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The Best Movies in Theaters Right Now

Looking to head to the theater? We've got you covered.

For several years, we had “The Best Movies in Theaters” as a running article. We felt it was a helpful utility for those looking for a night out at the movies. Obviously, the pandemic shut all that down pretty quickly, but now that the vaccines are here and widely available, that means there’s a path back to the movies. Let us stress that you should really only be going back to the movies if you’re fully vaccinated. To return to an enclosed space where people may or may not be wearing masks and may or may not be infected with COVID is not a wise decision. While you should still wear a mask whenever possible at the theater (per current CDC guidelines), it’s far safer to go to the movies once you’re fully vaccinated.

If you have been fully vaccinated, you’re probably itching to go back to the movies, and the good news is that there are some great films worth checking out. Below you’ll find our recommendations of films that are currently playing in theaters. While some of these movies are also on streaming, nothing can compare to the theatrical experience, and we think it’s worth going out to see these films on the big screen.

However, what's most important is your health. Please only go to the movies if you're fully vaccinated and feel comfortable being in an auditorium.

Editor's note: Last updated August 2nd to add The Green Knight and Jungle Cruise .

The Green Knight

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Writer/Director: David Lowery

Cast: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, and Ralph Ineson.

Fair warning: The Green Knight is weird. If you haven't seen David Lowery 's 2017 movie A Ghost Story , you may be thrown by the kind of unique tone he brings to his adaptation of the medieval chivalric legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight . However, the story is still easy to follow--the young, untested Gawain ( Dev Patel ) meets the challenge of dealing a blow to the Green Knight ( Ralph Ineson ) with the understanding that the blow will be returned in a year's time. When Gawain tries to show off by beheading the Knight, he's startled when the Knight picks up his own head, and says he'll meet Gawain in the Green Chapel one year hence.

So begins an episodic journey where Gawain is repeatedly beset by temptations and challenges as he goes to meet his destiny against a foe who promises to behead him. It's a fascinating, sumptuous film that explores what it means to live with honor in the face of certain death. If you can get on board with what Lowery is doing here, you'll be rewarded with one of the year's best films. - Matt Goldberg

Jungle Cruise

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Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writers: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, and Michael Green

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Édgar Ramírez, and Paul Giamatti.

The latest adaptation of a Disney theme park attraction wisely borrows some plot points and energy from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl . The film follows scientist Lily Houghton ( Emily Blunt ) and her uptight brother MacGregor ( Jack Whitehall ) as they join with acerbic boat captain Frank ( Dwayne Johnson ) on the search for a mystical flower that's said to have incredible healing powers. However, the trio is pursued by a German officer ( Jesse Plemons ) hoping that the flower will help him win World War I as well as the cursed spirits of Spanish conquistadors.

Jungle Cruise has a light, fun adventure energy that makes it perfect for an afternoon out at the movies. It's charming, Blunt and Johnson have terrific chemistry, and the film is colorful and fast-paced. It's the kind of movie you could easily slot alongside the original Pirates or 1999's The Mummy for a lazy weekend in that it provides a good time without making any heavy demands of its audience. - Matt Goldberg

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Director: Janicza Bravo

Writer: Janicza Bravo and Jeremy O. Harris

Cast: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Ari'el Stachel, and Colman Domingo

Before you turn away at "based on a Twitter thread", give Zola a chance. Yes, the film was based on a famous Twitter thread by Aziah "Zola" King from 2015, but director/co-writer Janicza Bravo turns it into an electrifying and satisfying story of backstabbing, increasing insanity, race, sex, Internet culture, and more. The film follows Zola ( Taylour Paige ) and her odd friendship with Stefani ( Riley Keough ), who says that the two of them can make some easy money stripping in Tampa, but once along for the ride Zola realizes this is not the fun trip she was promised. Thankfully, she always manages to keep her head as everything continues to spin out of control around her. Bravo's razor sharp direction shows she's a filmmaker to watch, and you'll easily get wound up in this stranger-than-fiction tale. - Matt Goldberg

In the Heights

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Director: Jon M. Chu

Writer: Quiara Alegría Hudes

Cast: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, and Jimmy Smits

If you’re looking for a big, bold, colorful, and exuberant theatrical experience for the summer, you probably won’t do much better than Jon M. Chu ’s adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda ’s Tony-winning musical In the Heights . The story follows a group of young Washington Heights residents during the summer and their various dreams. There’s Usnavi ( Anthony Ramos ) who dreams of moving back to his father’s homeland of the Dominican Republic; Nina ( Leslie Grace ) who wants to move back home after making it to Stanford due to feeling like an outsider; and Vanessa ( Melissa Barrera ), who wants to get out of the neighborhood to work as a fashion designer. The story explores the complexities of the immigrant and 1st-generation American experience without ever losing the vibrancy and immediacy of the musical numbers that are destined to get stuck in your head. If there’s an ideal film to welcome people back to theaters, In the Heights is it. - Matt Goldberg

The Sparks Brothers

The Sparks Brothers

Director: Edgar Wright

If you’ve never heard of Sparks, that’s okay. The thesis of Edgar Wright ’s first documentary, The Sparks Brothers , is that you’ve never heard about one of the greatest bands of all-time, but your favorite bands have. The massive documentary flies by as Wright covers all 25 albums from Sparks, a band comprised of brothers Russell and Ron Mael . Through interviews with both the band, their admirers, and a wealth of footage, The Sparks Brothers makes the convincing case that Sparks was a game-changing band that never got the recognition they were due despite their creative bravado and willingness to chart their own path. If you’re not a fan of Sparks going into The Sparks Brothers , you will be by the time you leave it. – Matt Goldberg

The Best Movies in Theaters Right Now

As February goes on, these are some of the best movies currently playing in theaters.

There's never been a better time to be a movie fan, especially if you love checking out your local movie theaters . From re-releases of classic titles to exciting big-budget spectacles, it seems as if there's always something new and exciting to stare at over a bucket of popcorn. However, with the popularity of streaming among a huge influx of popular titles arriving in the coming days, how are you supposed to know what the best movies in theaters are?

Thankfully, we're here to address those concerns. We've taken the time to highlight a number of prominent releases, both old and new, that are currently playing in theaters. From terrific dramas to heart-pounding action films, there's certainly no shortage of things to see whenever you head down to your local cinema. Don't believe us? Here are just a handful of the best movies currently playing in theaters . We'll be updating this list periodically to reflect the best of the best movies as they come and go.

1 Lisa Frankenstein (2024)

Lisa Frankenstein

Lisa Frankenstein

Lisa Frankenstein is more than just its title suggests. A neon-soaked film set firmly within the 1980s, Lisa Frankenstein tells the story of Lisa Swallows (Kathryn Newton), a goth girl living in a world that can't seem to understand her. However, when she takes an interest in the corpse of a boy from the Victorian era, she takes initiative. With morbid science at her disposal, she revives the boy, aiming to make him into the man of her dreams. Cole Sprouse of Riverdale and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody fame co-stars as Lisa's undead companion.

Lisa Frankenstein Pairs Zelda Williams With Diablo Cody

Lisa Frankenstein has all the pieces for a fantastic film. Zelda WIlliams makes her directorial debut here, melding the 1980s with all the terrifically tacky camp you could ask for. Combine that with a screenplay by Diablo Cody, who previously made waves with her terrific horror comedy Jennifer' s Body , and you have the makings of what could very well be one of the most entertaining movies of 2024. For anyone interested in a fresh retelling of Mary Shelley's classic tale, Lisa Frankenstein will surely deliver. Watch the trailer for Lisa Frankenstein on YouTube

2 Scrambled (2024)

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Scrambled is a movie that originally made the rounds through film festivals in 2023, though now it has finally been released to the public. An auteur project by Leah McKendrick, who stars in this film in addition to writing and directing, Scrambled tells the story of Nellie Robinson. As she approaches her mid 30s, Nellie is given an unfortunate ultimatum by her doctor. With a certain biological clock ticking down, Nellie makes the decision to freeze her eggs, all while dealing with the ripples her choice has in her personal life.

Scrambled Is Delightfully Sincere

Being a film inspired by McKendrick's own life experiences, a genuine sense of sincerity shines through its palpable drama and hearty laughs. Its relatability and personable themes will feel welcomed by those who share a similar plight with Nellie, as she struggles with making an important decision while figuring out her life path. The laughs found throughout also do an excellent job of balancing out the film's more insightful moments. Watch the trailer for Scrambled on YouTube

For a better perspective on how Leah McKendrick brought Scrambled to life, check out our interview below:

3 The Beekeeper (2024)

The Beekeeper

The Beekeeper

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Director David Ayer and legendary actor Jason Statham unite to bring us The Beekeeper , a film in which Adam Clay (Statham) tends to a modest hive of honey bees on a quiet Massachusetts farm. Of course, he also happens to be a former operative of the "Beekeeper" organization, an illusive group who trained Clay in the art of violent espionage. When Clay's landlady, Eloise Parker (Phylicia Rashad), falls victim to a disastrous phishing scam, the tragic fallout will lead Clay on a personal quest to find those responsible. However, the more he digs, the more he'll realize just how far the rabbit hole goes.

