The Best Movies To See in Theaters – New Movies Out Now

As we prepare for the end of September and the official start of October’s Spooky Season, we can also look forward to a wave of new movies that will be hitting theaters this coming weekend.

From the newest biopic centered around Marilyn Monroe’s life (Blonde) to riotously funny LGBTQ+ romcoms (Bros), there’s no end to the number of entertaining films you can see starting this Friday.

In addition to those aforementioned films, you can alternatively check out some of the more noteworthy film releases from earlier in the year, including the Technicolor slasher, Pearl, the mysterious Don’t Worry Darling, and the epic action film, The Woman King.

Here are all the movies you can find playing at your local movie theaters starting this weekend.

Updated: September 29.

Popular New Releases

All the movies that have audiences buzzing or that fans have been eagerly awaiting for months.

Bros

Like most other genres in film today, the romantic comedy has yet to fully represent and accurately portray the romantic relationships between members of the LGBT+ community. Fortunately, Bros offers a remedy to that, existing as a funny and touching romantic comedy on par with Trainwreck or The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

Bobby (Billy Eichner) and Aaron (Luke Macfarlane) both crave love and affection but are plagued by their own self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy. Trying to overcome their inner fears, they try to start a meaningful relationship with one another.

Reviews for Bros have been extremely positive so far, critics praising the film’s incorporation of gay individuals and the movie’s hilarious script. It’s not only a great movie, but an important one as well — hopefully setting a standard for representation in modern romance films for the future.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%
IMDb score: 8.0

Blonde

One thing that might be said about biographical films in recent years is that they’ve taken on an increasingly radical approach. Breaking from the look of traditional biopic movies, Blonde is one such example of this — a stylized look at the life of its main character, Marilyn Monroe.

Blonde follows silver screen legend, Marilyn Monroe (Ana de Armas), from her humble beginnings as struggling country girl Norma Jeane into her glory years as one of the most recognizable female actors in Hollywood.

Epic in scope and in its runtime (just under three hours), there’s no questioning Blonde’s ambitiousness. Yet even with how audacious the film was meant to be, Blonde’s reviews have been evenly split — some calling it a visionary and original look at Monroe’s life, others feeling it too exploitative and dehumanizing in its depiction of the actor’s trauma.

Where to watch: In theaters/On Netflix
Rotten Tomatoes score: 49%
IMDb score: 6

Smile

Who would’ve thought one of the scariest images you could conjure up would simply be a person smiling? Drawing on that fear for our benefit, the filmmakers behind Smile create a genuinely terrifying horror film with a surprisingly poignant message hidden beneath its abundance of scares.

Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) witnesses a strange event involving a patient who commits suicide in front of her. As time draws on, Rose begins seeing disturbing hallucinations, all of which involve normal people taking on a disturbing grin — a phenomena which somehow seems related to her past traumatic experiences.

Smile has achieved significantly positive reviews from critics, earning favorable comparisons to other psychological horror hits like It Follows, The Invisible Man, and The Ring. While its plethora of horror conventions (including a large quantity of jumpscares) have been the subject of criticism, it's still been called an effective and original horror movie that explores some deep emotional issues.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%
IMDb score: 6.6

Don’t Worry Darling

A movie steeped in all kinds of backstage issues and controversies, Don’t Worry Darling marks actor-filmmaker Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort after Booksmart.

Alice (Florence Pugh) and her husband Jack (Harry Styles) are a happily married couple living in a 1950s experimental community established by the mysterious company Jack works for. As Jack’s commitment to the company grows, Alice begins to spend more time investigating the secrets surrounding the organization, leading to some sinister revelations.

Real-life drama surrounding the film aside, Don’t Worry Darling’s ambitiousness and scope waver under Wilde’s direction. Reviews for the film have been almost entirely mixed to negative, with Pugh’s performance and the movie’s production design being named two of the movie’s few saving graces.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%
IMDb score: 5.8

Pearl

Earlier this year, director Ti West redefined the slasher genre with his deconstructivist ‘70s-set horror film, X. Now, West returns to the main antagonist of his earlier, universally praised movie, providing an origin story that’s every bit as eerie and hard to stomach as X was months ago.

