3 Best Movies in Theaters Right Now: ‘Suicide Squad’ and More
Summer movie season is officially underway, which means audiences have a slew of exciting new blockbusters to look forward to. This week is no exception, with several notable movies — including the highly anticipated, latest DC Comics film, Suicide Squad — set to hit the big screen. Can’t decide which option to buy tickets for first? Here are our staff’s picks for the three best movies in theaters now.
1. Suicide Squad
The next title in DC Comics’ movie universe follows a team of supervillains who are tasked with a dangerous top-secret government mission. The movie boasts a large, star-studded ensemble cast, including Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, and Cara Delevingne. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Adam Beach, and Viola Davis also co-star.
Suicide Squad, helmed by David Ayer, has been one of the most talked-about movies of the summer, with a highly hyped build-up to the premiere. Unfortunately, it hasn’t quite lived up to the buzz. The movie earned mostly negative reviews and a 29% score on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics calling it messy, choppily written and directed, and surprisingly conventional. Still, boasting both a supremely talented cast and more humor than previous DC efforts, fans of comic book movies may still find Suicide Squad worth checking out.
2. The Little Prince
Directed by Mark Osborne, this animated take on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beloved novella follows a pilot (voiced by Jeff Bridges) who crash lands in the Sahara desert and encounters a mysterious young boy who claims to be an extraterrestrial prince. James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, and Paul Giamatti also lend their voices to the film.
The family-friendly film has earned overwhelmingly positive reviews, scoring a 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have praised the movie for its stunning visuals and thoughtful take on the original story. As The Village Voice put it, “There’s a lot of charm, thought and feeling in this film version.”
3. Little Men
The drama follows 13-year-old Jake (Theo Taplitz) and his family, who move back into his father’s old Brooklyn home when his grandfather dies. There, Jake befriends Tony (Michael Barbieri), whose single Chilean mother (Paulina Garcia) runs the shop downstairs. Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, and Alfred Molina also co-star in the film, which is written and directed by Ira Sachs.
The movie has earned strong reviews, earning a 94% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Reviewers have praised the indie flick for its sincere performances and effectively restrained script. The Hollywood Reporter describes it as “a deceptively small movie that sneaks up and slays you with its emotional authenticity.” The film is currently open in limited theaters.