The Beekeeper Has High Octane Action

If David Ayer is known for anything, it's for his stylish direction. With notable high points in his filmography, including titles like Fury and End of Watch , it's natural to expect a similar level of flair in The Beekeeper . Combined with Statham's gritty performance and villains you can't help but hate, The Beekeeper delivers a straightforward if not highly effective action film that's sure to entertain. If that's not enough of a sell, you'll be happy to know that Kurt Wimmer penned the film's screenplay, having previously collaborated with Ayer on his 2008 film Street Kings . Watch the trailer for The Beekeeper on YouTube

Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with David Ayer below:

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4 the boys in the boat (2023), december 25.

The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat

George Clooney produced and directed The Boys in the Boat , a film based on the titular 2013 novel by Daniel James Brown. Just as the book does, The Boys in the Boat depicts a true story set in the 1936 Summer Olympics, focusing specifically on the University of Washington rowing team. An underdog story at its core, the film follows their triumphant story as the team overcomes their troubled pasts and tense competition at this historically significant event. Joel Edgerton stars as the team's coach, Al Ubrickson, with Callum Turner playing the role of Joe Rantz.

An Effective Underdog Story

Against the backdrop of 1936, which featured the last Olympic Games prior to the advent of World War II, The Boys in the Boat is an effective sleeper hit that'll touch on familiar story beats from the sports genre. Clooney clearly had a clear vision in mind for this film, and if you're the type to enjoy a classic sports story, The Boys in the Boat is right up your alley. Of course, the film is made even more effective with performances provided by Peter Guinness, Jack Mulhern, and James Wolk. Watch the trailer for The Boys in the Boat on YouTube

Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with George Clooney and Joel Edgerton below:

5 American Fiction (2023)

December 15.

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American Fiction

Cord Jefferson's directorial debut presents a particularly intriguing tale caked in nuance. American Fiction tells the story of Thelonious Ellison (Jeffrey Wright), a novelist based in Los Angeles who is currently facing a financial rut. When his latest book is rejected by his publisher due to creative differences, Ellison comes up with a plan: instead of writing from the heart, he creates a book that deliberately satirizes stereotypical depictions of Black people under a pseudonym. Unfortunately, the book's unintentional breakout success both critically and commercially puts him in a brand-new rut.

American Fiction Combines Hilarity With Bias

An incredibly effective comedy film, Jeffrey Wright could've easily carried American Fiction with his performance were it not for the other positive elements found throughout. The film's many jokes allow us to look inwardly at our own racial and cultural biases, and given its wide acclaim from a plethora of critical institutions, it certainly resonated with a sizable audience. The film itself would go on to be nominated for Best Picture, with Jeffrey Wright and Sterling K. Brown garnering nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. Watch the trailer for American Fiction on YouTube

Speaking of Sterling K. Brown and Jeffrey Wright, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Brown and Wright below:

6 Wonka (2023)

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Willy Wonka (Timothée Chalamet) gains friends and powerful enemies while trying to achieve his chocolatier dreams.

First impressions were admittedly pretty mixed when Wonka was first revealed to the public. Thankfully, this reimagining of the titular candy mogul's origins is as entertaining as it is sweet. Timothée Chalamet dons the famed chocolatier's persona in Wonka as he rises to the top from humble beginnings, presenting an overall narrative that stands on its own when compared to other films featuring the character. That said, this musical comedy features plenty of memorable songs and reprisals of familiar themes.

Wonka Is a Surprising Prequel

It's safe to say that Wonka was a pleasant surprise in a sea of legacy sequels and prequels. Chalamet does a fine job in presenting a younger version of Willy Wonka, with the surrounding cast — including the likes of Rowan Atkinson, Keegan-Michael Key, Hugh Grant, and more — giving it their all in this musical comedy. The film is incredibly whimsical , and best of all, it delivers more than you would expect from a typical legacy prequel. Watch the trailer for Wonka on YouTube

7 Poor Things (2023)

Poor Things

Poor Things

A critical darling shortly after it premiered, this late 2023 film is still hanging around in theaters if you haven't gotten a chance to see it. Poor Things is the latest venture by director Yorgos Lanthimos, adapting the titular novel originally written by Alasdair Gray. In it, a young woman named Bella (Emma Stone) is miraculously brought back from the dead via the work of scientist Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). However, to do so, Godwin had to replace Bella's brain with that of an unborn child. What follows is an eclectic journey of self-discovery as Bella's worldview starts to quickly shift into something more mature.

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How Yorgos Lanthimos Brings Out the Best in Emma Stone

Yorgos lanthimos dazzles yet again.

Lanthimos has certainly built up a reputation for his unconventional films, with notable titles like Dogtooth and The Lobster being two particularly eclectic examples. In spite of its strange premise, however, Poor Things struck a chord with a wider audience. Not only did the film receive nominations for both Best Director and Best Picture at the Academy Awards, but it also delivered some impeccable casting as well, with talents like Mark Ruffalo and Jerrod Carmichael grounding the film's strange premise. Emma Stone would even secure a Best Actress nomination for her performance here as well. Watch the trailer for Poor Things on YouTube

To see an interview with Poor Things ' cinematographer, Robbie Ryan, check out our video below:

From 'Oppenheimer' to 'The Marvels,' here are 15 movies you need to stream right now

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From terrible superhero fare to underwhelming spy flicks , things are pretty bleak in theaters . Not so on your favorite streaming services, where Oscar-nominated movies , summer blockbusters and high-profile originals are coming in hot. (We see you, J.Lo !)

This month, Netflix, Prime Video, Peacock, Hulu, Paramount+ and Max have a wide variety for movie lovers of all tastes. There's something for everyone, whether you've been waiting patiently for the more serious half of the Barbenheimer combo or jonesing for a musical remake of a 1980s best picture contender.

Here are 15 notable new movies that you can stream right now:

'Cat Person'

Based on a viral short story, the cringe-inducing comedic thriller stars Emilia Jones ("CODA") as a college kid who meets an older man (Nicholas Braun) at the movie theater where she works. Numbers and many flirty texts are exchanged, but things go sideways when he starts acting extremely suss and dumping him proves dicey.

Where to watch: Hulu

'The Color Purple'

Blitz Bazawule crafts a  vibrant and joyous adaptation of the Broadway musical  (based on Alice Walker's seminal book). Fantasia Barrino is terrific as a Southern woman shackled to a no-good man (Colman Domingo) who fosters a strong sisterhood with a loyal friend (Danielle Brooks) and a blues singer (Taraji P. Henson).

Where to watch: Max

'The Color Purple' movie review: A fantastic Fantasia Barrino brings new depth to 2023 film

'Dicks: The Musical'

This polarizing, saucy and R-rated spin on  “The Parent Trap”  with f-bombs galore stars Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson as macho vacuum-parts salesmen who learn they’re long-lost identical twins and seek to reunite their divorced parents. Worth a watch just for Bowen Yang as God and Megan Thee Stallion as a twerking lady boss.

'The Last Voyage of the Demeter'

André Øvredal's period horror film is a seafaring slasher where a monstrous Dracula gets loose on a Russian schooner bound for England and the sailors are not ready for the king bloodsucker. Based on a chapter from Bram Stoker's "Dracula," it's way more chatty than it needs to be and skimps on the claustrophobic carnage.

Where to watch: Paramount+ with Showtime

'The Marvels'

Disney+ teen heroine Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) makes her Marvel movie debut in a body-swapping space romp that partners her with her idol Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) and superpowered astronaut Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris). Sure, it sticks to the formula, but a herd of cats feature in an all-time Marvel Cinematic Universe moment.

Where to watch: Disney+

'Next Goal Wins'

Based on a true story, Taika Waititi's feel-good sports comedy centers on soccer coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender). A demanding dude who can't keep a job, he’s sent to American Samoa to turn around the fortunes of a national team that endured global humiliation a decade earlier and now needs his guidance on the pitch.

Where to watch: Hulu , Disney+

'Oppenheimer'

Blistering and thought-provoking, Christopher Nolan's best picture front-runner chronicles the Manhattan Project of the 1940s and America's race to develop the atomic bomb. Cillian Murphy is phenomenal as J. Robert Oppenheimer, a flawed genius who rises to become a hero but is later vilified by the country he loves.

Where to watch: Peacock

'Orion and the Dark'

In the animated fantasy, Orion (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) is a scaredy-cat when it comes to pretty much everything, especially the dark. That bums out the sensitive Dark (Paul Walter Hauser), who takes Orion on a nighttime journey to meet pals like Sweet Dreams and Insomnia, and show him that there's nothing to be afraid of.

Where to watch: Netflix

'Past Lives'

Director Celine Song's romantic drama charts the emotional paths of childhood friends Nora (Greta Lee) and Hae Sung (Teo Yoo). Decades after Nora's family left South Korea, they reconnect and he comes to visit Nora and her husband (John Magaro) in a slow-burn narrative that digs into fate, choices and the relationships that define us.

'Past Lives': Celine Song, Greta Lee talk romance that helps us cope with 'the trauma of living'

Mack (Gina Rodriguez) is a New York sports reporter who runs "plays" with her co-workers (including Augustus Prew and Damon Wayans Jr.) for bar hookups. When she meets a famous war journalist (Tom Ellis) and wants a relationship for a change, though, they have to take their shenanigans to the next level in the romantic comedy.

