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

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Audiences have plenty of exciting movie options to choose from in the coming months and this week is no exception. Several notable movies — from the latest in this year’s long line of horror flicks to a new sci-fi alien drama — will be hitting the big-screen this weekend. Can’t decide which title to buy tickets for first? Here are our staff’s picks for the three best movies in theaters right now.

1. Arrival


Directed by Denis Villeneuve, this sci-fi drama stars Amy Adams as expert linguist Louise Banks, the leader of an elite team that’s brought together to investigate a mysterious spacecraft. The group must race against time for answers before mankind becomes engulfed in global war. To solve the mystery, Banks must take a chance that could threaten not just her life, but all of humanity. Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker also co-star.

Arrival has earned overwhelmingly positive reviews, scoring a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have labeled the movie as a smart and thought-provoking narrative that delivers both thrills and genuine emotions. Adams has earned particularly high praise for her central performance, which the Associated Press calls “heart-wrenchingly beautiful.”

2. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk


Told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, the R-rated drama follows the story of the Bravo Squad, whose members have been hailed heroes and are brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through a series of flashbacks, the film reveals what really happened to the squad and how the reality contrasts with the celebrations in America. Joe Alwyn stars as Billy, while Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, and Makenzie Leigh co-star.

The movie has proved to be divisive among critics, scoring a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. Though some have slammed the film for having clunky dialogue and gimmicky effects, others have praised the movie for delivering a highly original and absorbing story. One thing that reviewers agree on: While it’s not director Ang Lee’s best work, it is one of his most ambitious.

3. Shut In


Naomi Watts stars as a widowed child psychologist who lives in an isolated part of rural New England. She decides to take in a young boy, played by Jacob Tremblay. When he gets caught in a snowstorm and disappears, she begins to feel haunted by his presence. Farren Blackburn directs the film, which co-stars Oliver Platt, Charlie Heaton, and David Cubitt.

So far, the movie is earning mixed reviews, with critics calling the thriller disappointing and “unevenly paced.” Still, with its stellar cast and dark tone, the film will likely appeal to loyal fans of the horror genre.

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