hill is the worst Sitter ever in this week's new movies

Which movies are fun for the whole family and which ones are treats just for you? Find out!

In theaters:

New Year's Eve
Short Story:
From the director of Pretty Woman and Valentine's Day comes a romantic comedy about ringing in 2012 with a bang. On the last day of the year, several New Yorkers -- played by an impressive gaggle of A-listers that includes Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Lea Michele, Halle Berry, Bon Jovi, and Katherine Heigl -- find themselves searching for love and happiness... and trying to fulfill some very ambitious resolutions.

What They're Saying: 
"A movie I often found myself laughing at in ridicule, and one that also gave me a lump in the throat. So I guess you could say I had a good time." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Offering around a dozen barely there, aggressively agreeable mini-stories spliced together and spit out with lawnmower-style eloquence, the film is pushed to punishing lengths by the engorged cast list." -- Variety

Good for Kids?
This fun rom-com has a huge star-studded cast and a fun holiday theme, but Common Sense Media warns that the movie features mature thematic elements, such as "adult relationships matters and stong language." With a PG-13 rating and some sexual references, this one's a holiday treat best served to adults. Click to read the full Common Sense review! 

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The Sitter
Short Story:
Get ready for a twisted, hilarious story from the director of Pineapple Express! When his girlfriend (Ari Graynor) promises to have sex with him at a party, Noah (Jonah Hill) sets off on a wild adventure through New York City to meet her -- with the kids he's babysitting in tow!

What They're Saying:
"The Sitter is predicated on a belief that chunky Jonah Hill, or at least the persona he presents, is secretly supercool. While it turns out to be a wisp of a movie, on that front at least, it is persuasive." -- TIME magazine

"I hope Green one day finds a way to bridge the style and rhythm of his early pictures (the ones that didn't make money) and the bumper-car approach of The Sitter." -- Chicago Tribune

Good for Kids?
This raunchy comedy is rated R for crude language and sexual content. Common Sense Media warns parents that although this movie features kids, it is definetely not appropriate for younger viewers. Or, as they put it: "Know it isn't meant for kids still young enough to need their own babysitter." Click to read the full Common Sense review!

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In case you missed:  

The Descendants 
Short Story:
When his wife is left comatose by a boating accident and he subsequently learns that she'd been having an affair, detached husband/father Matt King (George Clooney) is forced to reassess his relationship with his two daughters and his decision to sell the family's 25,000-acre land holdings. 

What They're Saying: 
"We get vested in the lives of these characters. That's rare in a lot of movies. We come to understand how they think and care about what they decide." -- Chicago Sun-Times

"Another beautifully chiseled piece of filmmaking -- sharp, funny, generous, and moving -- that writes its own rules as much as About Schmidt or Sideways did." -- Entertainment Weekly

Good for Kids?
Parents need to know that this dramedy mainly focuses on death and forgiveness, and Common Sense Media says the movie's "mature subject matter is too much for younger teens and tweens" (even though the cast features younger actors, including Shailene Woodley from ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager). As a result, common Sense recommends the film for kids 16 and older -- but adults should definitely check it out, as it's one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year. Click to read the full Common Sense review! 

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Shame
Short Story:
Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New York yuppie and sex addict, who seems quite content in his life of uncontrollable urges. That is, he's content until his wayward sister Cissy (Carey Mulligan) arrives unannounced, causing Brandon's life to spiral out of control as painful memories from their childhood bubble to the surface. 

What They're Saying:
"In a movie era remarkable for its reluctance to dramatize erotic intimacy, Shame merits praise for the dark energy of its sexual encounters." -- TIME magazine

"How can visual pleasure communicate existential misery? It is a real and interesting challenge, and if "Shame" falls short of meeting it, the seriousness of its effort is hard to deny." --The New York Times

Good for Kids?
This erotic drama is rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content. So, although it has received rave reviews from the critics, this movie is definitely not suitable for young kids and teens.

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