'The Pod Generation'

Emilia Clarke and Chiwetel Ejiofor play a couple who sign up to have their baby through an artificial womb. She's all for the "pod" experience, he bristles, though their mindsets shift as the due date grows closer in this intriguing exploration of gender dynamics amid a strange futuristic world that feels eerily possible.

Laura Chinn’s semi-autobiographical dramedy is a lively 2000s throwback. Nico Parker plays a Florida teen whose dying brother is moved into hospice care by their mom ( Laura Linney ). The girl befriends a right-to-life activist (Woody Harrelson) and parties hearty, but she’s forced to weigh a newfound freedom with her family responsibilities.

'Suncoast': 'Queen of America' Laura Linney takes on challenging mom role with Hulu movie

'Thanksgiving'

Directed by Eli Roth ("Cabin Fever"), this is the horror tale you need if you're a diehard for all things Turkey Day. A year after a Black Friday sale turned into a night of death at a big-box store, a Massachusetts community is rocked again by a pilgrim-themed masked slasher on a mission of bloody revenge.

Where to watch: Netflix (on Saturday)

'This Is Me ... Now: A Love Story'

More an hourlong music video than a movie per se, "This Is Me" features Jennifer Lopez singing, dancing and even fixing a giant steampunk heart in a narrative based on her personal journey to find true love – and a love for herself. The A-list supporting cast includes Jane Fonda, Fat Joe, Post Malone and, of course, her husband Ben Affleck.

Where to watch: Prime Video

In this romantic comedy/art-world Cinderella story, Camila Mendes ("Riverdale") plays an assistant at a New York auction house who has a meet-cute with a rich British dude (Archie Renaux) when she's upgraded to first class on a plane ride to London. Which is cool until she gets caught in a series of lies juggling her job and this new guy.

10 of the most promising movies on tap this spring

The season’s highlights include a ‘dune’ follow-up, another mad max saga, a ‘fall guy’ and a ‘hit man’.

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L et’s face it: 2023 is going to be a hard year to follow, movie-wise. After “Barbenheimer,” Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and sundry Super Marios and Spider-Men, can Hollywood keep the sugar high aloft?

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Sure! At least if the next few months are any indication, and if your sweet tooth involves sci-fi and an irrational craving for Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Austin Butler — all of whom happen to co-star in the season’s biggest movie, as well as a few others. Filmgoers who aren’t fans of those actors ( who are you? ) will have plenty to keep them occupied, with Big Events like “Rebel Moon: Part 1,” “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire,” “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” and the “Road House” reboot on the horizon. Then there’s a smattering of Sundance talkers and potential indie sleepers to round out the offerings. Not bad for a movie schedule that might look a little less pink this year, but no less promising.

Opening dates are subject to change.

Dune: Part Two

Because of the writers and actors strikes last year, this hotly anticipated sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 space-desert epic was punted to 2024 — giving us that much more time to re-watch the first installment so we know what the heck is going on! Chalamet returns as Paul Atreides, who’s on a revenge tour to search for the villains who destroyed his family. With luck, we’ll finally get to see the chemistry Chalamet and Zendaya developed in Part 1 pay off, and the addition of Butler and Florence Pugh promises oodles of intrigue. Opens March 1.

Problemista

Like “Dune: Part Two,” this comedy from “Los Espookys” creator Julio Torres was rescheduled last year, to the disappointment of Torres’s many fans. Finally, we all get to see Torres’s highly anticipated feature debut as a writer-director. Here, he plays a toy designer from El Salvador who has come to New York to make his creative dreams come true; when his visa runs out, his only hope lies in an apprenticeship with a once-hip, now washed-up artist. The fact that said has-been is played by Tilda Swinton only heightens the intrigue of a film that co-stars Isabella Rossellini, Greta Lee and RZA. The combination of that creative team, plus some potentially punchy satire involving immigration reform, boho pretentiousness and New York striving at its most Darwinian, feels like it can’t miss. Opens March 1 .

Love Lies Bleeding

Rose Glass’s eagerly awaited follow-up to her horror movie “Saint Maud” stars Kristen Stewart and Katy O’Brian as a gym manager and a bodybuilder who fall in love and embark on a journey through the underbelly of the American West. Ed Harris, Jena Malone and Dave Franco co-star in the film, which received strong reviews out of Sundance last month. Opens March 8 .

The American Society of Magical Negroes

Like “Love Lies Bleeding,” Kobi Libii’s satire — starring Justice Smith as a young man who is recruited into a secret society whose members dedicate their lives to making White people’s lives easier — comes by way of the Sundance pipeline. Reviews out of Park City, Utah, name-dropped “American Fiction” and “Sorry to Bother You” — big shoes, for sure. We’ll see if they fit. Opens March 15 .

Regina King stars in this dramatization of the life and career of trailblazing congresswoman and presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm, written and directed by John Ridley. Ridley’s “Jimi: All Is by My Side” (2013) was an exceptionally intriguing interpretive history of Jimi Hendrix; it will be fascinating to find out how he reimagines Chisholm, whose contributions to American political life have gone unheralded for too long. Terrence Howard, Lance Reddick and Brian Stokes Mitchell co-star. March 22 .

Challengers

Zendaya again! This time in a Luca Guadagnino confection set in the professional tennis world, with Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist completing a tantalizing romantic triangle. I stipulate that the best tennis movie in recent memory is 2017’s “Borg vs. McEnroe” (watch it, you’re welcome), but this looks like a thoroughly gorgeous diversion that’s a lot less taxing than actually taking to the court. Opens April 26 .

The Fall Guy

Ryan Gosling is sure to be Kenough as Colt Seavers, a stunt man who’s enlisted to help save a multimillion blockbuster that happens to be directed by his ex. This looks silly and maybe even dumb — but also smart, in that way Gosling has perfected in “The Nice Guys” and last year’s “Barbie.” And with Hannah Waddingham and Emily Blunt along for the ride? What’s not to like? Opens May 3 .

This fantasy-comedy, written and directed by John Krasinski, revolves around a charming (and maybe alarming) premise, whereby a girl copes with the difficulties in her life with the help of other people’s imaginary friends, who’ve been discarded or outgrown. Ryan Reynolds stars, along with Krasinski, Matt Damon and Blunt — and the voices of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Steve Carell, Maya Rudolph and Sam Rockwell. Opens May 17 .

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Anya Taylor-Joy stars in George Miller’s follow-up to the gangbusters Charlize Theron vehicle “Mad Max: Fury Road,” an origin story of Theron’s character, who epitomized steely-eyed badassery and super-fancy driving. Chris Hemsworth co-stars. Opens May 24 .

If you thought Glen Powell had sparkle and swagger in “Top Gun: Maverick,” and if you thought he was downright adorable opposite Sydney Sweeney in “Anyone but You,” just wait until you see him in the movie that, more than anything in his career, showcases his versatility and innate charm. Richard Linklater writes and directs this adaptation of a true story, about a mild-mannered professor who winds up moonlighting as a hired assassin; Linklater adds a steamy love interest played by newcomer Adria Arjona. Smart, sexy and fun, this one’s the whole package. Opens June 7 .

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Best Movies in Theaters Right Now

A s the turbulent 2023 movie season transitions into 2024, audiences are about to be inundated with all kinds of new films, including franchise tentpoles, emotionally resonant independent films, and more. With so many films in theaters right now, it truly seems that cinema is back and better than ever.

However, with movies of all age ratings and genres playing in theaters at the same time, it can be easy to lose track of each new feature. While some of the films currently in cinemas can be skipped, others are playing right now that audiences simply won't want to miss.

Updated January 2, 2024 by Jordan Iacobucci: This article has been updated to reflect films that are currently in theaters.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes

The hunger games: the ballad of songbirds and snakes.

Coriolanus Snow mentors and develops feelings for the female District 12 tribute during the 10th Hunger Games.

Release Date 2023-11-17

Director Francis Lawrence

Cast Tom Blyth, Peter Dinklage, Jason Schwartzman, Hunter Schafer, Rachel Zegler, Fionnula Flanagan, Viola Davis, Burn Gorman

Rating PG-13

Runtime 2 Hours 37 Minutes

Main Genre Sci-Fi

Genres Drama, Thriller

Writers Suzanne Collins, Michael Lesslie, Michael Arndt

Production Company Color Force, Good Universe, Lionsgate

REVIEW: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is Enjoyable and Captivating, but Falls Apart in its Third Act

Eight years after the conclusion of the Hunger Games franchise, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes offers an origin story for the villainous President Coriolanus Snow. The film follows a young Snow as he mentors a District 12 tribute in the 10th annual Hunger Games, only to find that he has fallen in love with her.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes reignites the passionate Hunger Games fanbase that has remained dormant for the better part of a decade. The film includes all of the best parts of the Hunger Games movies while telling a compelling and necessary story in the franchise's overall plot.

Godzilla Minus One

Original title: Gojira -1.0

Post war Japan is at its lowest point when a new crisis emerges in the form of a giant monster, baptized in the horrific power of the atomic bomb.

