The 3 Best Movies In Theaters Right Now: ‘Band of Robbers’ and More


Even with Oscar season winding to close, there are plenty of stellar films to see, many of which are flying in under the radar. Here are our staff’s picks for the must-see movies of the weekend, featuring everything from Mark Twain to Michael Bay.

1. Band of Robbers

Loosely based on the works of the aforementioned Mark Twain, Band of Robbers is a comedy that carries a distinct Wes Anderson feel (if Wes Anderson was way more into crime dramas). Aaron and Adam Nee directed and wrote the peculiar Twain re-imagining, telling the story of a pair of friends, Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, concocting a plan to steal a valuable McGuffin from a local pawn shop.

The cast alone is a good enough reason to be interested, starring Kyle Gallner (American Sniper), Adam Nee (Drunk History), Matthew Gray Gubler (500 Days of Summer), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), and Hannibal Buress (Broad City). In terms of critical reception, Band of Robbers only has nine total reviews to its name, so its 54% Rotten Tomatoes score can really swing either way with each additional critic added to the bunch. All told though, what you’re guaranteed is a genre-bending comedy from an incredible cast.

2. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Taking a step away from the Transformers franchise, Michael Bay returns to his roots for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. The film itself is more in the realm of Bay’s wheelhouse as a director, featuring electric action sequences, heroics from our main characters, and a reverence surrounding those serving our country both at home and abroad.

Early returns on Rotten Tomatoes are liking 13 Hours so far, giving it a decidedly “fresh” 60% rating. There’s been a fair amount of publicity surrounding the release, with the massive premiere taking place at the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Overall, it’s moving story of a group of American heroes, while rightfully sidestepping the obvious temptation to overly politicize Benghazi.

3. Ride Along 2

Riding the success of the first Ride Along movie, the sequel brings back stars Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, for the modern equivalent of the buddy cop genre. Ride Along 2 arrives as a lighter, less heady option for anyone looking to tune out this weekend at the movie theater. That being said, it’d be a stretch to call its predecessor a critical victory, having scored a meager 18% on Rotten Tomatoes following its 2014 release.

For the sequel, somehow critics managed to like the budding franchise even less, affording Ride Along 2 an even lower 16% score from Rotten Tomatoes. It’s certainly not going to win any awards that aren’t of the Razzie variety, but for fans of Kevin Hart, it’s a movie that doesn’t try to be anything more than what it is. For that reason, it could be worth your time as long as you keep your expectations realistically low.

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