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

It’s finally December. The food and wholesome mirth that comes with Thanksgiving has officially been replaced by the joyful cheer of the holiday season. Once again, Mariah Carey’s all over the radio, stores are swamped with shoppers looking for gifts, and Christmas movies are slowly making their way to your local cinemas.

This particular season seems to have a number of holiday films to look forward to, the most notable of which — the action-packed Violent Night — comes out this Friday.

Additionally, there are several new and noteworthy films that will see a release this weekend, including the period epic Emancipation, the wholesome comedy Spoiler Alert, and the gripping drama Women Talking.

Along with those titles, you’ll also have time to catch up on some of the best releases from the previous few months, like the most recent addition to the MCU, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the Netflix whodunit, Glass Onion, and Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Fabelmans.

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

Updated: December 1.

Popular New Releases

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

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Knives Out was a pure phenomenon when it was released in 2019. Dialing back to the Agatha Christie-style parlor mysteries of the last century, it managed to forge new ground by incorporating new themes, modern settings, and pastiched characters, redefining the whodunit as we know it. Fortunately, Rian Johnson manages to strike gold not once but twice with his sequel Glass Onion, establishing that the American Poirot, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), is here to stay.

Traveling to Greece, the brilliant investigator Benoit Blanc is invited to attend the murder mystery-themed party of a powerful tech mogul (Edward Norton). After an actual murder occurs, Blanc must find the criminal responsible, sorting through the mogul’s other invited guests (Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista).

Glass Onion has done exceptionally well among its critical reviews, most reviewers finding it matches the quality of the original Knives Out. The humorous script and performances of the ensemble cast have earned universal acclaim, some critics even believing it superior to the first film in the series.

Where to watch: In theaters for a limited time
Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
IMDb score: 8.0

Violent Night

You remember the opening to Scrooged — where they had Santa and the Six Million Dollar Man fight off a horde of ski mask-clad bad guys at the North Pole? That’s essentially the plot to Violent Night, the new comedic action film starring David Harbour as a John McClane-Santa hybrid.

On Christmas Eve, a gang of professional thieves take a wealthy family hostage and try to break into their heavily fortified vault. The family's only chance of survival is Santa Claus (Harbour), who hands out some violent vengeance against the ne’er-do-wells seeking to ruin Christmas.

As high concept a movie as they come, Violent Night nevertheless delivers a satisfying dose of over-the-top action and deliberately-cheesy one liners. It may not be the greatest Christmas movie ever made, but it’s no doubt one of the most original — an opinion shared by most critics, who gifted the movie with mostly positive reviews.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%
IMDb score: 6.9

Strange World

The newest animated Disney film, Strange World is also a carefully-constructed homage to the pulp magazines of the ‘30s and ‘40s, mixing most of its dated genre elements with a refreshingly modern story and characters.

The Clades are a famous group of adventurers whose argumentative nature and in-fighting threaten to fracture the family. Venturing to the fantastic planet of Avalonia, the Clades must learn to put aside their differences and exist as a group, coming together as a family in order to survive.

As per usual, Disney spares no expense when it comes to the visual design of the film, Strange World having a beautiful color palette that juxtaposes nicely with an engaging narrative. The story itself was seen as a tad middling compared to other Disney films, but its representation and inclusive themes have earned it above-par reviews.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%
IMDb score: 5.5 

Devotion

Aviation films are big right now, thanks mostly to the blockbuster records of Top Gun: Maverick. Following in the footsteps of Tom Cruise’s critically hailed film is Devotion, a fascinating biographical story built around the first Black airman to complete the U.S. Navy's flight training program.

Against the backdrop of the Korean War, fighter pilots Jesse Brown (Jonathan Majors) and Tom Hudner (Glen Powell, who also played a Navy pilot in Maverick) become two of the most celebrated aviators of the entire conflict.

