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The five essential movie reviews you need to read this week

Joshua Rothkopf

It's Friday, which means all sorts of new movies are coming out. Also, some really good less-than-new ones are reaching the ends of their runs. If you need a little guidance for what to see, let us help. Here are five movies currently in theaters worth your time—click through to our reviews to read why.

Ghostbusters The concept works beautifully with a quartet of nerdy female ’busters who are fed up with all the mansplainers. It helps that the leads are played by four of the funniest comedians alive. Read our review

Our Little Sister In this exquisite new Japanese drama, three tight siblings welcome a fourth sister into their supportive girl squad. It’s exactly the kind of foreign film we’d love to see Hollywood remake. Read our review

The Shallows We’re as surprised as you are, but beachy Blake Lively matching wits with a great white shark hits the summer sweet spot: It’s big dumb fun with an earned sense of tough-girl empowerment. Read our review

Wiener-Dog A black comedy about a dachshund and the neurotics who care for it (not always well), Todd Solondz’s latest proves that he’s lost none of his satiric edge; the film’s laced with existential depth. Read our review

The Nice Guys It's still playing at the Village East (but that run should end shortly). Legendary screenwriter Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) is back with an ultraviolent, ultra-funny private-eye comedy set in the 1970s, starring Russell Crowe and a riotous Ryan Gosling. Read our review 


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