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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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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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Photograph: Peter Mountain
Movies, Drama

The Two Popes

4 out of 5 stars

Like the Vatican's answer to I Love You, Man, this sprightly based-on-real-life drama stars Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in a papal friendship.

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Photo: Courtesy of A24
Movies, Drama

Waves

4 out of 5 stars

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

5 out of 5 stars

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, Documentary

The Cave

4 out of 5 stars

Beneath the bombing in Syria, an underground medical unit struggles to stanch the human toll in this immersive documentary.

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Photograph: Disney
Movies, Animation

Frozen II

4 out of 5 stars

Elsa, Anna and that goofy snowman return with another irresistible mix of big laughs, killer tunes and operatic moments.

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21 Bridges
Photograph: Matt Kennedy_STXfilms
Movies, Thriller

21 Bridges

4 out of 5 stars

A charismatic Chadwick Boseman leaves Black Panther behind in this superior New York action-thriller.

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Movies, Drama

Honey Boy

4 out of 5 stars

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

4 out of 5 stars

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

5 out of 5 stars

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

4 out of 5 stars

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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Also in theaters now

Photo: Claire Folger/Lionsgate
Movies, Thriller

Knives Out

3 out of 5 stars

Murder, skulduggery and an avalanche of plotting makes Rian Johnson's latest a retro pleasure for those who enjoy being dizzied.

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Movies, Drama

Queen & Slim

3 out of 5 stars

After surviving a police stop that goes disastrously wrong, a couple hits the road in this racially charged update of a familiar formula.

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Photo: Mary Cybulski/Focus Features
Movies, Drama

Dark Waters

3 out of 5 stars

Given the talent involved, this drama about a quiet but deadly environmental disaster should have been more gripping.

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Movies, Documentary

Varda by Agnès

3 out of 5 stars

The late documentarian's final work is a literal master class: a filmed lecture during which she rambles enjoyably through her greatest hits.

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

Ford v Ferrari

3 out of 5 stars

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

2 out of 5 stars

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

Photo: Atsushi Nishijima/Amazon Studios
Movies, Drama

The Report

2 out of 5 stars

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

3 out of 5 stars

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

Photo: Jessica Miglio/Warner Bros.
Movies, Horror

Doctor Sleep

2 out of 5 stars

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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