Detailing the incredible true-life story and friendship between Brown and Hudner, Devotion has been called a frank and satisfying biographical film full of drama and historical relevance. Specific praise has been geared mostly towards the movie’s cast, most especially Majors and Powell’s undeniable chemistry together.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%
IMDb score: 7

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

In the wake of T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) passing, the people of Wakanda reluctantly come to terms with their monarch’s death, facing the threat of invasion from the recently-reemerged civilization of Talokan.

Few celebrity tragedies measure up to the unexpected passing of Chadwick Boseman in 2020. His death was a complete shock to movie fans worldwide, robbing audiences of a one-of-a-kind actor who had his entire future ahead of him.

Handling the subject of Boseman’s death in an emotional yet tasteful way, Wakanda Forever has earned significant praise amongst critics, many claiming it directly rivals the acclaim of the first Black Panther movie. Boseman’s presence in the film is sorely missed, but his fellow stars do a great job carrying the franchise forward.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%
IMDb score: 7.4

The Menu

Ironically arriving to theaters shortly before Thanksgiving, The Menu is a bite-sized dark comedy film that packs a wallop in regards to its satirical subject matter.

Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Tyler (Nicholas Hoult) are a young affluent couple who venture to an isolated island restaurant run by the enigmatic celebrity chef Julian Slowik (Ralph Fiennes). Together with the other wealthy guests, Margot and Tyler are surprised to find the night’s meal far more eventful than they originally expected.

The high-concept premise of The Menu might make it seem doomed to fail, but its inventiveness, wit, and no-holds-barred satire helps it resonate with viewers in more ways than one. The Menu has been met with phenomenal reviews, critics singling out the comedic elements of the film.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%
IMDb score: 7.5

The Fabelmans

For all the movies he’s made since his debut in 1974, Steven Spielberg has rarely touched upon his own background prior to becoming a successful Hollywood director. With The Fabelmans, that all changes, with Spielberg offering a moving portrait of his early life and his relationship with his parents.

Set in post-WW2 Arizona, the film follows aspiring filmmaker Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel LeBelle/Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord) from childhood to young adulthood. As Sammy copes with a shocking family secret, he also learns how his dependence on making movies can help him cope.

One of the rare films Spielberg had a hand in writing (along with Pulitzer-winner Tony Kushner), The Fabelmans has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews, serving as an effective exploration of Spielberg’s early years and what drew him to movies in the first place.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%
IMDb score: 8.3

Bones and All

Who would’ve ever thought a story about cannibals could be so romantic? But in director Luca Guadagnino’s very capable hands, Bones and All never comes across as gimmicky or high concept, existing as a tender, haunting, and equally terrifying story about otherness and living on the edge of society’s margins.

Maren (Taylor Russell) is a young woman whose instinctive craving for human flesh forces to go on the run. Meeting the similar-minded drifter Lee (Timothée Chalamet), the two form a friendship over their unusual diet — a friendship that grows deeper and more meaningful with time.

A cross between a love story, a creature feature, a road film, and a coming of age movie, Bones and All has been released to extremely enthusiastic reviews. Many have praised the film for its depiction of unusual subject matter, its breathtaking cinematography, and the amazing performances of the cast (Russell, Chalamet, Mark Rylance, and Michael Stuhlbarg)

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
IMDb score: 7.1

She Said

Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan) and Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan) are New York Times reporters who stumble upon the story of a generation. Investigating respected film producer Harvey Weinstein (Mike Houston), the two untangle decades of sexual assault crimes that have been covered up by the film industry.

Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor are perhaps the most important reporters very few people have heard of. Covering the Weinstein scandal, the two women were at the forefront of the #MeToo Movement that ended the expansive silence sexual assault victims suffered in the film industry.

With She Said, Twohey and Kantor’s shocking exposé of Weinstein and his fellow moguls is revealed in greater detail, forever giving the reporters the respect and attention they clearly deserved. Critical favor of the film has been almost entirely positive, many favorably comparing it to similar journalism-based stories like Spotlight, All the President’s Men, and The Post.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%
IMDb score: 7.3

Tár

An ambitious and awe-inspiring psychological drama, Tár is at once an acting tour de force for star Cate Blanchett, as well as an engrossing meditation on power, art, and Ahab-levels of obsession.

