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

With the arrival of August comes a whole new wave of movies hitting theaters this coming weekend. From new-age horror movies like the Gen Z slasher, Bodies Bodies Bodies to the ensemble action extravaganza, Bullet Train, there’s a number of new films well worth seeing in a cushy, air-conditioning theater on the first weekend of the month.

Along with those movies arriving in theaters soon, there’s also a ton of past film releases worth checking out as well, including the summer blockbuster, Top Gun: Maverick, and the newest MCU venture, Thor: Love and Thunder.

Here are all the movies you can find playing in a theater near you starting August 5.

Updated: August 4

Popular New Releases

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

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

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: Exclusively in theaters
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: Exclusively in theaters
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: Exclusively in theaters
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: Exclusively in theaters
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: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%
IMDb score: 7.3

Thirteen Lives

Ron Howard is no stranger to biographical dramas based on real-life incidents and historical events — Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, and Rush just being some of the best examples of his past work.

In his latest film, Howard takes on the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue mission, wherein a junior football/soccer team became trapped in an intricate cave system for 18 days after monsoon flooding prevented them from escaping.

Starring Hollywood actors like Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton alongside a number of talented Thai actors, Thirteen Lives is an engrossing film about an actual event that is as terrifying to see depicted on screen as it was to experience in life.

Most reviews for the film have been positive, with many critics calling it a return to form for Howard, commending the film for its more realistic approach to the main story rather than resorting to typical, over-the-top Hollywood dramatization of the movie’s storyline.

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%
IMDb score: 7.8

Other Movies of Note

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

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: Exclusively in theaters
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: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%
IMDb score: 7.8

Lightyear

Pixar rarely makes a bad film, with Lightyear being a testament to this very reliable attribute for the animation giant. A spin-off of the beloved Toy Story films, the film follows the titular Space Ranger (Chris Evans) and his crew as they struggle to find a way off an isolated planet far from home. As they search for ways to leave, they come into contact with the evil Emperor Zurg (James Brolin) and his massive robotic armada.

Like the Toy Story films that came before it, Lightyear has received predominantly positive reviews from critics. However, some critics felt the movie fails to live up to the high bar set by the earlier Toy Story films, leading to it receiving the worst rating out of the franchise (although, on its own, its ratings are still incredibly high for an animated film).

Where to watch: select theaters/Disney+
Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%
IMDb score: 5.1

Jurassic World: Dominion

After dinosaurs have escaped from confinement and are now living in populated areas, the world struggles to find a way to adapt to their new proximity to their prehistoric counterparts. Meanwhile, Dr. Ellie Satler (Laura Dern) uncovers a massive conspiracy involving mutated locusts sabotaging the world’s food supplies, leading her to ask Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) for help.

At the same time, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) do their best to keep Maisie (Isabella Sermon) — the first genetically engineered human — safe from harm. After Maisie is kidnapped, though, Owen and Claire go on a globe-trotting adventure to find her.

The sixth entry in the Jurassic Park series and the third installment of the Jurassic World trilogy, Jurassic World: Dominion sees every franchise hero meet up for the very first time. As exciting as that idea sounds, though, the execution could’ve been better, the film earning almost entirely negative reviews.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%
IMDb score: 6.0

Comedy

For movie fans who love to laugh.

I Love My Dad

Patton Oswalt has starred in a string of indie comedies, each one quirkier than the last. However, for as frequently off-kilter as many of these movies are, almost all of his films are grounded by a more emotional component that makes them relatable — no matter how strange they end up being.

Oswalt’s latest film, I Love My Dad, is a great example of this very fact. In a desperate bid to remain in his son’s (James Morosini) life, a father (Oswalt) begins catfishing his son over social media, impersonating a woman named Becca to stay connected with his child.

As you can probably guess from that description, I Love My Dad is a fairly strange movie that may not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, it’s an undeniably emotional film that has earned fairly positive reviews, with critics commending Oswalt for his performance in the movie.

An updated version of Mrs. Doubtfire for the modern age, it’s a fun, outside-the-box comedy that will likely have you leaving the theater chuckling and in serious contemplation at the same time.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%
IMDb score: 6.9

Easter Sunday

Based heavily on comedian and main star Jo Koy’s personal life, Easter Sunday traces the story of a dysfunctional family as they celebrate the Easter holiday together.

In the film, Jo Koy plays Joe, a down-on-his-luck actor, aspiring comedian, and single father to Junior (Brandon Wardell), Joe’s adoptive son who he has trouble bonding with and relating to.

For as personal as the project is to Koy, the movie falls flat in a number of ways, failing to deliver basic laughs or a memorable premise.

Reviews to the film have been almost entirely negative, with The Guardian’s Charles Bramesco going so far as to describe Easter Sunday as an “unfunny mess” and a “regrettable disaster.”

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 40%
IMDb score: 6.8

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: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
IMDb score: 8.3

Horror

For movie fans looking for a scare.

The Black Phone

From horror novelist Joe Hill comes this adaptation of his short story, The Black Phone. In it, a young boy (Mason Thames) finds himself kidnapped by a local serial killer (Ethan Hawke) who imprisons him in his basement. The only means of escape the boy can rely on comes in the form of a mysterious black phone that allows him to talk to the killer’s previous victims, all of whom are trying to get him to avoid their grim fate.

