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

There are plenty of notable new films set to hit the big screen this week. Can’t decide which option to buy tickets for first? Here are our staff’s picks for the top three flicks to check out in theaters this weekend.

1. American Ultra

The upcoming fast-paced action comedy stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mike, a hapless and unmotivated stoner and Kristen Stewart as his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe. Their small-town lives are suddenly turned upside down when Mike realizes that – unbeknownst to him – he is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. As his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation in the blink of eye. In order to survive, he is forced to summon his inner action-hero. Topher Grace, Connie Brittion, John Leguizamo and Tony Hale also co-star.

Directed by Nima Nourizadeh, the movie has earned a mixed reception, with critics claiming the genre-mashing story gets muddled and loses its charm in the end. Still, for those looking to beat the heat with a fun and funny- if slightly demented – stoner comedies, this will do the job. As USA Today wrote, “It exists to entertain in its own oddball universe, munchies optional.”

2. Being Evel

Directed by Daniel Junge, this documentary tells the incredible story behind the myth of 1970s American daredevil icon pioneer for the scene of today’s Extreme Sports, Robert “Evel” Knievel. It also delves into the previously untold and much darker tale of the man behind the flamboyant cape; a one-time outlaw whose wildly dangerous career including 75 ramp-to-ramp motorbike jumps and saw him break every bone in his body.

The movie has earned great reviews so far, with critics calling it a “propulsive, rocket-powered” film that dares to get behind the bravado of the man and investigate the darker psychological reasons of why he was so wiling to put his life on the line time and time again. Those interested in learning more about one of America’s strangest and most fascinating icons will get some answers from this comprehensive profile.

 3. Digging For Fire

This indie drama stars Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt as Tim and Lee, a husband and wife with a young child, who get the chance to stay at a fancy home in the Hollywood Hills. Their stay is complicated by Tim’s discovery of a bone and a rusty old gun in the yard. Excited by the idea of a mystery, Tim and his friends seek clues to the mystery while Lee – who would rather him focus on the family taxes – searches for answers to the bigger questions of marriage and parenthood. Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Melanie Lysnkey and Sam Rockwell co-star.

The movie, which reunites Drinking Buddies co-stars Johnson and Kendrick with director Joe Swanberg, has earned a positive reception so far. As is Swanberg’s signature style, the dialogue is largely improvised, allowing the star-studded cast to let loose on their own. The film feels natural and relatable and is the director’s most emotionally mature entry to date.

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