Lydia Tár (Blanchett) is the acclaimed classical composer and chief conductor of a celebrated German orchestra. As she prepares for her inevitable rise to career prominence, she deals with various issues in her personal and professional life, threatening her ascension in the world of high art.

The premise for Tár might seem a bit dry or pretentious, but critics have universally hailed the film for its story, themes, and the performances of its lead cast (especially Blancett). It’s been toted as both a visual and audio marvel of filmmaking, with reviewers encouraging moviegoers to see it on the biggest screen possible.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
IMDb score: 8.2

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: In theaters/On Paramount+
Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%
IMDb score: 6.6

Women Talking

Based on Miriam Toews’ best-selling novel, Women Talking is as engaging an arthouse drama film as it gets. An effortlessly impressive adaptation, the movie retains all of the philosophical and personal questions that made Toews’ book a bestseller in the first place, combined with the performances of an amazing cast.

When they discover that the men in their colony have been drugging and sexually assaulting female members of their community, a group of Mennonite women discuss whether they should run, fight, or stay before the men return.

Evaluating questions of faith, loyalty, and female’s role in conservatively religious communities, Women Talking is an intelligent and poignant film that asks audiences some fundamentally important questions. Critical reviews have been extremely favorable, many calling it a touching film loaded with great acting (especially from Rooney Mara, Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy, Frances McDormand, and Ben Whishaw).

Where to watch: In theaters for a limited time
Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
IMDb score: 7.8

Spoiler Alert

As Jim Parsons’s character says in the trailer, “This is less of a rom-com and more of a love story.” An accurate description indeed, Jim. Based on TV critic Michael Ausiello’s memoir of the same name, Spoiler Alert is the heartbreaking true story of Ausiello’s ill-fated romance and he and his partner’s battle with a terminal illness.

Michael (Parsons) and Kit (Ben Aldridge) are a young couple whose relationship seems perfect. After Kit learns of his terminal cancer, though, the two learn to deal with the reality of the disease, coming to terms with the inevitable loss ahead of them.

Undeniably sad in its central premise, Spoiler Alert has been released to mixed reviews. Critics have negatively commented about the movie’s slower pace and meta-aware content, but have positively noted its humor, performances, and sincerity.

Where to watch: In theaters for a limited time
Rotten Tomatoes score: 55%
IMDb score: 

Emancipation

Will Smith is still a bit problematic nowadays, his reputation having suffered greatly after the whole Chris Rock incident at this past Oscars ceremony. However, that hasn’t stopped the Academy Award winning-actor from venturing into future film projects, including the loosely biographical Civil War film, Emancipation.

In the middle of the Civil War, an enslaved man named Peter (Smith) escapes from his imprisonment in Louisiana, fleeing to the Union lines where the scars from his repeated whippings became a rallying cry for the abolitionist movement.

Inspired by the extraordinary life story of Gordon, Emancipation has been released to generally mixed reviews. Instead of focusing on the historical authenticity of Gordon’s story, most critics were disappointed regarding the movie’s action heavy tone, feeling it a missed opportunity to bring Gordon’s flight to the big screen.

Where to watch: In theaters for a limited time
Rotten Tomatoes score: 56%
IMDb score: 

Other Movies of Note

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

One Piece Film: Red

Since first appearing in print back in 1997, One Piece has become one of the best and longest-running manga and anime series in the world of pop culture. Now, One Piece fans can rejoice at seeing the fifteenth latest film related to the franchise — One Piece Film: Red — arriving in theaters.

Uta is the most famous singer in the world, having amassed a massive following thanks to her beautiful voice. After hiding her face for years, the singer finally decides to reveal herself to the world in one memorable concert — eagerly attended by Monkey D. Luff and his loyal Straw Hats.

