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


Summer movie season is starting to wrap up, but that doesn’t mean that audiences should expect fewer exciting films in the coming months. This week is no exception, with several notable movies — from Kate Mara‘s latest blockbuster to the latest book-to-film adaptation — set to hit the big screen. Can’t decide what to buy tickets for first? Here are our staff’s picks for the three best movies in theaters now.

1. Morgan

Luke Scott’s directorial debut features an ensemble cast that includes Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti. The sci-fi thriller stars Mara as a corporate troubleshooter who is sent to a remote, top-secret location to investigate a terrifying accident caused by an A.I. named Morgan (Taylor-Joy). Having been created and raised in a lab, Morgan’s progression has exceeded the expectations of her creator and has now turned dangerous.

The movie has earned mixed reviews, scoring a 41% on Rotten Tomatoes. Though the film boasts compelling characters, critics have lamented its predictable plot and ending, the latter of which Entertainment Weekly describes as “a third-act twist that anyone who’s semiconscious will see coming down Broadway.” Regardless, between the talented cast and the intriguing premise, sci-fi fans still have plenty of reasons to watch.

2. The 9th Life of Louis Drax

Based on Liz Jensen’s bestselling novel of the same name, the upcoming supernatural thriller follows Louis Drax (Aiden Longworth) who suffers a near-fatal fall on his ninth birthday — the latest in a long line of odd mishaps throughout his unlucky life. Jamie Dornan co-stars as the acclaimed neurologist Dr. Allan Pascal, who uses unorthodox techniques to try to tap into Drax’s unconscious mind and reveal the truth about the events that led to his condition. Alexandre Aja directs the film, which also co-stars Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, and Molly Parker.

Currently holding a 44% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has earned a somewhat mixed response. Though reviewers have criticized its inconsistent tone and the plot’s “forced childlike wonder,” the film boasts a solid cast and compelling performances, particularly from Longworth as Drax.

3. White Girl

Morgan Saylor stars as a hard-partying New York college freshman, who goes to wild extremes to try to get the guy she loves, a drug dealer named Blue (Brian “Sene” Marc) out of jail. The film, which made its worldwide premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, marks Elizabeth Wood’s directorial debut. India Menuez, Adrian Martinez, Anthony Ramos, Ralph Rodriguez, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Chris Noth, and Justin Bartha co-star.

The drama has earned generally positive reviews, scoring a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes. Saylor has garnered high praise from critics for her leading performance in the film, which Salon calls “an arresting and well-told tale.”

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