The 3 Best Movies in Theaters Now: ‘The Hateful Eight’ and More

There are several notable new films set to hit theaters this week, from Tarantino’s latest feature to a critically acclaimed adult animated flick. Can’t decide which option to check out first? Here are our staff’s picks for the top three flicks to check out this weekend.

1. The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated Western takes place a few years after the Civil War and follows eight grizzled outlaws who are forced to take shelter together after a massive blizzard. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the group of travelers get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception and soon realize they may not make it to their destination after all.

The film features a star-studded ensemble cast, including Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The movie has earned somewhat mixed reviews so far, currently holding a 76% score on Rotten Tomatoes. While some critics have praised the “dynamite dialogue” and “darkly funny” premise, others pointed out that its 3-plus hour run time is way too long. Still, Tarantino fans and cinephiles won’t want to miss out on this one.

 2. Anomalisa

This adult animated comedy drama, written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman, features the voices of David Thewlis, Jennier Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan. It follows the story of Michael Stone, an author of books on the subject of customer service, who struggles with his inability to connect to people. One night, while on a routine business trip, he meets a stranger who changes his world view.

The movie has earned universal critical acclaim, with a 97% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Reviewers have called Anomalisa “a staggeringly inventive Trojan horse of a film” and a “strange and dreamlike and delicate and beautiful” feature that makes its point with “dark brilliance.” If you enjoy Kaufman’s other works, this movie fits right into his repertoire — wonderfully strange in its execution but also painfully familiar in its emotions.

3. Yosemite

The indie drama takes place in the fall of 1985. It tells the intertwining tales of three fifth grade friends, Chris, Joe, and Ted, which unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community. James Franco, Steven Wiig, and Henry Hopper co-star in the movie.

The film hasn’t earned that many reviews so far, but the ones it does have are mixed. While critics have called Yosemite “quiet and contemplative” and praised the performances of both Franco and the other newcomers, some also admitted that its extremely low-key tone may take some getting used to for some. The movie currently holds a 67% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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