A massive box office draw in Japan, One Piece Film: Red has been very positively received by American audiences. Critics have complimented the film for its impressive animation style, as well as for its original storyline — unique enough to satisfy longtime One Piece fans and entertain those new to the franchise.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%
IMDb score: 7.1

Spirited

There have been many, many, many different takes on Dickens’ immortal classic, A Christmas Carol. That being said, the newest one to arrive in theaters (and Apple TV+) this coming weekend offers a more comedic approach to Dickens’ tried and true source material.

Every Christmas Eve, the Ghost of Christmas Present (Will Ferrell) appears before troubled souls, convincing them to see the error of their ways. This Christmas Eve, however, Present begins questioning his own existence after he appears before the sarcastic Clint (Ryan Reynolds).

Billed as the first time A Christmas Carol has been told from the ghosts’ perspective, Spirited has been met with mostly mixed to positive reviews. Most critics have labeled it a decent and refreshingly modern take on Dickens’ original novella, even if they admitted it was fairly forgettable after the initial viewing.

Where to watch: In theaters/On Apple TV+
Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%
IMDb score: 6.2

Prey for the Devil

Cinematic depictions of possessions are practically a genre unto themselves at this point. This Friday, horror fans will be able to see the newest arrival to this very niche subgenre in the form of Prey for the Devil.

After a worldwide rise in possessions, the church begins reopening Catholic schools to instruct priests on how to safely perform exorcisms. Breaking down barriers in regards to tradition, a young nun (Jacqueline Byers) is allowed to study in the program, and is soon confronted by the demon responsible for her own mother’s death years before.

Prey for the Devil may try for genuine frights, but most critics derided it for relying too heavily on the stereotypes introduced in other, better possession movies like The Exorcist.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 19%
IMDb score: 5.2

Black Adam

Cynics will have you believe the DCEU is pretty much dead in the water at this point. And while that may sadly be true, the folks at DC still seem to have a few tricks up their sleeves, including the long-awaited superhero film, Black Adam.

After being imprisoned for the past five thousand years, a man with mythical superpowers known as Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) returns to the world, helping the Justice Society of America free the nation of Kahndaq from its oppressors.

Fans may have hoped that Black Adam would usher in a new golden era for DC, one that saw them finally rise to the MCU’s high level of popularity. Unfortunately, while the movie is certainly better than most of the DCEU’s earlier films, it’s still earned mostly mixed reviews.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 40%
IMDb score: 7.1

Till

What happened to Emmett Till will forever be one of the darkest chapters in our country’s bleak history. His wrongful death was nothing short of a national tragedy — as was the acquittal of the cowards who killed him. In Till, viewers examine the circumstances surrounding the 14-year-old youth’s death, the immediate response to his murder, and the effect it had on the US’s budding Civil Rights Movement.

Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall) is a young Black teenager who is brutally lynched by a group of white supremacists in Mississippi after whistling at a white woman (Haley Bennett). Seeking justice for her son’s death, Emmett’s mother Mamie (Danielle Deadwyler) becomes an influential voice for Civil Rights in America, taking on the injustice that infected the South in the 1950s.

The critical response to Till has been overwhelmingly positive. Reviewers have called the film powerful in its messaging, themes, and its exploration of Emmett’s death, with Deadwyler receiving repeated praise for her performance in the film.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%
IMDb score: 7.6

Ticket to Paradise

George Clooney and Julia Roberts are two of the foremost stars of Hollywood’s recent past. Coming to prominence in the ‘90s, both stars became two of the most bankable actors of their day. While their golden years might behind them, the two still have plenty to offer in their lead performances, as seen with their recent collaboration, Ticket to Paradise.

David (George Clooney) and Georgia (Julia Roberts) are the divorced parents of Lily (Kaitlyn Dever) who travel to Bali to attend Lily’s wedding. Finding the groom be a man Lily has only just met, David and Georgia agree to put aside their differences, working together to prevent the wedding from taking place in anyway they can.

