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


Several notable movies are set to hit the big screen this week, including the latest Ben Affleck starrer and a new politically charged chase thriller. Can’t decide which title to buy tickets for first? Here are our staff’s picks for the three best movies in theaters right now.

1. The Accountant

Ben Affleck stars as math genius Christian Wolff who is brilliant with numbers, but not so great with people. Publicly posing as a small town CPA, he secretly works as a freelance accountant to some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. In an effort to fend off growing suspicion from the government, Christian takes on a seemingly lawful client: a robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a million dollar discrepancy. But the two quickly realize the truth isn’t as straightforward as it seems. J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, and Jeffrey Tambor co-star.

Directed by Gavin O’Connor, this R-rated drama has earned more negative reviews than positive, scoring a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have slammed the movie’s “preposterous” premise and the “grimly serious” tone, but the strength of the A-list cast is undeniable and O’Connor’s direction has earned high praise.

2. Certain Women

Written and directed by Kelly Reichardt, this R-rated drama chronicles the lives of three women in small town America, each of which are blazing a trail in their own way. Based on stories by Maile Meloy, the movie stars Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, and Michelle Williams. Lily Gladstone, James Le Gros, and Jared Harris round out the cast.

The movie has earned an overwhelmingly positive response, earning a 95% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have praised the movie for delivering a moving and intimate portrait of small town life, as well as Reichardt’s quieter method of filmmaking. As The Wrap put it, Certain Women “provides a showcase for the kind of acting and cinematography that’s never showy but always perfectly appropriate to the narrative.”

3. Desierto

Co-written and directed by Jonás Cuarón, Desierto follows a group of Mexican migrant workers who cross the U.S. border illegally in search of a better life. What starts off as a hopeful journey quickly turns into a fight for survival, when a vicious, gun-toting vigilante begins to chase the men and women across the desert. Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alondra Hidalgo, Diego Catano, and Marco Perez co-star in the film.

Currently holding a 56% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has garnered mediocre reviews. Though critics have panned the drama for failing to provide a nuanced enough examination of a subject as politically charged as immigration, the nail-biting thriller will certainly keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

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