In the late 1910s’, a young Pearl (Mia Goth) grudgingly tends to her responsibilities on her overbearing parents’ farm. Dreaming of one day escaping the farm and striking out on her own as a successful actress, she decides to take fate into her own hands.

Described by West as a “demented Disney film,” Pearl is a wholly unorthodox slasher that has already earned consistently high praise from critics, many of them calling it a pleasant and inventive addition to X’s cinematic universe.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%
IMDb score: 7.4

The Woman King

It’s interesting to note that all the best and most original action movies are the ones that come out of nowhere. Like Mad Max: Fury Road before it, The Woman King is one more example of this strange phenomenon — an incredible action movie with an even script, great performances, and jaw-dropping action sequences.

As Europeans encroach on their land, the West African kingdom of Dahomey prepares to protect themselves via a force of unstoppable female warriors known as the Agojie (led by Viola Davis’s General Nanisca).

The Woman King has been called a “crowd-pleasing epic” by The Hollywood Reporter, and has received praise for its marvelous action sequences and Davis’s performance — which many are already calling one of the best in her career.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%
IMDb score: 

See How They Run

Whodunits are a cherished, if unsung, genre of film that’s been seeing a slight resurgence in recent years thanks to Rian Johnson’s Benoit Blanc films and the new buddy comedy film, See How They Run.

Set in dark and dreary London in the 1950s, a self-entitled Hollywood director (Adrien Brody) working on his latest project is found murdered. Hot on the killer’s trail is morose police inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and the overly-ambitious Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan).

With its heavy basis in Agatha Christie parlor mysteries, See How They Run has earned mostly positive reviews from critics, many of whom noted the film’s tight plot, pacing, and humorous tone as some of its foremost strongest qualities.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%
IMDb score: 6.8

Moonage Daydream

Love him or hate him (although it’s impossible to do the latter), nobody changed the music industry in the same way as David Bowie. He’s one of the most influential musicians of all time, a man who wore what felt like a thousand different faces and embodied several radically difficult personas in his career, each more unique than the last.

In Moonage Daydream, viewers are taken on a journey of sci-fi proportions through Bowie’s lengthy career, from his earliest days as fledgling artist David Jones to his career heights as one of the mainstay musical attractions in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

A documentary that utilizes a ton of unused footage from Bowie’s life backstage touring all over the globe, Moonage Daydream is an absolute must-watch for music buffs or avid viewers of musical documentaries.

It also does much to strip all the pomp and circumstance of Bowie’s theatrical presentation, focusing instead on the man behind Ziggy Stardust or the Thin White Duke: bold, complicated, and — like his music — near impossible to entirely know.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%
IMDb score: 8.1

Other Movies of Note

Notable films that will likely continue playing for only a few more weeks.

Bullet Train

The biggest new arrival to cinemas, Bullet Train is a fast-paced action comedy that features a plethora of big-name stars, all of them facing off onboard a high-speed train traveling through Japan.

Ladybug (Brad Pitt) is a skilled but perpetually unlucky assassin who hopes his next mission will go more smoothly than any of his last. Sent to recover a mysterious briefcase on a bullet train enroute from Tokyo to Kyoto, the unfortunate Ladybug finds himself in the middle of his most dangerous assignment yet.

Featuring appearances from notable talents like Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, and Benito A Martínez Ocasio (AKA Bad Bunny), Bullet Train is an entertaining enough action movie, although not much else.

Reviews for the film have been mostly mixed, with some positively commenting on the film’s cast and action sequences, and others noting the movie does little to set itself apart from most other action films out there.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%
IMDb score: 7.5

Three Thousand Years of Longing

It’s been seven long years since we’ve seen George Miller after his 2014 genre-bending apocalyptic action movie, Mad Max: Fury Road. Now, the Australian filmmaker returns with his most recent directorial effort, the fantasy film Three Thousand Years of Longing.

Based on a short story by AS Byatt, a traveling academic (Tilda Swinton) happens across an imprisoned Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes, leading to consequences neither could’ve expected.

Premiering at this year’s past Cannes Film Festival, Three Thousand Years of Longing had a mixed response among early viewers.