Release Date 2023-12-01

Director Takashi Yamazaki

Cast Yki Yamada, Minami Hamabe, Sakura And, Rynosuke Kamiki

Main Genre Action

Genres Drama, Adventure

Writers Takashi Yamazaki

Runtime 2 Hours 4 Minutes

Production Company Robot Communications, Toho Company, Toho Studios

REVIEW: Godzilla Minus One Revitalizes the Franchise by Going Back to Its Roots

As the Godzilla franchise reaches a new Renaissance with multiple films and series planned for the next several months, Toho delivers one of its best films featuring the iconic King of the Monsters. Godzilla Minus One goes back to the days following World War II when a recovering Japan discovers that a massive beast has been awakened in the ocean — and it is bent on destroying everything in its path.

Godzilla Minus One is the perfect counterpart to the ongoing American Monsterverse franchise, choosing to focus on a cast of compelling characters as they navigate Godzilla's destruction. The film doesn't shortchange audiences when it comes to epic kaiju action, either, delivering some truly outstanding action sequences despite its tiny budget.

Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom

Aquaman and the lost kingdom.

Aquaman balances his duties as king and as a member of the Justice League, all while planning a wedding. Black Manta is on the hunt for Atlantean tech to help rebuild his armor. Orm plots to escape his Atlantean prison.

Release Date 2023-12-22

Director James Wan

Cast Dolph Lundgren, Patrick Wilson, Jason Momoa, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ben Affleck, Temuera Morrison

Runtime 124 minutes

Main Genre Superhero

Genres Superhero, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Writers David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, James Wan, Jason Momoa

REVIEW: Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Jason Momoa stars in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, wherein Arthur Curry struggles to balance his responsibilities as a father, husband, son, brother, and king of Atlantis. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when he is confronted by his old nemesis, Black Manta, who has unleashed an ancient and deadly power. Arthur is then forced to team up with his brother Orm to defeat Black Manta and save the world.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is the final entry in the DC Extended Universe before James Gunn's rebooted DCU launches. While it is far from the best that the DCEU has to offer, audiences will want to check out Aquaman's last adventure, if only to say goodbye to the long-running franchise.

A family of ducks try to convince their overprotective father to go on the vacation of a lifetime.

Director Guylo Homsy, Benjamin Renner

Cast Carol Kane, Elizabeth Banks, Danny DeVito, Awkwafina

Runtime 92 minutes

Main Genre Animation

Genres Animation, Action, Adventure

Writers Benjamin Renner, Mike White

Migration is an animated family film following a family of ducks as they leave the confines of their safe home and travel around the world. Along the way, the family meets a series of colorful characters and explores picturesque locations. The film also features a star-studded cast, including the vocal stylings of Kumail Nanjiani, Elizabeth Banks, Awkwafina, Keegan Michael-Key, and Danny DeVito.

For audiences looking for a fun family comedy, Migration is a perfect choice. The film follows in the footsteps of many animated classics before it like Rio and The Croods in featuring a family sticking together as their entire world changes around them.

Anyone But You

After an amazing first date, Bea and Ben's fiery attraction turns ice cold - until they find themselves unexpectedly reunited at a destination wedding in Australia. So they do what any two mature adults would do: pretend to be a couple.

Director Will Gluck

Cast Darren Barnet, Alexandra Shipp, Sydney Sweeney, Glen Powell

Runtime 103 minutes

Main Genre Comedy

Genres Romance, Comedy

Writers Ilana Wolpert, Will Gluck

Anyone But You is a romantic comedy starring Top Gun: Maverick 's Glenn Powell and Euphoria 's Sydney Sweeney. Loosely based on William Shakespeare's classic play, Much Ado About Nothing , the film follows Bea and Ben as they pretend to be a couple, only to uncover a fiery romance that neither expected to find.

In a landscape increasingly devoid of good romantic comedies, Anyone But You fills the void in many viewers' lives with a fun and engaging story filled with twists and turns. Complimented by a captivating cast of up-and-coming actors, Anyone But You is a delight.

The Color Purple

A woman faces many hardships in her life, but ultimately finds extraordinary strength and hope in the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood.

Release Date 2023-12-25

Director Blitz Bazawule

Cast Colman Domingo, Halle Bailey, Elizabeth Marvel, Louis Gossett Jr., Taraji P. Henson, David Alan Grier

Runtime 140 minutes

Main Genre Musical

Genres Drama, Musical

Writers Marsha Norman, Alice Walker, Marcus Gardley

Based on Alice Walker's classic novel and the original 1982 film adaptation of the same name, The Color Purple depicts the difficult landscape for Black men and women in early 20th-century America. Nevertheless, two sisters band together to make lives for themselves against all the odds.

While Hollywood may be choked with cynical remakes, The Color Purple defies the trend by delivering a spectacular reimagining of a classic story. The film is elevated by its phenomenal cast, which includes The Little Mermaid 's Halle Bailey , Taraji P. Henson, Corey Hawkins, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, and more.

Set in the summer of 1957, with Enzo Ferrari's auto empire in crisis, the ex-racer turned entrepreneur pushes himself and his drivers to the edge as they launch into the Mille Miglia, a treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy.

Director Michael Mann

Cast Shailene Woodley, Adam Driver, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Cruz

Runtime 130 minutes

Main Genre Biography

Genres Biography, Drama, History

Writers Brock Yates, Troy Kennedy Martin

REVIEW: Michael Mann Delivers a Compelling But Uneven Biopic in Ferrari

Adam Driver stars in Ferrari , a biopic about the prolific founder of Ferrari S.p.A. Based on Brock Yates's biography of Enzo Ferrari, the film depicts the waning years of the car manufacturer's career as well as his turbulent personal life following the death of his son Dino.

While Ferrari is not always as exciting as its trailers promised, the film is bolstered by a powerful performance from Adam Driver, who perfectly inhabits the look and mannerisms of Enzo Ferrari. The film showcases just how much of a powerhouse Driver can be, while also featuring notable performances from co-stars like Shailene Woodley and Penelope Cruz.

The Boys In The Boat

The boys in the boat.

A 1930s-set story centered on the University of Washington's rowing team, from their Depression-era beginnings to winning gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Director George Clooney

Cast Peter Guinness, Joel Edgerton, Callum Turner, Sam Strike

Main Genre Drama

Genres Biography, Drama, Sports

Writers Mark L. Smith, Daniel James Brown

Based on Daniel James Brown's book of the same name, The Boys in the Boat is the inspirational true story of the University of Washington's rowing crew, which defied the odds to compete in the 1936 Summer Olympics. The film follows the lives of the rowers and their coaches as they struggle with personal demons, family drama, and other complications, yet persevere through it all to become heroes.

Directed by George Clooney, The Boys in the Boat is a well-made and well-acted project that will leave audiences inspired and in awe of the determination and brotherhood found among the titular crew. While it may be devoid of the action and glamor of Hollywood's other end-of-the-year releases, The Boys in the Boat is a story everyone should experience.

The Iron Claw

The true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s.

Director Sean Durkin

Cast Maura Tierney, Zac Efron, Harris Dickinson, Jeremy Allen White

Genres Biography, Drama, sport

Writers Sean Durkin

Production Company A24, Access Entertainment, Access Industries

REVIEW: The Iron Claw is a Stunning Display of Zac Efron's Formidable Talents

The Iron Claw tells the true story of the Von Erich brothers, all of whom have been raised with the expectation of becoming star wrestlers. The film follows their wins and losses, their triumphs and tragedies, and their unending love for one another in the midst of hardship.

Elevated by a tremendous cast including Zac Efron, Lily James, and Jeremy Allen White, The Iron Claw is one of the best cinematic offerings from the end of 2023. Simultaneously inspirational and heartbreaking, The Iron Claw will leave audiences with much to contemplate regarding the Von Erich family and the legacy they leave behind.

With dreams of opening a shop in a city renowned for its chocolate, a young and poor Willy Wonka discovers that the industry is run by a cartel of greedy chocolatiers.

Release Date 2023-12-15

Director Paul King

Cast Rowan Atkinson, Timothee Chalamet, Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins, Olivia Colman, Keegan-Michael Key

Runtime 116 minutes

Main Genre Fantasy

Genres Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy

Writers Simon Farnaby, Roald Dahl, Paul King

Hollywood's latest attempt at adapting Willy Wonka for the big screen comes in the form of a musical prequel starring Timothee Chalamet. Wonka follows a young Willy Wonka as he begins his zany career as a chocolatier.

Although Wonka was met with instant backlash following its early trailers, the film pleasantly surprised audiences upon its release. Featuring a colorful world of pure imagination as it has never been depicted before, Wonka is a terrific time at the theater, even if it doesn't always live up to the heights of Roald Dahl's original work.

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A Thrilling Bounty

I had a terrific movie year — you? I saw hundreds of new films with a variety of plots and styles made on every imaginable scale and budget. Some were from newcomers like A.V. Rockwell and others from the ever-new Martin Scorsese. Some you’ve heard of or will, while others scarcely made a ripple. Some were released by independents like A24 and the tiny KimStim; others came from tech companies and still others from what are now often called legacy studios, a vaguely eulogistic term that suggests influence but also obsolescence.

