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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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Looking for a movie to see tonight or this weekend? Check out our lineup of the best movies out right now, reviewed by Time Out New York critics. Click on a listing for full reviews, trailers and showtimes. Or consult our weekly curated list of the best movie screenings in NYC for more!

The best movies now playing

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Prevenge

You don’t need a warped sense of humor to enjoy British writer-director-star Alice Lowe’s gruesome black comedy, but it helps. Prevenge is nasty fun, as was 2012’s Sightseers, the vacationing-serial-killer caper that Lowe cowrote and starred in. The new film exists in the same twisted world, where ordinary suburbanites in sweaters turn out to be psychopaths. In this case, that person is Ruth (Lowe), a pregnant woman and widow convinced that her unborn child is telling her to go on a killing spree. So she does.

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Power Rangers

If you played with the action figures, this one’s for you. High schoolers save the planet after they stumble into transformative body armor. Also doing their share of stumbling into this project are Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader, who obviously love their kids very much.

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Beauty and the Beast

The virtue of courage is high up on the list of Disney princess must-haves (just below kindness, beauty and a strapping prince in tight pants). So three cheers for Dreamgirls director Bill Condon and star Emma Watson for having the courage to make a live-action musical adaptation of Disney's adored Beauty and the Beast with 2017 gender politics and a diverse cast. Not only is this new Belle the studio's most feminist princess to date, the update boasts the first (and second) interracial kiss to ever appear in a Disney movie, as well as the first openly gay character. And it's all done with a lovely feeling of integrity.

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The Devil's Candy

Sean Byrne’s polished piece of occult horror is set in rural Texas, where a heavy-metal–loving painter and his family are troubled by their new house’s former residents, spectral and otherwise.

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T2 Trainspotting

Director Danny Boyle returns to the crime scene of his 1996 breakthrough. We were worried about a sequel, but the returning cast—now struck by a belated maturity—makes it worthwhile.

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Personal Shopper

Kristen Stewart’s latest drama, made with revered French director Olivier Assayas, has her haunted by text messages from the dead. Is there an emoji for “sign us up”?

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Raw

A horror movie that short-circuits its audiences, director Julia Ducournau’s vicious, unmissable breakthrough is about a young veterinarian-in-training (Garance Marillier) who becomes a cannibal. Don’t eat beforehand.

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Logan

Bruising, adult and infused with a sophisticated sense of guilt, the send-off to Hugh Jackman’s beloved antihero doesn’t feel like a Marvel movie at all—and that’s what we love about it.

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A Cure for Wellness

Reaching back to the swooning high style of Hollywood’s Grand Guignol thrillers of the 1920s and ’30s, Gore Verbinski’s spa-set creepfest is an impeccable treat for fans of classy shivers.

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The Lego Batman Movie

A little plastic bat (with a huge ego) fights the forces of evil in this hilarious comic-book pastiche that works better than all of the Christopher Nolan films.

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Box-office top 10

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Beauty and the Beast

The virtue of courage is high up on the list of Disney princess must-haves (just below kindness, beauty and a strapping prince in tight pants). So three cheers for Dreamgirls director Bill Condon and star Emma Watson for having the courage to make a live-action musical adaptation of Disney's adored Beauty and the Beast with 2017 gender politics and a diverse cast. Not only is this new Belle the studio's most feminist princess to date, the update boasts the first (and second) interracial kiss to ever appear in a Disney movie, as well as the first openly gay character. And it's all done with a lovely feeling of integrity.

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Kong: Skull Island

This one’s for those who like their monkey business big, dumb and uncomplicated.In 1973, a detachment of tech nerds, soldiers, a brawny tracker (Tom Hiddleston) and an ambitious photojournalist (Room’s Brie Larson) are dispatched to the South Pacific to either gather undiscovered plants or—as we suspect—poke the giant ape. It’s a movie made for wrestling fans stoked for the main event.

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Logan

Bruising, adult and infused with a sophisticated sense of guilt, the send-off to Hugh Jackman’s beloved antihero doesn’t feel like a Marvel movie at all—and that’s what we love about it.

