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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

The Magnificent Seven

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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The Magnificent Seven

Occasional man-of-action Denzel Washington hits the prairie, along with his Training Day costar Ethan Hawke, for this rousing spin on an iconic Western.

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Queen of Katwe

Teenage cast members and 12 Years a Slave’s magnetic Lupita Nyong’o light up Mira Nair’s uplifting, sympathetic story of a Ugandan chess champion.

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Goat

How’s Nick Jonas as a brodacious frat-boy wannabe? This isn’t a comedy, so leave the younger fans at home, but the pop star goes impressively dark.

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Blair Witch

Did they really? How could they possibly reboot it? With a crafty director in The Guest’s Adam Wingard and much attention paid to scaring you silly, that’s how.

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Bridget Jones's Baby

Renée Zellweger is back in her signature role, still lovably awkward and—this time—surprisingly magnetic to the opposite sex.

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Demon

A wedding goes spectacularly awry when the groom becomes possessed by a jealous spirit in a Polish drama that’s a lot sadder and deeper than it sounds.

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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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Box-office top 10

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Sully

The Miracle on the Hudson is beautifully staged, but before then, you have to get through a nightmarish 9/11–like sequence of failure—a pushy scene that’s Sully’s way of shocking its audience into respectful submission. Even as recently as American Sniper, director Clint Eastwood has done a much better job than this of shading in the grays of what constitutes heroism. Sully is so square, it’s a wonder it even gets airborne. Tom Hanks’s walking iceberg never thaws.

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Blair Witch

Did they really? How could they possibly reboot it? With a crafty director in The Guest’s Adam Wingard and much attention paid to scaring you silly, that’s how.

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Bridget Jones's Baby

Renée Zellweger is back in her signature role, still lovably awkward and—this time—surprisingly magnetic to the opposite sex.

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Snowden

The old Oliver Stone would have turned his CIA whistle-blower hero into someone shoutier, more outraged, more righteous. That’s the main problem with Snowden and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s portrayal, which is too dutiful to the banal truth. (The actor masters the analyst’s flat monotone, but why?) What made Snowden so cryptic and compelling in the excellent 2014 documentary Citizenfour reduces him, in the context of an Oliver Stone thriller, to a blur.

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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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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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Robinson Crusoe

This charm-free kids’ cartoon retells the story of Robinson Crusoe from the point of view of the animals on the South Pacific island where his ship runs aground. It’s pretty bland stuff, with recycled lines (‘wake up and smell the papaya’) that even little ones will roll their eyes at.

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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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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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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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New in theaters this week

The Magnificent Seven

Occasional man-of-action Denzel Washington hits the prairie, along with his Training Day costar Ethan Hawke, for this rousing spin on an iconic Western.

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Storks

As this animated family movie would have it, storks have a new job. Delivering babies? Forget it. Now they work for an Amazonian e-tailer. Still, when one last infant comes down the pipe, what are they going to do—go on strike? Brace for awww.

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The Dressmaker

Come on, Kate Winslet—you deserve better than starring in movies about seamstresses. Then again, Australians have flipped for this homegrown drama about a woman who changes lives one stitch at a time. (You’re welcome.)

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Goat

How’s Nick Jonas as a brodacious frat-boy wannabe? This isn’t a comedy, so leave the younger fans at home, but the pop star goes impressively dark.

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The Lovers And the Despot

This eye-opening doc tells the story of a glamorous South Korean filmmaking couple—actress Choi Eun-hee and director Shin Sang-ok—who disappeared in 1978 only to re-emerge in communist North Korea as well-resourced and pampered filmmakers close to leader-in-waiting Kim Jong Il.

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My Blind Brother

To watch the costars of Kroll Show’s hyper-obnoxious PubLIZity sketch—Nick Kroll and Jenny Slate—reunite onscreen should be pleasure enough. This indie rom-com also stars Adam Scott as a blind athlete.

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Queen of Katwe

The irresistible message of Mira Nair’s big-hearted Disney feel-good filmis that when kids grow up in poverty, the world misses out on some of its best and brightest talents. Set in one of Uganda's poorest slums, Katwe, this English-language film is based on the story of real-life chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, who overcame two impossible hurdles—being poor and being a girl—to become a teenage champion.

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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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