The movies have ostensibly been at death’s door at least since the shift to sync sound, which isn’t to undersell the industry’s business woes. When the year began, it was still recovering from pandemic-forced shutdowns and slowdowns. “As 2023 Begins, Worry and Fear Linger After a Topsy-Turvy Year,” The Hollywood Reporter fretted , calling the ups and downs of the 2022 box office “dramatic.” Yet some Wall Street analysts were bullish on moviegoing. “We’re seeing a resurgence of interest back in the theaters,” one analyst told Yahoo in late January. I had just returned from the bounty at the Sundance Film Festival and was feeling bullish, too.

As winter gave way to spring and summer, several of my favorite movies had been released in theaters and I had previewed several others at Cannes, where I had again been buoyed by what I had seen. At the same time, the drumbeat of worrying industry news continued when the Writers Guild went on strike on May 2 and several sure-bet blockbusters failed to charm audiences into theaters. “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” was “ cursed ,” read one headline; “‘Mission: Impossible 7’ falls short of expectations ,” ran another. The moaning in the trades gave way to klaxon horns when much of SAG-AFTRA went on strike on July 14. Two days later Barry Diller, who once ran Paramount, warned that the strikes could lead to the industry’s “absolute collapse.” Five days later, “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” opened.

That phenom dubbed Barbenheimer buoyed the box office, the strikes ended, and here we are. It’s tempting to repeat William Goldman’s axiom that “nobody knows anything” and leave it at that. Except that this year also reminded us of some things that we have known for a while, including that women directors can make any kind of movie, from the intimately scaled to larger-than-life productions that become monster hits. This year also reminded us that a mass audience will happily get out of the house for movies without superheroes. And, on occasion, it won’t show up for movies with them, which was evident after disappointments from both the DC and Marvel studios as “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” “Shazam: Fury of the Gods,” “The Flash,” “Blue Beetle” and “ The Marvels ” sputtered in theaters.

Two other words that popped up regularly in the news this year were “superhero fatigue,” which should have surprised absolutely no one. Old Hollywood embraced genre films but it also banked on variety, churning out musicals, westerns, dramas, comedies, historical epics, detective and gangster tales and genre hybrids. Some were interchangeable; others had fresh stories, distinctive visual styles and authorial flourishes. Now, though, the big studios are largely in the business of action-adventure franchises and serials; they bank on similarity, not variety. As of Nov. 30, half of this year’s top 20 grossing domestic releases fall in the action-adventure category, including a clutch of superhero flicks.

The mass turnout for both “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” has been credited to everything from timing to originality, their meme-ability and people’s fear of missing out. Whatever the reasons for their success — and talent played a part, too — they proved that those Wall Street analysts bullish on moviegoing were onto something. That’s what else this year reminded us, and what I’m reminded of each week: Films can be great! They can embrace genre, play with it, transcend it. Their stories and their telling can be diverse, their quality thrilling, their art transporting. There’s more to movies than the industry, its crises and convulsions. In 1951, David O. Selznick, the producer of “Gone With the Wind,” rued that “there might have been good movies if there had been no movie industry.” The thing is, there have always been good movies despite the industry but, then, I’m a shameless optimist — I’m a film critic.

Here are my favorite movies of the year, all of which opened (or will open) theatrically in the United States.

1. ‘ Killers of the Flower Moon ’ (Martin Scorsese)

In this harrowing epic, Scorsese revisits a murderous crime spree perpetrated by white Americans — lovers and friends, ranchers and bankers, local lawmen and federally appointed guardians — against oil-rich members of the Osage Nation. The emotional center is an unspeakably cruel story of love and betrayal, a baroque conspiracy fueled by greed and an unshakable belief in white superiority. Manifest Destiny makes a hell of a gangster movie. ( In theaters )

2. ‘ Oppenheimer ’ (Christopher Nolan)

With his customary pointillist detail and monumental sweep, Nolan tracks J. Robert Oppenheimer, the so-called father of the atomic bomb, from his tortured youth to later anguished years. Much of the film involves Oppenheimer’s role in researching and developing the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, world-defining catastrophes that eventually killed an estimated 100,000 to upward of 200,000 souls and helped usher in our self-annihilating, human-dominated age. (In theaters)

3. ‘Menus-Plaisirs — Les Troisgros’ (Frederick Wiseman)

In this deeply pleasurable movie, Wiseman focuses on the Troisgros family, a dynasty of French chefs. Much of the film takes place in their celebrated restaurant-hotel in the Loire where the paterfamilias oversees a team that with love, ingenuity, choreography, sublime technique and a regard for the larger world create one astonishment after another for the delight and delectation of others — much like the genius behind the camera. (In theaters)

4. ‘ Occupied City ’ (Steve McQueen)

In his startling and formally rigorous four-and-a-half-hour documentary, this British director (“Twelve Years a Slave”) uses everyday scenes from contemporary Amsterdam to map — street by street, address by address — the disastrous fate of the city’s Jewish population during World War II. The movie was written by Bianca Stigter, McQueen’s wife, and informed by her book “Atlas of an Occupied City: Amsterdam 1940-1945.” (Opening Dec. 25 in theaters)

5. ‘ A Thousand and One ’ (A.V. Rockwell)

In her knockout feature debut, Rockwell follows a young woman (a wonderful Teyana Taylor ) across the years — it opens in the mid-1990s — as she raises her son in a rapidly gentrifying New York. Rockwell was born and raised in Queens, and she has a deep feeling for the city and the people who, far from the corridors of power and despite the onslaughts of power’s rapacious mercenaries, have always given New York its lifeblood. (Stream it on Prime Video )

6. ‘ Asteroid City ’ (Wes Anderson)

In the small fictional Southwest town where much of this movie takes place, worlds collide, a love story (or maybe two) blooms and fades, children outwit adults and an extraterrestrial makes a surprising touchdown. With dexterity and complexity, tenderness and deadpan delivery, meticulous technique and mesmerizing colors, Anderson plays with different media and performing arts for a story about storytelling that’s wry, comic and tragic. (Stream it on Peacock )

7. ‘ May December ’ (Todd Haynes)

In this unsettling, perverse movie about that performance called life, an actress, Elizabeth (Natalie Portman), visits the inspiration for her next movie. That would be Gracie (Julianne Moore), a homemaker who likes to bake cakes and happens to be an ex-con, having been imprisoned for having sex with an underage boy she later wed. (A terrific Charles Melton plays her tragic husband.) Things get very complicated, and then crushingly sad. (Stream it on Netflix )

8. ‘ Showing Up ’ (Kelly Reichardt)

Reichardt’s latest follows Lizzy (a delicately restrained and revelatory Michelle Williams), a sculptor in Portland, Ore., as she prepares a new gallery show while contending with friends, family, her very bad cat and a wounded pigeon. For Lizzy, making art is an act of self-creation and a way of being, which I suspect means that this lovely, modestly scaled movie is also somewhat of a directorial self-portrait. (Available for rent on most major platforms )

9. ‘Orlando: My Political Biography’ (Paul B. Preciado)

In this essayistic documentary, Preciado — a Spanish-born transgender philosopher and activist making his directing debut — uses Virginia Woolf’s novel “Orlando: A Biography” as a springboard to explore the complexities and many cages of identity. Drawing on a wide range of sources and aided by 20 trans and nonbinary performers, Preciado has made a movie that’s playful, urgent and as intellectually inspiring as it is emotionally exhilarating. (In theaters)

10. ‘ Stonewalling ’ (Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka)

It’s 2019 when this understated, formally rigorous heartbreaker opens and the painfully young Lynn (Yao Honggui) is facing a series of daunting hurdles, including her rotten boyfriend, bickering parents, no job and an uncertain future. By the time the story ends it’s early 2020, everyone is wearing surgical masks and Lynn is exhausted, having tried every imaginable gig and hustle. She is also pregnant, and now has something of exchange value. (Streaming on Criterion )

Ten more: “All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt,” “Earth Mama,” “Fallen Leaves,” “Ferrari,” “John Wick: Chapter 4,” “Past Lives” “R.M.N.,” “Scarlet,” “Will-O’-the-Wisp,” “Youth (Spring).”

Alissa Wilkinson

Where Evil Lies

This was the year of evil at the movies: gut-wrenching, bone-chilling, ordinary evil. It didn’t wear villainous capes, nor did it often arrive in the expected horror movie package. That’s why it was so terrifying.

The movies this year posited that evil’s opposite isn’t goodness; it’s reality. Evil was something for men of science, like J. Robert Oppenheimer , to wrestle with, realizing that when the physical universe intersects with human ethics, no decision can really be neutral. Evil was discussed at Cannes in the news conference after “ Killers of the Flower Moon ,” a film about how barbarous civilization can be. In “ The Zone of Interest ,” unspeakable evil is obscured, willingly, by people who are just going about their everyday business. Bureaucratic language and euphemism keep them from having to acknowledge the horrors they’re perpetuating.

In fact, the way language can mask and produce evil — especially the banal sort that stems from self-delusion — was all over the movies this year. Todd Haynes’s juicy “May December” is loaded with willful blindness on the part of characters who can’t even form the words to tell the truth about their lives. Justine Triet’s “ Anatomy of a Fall ” takes a marriage built on linguistic compromise — the partners communicate in English, a second language for both — as the jumping-off point for a story about the everyday violence that careless words incur, whether in the courtroom or the living room. And perhaps the strongest and most daring of these was “Reality,” which uses a real interrogation transcript to show the bendiness of words, the way power and justice can be warped to manipulate, well, reality.