Clooney and Roberts have always had undeniable onscreen chemistry, and Ticket to Paradise is just further proof of this fact. While the movie may not have been quite as well-received as their previous outings together, it’s still a largely enjoyable romantic comedy.

Where to watch: In theaters/On VOD
Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%
IMDb score: 6.4

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

A movie that perfectly captures the whimsical tone and spirit of its source material, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is an effortlessly fun, lighthearted exploration of friendship that underscores the importance of never judging a book by its cover (that age old lesson we teach to all children).

When his family moves to New York City, young Josh (Winslow Fegley) struggles to find ways to fit in. All that changes, however, when he meets the anthropomorphic alligator (voiced by Shawn Mendes) living in the attic of his new home, bonding with the reptile and becoming mutual best friends.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel with its somewhat formulaic approach to the family film. However, critics have positively noted the lighthearted tone of the script, praising it for expanding upon the original story by Bernard Waber. Fans of similarly-premised films like Stuart Little and Paddington won’t want to miss this one.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%
IMDb score: 6.4

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: 95%
IMDb score: 6.2

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

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

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: In theaters/On VOD
Rotten Tomatoes score: 54%
IMDb score: 7.5

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: 70%
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: 96%
IMDb score: 8.6

Comedy

For movie fans who love to laugh.

The Banshees of Inisherin

Fourteen years after their previous collaboration on 2008’s In Bruges, Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and director Martin McDonagh once again pair up for McDonagh’s long-gestating dark comedy, The Banshees of Inisherin.

On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, Pádraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson) are two best friends whose relationship comes to a standstill when Colm impulsively decides to break off all ties with Pádraic.

A film as wickedly funny as McDonagh’s previous projects (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), The Banshees of Inisherin earned rave reviews upon its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
IMDb score: 8.3

Triangle of Sadness

The winner of this year’s prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Triangle of Sadness is an absurdist and comedic look at wealth, class divisions, and social privilege in a unique and poignant way.

In the middle of a dangerous storm, a luxurious private cruise filled with uber-rich, elitist passengers find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island. While there, the power dynamic among the survivors shifts, favoring the ship’s more able-bodied crew than the upper-class vacationers.

One part Lord of the Flies, one part HBO’s White Lotus, Triangle of Sadness is a brutally frank satire for the modern age. Like director Ruben Östlund’s previous film, The Square, it’s smart, terse, and illuminates the socioeconomic divides between the average person and the super-wealthy.

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%
IMDb score: 7.8

Drama

For those looking for something a little more emotional.

Armageddon Time

Three years after his ambitious sci-fi film, Ad Astra, director James Gray returns with the touching period drama, Armageddon Time.

After getting caught smoking marijuana with his best friend, younger teenager Paul (Michael Banks Repeta) is enrolled in a private school run by Maryanne Trump (Jessica Chastain). There, he begins to face hostility owing to his Jewish heritage.

Like all of Gray’s films, Armageddon Time has been extremely well-received, with critics commending it for its warmth, writing, direction, and powerful performance. Along with the talented younger cast, the movie also makes clever use of several established stars, like Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, and Anthony Hopkins.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%
IMDb score: 7

Aftersun

There’s a reason A24 is practically synonymous with the indie film industry in this day and age. Time and time again, they’ve released films that are narratively complex and emotionally gripping, with A24’s newest film, Aftersun, no exception.

Sophie (Celia Rowlson-Hall) is a young woman who looks back at a childhood trip to Turkey she took with her father (Paul Mescal). As she wades through memory and fantasy, she comes to terms with the man her father actually was rather than the idolized version of him she kept in her head for the past few decades.

Aftersun may not have received a ton of critical attention so far, but critics who have seen the movie have commended it for its raw emotion, themes, and performances. It’s been nominated or received awards at various indie film festivals since its premiere, and is no doubt another huge win for A24.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97
IMDb score: 7.5

Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

It’s been a few years since Alejandro González Iñárritu’s previous Oscar-nominated film, The Revenant. This weekend, though, the director returns with Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths, a dark comedy epic that sees Iñárritu return to his native roots.

