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


Several notable new films are set to hit theaters this week, from Disney’s highly anticipated Moana to the latest action flick from Brad Pitt. Can’t decide which option to buy tickets for first? Here are our staff’s picks for the top three flicks to check out this weekend.

1. Moana

Disney introduces its latest princess in this animated musical adventure film, featuring the voices of Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson. The film follows the high-spirited 16-year-old daughter of a tribal chief, who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the mighty demigod Maui, who helps her battle enormous monsters and impossible odds through an action-packed voyage. The film features music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina.

The movie has earned universal acclaim, scoring a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have praised the dazzling visuals, adventure-driven storyline, and in particular, the spirited character of Moana, which the AP describes as “a modern heroine … whom young girls will admire for years.”

2. Allied

The R-rated World War II drama stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as two assassins who meet during a dangerous mission to kill a German official in 1942. Later reunited in London, the two fall in love and get married, only to have their relationship threatened by the extreme pressures of the war. Jared Harris, Simon McBurney, and Lizzy Caplan co-star.

The movie has earned relatively decent reviews so far, scoring a 63% on Rotten Tomatoes. Though reviewers have criticized its slow pacing and tepid twists, the movie is boosted by old-fashioned style filmmaking, as well as solid lead performances from both Pitt and Cotillard.

3. Rules Don’t Apply

Set in 1958 Hollywood, the romantic comedy drama follows the blossoming relationship between a young actress and her driver, which is forbidden by their employer Howard Hughes. Warren Beatty directs and stars as Hughes, while Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich also co-star.

The movie has earned somewhat mixed reviews, currently holding a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes. USA Today calls it a “solid if unspectacular effort” that benefits from gorgeous visuals and a scene-stealing portrayal from Beatty.

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