Critics positively commented on the film’s ambition, scope, and visuals, but criticized the lackluster screenplay and the movie’s tendency to jump around far too often to provide a genuinely moving story.

Where to watch: In theaters/On VOD
Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%
IMDb score: 6.1

Brahmastra Part One: Shiva

In recent years, Bollywood films have found a growing number of receptive fans among global audiences. In the wake of the incredibly successful Indian Telugu film, RRR, viewers are looking forward to the latest Bollywood arrival, the fantasy adventure movie, Brahmastra Part One: Shiva.

Shiva (Ranbir Kapoor) is a radio DJ who discovers he has pyrotechnic superpowers, as well as uncovering the knowledge that he’s able to activate the Brahmāstra — an all-powerful weapon capable of destroying the universe.

The first in a planned three-part series, reviews for Brahmastra Part One: Shiva have been scarce thus far, but the few critics who have seen the film have positively noted its visuals and inventive storyline, calling it a promising first entry in a trilogy.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: %
IMDb score: TBD 

Barbarian

Haunted house movies are a staple of horror, having been featured in everything from popular horror movies like Poltergeist to ‘70s exploitation films like The Amityville Horror. The newest entry to the distinct subgenre offers a more modern inversion of the haunted house trope, exploring what it would be like to spend the night at a sinister Airbnb rental house.

Tess (Georgina Campbell) is a young woman who arrives in Detroit for a job interview. Renting an Airbnb for the night, Tess is initially surprised to find the house double-booked and that a peculiar man (Bill Skarsgård) is already there occupying it. Against her better judgment, she decides to spend the night anyway, leading to a night of horrifying discoveries.

Reviews for Barbarian have been generally enthusiastic thus far, praise being allocated towards the movie’s suspense, unpredictability, and originality in updating the haunted house subgenre.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%
IMDb score: 7.4

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero

The most recent entry in the Dragon Ball universe, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is the long-awaited twenty-first feature film related to the popular martial arts fantasy anime series.

After the Red Ribbon Army has been destroyed by Son Goku, several people still loyal to the group construct two all-powerful androids to carry out the Army’s legacy. Posing as superheroes in the public eye, these indestructible androids seek revenge against Piccolo and Gohan, attacking them and anyone who happens to be aligned with the fighters.

Seeing another Dragon Ball film release is always a point of excitement for hardcore anime buffs, and luckily, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero more than manages to live up to the high expectations set by fans.

Reviews for the film have been almost entirely positive, with many critics having complimentary views in regards to the movie’s animation, story, and action.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%
IMDb score: 7.0

Orphan: First Kill

It’s been 13 years since the release of Orphan — the 2009 horror film starring Isabelle Fuhrman as a mysterious, homicidal orphan who isn’t at all what she seems to be.

It may be odd that we’re getting a prequel after all these years, but the end results with Orphan: First Kill mark a major improvement over the disappointingly reviewed earlier film.

Years before the events of the first Orphan, Esther (Fuhrman) narrowly escapes from an Estonian psychiatric facility, managing to venture to America and find a home in a wealthy family’s household. Over time, however, the family’s matriarch (Julia Stiles) begins to suspect there’s something suspicious about Esther’s behavior.

The plot may be overarchingly similar to the first Orphan, but Orphan: First Kill embraces the campiness of its horror roots, not taking itself nearly as seriously as the original movie.

Reviews for the film have been mixed to positive, praise going to the film’s high number of plot twists and Fuhrman’s ominous lead performance, with negative reception going to the movie’s predictability and uneven screenplay.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters/Paramount+
Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%
IMDb score: 6.1

Beast

A survival thriller in the same mold as Jaws and The Grey, Beast is a fun albeit slightly silly monster movie that may be short on logic, but still an entertaining movie overall.

Dr. Nate Samuels (Idris Elba) is a recently widowed father who travels with his two daughters to an African game reserve in the hopes of reconnecting with them.

Soon, however, they find themselves stalked by a massive, man-eating lion who hunts them across the reserve.

So far, Beast has earned mostly mixed reviews, criticism mostly going to its somewhat thin plot and lack of basis in reality (most critics are quick to point out that lions aren’t as aggressive as the one seen in the film).

