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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

By Joshua Rothkopf and Time Out contributors |
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Waves
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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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Photo: Courtesy of A24
Movies, Drama

Waves

A golden boy loses his footing—and a younger sister gains hers—in Trey Edward Shults’s radiant family tragedy.

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Marriage Story
Photo: Courtesy of Netflix
Movies, Drama

Marriage Story

Featuring powerhouse performances by Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, Noah Baumbach's divorce drama is a bruising tour de force.

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Movies, Drama

Honey Boy

Shia LaBeouf purges the demons of his past in a boldly styled piece of autobiographical self-examination.

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Photo: Niko Tavernise/Netflix
Movies, Drama

The Irishman

Replete with all the gangster gab a Scorsese fan could want, the director's latest is strongest in its quieter passages, when self-reproach takes its toll.

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Movies, Thriller

The Lighthouse

Director Robert Eggers’s first film after The Witch is a swirling descent into madness that takes your breath away.

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Photo: Kimberley French/Fox Searchlight
Movies, Comedy

Jojo Rabbit

A Nazi boy befriends a fantasy Führer in Taika Waititi's audacious WWII comedy, which charts a tricky way into a tough subject.

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Photo: Courtesy of Neon
Movies, Drama

Parasite

Bong Joon-ho’s latest is the dazzling social-satire-cum-home-invasion-drama we need right now.

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Photo: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Movies, Drama

Pain & Glory

Pedro Almodóvar’s nostalgia-soaked memoir is a humane journey into an aging director’s soul.

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Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Movies, Action and adventure

Joker

Joaquin Phoenix is devastating as a monster-in-the-making in this incendiary tale of abuse and psychopathy.

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Photo: Francois Duhamel
Movies

Ad Astra

James Gray’s space odyssey marries heart and spectacle—and a fine Brad Pitt performance—in a memorable journey to the stars.

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Also in theaters now

Photo: Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox
Movies, Action and adventure

Ford v Ferrari

Sponsored racecar drivers feel the need for speed in a drama goosed by star power but slackened by corporate intrigue.

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Photo: Nadja Klier/Sony Pictures
Movies, Action and adventure

Charlie's Angels

No one was clamoring for a reboot, and this one is uncomfortable in its own skin.

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Photo: Atsushi Nishijima/Amazon Studios
Movies, Drama

The Report

A harrowing real-life exposé about CIA malfeasance is poorly served by a monotonous blast of talky outrage.

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Photograph: Chia James
Movies, Drama

The Good Liar

This fun but improbable con-man thriller gets by on the acting power of Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen.

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Photo: Jessica Miglio/Warner Bros.
Movies, Horror

Doctor Sleep

Haunted by the ghosts of a better film, a sequel to The Shining exploits horror-fan obsessions without understanding the fear.

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Last Christmas
Photograph: Universal Pictures
Movies, Romance

Last Christmas

Like a mug of eggnog dosed with a shot of gin, this mostly fizzy Christmas rom-com delivers its cozy message with a side order of cynicism.

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Photo: Reiner Bajo/Lionsgate
Movies, Action and adventure

Midway

In staging the epic real-life naval battle, action specialist Roland Emmerich feeds his appetite for destruction, sometimes thrillingly.

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Motherless Brooklyn
Photo: Glen Wilson/Warner Bros.
Movies, Drama

Motherless Brooklyn

Varnishing a hard-nosed mystery novel with a coat of '50s noirishness, Edward Norton both romanticizes and expands upon his source material.

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Photo: Paramount
Movies, Action and adventure

Terminator: Dark Fate

Even with the original stars returning, the sequel feels weightless, disposable and hardly the stuff of Skynet nightmares.

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Photo: Glen Wilson/Focus Features
Movies, Drama

Harriet

Widows' Cynthia Erivo supplies dramatic weight to a project that squanders it on awkward action moments and simplistic showdowns.

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