Weekend Movie Forecast: Should You See 'Transformers 3' or 'Larry Crowne'?

Massive robots (Tranformers) take on Tom Hanks/Julia Roberts (Larry Crowne) and Selena Gomez (Monte Carlo) in theaters!

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

In theaters now:

Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Short Story:
Shia LeBeouf reprises his role as Sam Witwicky in the third installment in the Transformers franchise -- and, this time around, he's got a new girlfriend (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) whose job is to look perpetually hot as Autobots and evil Decepticons duke it out over the fate of mankind. The plot -- the Decepticons want to use a new robot technology to bring their home world of Cybertron to Earth -- takes a back seat to giant robots slicing each other to pieces, cars blowing up, and Chicago being reduced to a pile of smoking rubble. But, hey, that's the point of these movies!

What They're Saying:
"Watching Transformers: Dark of the Moon makes you die a little inside. Is this the future of movies? God help us! Michael Bay, you've done it again." -- Rolling Stone

"If you're going to make a movie in which some of your stars are animated toys and much of downtown Chicago is reduced to rubble, this is the way to do it: shamelessly, with no expense spared and no cliche avoided." -- Chicago Reader

Good for the Kids?
Rated PG-13, this movie is perfect for teens and adults, especially those who grew up with the Transformers franchise. Though the amazing action sequences are mostly blood-free, plenty of humans get "vaporized," so it's probably best to leave the little ones at home with a babysitter and some Transformers toys.

Monte Carlo
Short Story:
When friends Grace (Selena Gomez), Meg (Leighton Meester) and Emma (Katie Cassidy) venture to Paris for their dream vacation, they are dissapointed when things don't at first go as planned. But things take a turn for the awesome when Grace is mistakken for an English heiress, and their bland trip soon turns in to an unforgettable vacation filled with love, adventure and even paparazzi!

What They're Saying:
"Meester and Cassidy provide solid sidekicks, though that perhaps sells them short: They ultimately carry the movie. All of their storylines lead to self-discovery and sappiness." -- Associated Press

"Were I a certain 12-year-old girl, Monte Carlo would be a giant frosted pastry, even if that pastry tastes suspiciously like Gomez's 2009 Disney Channel original movie, Princess Protection Program." -- Boston Globe

Good for the Kids?
Rated PG, this flick is perfect for young girls -- especially Selena Gomez fans! With Glee's Cory Monteith playing a love interest, this fun, romantic comedy really has something for girls of any age!

Larry Crowne
Short Story:
When Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) suddently loses his job, he decides to start over and head back college... community college, that is. In a class of outcasts, Larry expectedly makes friends with some of his fellow classmates and even strikes up a romance with his jaded -- but beautiful -- professor (Julia Roberts).

What They're Saying:
"At this point in their careers, Hanks and Roberts know a lot about how to make movies and how to reach audiences; these are relaxed and professional star performances, long on charm and short on theatrics." -- Salon.com

"Larry Crowne has Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts and a good premise and a colorful supporting cast, but what it doesn't have is a reason for existing." -- Chicago Sun-Times

Good for the Kids?
Who can resist Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts reuniting on screen? Not adults. But with a PG-13 rating and a decidely mature plot, this may not be a good fit for young kids... so hire a babysitter! Even though the film has recieved mixed reviews, Hanks and Roberts are a match made in Hollywood heaven.

In Case You Missed:

Cars 2
Short Story:
Get ready to put the pedal to the metal! Pixar is back with Cars 2, a sequel to the 2006 animated hit. This time around, champion racecar Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and redneck tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) venture overseas for the first World Grand Prix. But things take a wrong -- and funny -- turn when clueless Mater accidentally gets tangled in a dangerous web of international espionage.

What They're Saying:
"This is Mater's movie. It's a Materthon. I would call it Materific if he didn't leave me longing for WALLE's robot to crush him into a silent cube." -- TIME Magazine

"The Cars characters will never be in danger of melting my heart, but the spy antics in this film are enough of a rip-roaring distraction to carry me through the almost two-hour running time." -- IGN Movies

Good for the Kids?
This may be the first Pixar film to recieve not-so-steller reviews, but you'll probably still want to race over to your nearest theater! With familiar characters and amazing animation, young kids will love the action and adventure.

Bad Teacher
Short Story:
Don't expect to get an education from Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz), a wildly inappropriate, foul-mouthed, gold-digging middle school teacher. When she unexpectedly gets dumped by her fiancé, she sets her sights on a rich substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake), while fighting off the affections of a sarcastic gym teacher (Jason Segel).

What They're Saying:
"Bad Teacher is a pulled punch, a pot-smoking/kid cussing/teacher copulating farce that is less than the sum of its parts." -- Orlando Sentinel

"A refreshingly raucous comedy that comes surprisingly close to completely living up to its lack of conviction..." -- MSN Movies

Good for the Kids?
It's probably better to leave the kids at home for this raunchy comedy. Rated R for drug use, nudity and language, this flick is good for adults needing a few laughs!

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
Short Story:
After being very publicly ousted from NBC's Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien hits the road for a 32-city music and comedy tour. Appropriately titled the Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour, this documentary follows Conan's journey when he is contractually banned from appearing on television, radio and the Internet for six months after his last show.

What They're Saying:
"It's an equally insightful and excruciating journey, with our quip-ready protagonist perpetually caught between two modes: eager-to-please caffeinated and near-breakdown frustrated." -- Time Out New York

"The biggest laughs and most intriguing revelations are provided offstage in this slickly produced documentary." -- Variety

Good For the Kids?
Rated R for language, this documentary is perfect for both adults and fans of Conan, but probably not kids. The movie gives a revealing backstage look at Conan's vulnerabilities and frustration after he's forced to leave the Tonight Show. Don't fear, the comedian's humor shines though as he demonstrates his mastery in the art of improvisation.

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