3 Best Movies in Theaters Right Now: ‘Jurassic World’ and More

Every week, the Cheat Sheet Entertainment staff selects the top three movies to catch in theaters. Here are our top picks for this week.

1. Jurassic World

Much like the ancient creatures that the scientists in the film bring back to life for entertainment purposes, director Colin Trevorrow has been tasked with reviving this 22-year-old franchise for a new generation of moviegoers. Will he succeed? All signs point to “yes.” While the “dino-tourism” premise behind the original film has gotten increasingly weaker with each sequel (why people would still want to visit a theme park inhabited by creatures that have a knack for breaking out and eating them is beyond me), Jurassic World appears to have all the makings of a major summer blockbuster.

Personable leading man who starred in two of the highest grossing movies of 2014 (The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy)? Check. Spectacular special effects? Check. Experienced big-budget action director? Well, not exactly. Trevorrow has never directed a major action movie until now and was previously best known for helming the critically acclaimed indie comedy film Safety Not Guaranteed. However, much of the early buzz surrounding the film’s action sequences has been positive and Jurassic World currently has a solid 71% approval rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes.

Even more importantly — for a summer blockbuster anyway – Jurassic World has a 99% “want to see” rating from users on Rotten Tomatoes. And while the original Jurassic Park may still be the most beloved of the franchise with a 93% approval rating, it appears Jurassic World has already surpassed the previous two sequels – 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park and 2001’s Jurassic Park III – that currently have critical ratings of 52% and 50%, respectively.

So sit back and relax this weekend, and enjoy the always entertaining sight of rampaging dinosaurs snacking on humans like so much popcorn. Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B. D. Wong, and Irrfan Khan. Jurassic World opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, June 12.

2. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Our second selection this week is about as far from the science fiction adventure genre that you can get. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a comedy drama about Greg (Thomas Mann), a misfit high schooler who is coaxed by his parents into hanging out with Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a girl who was recently diagnosed with cancer. In the film, Greg and his “co-worker” Earl (RJ Cyler) spend their free time recreating well-known movies à la Be Kind Rewind. However, unlike the tributes made by the characters in Michel Gondry’s film, Greg and Earl’s films are more like parodies (“Eyes Wide Butt” being a typical example of their work). Although Greg and Earl don’t normally share their work with others, after befriending Rachel, they decide to make a film for her.

Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and has garnered positive reviews from most critics. The film currently has an 84% “Certified Fresh” rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes, who called it “a coming-of-age movie with uncommon charm and insight.” Me and Earl and the Dying Girl hits theaters on June 12.

3. The Wolfpack

Like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, our third selection this week also involves a group of amateur filmmakers who recreate famous movies. However, The Wolfpack is not a fictional story, but a documentary about the Angulo brothers, six kids who grew up isolated from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan that they rarely left. Movies became a vital means of escaping the boredom of their lives, and the brothers spent their childhood recreating their favorite movies with elaborate props and costumes. This directorial debut from Crystal Moselle has been earning rave reviews from many critics and currently has a solid 76% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Wolfpack opens in theaters on June 12.

All movie cast, crew, and awards information courtesy of IMDb.

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