3 Best Movies in Theaters Right Now: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and More


There are handful of marquee releases in 2016. The first was Deadpool in February, followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in March. Marking the official beginning to blockbuster season is Captain America: Civil War, and it’s every bit as great as the hype. That’s not all there is to see this weekend though. Here are our staff picks for all the best movies in theaters right now.

1. Captain America: Civil War

There’s been a lot of talk concerning the ongoing battle between DC and Marvel at the box office. While Batman v Superman was largely considered a success financially, it was buoyed largely by a solid opening weekend, followed by a precipitous drop at the box office. It’s a stark contrast to the well-oiled machine of the MCU, with Civil War already garnering positive reviews left and right. Currently sitting at a stellar 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s safe to say that Marvel has knocked it out of the park once again.

The comparisons to Batman v Superman are hard to avoid, but even as a standalone film, Civil War is a rousing success. Well fleshed-out characters and incredible action sequences drive a compelling story, all while still doing justice to the comic source material. The road ahead for DC gets even more difficult from here. In light of poor reviews for BvS, the loss of their director for The Flash, and pricey reshoots for Suicide Squad, a well-received Civil War could very well be an early knockout blow.

2. A Bigger Splash

If superhero movies aren’t your cup of tea, there’s still plenty of other stuff out there for you this weekend. A Bigger Splash stars Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, and Dakota Johnson, telling the story of a rock legend (Swinton), her spotted romantic history with a record producer (Fiennes), and the sudden appearance of that producer’s estranged daughter. At 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, critical consensus calls it “absorbing, visually arresting, and powerfully acted.” Suffice it to say, it’s the perfect alternative to big-budget action and Marvel superheroes, backed up by an incredible cast and a solid narrative.

3. Elstree 1976

Star Wars is a franchise that’s been talked about and approached from almost every conceivable angle. Giving us a whole new facet of the iconic sci-fi saga though is Elstree 1976. The documentary sits down with the small role-players who made the original Star Wars possible. Featuring interviews with the actors behind Boba Fett, Darth Vader (the body, not the voice), and even Stormtroopers, it’s the ultimate peek inside the helmets of talent we know little about. We’re all familiar with the likes of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, but what about the people who existed on the fringes of that cast? Elstree 1976 is a fascinating vehicle for their story.

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