3 Best Movies in Theaters Right Now: ‘Jason Bourne’ and More
Summer movie season is in full swing, which means audiences can expect a slew of exciting, new films to choose from in the coming months. This week is no exception, with several notable movies — including the latest Jason Bourne installment and a new star-studded raunch comedy — 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. Jason Bourne
Matt Damon is back as former CIA assassin Jason Bourne in the fifth installment of the popular action thriller franchise. Directed by Paul Greengrass, the film acts as the direct sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum which premiered in 2007. In Jason Bourne, our hero will once again resume his quest for answers about his past, all the while escaping from Operation Ironhand, a new program created to hunt him down that is led by the villainous Asset (Vincent Cassel). Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, and Riz Ahmed will also co-star.
The movie has earned lukewarm reviews so far, scoring a 57% on Rotten Tomatoes. While there’s no shortage of the complex, fast-paced action that Bourne fans love, some critics have criticized the film for minimizing a deeper story development in favor of insane chase scenes. As Entertainment Weekly put it in its review, “Jason Bourne has already given us a hero who transcends two dimensions. We just need to know more about what he’s fighting for.”
2. Bad Moms
Written and directed by The Hangover duo Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, this comedy stars Mila Kunis as Amy, an overworked and overcommitted mother and wife who’s on the verge of snapping from exhaustion. Fed up with trying to be the perfect parent, she and two other tired moms played by Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn decide to rebel against the PTA queen bees by become fun, self-indulging “bad moms.” Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Annie Mumolo, Jay Hernandez, and Lilly Singh also co-star.
The film has earned mixed reviews, scoring a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes. Though some critics have criticized the movie’s “cliche” gags, fans of raunch-coms likely won’t want to miss out on this one, especially given the star-studded cast.
James Schamus makes his feature directorial debut with this R-rated drama, based on the Philip Roth novel of the same name. Set in the early 1950s, the movie stars Logan Lerman as Marcus, a working class Jewish student from New Jersey who avoids the draft by attending a small conservative Ohio college. But his plans go sideways when he finds himself butting heads with the college dean (Tracy Letts) and becoming infatuated his beautiful classmate Olivia (Sarah Gadon). Pico Alexander, Danny Burstein, Linda Emond, and Ben Rosenfield also co-star.
The movie made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and has garnered mostly positive reviews, with critics praising Lerman’s individual performance and Schamus’s solid direction for elevating the Roth adaptation. The film currently holds a 76% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
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