3 Best Movies in Theaters Right Now: ‘High-Rise’ And More

best movies in theatersThere are several notable new films set to hit theaters this week, including Tom Hiddleston‘s latest starrer and a new collaboration from George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Can’t decide which option to check out first? Here are our staff’s picks for the best movies in theaters this weekend.

1. High-Rise

In this big screen take of JG Ballard’s beloved novel of the same name, Hiddleston stars as Robert Laing, a doctor who moves into a London skyscraper where your floor number is also a signal of your place in the building hierarchy. Soon after he moves in, rising tensions break out into all-out class warfare. Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, and Elisabeth Moss also co-star.

The Ben Wheatley-directed thriller is a faithful, if not entirely effective, adaptation of Ballard’s novel. With a 68% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has earned a somewhat mixed response, with our own review calling it “flashy but chaotic.” Still, fans of Ballard’s works will likely be delighted by the visually appealing dystopian story. Just be forewarned: This movie is not for the faint of heart.

2. Money Monster

George Clooney and Julia Roberts reteam for this financially themed thriller, directed by Jodie Foster. Clooney plays Lee Gates, a Wall Street guru who picks hot stocks as host of the television show Money Monster. During a live broadcast, disgruntled investor Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) storms onto the set and takes Gates hostage. Roberts co-stars as Patty, Gates’s longtime producer. Together, the two must figure out a way to defuse the situation and disarm the angry young man.

Currently holding a 71% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has earned mostly positive reviews. Though critics have called some aspects of the film outdated, the feature is anchored by widely praised, “spot-on” performances from Clooney and Roberts and streamlined direction from Foster.

3. The Lobster

This sci-fi dark comedy stars Colin Farrell as David, a man who has just been dumped by his wife. Unfortunately for him, David lives in a society where single people have 45 days to find true love or else they’re turned into the animal of their choice and released into the woods. David is kept at the mysterious hotel while he searches for a new partner, but ultimately decides to abandon this world and join up with a rebel faction known as The Loners, Once there, David meets an enigmatic stranger (Rachel Weisz) who stirs up unexpected and strong feelings within him.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, the film won the Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and has earned overwhelmingly positive reviews in the lead-up to its premiere. Though the movie holds a 91% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, critics acknowledge that Lanthimos’s work is not for all tastes, calling the movie “crazypants” and “bonkers” but ultimately a “savory cinematic treat” for those willing to give it a chance. The movie will be in theaters this week in limited release.

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