However, more positive reviews opine that the movie is still a worthwhile B-movie thriller, containing some tense moments and generally decent action and horror.

Where to watch: In theaters/On VOD
Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%
IMDb score: 5.8

Nope

The newest film from acclaimed director Jordan Peele, Nope marks Peele’s first entry into the realm of science fiction. Set in a small desert town in inland California, a pair of ranch-owning siblings (Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) try to capture evidence of a UFO that seems to be lurking in their area.

Inspired by early Spielberg films and the thrillers of M. Night Shyamalan, Nope is essentially Jaws, Signs, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind all rolled up into one. It’s a predictably fast-paced, chill-inducing sci-fi horror film from Peele, one of the new faces of the genre.

As with his previous films, Get Out and Us, Nope has won general acclaim from critics, all of whom praised the film for its atmosphere, creativity, direction, and the performances of the cast, with some slight criticism towards the movie’s script.

However, fans of Peele’s will almost certainly not be disappointed with his newest work, which is just as humorous, original, and horrifying as his earlier films.

Where to watch: In theaters/On VOD
Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%
IMDb score: 7.8

Bodies Bodies Bodies

From a screenplay by best-selling author Kristen Roupenian comes this dark comedy/slasher film that examines young adults within the Gen Z population, and the complexities of friendship in the digital world.

With a hurricane growing near, a group of wealthy twenty-something-year-olds prepare to wait out the storm at an isolated mansion. To pass the time, they play a game from their childhood that leads to an actual murder, with the group trying to find the guilty party responsible.

Premiering at South by Southwest, Bodies Bodies Bodies has earned significant acclaim from critics, many of whom have praised the film’s biting social satire, atmosphere, and the main cast’s performances.

Already, it’s being called the modern equivalent of Scream, providing a deep dive into younger generations and the inherent toxicity that some friendships suffer due to social media.

Where to watch: In theaters/On VOD
Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%
IMDb score: 6

DC League of Super-Pets

The fifth and most recent collaboration between Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart comes with the animated superhero comedy, DC League of Super-Pets.

After the heroes of the Justice League are captured by Lex Luthor (Marc Maron) and his hairless guinea pig ally, Lulu (Kate McKinnon), Superman’s dog, Krypto (Johnson) assembles a team of super-powered animals to rescue the League and save the world.

It’s a silly concept to be sure, but thanks to the comedic partnership between Hart and Johnson and a great cast of vocal performers (from SNL alumni like Vanessa Brayer and McKinnon to big-name celebrities like John Krasinski and Keanu Reeves), it’s a movie that soars above expectations.

Most critics have similarly commented that the movie isn’t the greatest thing out in theaters right now, but still delivers a fun outing for the entire family, offering a more lighthearted take on DC’s roster of superheroes.

Where to watch: In theaters/On VOD & HBO Max
Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%
IMDb score: 7.9

Thor: Love and Thunder

The fourth MCU film centered around everyone’s favorite Asgardian hero, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Thor: Love and Thunder finds Thor trying to get his life back together after his traumatic battle with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

When a nightmarish, intergalactic criminal (Christian Bale) sets out to murder all of the gods, though, Thor finds himself scrambling to combat this newfound threat. With no other options left, Thor enlists his best friend, Korg (Taika Waititi), former ally Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) — now the Mighty Thor — for help.

Though not quite as universally well-received as director Taika Waititi’s previous effort on Thor: Ragnarok, Love and Thunder has earned largely positive reviews, particularly for its humor, tone, and the performances of the cast involved (especially Hemsworth, Bale, and Portman).

Where to watch: In theaters/On Disney+ & VOD
Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%
IMDB score: 7.3

Minions: The Rise of Gru

The fifth installment in the Despicable Me series and a sequel to the 2015 Minions prequel film, Minions: The Rise of Gru chronicles Gru’s (voiced by Steve Carell) early years. An aspiring villain in the making, the 12-year-old Gru tries his best to impress his longtime idols in the Vicious 6 — a group of world-famous supervillains — in the hopes of becoming their newest member.

After unintentionally making himself an enemy of the Vicious 6, though, Gru finds himself having to battle his former heroes, surviving with the help of his loyal Minions and the elderly, exiled leader of the Vicious 6 (Alan Arkin) who takes the boy under his wing.