When the great novelist Cormac McCarthy , no stranger to the movies himself, died this year, I found myself thinking about him because his vision of evil was far more in line with these depictions than the cartoon villains Hollywood typically serves up. To McCarthy, evil was a force or a being that stalked humanity, the basic fact of the human condition, nearly impossible to resist and embedded somehow in language. In his 1994 novel “The Crossing,” a character says that “the wicked know that if the ill they do be of sufficient horror men will not speak against it.” In fact, “men have just enough stomach for small evils and only these will they oppose.”

If he’s right, that may be why the antidote to cinematic evil could be found in people speaking words of healing to one another, facing truth together. The couples at the center of “The Eternal Memory” and “American Symphony,” the chaplains of “A Still Small Voice,” the family of “You Hurt My Feelings” — all are people who have found that in the midst of an impossible world, communicating with one another is what lets us go on.

Any form of art is capable of exploring the nature of evil. But there’s something about cinema — immersive, time-bound, hitting several senses at once — that feels uniquely suited for the task, since evil is something more readily identified in the gut than in the conscious mind. In a world increasingly unmoored from reality, where we can barely trust what we see with our own eyes, evil floats freely. Maybe cinema can give us language to face it courageously.

1. ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ (Martin Scorsese)

From the start of his career, Scorsese has been obsessed with guilt: What does it mean to be guilty? Is anyone really innocent? Is forgiveness possible, or just a convenient fantasy? The many-layered “Killers of the Flower Moon” offers perhaps his broadest take on the topic yet — proceeding from the firm belief that guilt is generational, just like grief, and that telling the story (in this case, of the systematic murder of Osage members) is both fraught and impossible to avoid. ( In theaters )

2. ‘Past Lives’ (Celine Song)

Once in a while, an understated stunner from a debut director (in this case, the playwright Celine Song) arrives early in the year, grabs you by the heart and won’t let go. For me that happened all the way back at Sundance in January with “Past Lives,” about a woman (Greta Lee) contemplating the lives she could have led and thus the choices that created the one she does lead. With magnificent co-stars in Teo Yoo and John Magaro, it’s brilliant and moving, an examination of destiny, chance, love and the invisible thread that binds one soul to the next. (For rent on most major platforms )

3. ‘The Zone of Interest’ (Jonathan Glazer)

Based loosely on a Martin Amis novel, “The Zone of Interest” bone-chills by omission, its meaning contained in what’s not onscreen. The story concerns the family of Rudolf Höss (Christian Friedel), commandant of Auschwitz, who lives an idyllic life with his family just outside the walls of the notorious extermination camp. His wife (Sandra Hüller) runs a peaceful household, proudly showing her life to her mother when she visits. But you can hear, and almost smell, what’s going on over the wall. It’s a nauseatingly and formally bold inquiry into the extent to which humans can, and do, willfully blind themselves to evil. (Opens in theaters on Dec. 15 )

4. ‘Reality’ (Tina Satter)

“Reality” stars Sydney Sweeney as Reality Winner, the former N.S.A. translator imprisoned for leaking information about Russian interference into the 2016 elections. Adapted from a play also written and directed by Satter, the dialogue is a verbatim (and sometimes redacted) transcription of the F.B.I.’s interrogation of Winner at her home before her arrest. Sweeney is incredible in the role, the anchor of a furious, true thriller. But what stands out is the way “Reality” forces us to question what’s real on several levels — not just whether and when a government is trustworthy, but also when language deliberately obscures reality, and whether the movie itself is fiction, documentary or something uncomfortably in the gray area between. (Streaming on Max )

5. ‘A Still Small Voice’ (Luke Lorentzen)

Early in the pandemic, at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, a group of chaplaincy residents are caring for patients and their families while dealing with their own grief and fear. Lorentzen’s observational documentary (which he largely shot himself) follows one resident, Mati, and her supervisor. Mati’s idealism is challenged as she ministers to people of all faiths and none in particular while simultaneously experiencing her own crisis of faith. The nature of mercy, mortality and belief in the face of unimaginable pain makes this, somehow, a hopeful film, though it’s a hard-won hope. (In theaters)

6. ‘Oppenheimer’ (Christopher Nolan)

One-half of the year’s biggest moviegoing event, “Oppenheimer” is at its core an examination of power, both in the geopolitical and the atomic sense. Nolan’s choice to split the film along two power-generating acts, fission and fusion, underscores the point: While the film is largely about the Manhattan Project and the moral compromise Oppenheimer wrestles with, it’s also about man’s petty battles to gain power without regard for the future. Nolan is obsessed with the interplay between the scientific and the humanist, and thus it’s a perfect match. (For rent on most major platforms )

7. ‘Smoke Sauna Sisterhood’ (Anna Hints)

A number of good and much buzzier films from this year — “Barbie,” “Poor Things” — chronicled women’s journeys toward becoming their own heroes in a world still tilted toward patriarchy. But the Estonian documentary “Smoke Sauna Sisterhood” is the one that’s stuck with me most. Women gather in a smoke sauna (we see their tightly framed nude bodies, shot from the neck down, for most of the film) repeatedly throughout a calendar year. They discuss the painful and joyful realities of their lives: fears and hopes, romances and abuses, weaknesses and strengths. Visually striking and uncommonly frank, it gets at an authenticity that few fiction films can fully capture. ( In theaters )

8. ‘Godland’ (Hlynur Palmason)

It’s the 19th century, and a young Danish priest with plenty of self-regard has decided to lead a church in remote Iceland (at that time a Danish colony). What he discovers on the frigid shores is a beguiling landscape that’s wholly indifferent to his existence. Watching him disintegrate when confronted with the reality of his calling is both tragic and darkly funny, but the deeper meaning is what remains: We can plan all we want to change the world, but the world usually gets the best of us. (Streaming on the Criterion Channel )

9. ‘The Eternal Memory’ (Maite Alberdi)

Alberdi’s haunting documentary centers on Augusto Góngora, one of the most famous cultural journalists in Chile, and his wife, Paulina Urrutia. Góngora is living with Alzheimer’s, and Alberdi parallels his slowly deteriorating mental state with his lifelong fight to preserve Chile’s history and collective memory. Without memory, Góngora says, we are lost. What anchors him is Urrutia’s fervent love, a bond so strong that it can withstand tragedy — and there are lessons there for nations that wish to wipe away their own memories. (Streaming on Paramount+ )

10. ‘Menus-Plaisirs — Les Troisgros’ (Frederick Wiseman)

Wiseman, America’s greatest chronicler of institutions, turns his observational documentary eye toward La Maison Troisgros , a three-star Michelin restaurant in Roanne, France, run by several generations of the Troisgros family. While the food looks delectable and the diners are often very funny, the true joy of Wiseman’s film is his subtle weaving of a point into it all. Future generations of artists and chefs, diners and growers depend upon balancing profit with careful cultivation today, whether it’s in the way a kitchen runs, the way grapes are grown or the way a family plans its business. That balance is evident throughout the film, which is a sensory delight and at times almost balletic in its touch. (In theaters)

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Manohla Dargis is the chief film critic of The Times, which she joined in 2004. She has an M.A. in cinema studies from New York University, and her work has been anthologized in several books. More about Manohla Dargis

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Put bluntly, picking the best movies of 2023 was tough. The double-whammy of Barbie and Oppenheimer gave the box office a long-overdue, post-Covid-19 jolt, only to be followed by a pair of months-long strikes in Hollywood that shut down production on nearly all the films in the works for 2024 and beyond. Even now, with the strikes over, the industry is scratching its head at what happened and what’s to come.

Still, amidst all the noise, 2023 provided a wealth of quietly beautiful films. Even as Hollywood fretted over the possibility of artificial intelligence upending filmmaking and giving writing and acting gigs to bots, it’s impossible to watch the movies on this list and not feel such a possibility is faintly ridiculous. This year’s best releases were full of so much ambition and emotional intelligence it’s hard to argue that the value of human input in filmmaking is heading toward obsolescence. Packed with highly accomplished debuts from younger directors, and full of brilliant ideas, the best movies of 2023 were compelled by art’s old chestnut: humans struggling to understand their place in the world.

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In 2017, David Grann published Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI , a true-crime yarn set in 1920s Oklahoma, a period when members of the Osage Nation were being killed for their oil money. Grann’s central character, Mollie Burkhart, was an Osage woman desperate to understand the deaths in her family; a twist reveals that her beloved husband, Ernest, is complicit. Martin Scorsese made a bold decision while adapting Grann’s work: He removed the whodunit aspect, instead letting the audience see exactly how Ernest came to menace his wife, anchoring the movie in the dim-witted villain’s perspective. It shouldn’t work, but in zeroing in on Ernest (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), Scorsese creates an almost unbearably harrowing portrait of all-American evil. A feel-bad masterpiece.

Sandra (Sandra Hüller) is a successful writer married to Samuel (Samuel Theis), a failed writer. When Samuel is found dead outside their home one snowy day, Sandra quickly goes from grieving widow to prime suspect and is forced to reveal the most intimate details of her complicated marriage, including the resentment she had toward her husband for an incident that left their son Daniel (Milo Machado-Graner) partially blind. Ultimately, it’s Daniel who serves as the final word in what happened on that tragic day—and what will happen to his mother. This twisty, impeccably acted courtroom drama won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and was a hit when it was released in its native France in August, but it made just a modest art-house splash in the US. But its success in the earliest days of the awards season—including accolades from the European Film Awards, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle, and the Gotham Awards, as well as four Golden Globe nominations—indicates that splash will have a ripple effect.