Silverio Gama (Daniel Giménez Cacho) is a celebrated Mexican documentarian and journalist in the midst of a personal crisis. Having won a prestigious prize for his work, Gama returns to his country, confronting the reality of his memories and grappling with the cost of his success, as well as the effect it’s had on his family.

Opening to mixed reception from most critics, Bardo lacks the same bite as Iñárritu’s previous work on The Revenant, Birdman, Babel, or Biutiful. Though touchingly personal, it’s been labeled “self-indulgent” by more than a few critics.

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%
IMDb score: 7.4

Mystery

For movie fans who love a good mystery.

Decision To Leave

Director Park Chan-wook’s movies aren’t for everyone, but for the past 30 years, the respected South Korean filmmaker has cultivated a steady following of fans for his unwaveringly brutal, darkly comic films. Like his best movies (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, and The Handmaiden), Decision to Leave is just one illustration of how phenomenal a director Park is.

Detective Hae-jun (Park Hae-il) is sent to investigate the mysterious and apparently accidental death of a man who fell from a mountain peak. Trying to find out if the man was pushed or whether he truly did slip, Hae-jun begins to develop romantic feelings for his main suspect: the man’s widow (Tang Wei).

Most of the reviews for Decision to Leave have been positive, although most critics felt the movie didn’t match the same quality as some of Park’s earlier films. However, those same critics lauded the film for its complexity, darkness, and ability to blend multiple genres into one cohesive film (including mystery, thriller, neonoir, and romance).

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
IMDb score: 7.3

Romance

For those looking for stories of love and heartbreak.

Lady Chatterley's Lover

One of the newest arrivals to Netflix, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a hauntingly beautiful adaptation of DH Lawrence’s final novel, shedding light on some brilliant little-known actors.

Lady Chatterley (Emma Corrin) is a wealthy, lively young woman who begins losing romantic feelings for her aristocratic husband (Matthew Duckett). Falling for a gamekeeper (Jack O’Connell) on her husband’s country estate, Lady Chatterley and her new love begin a sordid affair, threatening the societal standards of the day.

Upon its publication in 1928, Lady Chatterley’s Lover was the subject of intense scrutiny and controversy for its extramarital plotlines and saucy subject matter. Retaining most of the book’s steamier moments, its 2022 feature adaptation has been positively received, critics pointing out its faithfulness to the story and slow-burning tone of the original novel.

Where to watch: In limited theaters/On Netflix
Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%
IMDb score: 7.2

My Policeman

Harry Styles has been on a proverbial roll lately in both his musical career and acting ventures. As the musician currently lights up the stage with his Love On Tour, he’s also appeared in several noteworthy movies, the newest being My Policeman.

In the 1950s, closeted policeman Tom (Styles) marries the kindly schoolteacher Marion (Emma Corrin), all the while secretly engaging in a passionate affair with museum curator, Patrick (David Dawson).

Most of the reviews for My Policeman have been mixed thus far, notable criticism aimed at Styles’ performance, the movie’s admittedly weaker script, and uninspired direction. One of the few aspects about the film that did receive praise was Dawson’s performance as Styles’ onscreen lover.

Where to watch: In limited theaters/On Prime Video
Rotten Tomatoes score: 41%
IMDb score: 6.5

Documentary

For viewers who want to learn more about the world.

Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams

From Luca Guadagnino (the director of Call Me By Your Name and Suspiria) comes this loving homage to influential fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo, who specialized in designing women’s shoes.

Yes, okay, a documentary about a women’s shoemaker doesn’t sound all that exciting compared to the other movies currently playing in theaters. But Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams is an incredibly engrossing look at the life and career of Ferragamo, who designed shoes for everyone from Eva Peron to Marilyn Monroe.

Reviews for the film have been mixed to positive, but it’s a documentary that shows how one can find art in the most amazing of places — where one person sees a shoe, another person can see a canvas.

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%
IMDb score: 6

Our Current Favorites

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

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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).