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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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1917 (2019)
Photo: Courtesy of François Duhamel 1917

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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Little Women
Photograph: Wilson Webb/Sony Pictures
Movies, Drama

Little Women

5 out of 5 stars

A triumph of well-matched sensibilities, Greta Gerwig's effervescent spin on Louisa May Alcott's sisterhood finds freshness in between the pages.

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A still from the film 1917 featuring George MacKay
Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Movies, Drama

1917

5 out of 5 stars

Sam Mendes marries technical virtuosity with jittery thrills and an emotional core to reinvent the Great War movie—and deliver possibly his best film.

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Uncut Gems
Photo: Courtesy of A24
Movies, Drama

Uncut Gems

5 out of 5 stars

A never-better Adam Sandler juggles a gambling addiction, a jewelry shop, a foundering marriage and a potential windfall in an intense high-stakes triumph.

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Movies, Drama

A Hidden Life

4 out of 5 stars

Rural rhapsody gives way to Nazi nightmare in Terrence Malick’s best film in years.

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5
Jumanji: the next level
Photograph: Hiram Garcia, CTMG, Inc
Movies, Action and adventure

Jumanji: The Next Level

4 out of 5 stars

The plot thickens in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways in this second helping of avatar-based giddiness.

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Photo: Courtesy of Neon Pictures
Movies, Drama

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

5 out of 5 stars

Céline Sciamma’s glorious period romance is a master class of swelling passions in a time of stifling restraint.

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Photo: Courtesy of A24
Movies, Horror

In Fabric

5 out of 5 stars

Enveloping you in its vintage folds, Peter Strickland's hypnotic horror film turns fashion into a death sentence.

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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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Waves
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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Also in theaters now

Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Movies, Fantasy

Cats

3 out of 5 stars

You knew it was going to be strange, but nothing can prepare you for this kind of magical awfulness, made with a claws-bared integrity.

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Photo: Hilary B. Gayle/Lionsgate
Movies, Drama

Bombshell

3 out of 5 stars

The sexist snake pit that was Fox News under Roger Ailes comes to life in a dramatisation that, for all its real-life rage, feels cartoonish.

Photo: Claire Folger/Warner Bros.
Movies, Drama

Richard Jewell

3 out of 5 stars

A real-life wrong-man story works best when it leans into the plight of its falsely accused hero, not when it's making accusations of its own.

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Photo: Courtesy of Kirsty Griffin/Universal
Movies, Horror

Black Christmas

2 out of 5 stars

Sophia Takal's update of the cult classic turns the real horror of campus assault into a springboard for cheap thrills.

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.

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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.

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.

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