The 3 Best Movies in Theaters Right Now: ‘Macbeth’ 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. Macbeth

This modern version of Shakepeare’s classic play stars Michael Fassbender as the eponymous character, a Thane of Scotland who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. Marion Cotilliard stars opposite Fassbender as Lady Macbeth, while Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor and Elizabeth Debicki also co-star.

Directed by Justin Kurzel, the movie has earned strong reviews, currently holding an 85% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have praised the film for staying true to the source material while also adding its own cinematic flair. Fassbender has earned a particularly positive response for his lead performance, which reviewers labeled “compelling” and “intensely textured.”

2. Krampus

The black comedy horror film, based on the character Krampus from Alpine folklore, follows young Max, who turns his back on Christmas after his dysfunctional family clashes over the holiday. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit will attract the wrath of Krampus, a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own and start wreaking havoc on the fractured family’s home. Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, and Emjay Anthony co-star.

While it’s unlikely Krampus will be earning rave reviews, the movie does boast a pretty good cast and is a solid alternative for those who miss October’s horror-themed flicks and are looking for something darker and spookier to balance out this month’s cheery new releases.

3. The World of Kanako

The Japanese suspense film stars Kōji Yakusho as Akihiro Fujishima, a former detective who tries to search for his daughter, Kanako (Nana Komatsu), after she suddenly goes missing. While he embarks on a mission to try to find her, he begins to learn about his daughter’s secret life. Satoshi Tsumabuki, Joe Odagirl, Fumi Nikaido, and Hiroya Shimizu co-star.

The movie, which premiered in Japan last year, has earned solid reviews. While critics admit the project can be difficult to watch due to an emotionally intense and often violent storyline, they delivered high praise to its “raw momentum” and Yakusho’s “breathless, riveting performance.”

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