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Get Out

A horror film with the power to put a rascally grin on the face of that great genre subverter John Carpenter (They Live), Get Out has more fun playing with half-buried racial tensions than with scaring us to death. To some, that will come as the slightest letdown: The movie is a touch too in love with its big idea—that meeting your white girlfriend’s parents might be hazardous to your health (even if, as we hear, they “would have voted for Obama a third time”).

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The Shack

After suffering a calamitous loss, a father (Sam Worthington) heads into the wilderness where God appears to him. Would it help if we told you that God is played by Hidden Figures’ magnificent Octavia Spencer?

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The Lego Batman Movie

A little plastic bat (with a huge ego) fights the forces of evil in this hilarious comic-book pastiche that works better than all of the Christopher Nolan films.

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The Belko Experiment

Even if you love your job, going to work can sometimes seem like a slow death. For the employees in Greg McLean’s nightmarish horror-comedy, that feeling is literalized, as the automatic exit doors of their high-tech office tower lock shut and intercom announcements declare layoffs of the cruelest kind. They have to start killing each other, or the bombs implanted in their necks will do it for them.

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Hidden Figures

As inspiring as rockets’ red glare, this uneven but huge-hearted crowd-pleaser takes an underreported chapter of black history—African-American female mathletes working at NASA in the ’60s—and overglitzes it. Bespectacled whiz Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) finds herself correcting the trajectories of scowling white men, and you can’t help but root for her. But to get to the stand-up-and-cheer moments, you have to endure several painful comic montages and Sorkinesque verbal showdowns.

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John Wick: Chapter 2

Keanu Reeves is back in a sequel that, if anything, feels more gory, more stylish and more deliriously silly (and fun) than the original, a prime guilty pleasure of 2014.

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Before I Fall

Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) seems to have it all: popularity, a loving boyfriend (Kian Lawley) and a seemingly perfect future. Everything changes in the blink of an eye when she dies in a car crash but then magically wakes up to find herself reliving the same day over and over again. As Samantha tries to untangle the mystery of a life derailed, she must also unravel the secrets of the people closest to her and discover how the power of a single day can make a difference.

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New in theaters this week

Life

In space, no one can hear you scream—or so went the tagline for Alien. But can they hear you make what looks like a carbon copy of a classic film? Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson do their zero-gravity best to try to get us to forget as much.

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Prevenge

You don’t need a warped sense of humor to enjoy British writer-director-star Alice Lowe’s gruesome black comedy, but it helps. Prevenge is nasty fun, as was 2012’s Sightseers, the vacationing-serial-killer caper that Lowe cowrote and starred in. The new film exists in the same twisted world, where ordinary suburbanites in sweaters turn out to be psychopaths. In this case, that person is Ruth (Lowe), a pregnant woman and widow convinced that her unborn child is telling her to go on a killing spree. So she does.

Read more

Power Rangers

If you played with the action figures, this one’s for you. High schoolers save the planet after they stumble into transformative body armor. Also doing their share of stumbling into this project are Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader, who obviously love their kids very much.

Read more
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CHIPS

Do you even remember the late-’70s TV show with Erik Estrada and the other guy with the name nobody recalls? We hate to say we do (L.A. cops on motorcycles), but as boneheaded as it was, it’s hard to imagine Dax Shepard and Michael Peña improving on it.

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Wilson

If it were up to us, graphic-novel legend Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, Art School Confidential) would have inspired at least a dozen movies by now. But Wilson is a step in the right direction, even if it swaps Clowes’s delicate blend of misanthropy and empathy in favor of a more boring quirkiness. It stars Woody Harrelson as a jerk, and is directed by The Skeleton Twins’ Craig Johnson.

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Tyler M
Tyler M

A lot of these movies sound really good. I have been looking for something to go watch for my brother's birthday when he comes in town on Saturday. I'll see if he wants to see any of these when he's here. I'm sure we could find something good.

Tamy L
Tamy L

@Tyler M You should check other review sites. Most of these movies got so so reviews.

Jason Krawczyk
Jason Krawczyk

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