Early reviews for the film have been mixed to positive, with many deeming Carell’s return to the franchise a welcome surprise after his brief cameo at the end of Minions. Critics also said that, while the film may not fully resonate with adults as other family-friendly films, it’s bound to entertain its younger audience members.

Where to watch: In theaters/On Peacock & VOD
Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%
IMDb score: 7.3

Top Gun: Maverick

A sequel over 30 years in the making, Top Gun: Maverick sees Tom Cruise return to one of his most famous roles as Maverick, an action-addicted, ace pilot in the US Navy. When Maverick is reassigned to instruct the new generation of TOP GUN pilots — including the son of his deceased best friend (Miles Teller) — he has to deal with the ghosts of his past and the idea that his life of excitement may be coming to an end.

One of those rare sequels that surpasses the quality of the original, Top Gun: Maverick has earned overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. A massive financial success, it’s been called one of the best movies of the year so far, with many also proclaiming it one of the best films in Cruise’s career to date.

Where to watch: In theaters/on VOD
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
IMDb score: 8.6

Elvis

A biopic focused on the King of Rock and Roll himself (Austin Butler), Elvis takes audiences through the iconic R & B singer’s career from his early days to his peak popularity in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Also showcased throughout is Presley’s tumultuous relationship with his legendary manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks), the man responsible for discovering Elvis in the first place.

Premiering at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, Elvis garnered generally positive reviews, particular praise being aimed at Butler’s performance in the film. It’s more than likely to earn a few nominations come award season, so we’d suggest watching it on the big screen while you can.

Where to watch: In theaters/on HBO Max & VOD
Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%
IMDb score: 7.8

Comedy

For movie fans who love to laugh.

The Good Boss

The most remarkable foreign-language comedies are the ones that transcend language barriers, making every viewer laugh regardless of their individual cultural background or ethnicity.

If that is the basic criteria for what makes an effective comedy, then The Good Boss is not only a good comedy movie — it’s a great one.

Julio Blanco (Javier Bardem) is the owner of an independent industrial factory in a small Spanish town preparing for the arrival of a committee to decide whether his company will win a prestigious award or not.

When a vindictive former employee (Óscar de la Fuente) sets out to do everything he can to undermine Blanco, the depth of Blanco’s unethical treatment of his employees slowly comes to light.

With a transformative performance by Bardem, The Good Boss is a strongly-written, wonderfully acted satire examining corporate greed and interpersonal rivalries in the workplace.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%
IMDb score: 7.2

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

The most recent adaptation of Paul Gallico’s 1958 novel Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris follows widowed cleaning lady Ada Harris (Lesley Manville) as she becomes obsessed with a wondrously-designed Dior dress. Working relentlessly and carefully saving her wages to afford the dress, Mrs. Harris eventually resolves to travel to Paris in order to obtain one for herself.

The premise of Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris may not exactly sound as exciting as other viewing options you can find in theaters, but the film is nothing short of an acting tour de force for Manville and her talented co-stars (most especially Isabelle Huppert and Jason Isaacs).

Playing for a limited engagement at local arthouse theaters, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris has been positively met by critics, with particular praise going to the actors and for the movie’s prevalent warmth and upbeat themes.

Where to watch: In theaters/On VOD
Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
IMDb score: 8.3

Horror

For movie fans looking for a scare.

The Invitation

A loose retelling of the classic Dracula plot line, The Invitation adds a distinctly modern spin to the age-old stories about vampires that lurk in the dark of isolated European manor houses.

In the wake of her mother’s death, a young woman (Nathalie Emmanuel) undergoes a DNA test to see if she has any other family in the world.

Discovering her connection to a long-lost cousin, the woman travels to the English countryside and quickly falls for an alluring aristocrat (Thomas Doherty). The longer she stays, the more the woman begins to suspect something sinister about her new hosts.

Early reviews for The Invitation have been mostly mixed, with praise going to its atmosphere, Gothic aesthetic, and contemporary reframing of the Dracula legend.

