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


Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart in Sully | FilmNation Entertainment

Blockbuster season may be winding to a close, but that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of great movies hitting theaters. In fact, it’s quite the opposite with studios ramping up for their Oscar-worthy releases. We may very well have the first crop of these films too, marked by the latest from Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks, a touching family drama, and gritty, indie adventure. Here are our staff picks for the three best movies in theaters this week.

1. Sully

Tom Hanks is numbered among some of the most prolific actors in all of Hollywood, and he hasn’t slowed down in the slightest in the latter years of his career. Starring in Clint Eastwood’s Sully, Hanks plays Chesley Sullenberger, a pilot who saved a plane full of passengers after a crash-landing in the Hudson River. The stunning true story runs through the event itself, the backlash as it’s investigated, and the trauma it inflicted on Sullenberger as he coped with the fallout.

Sully is already trending upward, netting a solid 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critical consensus calls it “a quietly stirring tribute to an everyday hero,” painting a picture of another solid directorial effort from Eastwood. All in all, it’s a compelling start to the Oscar season. Coming off the heels of a disappointing run of blockbusters, it’s nice to know we’ve finally entered into the part of the year where studios bring their heaviest hitters release-wise.

2. Other People

You never know what you’re going to get with a brand new filmmaker’s first ever feature-length project. Director Chris Kelly provides us with a shockingly poignant debut though, while thrusting Molly Shannon straight into the “Best Actress” Oscar discussion for 2016.

The film follows a young man (Jesse Plemons) who returns home to take care of his dying mother (Shannon). Having already premiered at Sundance Film Festival, it’s garnered massive buzz since then, opening to the tune of an 85% Rotten Tomatoes rating that calls it “a smart, subtle look at family dynamics.” Between this and Sully, it’s clear that this year’s box office has finally taken a positive turn toward high-quality, people-driven stories.

3. Kicks

Last year, Dope set the gold standard for surreal coming-of-age stories. Kicks looks to be its spiritual successor, replete with dream-centric imagery, a misunderstood youth in over his head, and an escalating street drama. We also have yet another case of a director putting out his first film, brought to us from the already considerable creative talent that is Justin Tipping.

Sitting right around 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, the LA Times calls Kicks a “fascinatingly uneven indie.” Solid reviews and a rookie director contribute to a film that’s more than worth your time, even in a weekend chock full of amazing releases.

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