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. Steve Jobs
Hollywood’s been trying at a Steve Jobs biopic for years now, beginning with Ashton Kutcher’s ill-fated try back in 2013. This time around, the film is in far better hands: Michael Fassbender is playing the iconic Apple founder, and Aaron Sorkin is the man in charge creatively. We’ve already seen Sorkin expertly handle the tech industry with The Social Network, and Steve Jobs is the follow-up effort that further digs into Silicon Valley’s unique and innovative culture.
Already reviews are positive, with Rotten Tomatoes giving the film a 91% rating. Their critical consensus lauds Steve Jobs for gathering “brilliant people to deliver a product whose elegance belies the intricate complexities at its core,” which is no small praise for a biopic. Jobs himself was a complex man who was far from perfect, and if Sorkin’s depiction of Mark Zuckerberg tells us anything, it’s that he understands this all too well.
Steve Jobs is quite possibly the most fascinating figure the tech industry has ever seen, revolutionizing the way our phones and computers are used and developed. Throughout this, he was subject to criticism of his egomania, voted out of his own company, and then returned to single-handedly change the world of technology forever. His titular biopic is the tribute a great man deserves, and functions as far more than simple an elongated Apple ad that many fear the movie might be.
2. The Final Girls
With the horror genre having stagnated in recent years, its saving grace has been a more meta approach. First pioneered by Wes Craven’s Scream, the torch was passed to Drew Goddard’s The Cabin the Woods, giving us horror movies that are equal parts meta-commentary and absolutely terrifying. Others like Tucker and Dale vs. Evil have shown us the continued potential for the budding sub-genre, and now it would appear as though it’s The Final Girls‘s time to shine.
The story is about as self-referential as it can get: A group of teens wake up inside an iconic slasher film. From there, they try to survive a Friday the 13th-esque killer, all while knowing the exact details of the movie they’re in, having seen it in theaters directly prior to their odd predicament. Its 72% score on Rotten Tomatoes tells us it’s more than worth the time, and if it’s anything like The Cabin in the Woods, it’ll be remembered as yet another worthy addition to the meta-horror library.
3. Knock Knock
Anyone looking for a more straightforward horror movie need look no further than the latest from Eli Roth, Knock Knock. The official synopsis tells us the following: Keanu Reeves stars as “a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend,” and after “two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help,” he finds himself roped into a horrifying game that puts his very existence at risk. It’s a movie that marks yet another addition to the torture porn genre that Roth helped spawn with 2005’s Hostel, and is definitely not for the faint of heart.
Knock Knock isn’t quite as well-regarded by Rotten Tomatoes as our other picks this week, sitting at just 34% as of its opening. Don’t let that scare you away though. Eli Roth is still one of horror’s most influential and talented creative minds, and October is the perfect month to indulge in a some mindless gory action movies. For lack of many better options in the realm of horror right now, Knock Knock wouldn’t be a bad choice for a Friday night out with friends.
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