Repeated criticisms toward the film were directed at its conventional plot and limited imagination when it came to expanding the vampire legend we’ve seen in numerous films from decade to decade.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: TBD
IMDb score: 5.9

Documentary

For viewers who want to learn more about the world.

The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales

Billed as “the movie Disney doesn’t want you to see,” The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales is a film that underscores the growing indifference with which the Disney Company treats their employees.

Co-directed by Walt Disney’s own grandniece, Dr. Abigail Disney, The American Dream probes into the sharp financial divisions between minimum wage workers at Disney’s parks and the high-earning corporate executives leading the company.

Abigail Disney has always been a harsh critic of Disney in recent decades, with The American Dream presenting enough supporting claims to back her arguments and concerns. It’s a telling and damning look at Disney, as well as a troubling illustration of how hard it is to progress financially in the US in today’s socioeconomic culture.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%
IMDb score: 7.3

Drama

For those looking for something a little more emotional.

A Jazzman’s Blues

One of the rare non-Madea movies to come from director, Tyler Perry, A Jazzman’s Blues shows that — when he really wants to —  Perry is capable of making a remarkable film every now and again.

Set in the deep South shortly after World War 2, a young Black jazz musician’s (Joshua Boone) affair with a married woman (Solea Pfeiffer) trying to pass herself off as white becomes the center of attention in town. As the musician becomes a hit in Chicago, he is soon called back home to help his mother’s failing nightclub, coming into contact with the woman’s husband — an influential member of the Ku Klux Klan.

A Jazzman’s Blues is a movie that shocks you awake and reminds me how good a director and writer Perry can be. Reviews for the film have been mostly positive, many calling it a tasteful and satisfying melodrama.

Where to watch: In theaters/On Netflix
Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%
IMDb score: 7.9

Fun for All Ages

Movies that are perfect for the entire family.

Railway Children

A sequel to the 1970 family film, The Railway Children, based on E. Nesbit’s novel of the same name, Railway Children offers a tender portrait of young children learning to deal with the stresses of war in their own way.

Set in 1944, as Germany’s bombings on England worsen, a group of children are evacuated from London to the Yorkshire countryside, soon finding a young Black American soldier (KJ Aikens) trying to escape the systemic racism of the US military.

Evaluating the darker sides of its historical setting in such a way that is understandable to younger viewers without fully distressing them, Railway Children has earned mostly positive reviews. The film has earned particularly strong marks for the performances of its young cast members and the lessons the film imparts to its audience members.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%
IMDb score: 5.4

Mystery

For movie fans who love a good mystery.

Where the Crawdads Sing

An adaptation of Delia Owens’ critically acclaimed novel of the same name, Where the Crawdads Sing follows two narrative plot threads. In the 1950s, young Kya Clark (Jojo Regina) is abandoned by her family, and forced to live on her own in the swamplands of North Carolina — her only caretaker being her best friend (Luke David Blumm) whom she slowly falls in love with.

Years later, a now teenaged Kya finds herself at the center of a murder trial following the death of a local popular high school athlete (Harris Dickinson), with all the evidence pointing towards her.

For as widely-loved as Where the Crawdads Sing was among literary audiences, the feature film adaptation was decidedly less warmly received. Grossing mostly mixed to negative reviews, many felt disappointed with the finished film, the common consensus being the movie fell completely short in recapturing the spirit and tone of the original novel.

Where to watch: In theaters/On Prime Video
Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%
IMDb score: 4.6

Thriller

For audience members who want to be on the edge of their seats throughout.

God’s Country

It’s no secret that Thandiwe Newton is one of the most underrated actors currently working in Hollywood. But like all of our best young female actors — Aubrey Plaza, Kristen Stewart, Aubrey Plaza, and so many more — Newton has made the smart career decision to flex her acting muscles in the independent film circuit, starring in the excellent thriller, God’s Country.

After confronting two hunters trespassing on her property, a weary college professor (Thandiwe Newton) has her patience tested as a small argument turns into something with far more lasting and serious consequences.

A picture-perfect illustration of a slow burn, God’s Country has earned very strong reviews from critics, many of whom praised Newton’s starring role as one of the best of her career so far.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%
IMDb score: 6.3

Fall

A minimalist thriller like no other, you may just walk away from Fall with an avid fear of heights after your initial viewing experience.

Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner) are best friends always seeking the next adventure in life. Natural thrill addicts, they challenge themselves to climb to the top of a remote 2,000-foot radio tower in the middle of the desert, only to realize they may have bitten off more than they can chew upon reaching the top.

Early reviews for Fall have been mostly positive, with many critics being of the opinion that — while perhaps not an Oscar contender — the movie does a good job at consistently having you jump and hold your breath throughout its two-hour runtime.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 68%
IMDb score: 5.8

Sci-Fi

For those interested in other worlds or distant futures.

Vesper

The science fiction genre is one of the oldest in film, yet there still seems to be so much untapped potential when it comes to cinematic depictions of the future. That being said, Vesper feels like a triumph of sorts — a visually impressive movie that breaks free from general conceptions about what science fiction should look like.

In a dystopian future where Earth has been ravaged by environmental disasters, precocious 13-year-old Vesper (Raffiella Chapman) spends her days wandering the desolate landscape and caring for her paralyzed father.

When a mysterious woman (Rosy McEwen) crashlands nearby, Vesper agrees to help her in exchange for transport to the technologically advanced Citadel, where she hopes to study and put her vast intelligence to good use.

On a surface level, Vesper is a sci-fi film that looks and resembles in tone the newest adaptation of Dune and Kojima’s Death Stranding. Reviews for the film have been very positive, some reviewers fittingly likening it to a dark fairy tale redressed with a sci-fi presentation.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
IMDb score: 7.2

Romance

For those looking for stories of love and heartbreak.

The Good House

To bring a fall comparison to mind, finding the best romantic comedies is kind of like looking for the best apple in a display case: sometimes the harder you look, the better the apple. Such an analogy can accurately be applied to The Good House, an underappreciated romantic comedy about older individuals trying to find true love and happiness in their autumn years.

Hildy Good (Sigourney Weaver) is a prickly New England realtor struggling to overcome her monetary debts. Needing a big sale, her life becomes even more complicated when she rekindles a romance with an old flame from her past (Kevin Kline).

From its focus on elderly characters, The Good House instantly invites comparisons to the equally enjoyable Something’s Gotta Give. But with Weaver and Kline both delivering impressive performances, The Good House still stands on its own as a fittingly quirky and off-kilter romantic comedy.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%
IMDb score: 7.2

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Movies we highly recommend seeing in theaters while you still can.

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) is a middle-aged Chinese-American laundromat owner struggling to find happiness in life and to connect with her estranged family — including her husband (Ke Huy Quan) and daughter (Stephanie Hsu). While being audited by the IRS, she soon finds herself swept up into an otherworldly adventure upon discovering she’s the only person able to save existence from a multiversal threat.

The fact that Everything Everywhere All At Once is still playing in theaters despite its March release date is a testament to how truly great a film it is. It’s a dazzling exploration of family and finding meaning in one’s life, as well as a hodgepodge of different genres, ranging from science fiction and martial arts to fantasy and dark comedy.

Where to watch: In theaters/on VOD & DVD
Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%
IMDb score: 8.3

Popular Re-Releases

Iconic movies returning to the big screen for a limited time.

Avatar

One of the biggest — if not the biggest — movies of 2009, James Cameron’s box office record-setting Avatar will see a limited release to theaters this upcoming weekend in preparation for Avatar: The Way of Water, set for release this December.

In the 22nd century, humans begin colonizing the wondrous moon of Pandora, immediately seeking to harvest the moon’s precious mineral supply. In a fierce standoff against Pandora’s native alien population, the Na’vi, a team of scientists try to maintain piece between the moon’s inhabitants and the humans trying to exploit it.

An updated take on Dances with Wolves with a sci-fi setting, Avatar was a huge deal when it landed in theaters back in 2009. Grossing well over $2 billion, it’s still considered one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, earning almost entirely positive reviews — largely due to its insanely immersive visuals and world design.

Where to watch: In theaters for a limited time/On VOD
Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%
IMDb score: 7.8

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Richard Chachowski is a freelance writer based in New Jersey. He loves reading, his dog Tootsie, and pretty much every movie to ever exist (especially Star Wars).