Reviews for The Black Phone have all been positive, with Hawke’s performance being particularly singled out as a highlight for the film. Director Scott Derrickson has said it’s his most personal film to date, horror or otherwise. Additional praise was offered for the film’s child actors, the direction, and more psychological thrills than the typical jump scares that mire most other horror films out there.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
IMDb score: 7.5

Fun For All Ages

Movies that are perfect for the entire family.

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

An animated kung fu extravaganza like no other, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank follows a hapless beagle named Hank (Michael Cera) who travels to a town filled with defenseless cats in desperate need of assistance. When a feline warlord (Ricky Gervais) and his army threaten to destroy the otherwise peaceful village, Hank finds himself the only hope for the town’s safety — the only issue being that the entire town hates him.

Loosely inspired by Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank is a decidedly more family-friendly version of Brooks’ classic, boundary-pushing 1974 comedy. Stacked with a big-name celebrity cast that includes Cera, Gervais, Samuel L. Jackson, George Takei, Michelle Yeoh, and Mel Brooks himself, it’s a lighthearted animated film filled with numerous nods to the kung fu movies that inspired it.

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank has earned mostly positive if somewhat average reviews from critics, many of whom criticized the film’s mediocre humor, but noted that it was sure please younger audience members.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%
IMDb score: 8.1

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

From indie giant A24 comes this charming mockumentary about a sentient mollusk named Marcel (voiced by Jenny Slate). Based on a series of short films available on YouTube, the film covers Marcel’s search for his family with the help of a documentary filmmaker (Dean Fleischer-Camp, the director and writer of the actual film) after a mysterious event has seemingly wiped out most of Marcel’s species.

A24 isn’t very well-known for producing family-friendly films that often, but Marcel the Shell With Shoes On is a rare achievement, intersecting wonderful comedic moments with heartfelt emotion. As to be expected from an A24 movie, critic and audience reception to the film has been extremely positive.

Where to watch: In select theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%
IMDb score: 8.1

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: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%
IMDb score: 4.6

Vengeance

Most people probably associate BJ Novak with his character, Ryan Howard, on The Office (a show he also wrote some of the best episodes for). However, Novak is also a skilled writer and more versatile actor than most people give him credit for, as seen with his directorial debut, Vengeance.

In Vengeance, Novak stars as a New York City-based podcaster who travels to western Texas, trying to solve the mysterious death of a girl he had previously dated.

Balancing dark humor with an intriguing mystery at its center, Vengeance is a wonderfully quirky dramedy that illustrates Novak’s strengths as an actor, writer, and now feature film director.

Reviews for the film have been largely positive, with many critics complimenting the movie’s script and tone, calling it a fitting and welcome debut for Novak.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%
IMDb score: 6.7

Thriller

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

Resurrection

It seems cliche to say a decent thriller film is “Hitchcockian” upon its release. However, if there was one movie that accurately fit that description, it would have to be Resurrection.

Since breaking up with her abusive ex-boyfriend, David (Tim Roth), over two decades ago, Margaret (Rebecca Hall) has slowly pieced her life back together. She is now working in a stable job that she’s successful at and has a healthy, peaceful relationship with her daughter. When David returns after a 22-year absence, though, Margaret struggles to hold her new lifestyle together while confronting the ghosts of her past.

A sobering meditation on abusive relationships, PTSD, and the sometimes rocky attempts people have trying to move on from past traumas, Resurrection is a first-rate thriller that hits on a more poignant, emotional level than most.

The film has garnered a variety of positive reviews — many of which have praised the performance of Rebecca Hall, in particular — and for its unflinching look at the most unhealthy characteristics of toxic relationships and the long-term effects it can have on people.

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%
IMDb score: 6.6

Romance

For viewers looking for a more romantic time at the movies.

Ali & Ava

Since its premiere at Cannes last year, the British drama Ali & Ava has been hailed as one of the best films to originate from the UK in the past year.

The movie follows two different people who meet and begin slowly developing feelings for one another in spite of their individual past heartbreaks — with Ava (Claire Rushbrook) only just getting over a bad breakup and Ali (Adeel Akhtar) recently suffering through a bitter divorce.

As each one deals with the last vestiges of their past failed romances, they wonder whether they’re ready for another serious relationship or not.

A wonderful look at the joys and heartaches of romantic relationships, Ali & Ava is a touching portrait of love and all its foibles. Released to positive reviews upon its debut at Cannes, the movie has only gained increasing popularity among critics abroad.

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%
IMDb score: 6.9

A Love Song

Part romance, part contemporary Western, A Love Song is a unique modern love story that examines the lives of two individuals in the American West.

Waiting for the love of her life at a Colorado campground, Faye (Dale Dickey) spends her days idly enjoying the surrounding wonders of the countryside — fishing, hiking, and birdwatching.

As she anticipates the arrival of Lito (Wes Studi), Lito himself wanders through the rugged American landscape, each of them wondering what their relationship will be like when they’re finally reunited.

An outside-the-box romantic story about two aged lovers coming together after a prolonged period apart, A Love Song is an almost modern take on The Odyssey set in the wondrous desert expanses of rural America.

Critics have lauded the film for its performance, emotion, and the chemistry of the two onscreen leads, who also happen to be two of the most underrated performers working in film today.

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%
IMDb score: 7.2

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: Exclusively in theaters
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).