Weekend Movie Forecast

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

Opening this weekend...

Amelia
Short Story:
Hilary Swank
stars as the fearless female flier in this biopic about an American legend.

What They're Saying:
"Top-flight portrayal of the aviator by Hilary Swank is an instant bio classic." –Hollywood Reporter

"The cinematography and Depression-era props are splendid. Swank, of course, is too." – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Good for Kids?
Although younger kids may lose interest, this one's good, clean family fun.

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Astro Boy
Short Story:
In this classic Japanese comic-turned-movie, a young robot uses his amazing powers to become a hero.

What They're Saying:
"This anime-style animated sci-fi adventure about a young robot superhero (voiced by Freddie Highmore) is most likely to appeal to younger boys or kids who are especially interested in Japanese manga."  – Common Sense Media

"A futuristic take on Pinocchio... a competently-made animated adventure that probably will wow kids more than it will keep adults entertained." – ComingSoon.net

Good for Kids?
This kids' flick, rated PG for its action and mild language, will be a hit with your youngsters.

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Vampire's Assistant
Short Story:
In an effort to save his best friend, a teen boy agrees to an eternity of darkness as a vampire's lackey.

What They're Saying:
"Given the current trendiness of vampire movies and TV shows, parents should expect older tweens and teens to show an interest in the film." – Common Sense Media

"[John C.] Reilly is well cast as a playful, seen-it-all blood-sucker who explains what awaits Darren if the kid chooses to earn his fangs." – Orlando Sentinel

Good for Kids?
It's targeted towards kids but is surprisingly scary. Best for 13 and up.

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In case you missed...

Where the Wild Things Are
Short Story:

This live-action remake of the classic kids' book chronicles young Max's post-bedtime adventures via his wild imagination.

What They're Saying:
"It's a gorgeous film: This may sound contradictory, but it's intricate and rough-hewn at the same time, dreamlike and earthy." – The Associated Press

"[Director] Spike Jonze's highly anticipated adaptation of the Where the Wild Things Are book by beloved children's author Maurice Sendak is likely to appeal to any kid (or adult) who loves the fantastical tale of intrepid Max." – Common Sense Media

Good for Kids?
Although this classic tale might appeal to your 5-year-old, the film's darker themes make it more appropriate for older kids.

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Law Abiding Citizen
Short Story:
After the man who murdered his family goes free, Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) will stop at nothing to improve the justice system -- even if it means killing innocent people.

What They're Saying:
"Law Abiding Citizen is one of those movies you like more at the time than in retrospect. I mean, come on, you're thinking. Still, there's something to be said for a movie you like well enough at the time." – RogerEbert.com

"Clyde is one of those movie madmen who turns vengeance into a 'game.'" – EW.com

Good for Kids?
Rated R for graphic violence (think Saw), this one's for strong-stomached adults.

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The Stepfather
Short Story:
When Michael Harding (Penn Badgley) returns home from military school, he finds his mom's new boyfriend has moved into their house -- and he soon realizes that his potential stepfather has an evil past.

What They're Saying:
"Stepparents have a bad reputation and the stepfather in this movie is no exception." – Parent Previews

"This remake turns a fondly remembered horror/thriller into a mild and tedious suspense film." - Hollywood Reporter

Good for Kids?
Rated PG-13, this horror flick is best for older teens and adults.

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