It would be remiss not to include Oppenheimer , which divided the WIRED office and the internet. Some saw it as misogynist and shallow; some saw it as a blockbuster auteur’s return to form. Whatever your opinion, director Christopher Nolan took an esoteric biography about a scientist trying to get security clearance and turned it into more than $950 million at the box office .

Kelly Reichhardt and Michelle Williams—the indie world’s Scorsese and DiCaprio—collaborate here for the fourth time, and the result is a deeply layered and subtly poignant gem. We follow Lizzy (Williams), a doggedly persistent artist, as she preps for an upcoming show. Her artistic endeavor, small clay women molded into evocative poses, is obstructed by family, work, and life in general. Showing Up captures the universally recognizable seesaw between the anxiety that life is slipping through your fingers, happening to you, and the joy—evidenced in moments of Lizzy’s contented sculpting—that things are going just as they should.

Perhaps no one expected a film based on Mattel’s iconic doll to become a feminist lightning rod, but here we are. What made director Greta Gerwig’s Barbie , which she wrote with her partner Noah Baumbach, such a cultural flashpoint is that it walks such a fine line. It is both so progressive it had conservatives lighting dolls on fire and also not feminist enough . For those in the middle, though, it was a washed-in-pink sendup of patriarchy full of Indigo Girls sing-alongs and Zack Snyder jabs that really took hold. It also took home nearly $1.5 billion at the box office and started talk of a Mattel Cinematic Universe. Welcome to the Mojo Dojo Casa House, I guess.

Raven Jackson’s directorial debut is a feast for the senses. Over the span of 92 minutes, the award-winning poet and photographer channels her artistic talents to create this breathtakingly shot recounting of one Mississippi woman’s life, from the seemingly mundane (adolescent adventures) to the moments you never forget (the death of a loved one). Though Jackson is spare with her dialog, the result is a lyrical movie that is reminiscent of Terrence Malick’s earliest work. The film—which was produced by Moonlight ’s Barry Jenkins—was a hit at Sundance earlier this year and was named one of 2023’s best indie films by the National Board of Review, but it managed to stay firmly under the radar during its brief theatrical run in November.

Filmmaker Tomas (Franz Rogowski) and his husband, Martin (Ben Whishaw), are living a comfortable life in Paris, though possibly too comfortable. At the wrap party for his latest film, Tomas meets a young woman named Agathe (Adèle Exarchopoulos), and the two begin an intense affair, creating a complex love triangle. Though Tomas and Martin split, they continually find themselves coming back together. The film is a painfully human exploration of the complexities of love, with impeccable performances all around—most notably from Rogowski, who has landed on some critics’ lists as a possible Oscar contender.

In 2018, when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hit theaters, it changed perception about what Spider-Man movies, and animated films, could be. No longer led by Peter Parker, a kid from Queens who gets bit by a radioactive spider, it was led by Miles Morales, a kid from Brooklyn who met a similar fate in another part of the multiverse. Across the Spider-Verse continues Miles’ story and his quest to be his own kind of hero and save the multiverse, and his timeline, from a terrible fate. Fun, heartbreaking, and a thrill to watch, it’s one of the best Spider-Man movies ever and is so beautifully animated it’s breathtaking.

Never before in the history of cinema has the phrase “I don’t think we have enough hot dogs” felt so ominous or so perfect. The latest from director Todd Haynes ( Carol ) centers on Elizabeth (Natalie Portman), an actress who travels to Savannah, Georgia, to shadow Gracie, the woman she’s about to play in an upcoming film. Loosely based on Mary Kay Letourneau , Gracie is a middle-aged woman married to a younger man whom she first met when he was 13 and she was in her thirties. Their twins are about to graduate high school, and during the week before the ceremony that Elizabeth spends with the family all sorts of complex and unsettling details emerge—some of the most unnerving about Elizabeth herself. Wicked and chilling, right down to its score, May December is full of surprises and two impeccable performances from Portman and Moore.

With its pastel hues, A-list ensemble cast, and a plot that’s like going for a meandering stroll with someone who tells long, pointless stories, Asteroid City is—depending on your viewpoint—either quintessentially Wes Anderson or unbearably Wes Anderson. On the surface, it’s about an alien spaceship landing in a retro-futurist version of small-town America. But it’s layered and intricate: a movie about a documentary about a play, with Jason Schwartzman as war photographer Augie Steenbeck (and the actor playing him), and Scarlett Johansson as Hollywood star Midge Campbell (and the actor playing her). The overall effect is like some fine work of French patisserie—a macaron, maybe: sweet, pretty, gone.

Director Savanah Leaf’s latest centers on Gia, a 24-year-old mother and recovering addict caught up in San Francisco’s foster care system. Gia has two kids she can see only sporadically; she is pregnant with a third. She must decide whether agreeing to adoption will help her case of increasing contact with her other two. Leaf’s achievement is to capture the inhumane pressure that leads people to act self-destructively. The viewer feels that pressure throughout and faces no choice but to understand what Gia must do.

Horny teen-sex comedies have been around for at least a half-century—which makes director Emma Seligman’s reinvention of the genre all the more impressive. In Bottoms , queer pals PJ (Rachel Sennott, who cowrote the script with Seligman) and Josie ( The Bear ’s Ayo Edebiri) decide to start a fight club at their high school as part of an elaborate scheme to hook up with hot cheerleaders. What the teens don’t count on is the plan actually working and that the best course of action is to try to undo the revolution they ignite. Real-life friends Sennott and Edebiri are an onscreen duo to be reckoned with and get a huge assist from retired running back Marshawn Lynch, who gets to spread his wings as a comedic actor (after his hilarious performance in an episode of Netflix’s Murderville ).

This is Jonathan Glazer’s long-awaited return to film following 2013’s critically-beloved Under the Skin . Here he takes on an Everest: the Holocaust. This story is based on the novel by Martin Amis, who passed away this year, and follows Rudolf Höss and his family as they live an idyllic life on the edge of Auschwitz. In the tradition of films like Shoah , Glazer never quite looks the horror in the eye. There are merely visions of smoke and barbed wire, and a deeply unsettling chorus of muffled screaming. Much of the most starkly vicious moments come from the script: At one point, Höss cannot concentrate at a party; he is too busy sizing up how the high ceilings would make it challenging to gas the guests.

The first feature of Australian YouTubers Danny and Michael Philippou is an intelligent, brilliantly realized, nasty little shock of a horror film . The central threat is an embalmed severed hand, which, when you hold it and say the film’s title, lets you converse with the dead. The kids treat it like a designer drug, filming their hallucinatory freak-outs on their phones. If that makes it sound like there’s a lot that could go wrong, be sure—it all does.

After years of brilliant films, Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli landed at the top of the North American box office with The Boy and the Heron . Reportedly the final film from studio cofunder Hayao Miyazaki, it brought in $12.8 million in its opening weekend, a first for an original anime film. It’s deserved. Telling the story of a boy, struggling to cope with his mother’s death, who meets a heron who shows him a magical world, it’s everything fans have come to expect from Ghibli. Lush, gut-wrenching, and full of just the right balance of fantasy and reality, it’s classic Miyazaki.

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Dinner at a Movie , in which a film critic (yours truly) and a food critic (that’s my partner in D.A.A.M.,  Bethany Jean Clement ) evaluate food and drink offerings while giggling together at various Seattle-area movie theaters, is a pretty swell assignment. We keep waiting to hear of more movie-theater dinner (or lunch!) options — really, why are there so few entrepreneurs dedicated to the dream of enjoying a burger and a cocktail while watching a movie? But meanwhile, we’ve found a half-dozen around the Seattle area that we recommend.

