The 3 Best Movies in Theaters Right Now: ‘Z for Zachariah’ 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. Z for Zachariah

Based on the book of the same name by Robert C. O’Brien, the sci-fi drama stars Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Margot Robbie as two men and a young woman who become the last known survivors in the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization. The three soon find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle.

The film, directed by Craig Zobel, has received a mostly positive reception. It currently holds an 84% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, with reviewers praising the compelling storyline but critiquing its slow pace. Robbie has earned particularly high praise for her individual performance, with the NY Daily News reporting that the actress “exudes confidence, mournfulness and delicate decency in a role that could easily have been a sci-fi cliché.”

2. We Are Your Friends

The Max Joseph-directed music drama stars Zac Efron as Cole, a young struggling DJ in the EDM scene with dreams of becoming a major record producer. When an older DJ James (played by Wes Bentley) becomes his mentor, Cole connects with James’s girlfriend, Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski). Their relationship blossoms and as Cole’s friendships begin to unravel, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for.

The movie has earned mixed reviews, despite its charismatic stars. Critics have labeled the film “derivative” and “predictable.” Still, with lots of throbbing music, sex and drugs, and Zac Efron, We Are Your Friends is the perfect for anyone looking for light and fun late-summer fare.

3. Turbo Kid

Set in a post apocalyptic year of 1997, this retro-futuristic tribute to 80’s action-adventure films follows a teenage comic book fan who dons the persona of his favorite hero and goes on an adventure to save his female-robot companion from the hands of an evil overlord. Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Anouk Whissel and Aaron Jeffery co-star in the movie.

The film has earned overwhelmingly positive reviews, scoring a 92% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Featuring plenty of nods to Mad Max, critics call the film “endearingly goofy” and “surprisingly sweet-natured.” As The Hollywood Reporter stated, “The picture is silly fun to warm the hearts of aging fanboys and delight hipsters who weren’t yet born the first time Mel Gibson donned Max’s leathers.”

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