Weekend Movie Forecast: Get the Scoop on 'The Three Musketeers' & More!

Orlando Bloom engages is some swordplay with The Three Musketeers, and a third round of Paranormal Activity heads to theaters

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

In theaters now:

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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In case you missed:

Footloose
Short Story:
In this remake of the 1984 classic, Kenny Wormald steps into the dancing shoes previously worn by Kevin Bacon to play Ren MacCormack, a city boy who moves to a small Southern town named Bomont. When Ren discovers that Bomont's local councilmen and Rev. Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) have banned dancing there, he and the minister's rebellious daughter Ariel (Dancing with the Stars' Julianne Hough) team up to challenge the ban and encourage Bomont residents cut loose.

What They're Saying:
"(Director Craig) Brewer, who previously put his high-intensity spin on Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan, displays his coolest moves in the way he smartly unties this Footloose from its 1980s moorings." -- Entertainment Weekly

"While hewing closely to Footloose's original story and themes, Brewer's film throws the standard high-school movie notion of a teenage caste system out the window." -- Village Voice

Good for Kids?
This '80s remake is perfect for teens and nostalgic parents, especially those with a love for music and dancing! Common Sense Media says families should expect "some making out, language and a couple of high-school scuffles." Read the full Common Sense review!

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The Thing
Short Story:
In this prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 cult classic of the same name, American paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and a team of Norwegian scientists discover an extraterrestrial ship and seemingly dead creature buried beneath the snow in Antarctica. When a simple experiment brings the alien back to life, Kate and her crew's pilot (Joel Edgerton) must stop it from killing them all.

What They're Saying:
"A decent cast and a pristine glacial setting are wasted on a movie of alien transmutations and alien dissections that lacks urgency, or even a sense that's its very cold in Antarctica." -- Orlando Sentinel

"It's full of chills and thrills and isolated Antarctic atmosphere and terrific Hieronymus Bosch creature effects, and if it winks genially at the plot twists of Carpenter's film, it never feels even a little like some kind of inside joke." -- Salon.com

Good for Kids?
Rated R for violence, gore and disturbing images, Common Sense Media warns parents to expect "state-of-the-art computer effects" that may be too graphic for even teens. With Halloween right around the corner, though, this might just be perfect for adults looking for their horror fix. Read the full Common Sense review!

The Big Year 
Short Story: 
Kenny (Owen Wilson), Stu (Steve Martin) and Brad (Jack Black) are all at a crossroads in life. Tired of being tied down with obligations and responibilites, these friendly birding (a.k.a. bird-watching) rivals embark on a cross-country journey to dedicate a year to following their own dreams -- and win a competitions dedicated to spying the most species of bird in North America. 

What They're Saying:
"The most inviting thing in the movie was the exit door." --New York Observer

"It's like an Easter egg hunt for adults, joyous and sweet. The Big Year competition may be fierce, but the movie is as soft as a bunny." -- TIME magazine

Good for Kids?
With a PG rating, this comedy is sure to produce some laughs for all ages, as three grown men venture out on a competitive bird-watching competition. Parents should be aware that the film does have some sensuality and language, however, and might deal with themes too mature to interest children.

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