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

There are several notable new films set to hit theaters this week, including the latest horror must-see and a new sports-themed biopic. 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 Witch

Set in 1630 New England, the horror flick chronicles the panic and despair that envelops a farmer (Ralph Ineson), his wife (Kate Dickie), and four of their children when youngest son Samuel suddenly vanishes. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, twin siblings Mercy (Ellie Grainger) and Jonas (Lucas Dawson) suspect Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) of witchcraft, testing the clan’s faith, loyalty and love to one another.

The movie has earned strong reviews so far, currently holding an 84% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have praised Robert Eggers’s direction, which — while detailed and oriented — leaves just enough unexplained to make for a “gripping” and “chillingly creepy” black magic tale.

2. Race

Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, this drama stars Stephan James as the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.

Directed by Stephen Hopkins, the movie currently has a 71% score on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics calling it a “well-made — if very straightforward — biopic.”

Race is the story of Owens in his finest moments, and it succeeds in telling it,” the San Jose Mercury News wrote. “Just don’t expect more than that.” Still, for sports fans or those interested in extraordinary true stories, Race might be worth checking out.

 3. Forsaken

Fans of 24 might want to check out Kiefer Sutherland‘s latest feature film, which takes place in 1872 and stars the actor as John Henry Clayton, a retired gunfighter who returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyo., in hopes of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland). However, he soon learns that the town is in turmoil, as the railroad is being built through the area and a criminal gang is terrorizing ranchers who refuse to sell their land — unless John can stop them.

The movie has earned mixed reviews so far, with a 45% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While some critics have called out “the script’s mundane dialogue,” both Sutherlands have earned high praise for their “persuasive performances.” For anyone missing the days of conventional Westerns, Forsaken is a good choice to check out this weekend.

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