There are several notable new films set to hit theaters this week, from Leonardo DiCaprios’s latest Oscar contender to a supernatural horror 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 Revenant
Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, this widely buzzed about drama thriller stars Leonardo DiCapro as a frontiersman named Hugh Glass, who is brutally mauled by a bear while on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s. After he’s left for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home to his beloved family. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (played by Tom Hardy), the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him.
The movie has earned largely positive reviews, currently holding a 79% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. DiCaprio’s tour de force performance in particular has garnered widespread attention and made him a frontrunner in award season conversation. The film has already received several awards nominations (including Golden Globe nods for Best Picture – Drama, Best Director, and Best Actor) and is widely considered an Oscar contender.
2. The Treasure
Toma Cuzin, Adrian Purcarescu, and Corneliu Cozmei star in this allegorical Romanian comedy about two neighbors who learn of a treasure buried in their shared yard and decide to dig for it. Helmed by director Corneliu Porumboiu, the movie was screened to a positive response at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Currently holding a 92% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has been praised for balancing social satire, fantasy, and genuine elements of Romanian history. “Porumboiu delivers an ingeniously intricate goofball comedy that evokes heroes of legend while bringing sociological abstractions to mucky life,” The New Yorker wrote.
3. The Forest
The supernatural horror thriller stars Natalie Dormer as a young woman who heads into the Aokigahara Forest, a Japanese forest where people go to commit suicide, to search for her missing sister. Despite warnings not to “stray from the path,” Sara enters the forest to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, only to be confronted by paranormal forces who prey on unsuspecting victims. Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken, and Stephanie Vogt co-star.
The Forest has earned mixed reviews so far. Though critics have said the movie’s rushed pacing and use of certain genre clichés hinders its scares, Dormer has earned praise for delivering a solid performance in the dual role.