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The best movies out right now

Find the latest reviews for movies playing in New York this week, including critics' picks and box-office winners

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Time Out Film
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The theaters are back in full swing, big releases are back on their marquees, and lockdown is beginning, dare we say it, to feel like a distant memory. It’s a great time, in other words, to reconnect with the joys of sitting in the dark and staring up at a big screen – possibly while munching on a large box of popcorn. But what movie to see tonight or this weekend? Check out our line-up of the best movies out right now, reviewed by Time Out critics. 

The best movies now playing

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Film
  • Action and adventure

The latest iteration of DC’s caped crusader has Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight on the hunt for The Riddler (Paul Dano) who has been offing Gotham’s political classes, leaving clues in his wake. The superhero and crime thriller genre mash-up works well, borrowing from several DC comic-book runs, including Frank Miller’s ‘Year One’, and Zoë Kravitz’s cat burglar Selina Kyle brings slinky fun to this Bat-epic.

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano
Rated: PG-13
Release date: March 4, 2022
Duration: 175 mins

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Film
  • Action and adventure

Hollywood’s evergreen leading lady, Sandra Bullock, is a romance novelist caught up in a jungle adventure straight out of one of her own bestsellers. Along for the ride is the novel’s heartthrob cover star (Channing Tatum). Is what follows a strenuously plotted masterwork full meaningful messages about the preservation of ancient civilisations? Absolutely not. Is it ridiculously fun night at the movies? Oh yes. Switch off your brain and enjoy Brad Pitt’s buff action-man cameo.  

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Brad Pitt
Rated: PG-13 
Release date: March 25, 2022
Duration: 113 mins

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Film
  • Drama

While not exactly a cheery watch, Mothering Sunday is an intelligent, affecting British drama with a splash of French sensuality. Adapted by Lady Macbeth screenwriter Alice Birch, it stars Josh O’Connor as Paul, an engaged upper-class fellow having a secret affair with a neighbour’s maid, Jane (Aussie newcomer Odessa Young).

Cast: Odessa Young, Colin Firth, Josh O’Connor, Olivia Colman
Rated: R
Release date: March 25, 2022
Duration: 110 mins

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Film
  • Drama

Spearheaded by a towering performance by Caleb Landry Jones, Justin Kurzel’s (Snowtown) powerful drama charts the disastrous spiral towards Australia’s infamous Port Arthur mass killing in 1996. Australian acting royalty Judy Davis (My Brilliant Career) and Anthony LaPaglia (Lantana) portray the on-edge parents of the man who will soon commit a crime so previously unimaginable that it famously changed the country’s gun laws in 12 days flat. Nitram debuted at Cannes to a standing ovation. Find out why.

Cast: Caleb Landry-Jones, Judy Davis, Essie Davis, Anthony LaPaglia
Release date: March 30, 2022
Duration: 112 mins

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Film
  • Drama

A modern-day allegory with universal resonance told in a filmmaking style that absolutely won’t be for everyone, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s spellbinding Memoria moves in the subtlest increments. Trying to decipher its cosmic mysteries is Tilda Swinton’s expat Brit in Colombia. Tormented by a loud booming noise that’s audible only to her, she sets off on a languourous journey to the most unexpected destination. 

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Elkin Diaz, Jeanne Balibar, Agnes Brekke
Rated: PG
Release date: April 1, 2022
Duration: 136 mins

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