Weekend Movie Forecast: Get the Scoop on 'The Rum Diary' & More!

Johnny Depp drinks up the good life, Justin Timberlake races against time, and Antonio Banderas shows off his Puss in this week's new releases

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

In theaters:

The Rum Diary
Short Story:
Based on Hunter S. Thompson's '50s-set novel, newspaperman Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) travels to Puerto Rico after he grows tired of living under the Eisenhower administration. Writing for a rundown newspaper in the Carribean, Paul develops a love for rum as he become engulfed in the lives of beauty Chenault (Amber Heard) and her shady real-estate developer husband (Aaron Eckhart). 

What They're Saying:
"An agreeable time-waster for the onlookers and its star." -- TIME magazine

"The Rum Diary could use a shot of the mania that fueled Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. As deadpan as he is, Depp could use a crazed Benicio Del Toro to complement his cool." -- Village Voice

Good for Kids?
The Rum Diaries is perfect for adults looking for a steamy drama. Rated R for language, sexuality, drug use and plenty of drinking, it is probably best to leave the kiddies at home while you enjoy watching the hunky Johnny Depp in his latest film!

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In Time
Short Story:
In a world where time is money, everyone is genetically altered to stop aging at 25 -- at which point they have a year to buy more time or die. The rich can earn decades of time and essentially become immortal, while the poor must beg, borrow and steal hours just to live another day. When a factory worker (Justin Timberlake) is falsely accused of murder after receiving a century's worth of time, he is forced to go on the run with his beautiful hostage (Amanda Seyfried), as they declare war against the system. 

What They're Saying:
"If you get past the plot holes and the copious time puns, In Time is actually rather brisk, enjoyable entertainment." -- Associated Press

"Oddly, (director Andrew) Niccol doesn't seem to have a clue how to mine dread and anxiety out of that greenly flickering readout of human lifespan." -- MSN Movies

Good for Kids?
With an PG-13 rating, Common Sense Media suggests that this futuristic thriller will appeal to teens. Parents should expect "a good bit of violence, chase sequences, and obvious romances." Read the full Common Sense review!

Puss in Boots
Short Story: 
After three Shrek movies comes an epic spinoff with one of the ogre's most lovable sidekicks. In this prequel, Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) embarks on an adventure with the street smart Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) and friend Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) to save the land from the murderous Jack (Billy Bob Thorton) and Jill (Amy Sedaris).

What They're Saying:
"Puss' origin story could easily stand on its own -- a testament to clever writing on the part of its creative team and an irresistible central performance by Antonio Banderas." -- Variety

"For quick, lively, family friendly entertainment, Puss in Boots works just fine, even in 3-D, which is integrated thoughtfully into the narrative and doesn't just feel like a gimmick." -- Associated Press

Good for Kids?
With steller ratings from the critics, this spinoff is not one to be missed! Common Sense Media recommends this fun film for both adults and kids, whether or not they're familiar with Far Far Away. With a PG rating, "families should expect the same level of pop-culture references and fliratious banter present in the other Shrek movies." Read the full Common Sense review!

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Anonymous
Short Story: 
Set in Elizabethan England, playwright Ben Jonson (Sebastian Armesto) is tortured by Robert Cecil (Edward Hogg), who demands to know if the Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) actually penned William Shakespeare's (Rafe Spall) famous plays. Several flashbacks reveal Oxford's affair with Queen Elizabeth (Joely Richardson) and how it inspired plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream.

What They're Saying: 
"The more far-fetched the idea, it seems, the more strenuous the effort to pass it off as authentic." -- The New Yorker

"A splendid experience: the dialogue, the acting, the depiction of London, the lust, jealousy and intrigue." -- Chicago Sun-Times

Good for Kids? 
Rated PG-13 for violence and sexual content -- and packed with action and intrigue -- this movie is perfect for historical junkies on the teen and adult persuasion. 

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In case you missed:

The Three Musketeers 
Short Story:
Based on Alexandre Dumas' classic novel, a young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) teams up with the three Musketeers (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) as they head to Paris to engage in some swordplay (and wordplay) with the evil Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz), his double agent Milady (Milla Jovovich) and England's Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom).

What They're Saying:
"The very existence of this film illustrates barrel-scraping desperation of the Hollywood kind." -- Toronto Star

"A very 2011 take on Alexandre Dumas' classic that feels weirdly dated already." -- Variety

Good for Kids?
This 3-D adventure movie is perfect for teens looking for some action, but perhaps not the little ones. Common Sense Media says parents should expect "plenty of sword fighting and action, some violence, and a dash of romance." Read the full Common Sense review!

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Paranormal Activity 3
Short Story:
The third installment in the spooky franchise takes place 18 years prior to the events in the first two flicks (that's right, it's a prequel to last year's prequel). Sisters Katie and Kristi discover an invisible entity lurking about their house and -- thinking he's a friendly ghost -- befriend him. Wonder how that one turns out!

What They're Saying:
"The bottom line, for me, is this: I don't scare easily at horror films (that's one of the reasons I tend to pan them), but I watched Paranormal Activity 3 in a state of high anxiety." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Still, cheap it may be, but it's not particularly graphic, so it's got that going for it. And in any case, scares are scares, even if they are cheap." -- MSN Movies

Good for Kids?
With an R rating, Common Sense Media suggests that parents should be prepared for "tense, simmering violence and terror." So, unless your kids are fans of nightmares, this one's probably adults-only. Read the full Common Sense review!

The Mighty Macs 
Short Story: 
The film is base on the true story, Cathy Rush (Carla Gugnino), a women's basketball coach hired on by the small Immaculata College in the early '70s. With sheer determination and passion, Rush works to turn her non-existent basketball team into a national competitor. 

What They're Saying:
"Too bad it's simply not that good, wobbling up on its way to the backboard and rolling on the rim before eventually making its point when what we were hoping for was a slam dunk." -- MSN Movies

"The Mighty Macs appears to have been made on a budget equivalent to the cost of a WNBA fleece hoodie." -- The Village Voice

Good for Kids?
With a G rating, this inspirational drama is sure to evoke values of sportmanship and hard-work that will impact even the youngest of sports fans.

Johnny English Reborn
Short Story: 
Thought you'd seen the last of bumbling MI7 agent Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson, a.k.a. "Mr. Bean")? Think again! After years of hiding out in Asia -- where he's apparently been learning martial arts -- Johnny must save the world once again. When the Chinese premier's life is threatened, Johnny sets out to his latest high-tech gadgets to unravel a web of conspiracies. Although his methods are highly unorthodox, failure is not an option for this top spy. 

What They're Saying: 
"Atkinson has amassed a loyal following who will no doubt support English in theaters. But most will leave disappointed, thinking, "Bean there, done that." -- Washington Post

"Johnny English isn't reborn so much as reheated, and his aim hasn't improved after all these years." -- Associated Press

Good for Kids?
Rated PG, this is a film young kids can enjoy. Common Sense Media says parents should expect "cartoonish violence" of the sort associated with slapstick comedy. Even though critics' reviews are lackluster, this comedy adventure is sure to pack in a ton of spy action and laughs! Read the full Common Sense review!

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