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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

Kubo and the Two Strings

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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Kubo and the Two Strings

A mature and gorgeous stop-motion–animated film about feudal Japan and a family’s mythical legacy? Summer
should always be this smart.

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Kate Plays Christine

In this hypnotic doc-fiction hybrid, we follow actor Kate Lyn Sheil, who takes a deep plunge into the troubled life of ’70s Florida news reporter Christine Chubbuck.

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Morris from America

A widowed African-American dad (Craig Robinson, like you’ve never seen him before) and his 13-year-old kid carve out a life in Germany in this consistently fresh indie.

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Florence Foster Jenkins

The wizardly Meryl Streep turns the nontalents of an awful amateur opera singer into sympathetic traits in this be-yourself drama based on an actual screecher from real life.

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Little Men

Parents fight over possession of a Brooklyn building while their children grow up in Ira Sachs’s keenly observed New York story, one with the same exquisite ear for urban life as Love Is Strange.

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Suicide Squad

Is it safe to like superhero movies again after the ultra dull Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Yes, so long as they come with this much bad attitude. Here’s the flip side to Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Star Trek Beyond

That old rust bucket the Starship Enterprise turns out to be a remarkably durable dramatic vehicle: We still enjoy being with these characters, even if this movie’s plot feels small-screen.

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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.

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Miss Sharon Jones!

She’s led Brooklyn’s Dap-Kings to Grammy-nominated glory, but as we see in this complex musical profile, the soul singer has had her tough moments, triggered by an inspiring fight against cancer.

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Box-office top 10

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Suicide Squad

Is it safe to like superhero movies again after the ultra-dull Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Yes, so long as they come with this much bad attitude. Here’s the flip side to Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Sausage Party

In this animated sex fest about talking food in the supermarket, we meet horny Frank (Seth Rogen), a slick tube of meat who just wants to raw-dog it with Brenda (Kristen Wiig), the pillowy bun on the shelf next door. Had this rude movie stuck to that one joke, even its brief 89 minutes would have felt like an extra-long checkout line. But as with 1999’s deceptively deep South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, the script works hard to invest its scenario with an existential and political dimension, crudely but effectively expressed. Don’t call it empty calories.

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War Dogs

A curiously joyless movie that tries to channel the giddy amorality of Dr. Strangelove but forgets to add jokes or dramatic stakes, War Dogs is a major whiff from Hangover trilogy director Todd Phillips. Never once do you wonder if our narrator, David (Miles Teller), is going to be lured by the wild life of arms dealing, and his partner, Efraim (Jonah Hill, all Hebrew-school gags and playground boasting), gets tired fast. This needs more ammo.

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Kubo and the Two Strings

A mature and gorgeous stop-motion–animated film about feudal Japan and a family’s mythical legacy? Summer
should always be this smart.

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Now Showing
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Pete's Dragon

What should you watch this summer if you’re too scared to make it past episode two of Stranger Things? The answer is this solid remake of a 1977 Disney film about an orphan boy who lives in the forest with his pet dragon, a great, green cuddle monster of fur. (You get all the nostalgic Spielbergy stuff, minus the paranormal nosebleeds.) Since this is a kids’ film, there is a “message,” and it’s about the destruction of nature. But the eco theme genuinely works with the film’s wonderment.

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Ben-Hur

Just because you’re rolling in the chariot doesn’t make you Charlton Heston. That’s a lesson this weightless, instantly disposable remake of the 1959 sword-and-sandal Oscar winner learns the hard way. Taking the worst of it on the chin is star Jack Huston, whose Jewish prince turned galley slave, Judah Ben-Hur, suffers from a distinct lack of personality; he’s like a boulder that someone forgot to chisel into a statue.

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Jason Bourne

Matt Damon returns to his signature role for an undistinguished sequel nobody wanted or needed. We reconnect with Jason Bourne on a Rambo-style retreat, punching out musclebound chumps for cash in some East European backwater.

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Bad Moms

Although Bad Moms was written and directed by the creators of the uneven Hangover trilogy (Jon Lucas and Scott Moore), any hopes that it will play out as an estrogen-charged, drugs-and-booze-fueled farce are quickly squashed.

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The Secret Life of Pets

There are some funny-sweet observations here about pets and our projections onto them. And the animation is expressive (though the cat Chloe isn’t nearly sociopathic enough for an indeterminate crossbreed). But the manic pace, piling on the action sequences, is exhausting. Still, what a savvy, stroke-of-genius idea for a film this is. In cities like New York and London, where spiraling property prices have created Generation Rent, pet ownership is declining. We need to get our animal fix from somewhere.

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Florence Foster Jenkins

The wizardly Meryl Streep turns the nontalents of an awful amateur opera singer into sympathetic traits in this be-yourself drama based on an actual screecher from real life.

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New in theaters this week

Don't Breathe

Nobody’s sent Uruguay’s Fede Alvarez, a horror director with sick ’70s-style instincts, the memo about toning it down. Gleefully, he presses on, as if “torture porn” were still a thing, not something half-remembered from the Dubya years. Don’t Breathe, Alvarez’s latest, could have been as big as Saw or Hostel if it came out 10 years ago. Actually, it still might be pretty big, but if that happens, brace yourself for the multiplex to get mean again.

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Hands of Stone

A boxing movie in desperate need of Martin Scorsese (aren’t they all?), Jonathan Jakubowicz’s simplistic biopic of the controversial Panamanian champ Roberto Durán creates a history-for-dummies framework for its narrative—choking poverty, U.S. occupation, geopolitical revenge in the ring—but not enough depth.

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Mechanic: Resurrection

When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman force him to return to the life he left behind, Arthur Bishop's life is in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.

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Tunnel

Melodrama and national security concerns waltz hand in hand in Tunnel, the summer’s latest big-budget offering to invade the high summer season in Korea. A carefully pitched disaster film that juggles a one-man survival show with larger issues stemming from the recent Sewol Ferry disaster, it delivers the goods without pandering to its large intended audience.

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Complete Unknown

The effortlessly captivating Rachel Weisz plays an environmental scientist—or is she a magician’s assistant? A nurse? Identity is a fluid concept for her, much to the chagrin of her ex-lover, played by Michael Shannon.

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Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary

They came from Harvard’s psychology department: a drug guru, Timothy Leary, and a spiritual teacher, Richard Alpert, who was reborn in India as Ram Dass. They shared a feisty, provocative kinship, explored in this double profile.

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The Hollars

Likable Office everydude John Krasinski steps behind the camera for his second directorial effort, a comedy-drama about a slightly crazy (and frequently loud) family rocked by sudden illness and an impending baby.

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Ondra P
Ondra P

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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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