3 Best Movies in Theaters Now: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ and More


Looking to make a trip to the movie theater, but can’t decided what to see? Look no further than here, as our staff breaks down all the weekend’s must-see cinema! Oscar season may have officially wound down, but that doesn’t mean there’s plenty of solid entertainment out there, from animation to rescue stories.

1. Kung Fu Panda 3

Dreamworks has long been at war with Pixar over the soul of animated movies. The former focuses on goofy pop culture humor, while the latter is known for their heavier, more profound commentaries on adulthood and growing up. Each serves their place within the realm of animation, and for Dreamworks, we see its approach embodied entirely in the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

The third installment in the series takes the Jack Black-voiced warrior to the mountains of China, where he stumbles upon a secret community of fellow Pandas. The film sits at a stellar 83% Rotten Tomatoes score, which in terms of animated movies, puts it firmly in the “completely worth your time and money” category. If nothing else, it’s a solid, entertaining way to spend 100 minutes of your time.

2. The Finest Hours

It’s been a big last few months for nautical cinema, with Chris Hemsworth starring in December’s In the Heart of the Sea. The latest from the genre comes paired with a different Chris. Chris Pine leads The Finest Hours, the true story of one of the most daring Coast Guard rescues in history. The plot follows the exploits of the crew of a ship broken clean in half by a 1952 storm off the New England seaboard, and the daring team that plows straight through to bring the crew home. Rotten Tomatoes has it sitting just a hair below “fresh” at 58%, but that’s of course subject to change as more reviews come pouring in.

3. Jane Got a Gun

Jane Got a Gun has followed a peculiar path in the lead-up to its release this weekend. It features a known commodity at director with Gavin O’Connor (Warrior, Miracle), and A-list talent in Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor. Still though, there’s been curiously little buzz for the gunslinging Western-esque movie. Portman plays a woman forced into defending her home from a band of ruthless outlaws, enlisting the help of everyman Joel Edgerton to teach her how to handle a gun. There’s little in the way of reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, although it’s hard betting against solid talent.

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