3 Best Movies in Theaters This Week: ‘Deadpool’ and More
There are several notable new films set to hit theaters this week, from Ryan Reynolds’ highly anticipated comic book flick to a long-awaited comedy sequel. Can’t decide which option to check out first? Here are our staff’s picks for the top three flicks to check out this weekend.
After years of being stuck in development purgatory, the highly hyped comic book film starring Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool is finally here. The movie centers on a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and adopts the alter ego, Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool sets out to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
The superhero movie has been earning positive buzz for months now and has (mostly) continued to do so throughout its debut. Currently holding an 81% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, critics have labeled the movie a “really raunchy, very dirty and pretty funny goof on the entire superhero ethos” and a “full-throttle wisecracking showcase” for Reynolds. But fair warning: This movie isn’t everyone’s kind of humor and it’s definitely not the family-friendly Marvel you’re used to seeing.
2. Zoolander 2
Ben Stiller returns in this long-awaited comedy sequel, which reteams beloved model Derek Zoolander with his rival-turned-partner Hansel (Owen Wilson). The two must join forces in order to stop a conspiracy to kill the world’s most beautiful people. Will Ferrell is back as the villainous Mugatu, while Penelope Cruz and Kristen Wiig also co-star in the movie.
Those hoping to see some more of the pointed satire from the original Zoolander might be disappointed in Zoolander 2 — at least, according to critics. So far, the reviews have not been good. With a 35% on Rotten Tomatoes, most critics have called the jokes “creaky” and “flat” and the movie “overplotted.” Still, some have found the sequel “amusing” and “lovingly teasing” and for true Zoolander fans, it’ll be worth checking out, even just for nostalgic reasons.
3. Where to Invade Next
In this subversive comedy documentary, Michael Moore playfully “invades” others in order to see what they have to offer and what the USA can learn from them. As it turns out, the solutions to America’s most entrenched problems already existed in the world — they’re just waiting to be co-opted.
The documentary has earned pretty decent reviews so far, scoring a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have called it “funny,” “engaging,” and “on-topic,” with Moore presenting one of his strongest and most sincere arguments in years. While some of the ideas presented reportedly lose some of their power over the course of the film, reviewers acknowledge that Moore poses an intriguing question: Could the ideas and solutions of other countries ever work stateside?