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. Crimson Peak
Guillermo del Toro’s highly anticipated romantic gothic horror film takes place in 19th-century Northern England and follows young author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) as she falls in love and marries Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) but then discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be. His home — a crumbling mansion in a largely rural region of the country — harbors ghostly, mysterious entities, which he and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe (Jessica Chastain) desperately and fiercely try to hide.
Between the star-studded cast and an acclaimed director like del Toro at the wheel, expectations for this movie have been at an all-time high. The movie screened at Austin’s Fantastic Fest in September and the initial Twitter reaction was largely positive. But the reviews since its official theatrical release have been more mixed, with critics claiming that the film is short on scares and suspense, albeit visually stunning.
2. Bridge of Spies
Directed by Steven Spielberg, the historical drama stars Tom Hanks as the American attorney tasked with negotiating the release of a U-2 spy plane pilot, who was shot down over Russia at the height of the Cold War. Mark Rylance, John Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, and Sebastian Kock also co-star in the film.
Given the A-list talent featured both behind and in front of the cameras for this movie, it’s no surprise that Bridge of Spies is earning rave reviews. The movie currently holds a 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics praising the outstanding work from reliable Hollywood heavyweights Hanks and Spielberg. As The Hollywood Reporter described, Bridge of Spies is “an absorbing true-life espionage tale very smoothly handled by old pros who know what they’re doing.”
3. Beasts of No Nation
Netflix’s first original movie stars the always-good Idris Elba as a rebel leader, known as “Commandant,” who claims a young kid named Agu after troops kill the child’s father and older brother. Newcomer Abraham Attah plays the lead character of Agu, who is brought into the world of rebels (ranging from kids his age to grown men) and trained to fight, kill, and pillage. He eventually goes on to become the right-hand man of the Commandant.
Directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga, the movie, which currently holds 87% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes has earned critical acclaim for providing an unflinching portrait of the experience of a child soldier. In addition to inspiring some award season conversation for Elba’s performance, critics have also praised Fukunaga’s vivid and visually spectacular direction. As Vulture described, “It all works, including the tense, droning score from Beasts of the Southern Wild composer Dan Romer.”