Regal Cinebarre Mountlake

We love this place because of the pun-filled food menu, and because it’s very fun to say “We’ll have the Dial M For Mozzarella” to the friendly servers. (Dial M for Mozzarella, by the way, means fried mozzarella sticks, of which we ate way too many.) On our 2023 visit , we found the “Top Gun” burger good, the “Chicken BLT Run” sandwich a bit bland but fine, and the “Children of the Corn” popcorn tasty but so huge in portion that we barely made a dent in it (blame the mozzarella sticks). Cocktails, alas, do not have fun punny names; although Bethany was disappointed in her pineapple margarita (which had, a “bit of a gasoline note”), I found the boozy Blackberry Moonlight Lemonade quite delicious.  6009 244th St. S.W., Mountlake Terrace; regmovies.com

Big Picture

The smash burgers — nicely crisped on the edges, Bethany noted — at this cozy and newish Issaquah spot are very good indeed, and the menu’s been expanded a bit since we visited shortly after its opening in spring 2022, now including a variety of chicken sandwiches and a couple of desserts. Unlike many such places, you can eat/drink here without buying a movie ticket — but why would you want to? There’s also a full bar, staffed by friendly folk who knew how to make Bethany’s Manhattan just right, and who mixed me up something called a Bond Girl that tasted like a bridesmaid’s bouquet, but in a good way (and that is, sadly, no longer on the menu). 35 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah; thebigpicture.net

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It’s one of the fanciest dinner-at-a-movie theaters around, and it’s cheaper than it used to be; tickets now start at $20, which is much lower than its Gold Class Cinema days. Bethany and I visited last spring and loved the two-person recliner pods (very comfy!) and the creative cocktails. The food menu’s changed since we attended, with Bethany’s tasty prime rib sandwich now but a memory, but we recommend the tasty, teeny ice cream sandwiches — though these items, along with many others on the IPIC menu, are ridiculously difficult to eat in the dark. Which is rather a nice problem to have. 7330 164th Ave. N.E., Suite E200, Redmond; ipic.com

Anderson School Theater

This theater, part of the vast McMenamins compound in Bothell, is really charming, with vintage circus posters and chandeliers. On our visit in 2018 , Bethany loved the very crispy fish and chips, and I was happy with my turkey sandwich despite a tragic lack-of-tots situation, which presumably the nice Anderson School theater people have since rectified. The current menu also offers an assortment of salads (hard to eat in the dark!), bowls and pizza slices; however, despite our complaining about this six years ago, still no dessert. 18607 Bothell Way N.E., Bothell; mcmenamins.com

Central Cinema

Re-emerging after the pandemic as a no-tipping venue , this cheerful, family-owned Central District moviehouse/eatery offers an extensive menu of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and desserts — including a very “Amélie”-worthy crème brûlée. Visiting in 2018 , we liked the food just fine and loved the friendly service, the “Cheers”-like vibe and the (very big) cocktails. 1411 21st Ave., Seattle; central-cinema.com

Cinemark Reserve Lincoln Square

We were impressed by this pleasantly swanky Bellevue place when it was just a few months old, back in 2018 , and have been wanting to revisit ever since. The menu’s changed over the years — they no longer offer the very good pork sliders and crème brûlée — and now looks like the standard burger/sandwich/flatbread list that you see in most such places. But if the food quality and the service is as good as it was a few years back (a server spilled popcorn on us and we didn’t even mind), it’s well worth a visit. We shall return! 500 Bellevue Way N.E., Suite 340, Bellevue; cinemark.com

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When it comes to the Super Bowl , TV and movie studios don’t have to worry about making innovative commercials. Fans just want to see some great trailers for upcoming shows and films. This year’s Super Bowl was a little light in that department, as a handful of major studios didn’t bother to buy ad time. But the studios who reserved spots for the Big Game came away with some of the buzziest moments of the night.

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To recap this year’s best Super Bowl movie and TV trailers, we’re counting down from five to name our pick for the top entry.

This was a surprisingly close call, because Paramount+’s Halo season 2 trailer was also well-done. In fact, Halo ‘s trailers are often more exciting than the show itself. But Knuckles got the nod for fifth place by firmly embracing its status as a Sonic the Hedgehog spinoff.

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Idris Elba and Adam Pally are reprising their respective roles as Knuckles and Wade Whipple from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 , as Wade gets some training in the ways of the echidna warriors. Plus, Sonic and Tails were confirmed to guest star in at least one of the six episodes.

Knuckles will premiere on Paramount+ on April 26.

This year’s big musical scored a direct hit with this trailer. Wicked isn’t even supposed to be out until late next fall, but the Super Bowl audience was too big to pass up. The film is based on the smash Broadway play that acts as a musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz , and the trailer played up that connection with a glimpse of the Wizard (as played by Jeff Goldblum) and even a brief appearance by Dorothy Gale and her friends.

But this story is all about the friendship turned rivalry between two women: Elphaba Thropp (Cynthia Erivo) and Glinda Upland (Ariana Grande). And if the trailer is any indication, then Elphaba is well on her way toward becoming the infamous Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked will hit theaters on November 27.

It’s been almost three decades since Twister was in theaters, and the upcoming sequel, Twisters , doesn’t have any of the leads coming back. And it doesn’t matter because the only thing people really want to see are tornados tearing things up on screen from the safety of a movie theater. Preferably on a very big screen.

Twisters will hit theaters on July 19.

2.  Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes already had a pretty good teaser trailer a few months ago. But the Super Bowl trailer did an even better job of hyping up the franchise’s return. The Witcher ‘s Freya Allan was more prominently used in this trailer as a young woman named Mae. She will team up with a new ape hero named Noa (Owen Teague).

However, the real standout of the trailer is the film’s villain, Proximus Caesar (Kevin Durand), an ape who has enslaved his brethren and humans alike in the name of power. He came off as a genuine threat in the trailer.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters on May 10.

Marvel Studios is very fortunate that Deadpool and Wolverine is its only movie this year. If this film can’t become a hit, then every comic book movie is in serious trouble. Fortunately, the sequel informally known as Deadpool 3  has all of the makings of a blockbuster with both Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman in their respective fan-favorite roles.

The trailer confirmed that Deadpool will be involved with the TVA (Time Variance Authority) from Loki . Strangely enough, Marvel resisted the urge to show Jackman’s Wolverine directly. He’s only seen from behind twice in the trailer, but it is a very effective teaser.

Deadpool and Wolverine will hit theaters on July 26.

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Welcome to the best horror movies of 2024, ranking every dark and dreary delight coming out this year by Tomatometer! We start the list with Certified Fresh films (these movies have maintained a high Tomatometer score after enough critics reviews), followed by the pulp-pounding Fresh movies (these are rated at least 60%), and then concluding with the morbidly Rotten.

In 2023 , horror kicked off in a big way with M3GAN. There wasn’t a breakout hit in early 2024, with the major genre releases being Out of Darkness, the COVID-shot Paleolithic thriller Out of Darkness , and the Diablo Cody-penned Lisa Frankenstein , set in the same world as her cult comedy Jennifer’s Body .

New horror movies for 2024 on the horizon include They Follow (sequel to It Follows , with Maika Monroe and writer/director David Robert Mitchell returning), MaXXXine (Ti West’s closing his trilogy after X and Pearl ), Terrifier 3 (Art the Clown expands his spree into Christmas ), Nosferatu (from director Robert Eggers), Alien: Romulus (due in August), A Quiet Place: Day One (June), Beetlejuice Beetlejuice (September), Return to Silent Hill (original director Christophe Gans returns as well), The Conjuring: Last Rites (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their Warren roles).

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  1. Best Movies in Theaters (2024)

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  2. 30 Most Popular Movies Right Now: What to Watch In Theaters and

    Across theaters, streaming, and on-demand, these are the movies Rotten Tomatoes users are checking out at this very moment, including Argylle maintaining its top spot, American Fiction (now...

  3. New Movies in Theaters (2024)

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  7. The Best Movies Now Playing in Theaters

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  10. Best Movies of 2022 Ranked

    Welcome to the best-reviewed movies of 2022! All eyes are on the film slate as 2022 represents the first year since the pandemic lockdown that saw theaters back at full capacity. The year started strong with Scream in January, becoming the first Certified Fresh movie in the franchise since 1997's Scream 2.

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    The Green Knight. Writer/Director: David Lowery. Cast: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, and Ralph Ineson. Fair warning: The Green Knight is weird. If you ...

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    Lisa Frankenstein is more than just its title suggests. A neon-soaked film set firmly within the 1980s, Lisa Frankenstein tells the story of Lisa Swallows (Kathryn Newton), a goth girl living in a ...

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  16. Best Movies of 2023: Every Certified Fresh Movie of the Year

    Welcome to the best new movies of 2023, where you can discover the latest films championed by the critics community! Every movie on the list is Certified Fresh, meaning they held on to a Tomatometer score of at least 75% after a minimum number of critics review — 40 for limited or streaming releases, 80 for wide theatrical releases, with five ...

  17. The most anticipated new movies coming out in theaters March-June

    Let's face it: 2023 is going to be a hard year to follow, movie-wise. After "Barbenheimer," Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and sundry Super Marios and Spider-Men, can Hollywood keep the sugar high ...

  18. Best Movies in Theaters Right Now

    A s the turbulent 2023 movie season transitions into 2024, audiences are about to be inundated with all kinds of new films, including franchise tentpoles, emotionally resonant independent films ...

  19. Best Movies of 2023

    1. ' Killers of the Flower Moon ' (Martin Scorsese) Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone in "Killers of the Flower Moon.". Melinda Sue Gordon/Apple Original Films. In this harrowing epic ...

  20. The 15 Best Movies of 2023—and Where to Watch Them

    Put bluntly, picking the best movies of 2023 was tough. The double-whammy of Barbie and Oppenheimer gave the box office a long-overdue, post-Covid-19 jolt, only to be followed by a pair of months ...

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    The Crime Is Mine (2023) 98% #1 Critics Consensus: With alluring razzmatazz, The Crime is Mine and its superlative stars will seduce farce lovers and Francophiles. Synopsis: In 1930s Paris,...

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  28. Best Horror Movies of 2024 Ranked

    Welcome to the best horror movies of 2024, ranking every dark and dreary delight coming out this year by Tomatometer! We start the list with Certified Fresh films (these movies have maintained a high Tomatometer score after enough critics reviews), followed by the pulp-pounding Fresh movies (these are rated at least 60%), and then concluding ...