3 Best Movies In Theaters Right Now: ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ 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. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
The Mission Impossible franchise dates back almost two decades, and is entirely unique in the way it’s been executed throughout the years. Each installment has utilized a different director, giving every movie a fresh and new appeal. We’ve seen everyone from J.J. Abrams to Brad Bird, and this time around we’re getting an equally exciting person in charge. Christopher McQuarrie is running things for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, having worked with lead actor Tom Cruise on Edge of Tomorrow and Valkyrie.
Despite issues with past movies, it looks as though Rogue Nation is set to be the best the franchise has ever produced, sitting pretty at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes leading into its opening weekend. Much of the hype surrounding this movie has been around Tom Cruise’s breathtaking stunt work, prominently featured in initial trailers. In them, we see Cruise hanging on for dear life on the outside of an airliner in flight. The stunt itself was done without green screen or a double, leading one to wonder just how terrifying it must be to dangle a thousand feet into the air.
Mission Impossible 6 is already set to begin filming next summer, so this franchise is far from over after the credits roll on Rogue Nation. Across the board, this year’s installment has been lauded by critics; Rotten Tomatoes’ consensus reflects this, dubbing it a continuation of “the franchise’s thrilling resurgence.” Things seem stronger now more than ever. The green-light for another sequel is clearly a no-brainer for Paramount, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store next.
2. A LEGO Brickumentary
There’s no denying the prominence of LEGO in recent years, especially with the explosion of popularity for LEGO Movie in 2014. Now, the iconic toy is getting its own documentary, running through the craze that came from humble origins. Both adults and children alike indulge in the universe building the bricks encourage. In the new doc, we see conventions devoted to stunning life-size LEGO sculptures, as well as a detailed history of the toy through the years.
It’s not your average hard-hitting documentary, and you wouldn’t be wrong in feeling like you’re watching a 90 minute commercial for LEGOs. Still though, seeing some of the things that enthusiasts build is downright stunning. In the trailer alone, there’s a full-sized X-Wing, miniature cities, and even a house big enough to fit your average family. If you go expecting to see a host of stunning LEGO builds, you won’t be disappointed.
3. The End of the Tour
David Foster Wallace is an American treasure, known as one of the greatest novelists our country has ever seen. That being so, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood delivered us a biopic on his life and works. Jason Segel stars as the Wallace, delivering a performance that many are already calling Oscar-worthy, vaulting him headfirst into the realm of more serious filmmaking.
The story follows Wallace and journalist David Lipksy (Jesse Eisenberg) as they roadtrip across the country. Throughout their journey, we get a peek inside the life of an iconic American author, in a film that Rotten Tomatoes calls “brilliantly performed and smartly unconventional.” At a 90% positive rating, there’s a solid chance we see The End of the Tour appear in multiple categories come awards season.
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