3 Best Movies Hitting Theaters the Weekend Before Christmas

There are plenty of notable new films set to hit the big screen this week. Can’t decide which option to buy tickets for first? Here are our staff’s picks for the top three flicks to check out in theaters this weekend.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As if there could possibly be any other choice. The most highly anticipated movie of the year is finally hitting theaters this weekend and chances are you pre-ordered your tickets weeks ago (if not, you’re out of luck). The movie takes place 30 years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire. As a new threat rises, the First Order attempts to rule the galaxy, and only a ragtag group of Heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

In good news for fans, the movie is clearly living up to the hype. It has a 95% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics praising the latest installment for bringing new energy to a long-beloved franchise while still maintaining the spirit of the original films.

2. Son of Saul

In this emotional Hungarian drama, a concentration camp inmate who is tasked with burning the dead discovers the body of his young son. He must then choose between participating in the clandestine uprising being planned among the prisoners, or securing a proper Jewish burial for his child. Geza Rohrig, Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn, Sando Zsoter, and Todd Charmont co-star in the film, which has earned widespread critical acclaim.

Currently holding a 92% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, critics have called the movie a “powerful aural and visual experience,” a provocative drama that’s “impossible to unsee,” and an incredibly impressive debut for director László Nemes.

3. Sisters

Everyone’s favorite funny duo, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, is back at it again in this comedy about a pair of 30-something sisters who learn that their parents’ house has been put on the market and decide to spend one last rowdy weekend in the home where they grew up. Maya Rudolph, James Brolin, John Leguizamo, and Ike Barinholtz also co-star in the film.

The movie has scored relatively decent reviews, with a 72% score on Rotten Tomatoes. While critics acknowledge it’s not the most original of comedies, they — like audiences — can’t resist Fey and Poehler’s sparkling partnership. As Variety put it, the movie is “decisively steered by its two smashing leads, whose ping-ponging chemistry doesn’t drop for a minute.”

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