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

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Summer movie season is in full swing, which means audiences can expect a slew of exciting new films to choose from over the coming months. This week is no exception, with several notable movies — from the highly anticipated Ghostbusters reboot to a new dystopian, sci-fi love story from Kristen Stewart — 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. Ghostbusters

Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Kristen Wiig star in Paul Feig’s controversial and much-discussed reboot of Ghostbusters. The movie follows paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan as they band together to stop the ghost invasion of Manhattan. Chris Hemsworth also co-stars.

Despite the many skeptics and haters that have spoken out against the project, the movie has earned relatively positive reviews so far. Though critics acknowledge that the film — which currently holds a 74% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes — doesn’t quite live up to the original, the summer comedy has earned praise for its fun tone and strong, talented cast. As The AP put it, “The freewheeling and funny solidarity of the four leads win out in the end, even if Feig shows more timidity than he did in Bridesmaids, The Heat or Spy.”

2. The Infiltrator

Based on a true story, the drama stars Byran Cranston as U.S. Customs agent Robert “Bob” Mazure, who goes undercover as a slick, money-laundering businessman to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s blood-soaked drug trafficking scene that’s plaguing the nation in 1985. Teamed with impulsive and streetwise fellow agent Emir Ebreu (John Leguizamo) and rookie agent posing as his fiancé Kathy Ertz (Diane Kruger), Mazur befriends Escobar’s top lieutenant and begins navigating the vicious criminal network. He risks it all, building a case that leads to indictments of 85 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money.

The movie has earned an OK reception so far, scoring a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes. Though the film doesn’t exactly break new ground, critics credit the A-list cast for elevating the story to an entirely new level. Cranston in particular has earned high praise for his individual performance, which Entertainment Weekly describes as “Cranston at his best … masterfully walking the tightrope between good and bad.”

3. Equals

This post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie stars Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult as two young lovers who begin a forbidden and passionate romance in a futuristic society where emotions have been outlawed, leading them to attempt a dangerous escape.

The film, directed by 2011’s Like Crazy helmer Drake Doremus, has earned mixed reviews. With a 43% score on Rotten Tomatoes, Equals has garnered some criticism for its simplistic narrative and languishing pace. But the movie is elevated by its powerfully subtle lead performances and striking visuals. As our review reads, “Equals moves at a much more languishing pace and placing emphases on feeling, not on action. Still, the back-to-basics futuristic love story is satisfying in its own way and should prove particularly so to those looking for a break from the [dystopian] genre’s usual high-stakes drama.”

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