The Best Movies To See In Theaters – New Movies Out Now

Last year was a notably great year for movies, having seen the release of zany sci-fi films like Everything Everywhere All At Once, entertaining whodunits like Glass Onion, and fast-paced action films like Top Gun: Maverick. As we near the end of January, though, its successor, 2023, has no shortage of similarly fantastic movies to look forward.

Starting this Friday, you’ll be able to see several new indie movies at your local art house theaters. Among these, you’ll have the chance to enjoy Jesse Eisenberg’s directorial debut, When You Finish Saving the World, and the engrossing British drama, After Love.

Along with those titles, you’ll also have time to catch up on some of the best releases from the previous few months, like James Cameron’s latest blockbuster, Avatar: The Way of Water, the darkly comedic horror movie, M3gan, and the supremely entertaining family film, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.

Here are all the movies you can find playing at your local movie theaters starting this weekend.

Updated: January 19.

Popular New Releases

M3GAN

Months before its release to theaters, horror fans began to voice eager anticipation for the sci-fi slasher, M3gan. Thankfully, the movie’s reception seems to have stuck the landing, many reviews providing favorable outlooks in regards to the movie’s horror and comedic elements.

After gaining custody of her young niece Cady (Violet McGraw), a robotics manufacturer at a toy company uses an experimental new product to bond with Cady. Designed to be the perfect playmate, Megan (Amie Donald) starts off as the ideal best friend, before slowly developing a homicidal streak, killing anyone who threatens to fracture her relationship with Cady.

A rare horror comedy that’s as equally chilling as it is humorous, M3gan has been positively received by critics, many calling it a fun, somewhat campy film that’s sure to please fans of Chucky and The Conjuring.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%
IMDb score: 6.2

Avatar: The Way of Water

It’s been over a decade since we last saw a James Cameron film, the director having delivered one of the biggest critical and financial sci-fi epics in history with 2009’s Avatar. Having diligently worked on a sequel to his pop culture phenomenon for the past 13 years, Cameron finally returns this Christmas with the anxiously-awaited sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water.

Over 10 years after the events of Avatar, Jake (Sam Worthington) lives a peaceful life with his family among the Na’vi. Unfortunately, the idyllic existence of his people is once again threatened by the human colonizers who have returned to Pandora.

As you might expect, Avatar: The Way of Water has already been hailed as a cinematic masterpiece in terms of its visuals alone. As was the case with the first movie, critics have commented that watching it truly makes it feel that you’ve traveled to a distant world, inhabited by vivid flora and breathtaking fauna. It might have taken a long time for Cameron to deliver — but deliver he most assuredly did.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%
IMDb score: 8.3

Plane

Gerard Butler has had a rough few years in the past, starring in a series of memorably bad action movies like Last Seen Alive, Angel Has Fallen, and Hunter Killer. With Plane, Butler successfully veers back on career course, ushering in what might be his best movie in recent memory.

Upon making a forced landing on a remote Pacific island, a pilot (Butler) and a convicted murderer (Mike Colter) team up to rescue the plane’s passengers after they’ve been taken hostage by an armed mob.

It’d be an exaggeration to call Plane a definitive masterpiece among action films, but it hinges heavily on Butler’s decent performance, as well as his chemistry with Colter. When looking at the film, critics have reacted far more favorably than they have to any of Butler’s latest movies, making it a return to form of sorts for the veteran action star.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%
IMDb score: 7

House Party

The original 1990 version of House Party remains a cult classic, benefitting from a sharp script, impeccable casting, and an energetic bundle of laughs. With how loved the initial movie was, the reboot of House Party had an admittedly tough act to follow, sadly failing to measure up to the high bar set by its ‘90s counterpart.

Fired from their job as house cleaners and lacking the finances to have a party of their own, best friends Kevin (Jacob Latimore) and Damon (Tosin Cole) decide to throw an epic shindig at the home of their former client, LeBron James.

Perhaps the greatest thing about House Party is its sizable list of celebrity cameos, with everyone from Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne to LeBron James himself making an appearance. Unfortunately, the amount of cameos isn’t enough to sustain this movie, which critics have noted significantly pales in comparison to the original House Party.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 40%
IMDb score: 

Babylon

Damien Chazelle is one of the best young directors working today, his debut Whiplash serving as perhaps the greatest film debut by a first-time director ever put to screen. Following up on the success of La La Land and First Man, Chazelle looks back at the intricate and chaotic world of 1920s Hollywood with his latest film, Babylon.

As the film industry undergoes a major transformation from the silent era into sound, several major stars and industry figures suffer severe professional setbacks.

Between its amazing set design and massive ensemble cast (Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Jean Smart, Tobey Maguire, Olivia Wilde, Samara Weaving, and Flea, among others), Babylon is commendable for both its size and scope. While its cast, music, and visuals all secured praise, critics were dismissive about the movie’s thin screenplay and lengthy runtime (just over three hours).

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 59%
IMDb score: 

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

It’s been some years since we last saw that swashbuckling feline adventurer, Puss, in action (11 years, to be exact). After his lengthy absence, Shrek’s breakout character returns for what is quite possibly the final time.

Having cycled through eight of his nine lives, Puss (Antonio Banderas) sets out to locate the fabled Last Wish and restore his life cycle, all the while being hunted by a dangerous band of criminals led by the sinister Goldilocks (Florence Pugh).

A more than satisfying sequel to the original Puss in Boots, The Last Wish has earned instant critical acclaim, mostly owing to its vocal performances and animation. Already, it’s garnered a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes, with likely an Academy Award nomination to follow soon after.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%
IMDb score: 7.6

A Man Called Otto

A Man Called Otto seems like the type of movie that would’ve done great during the holiday season. Possessing many of the same life lessons and themes presented in such timeless stories as A Christmas Carol and The Grinch, it’s an ideal movie for the Christmas season. While it failed to meet an earlier release, it’s still a decent enough movie to watch before New Year’s, full of plenty of life lessons to take with you into 2023.

Forced into retirement and still grieving from the loss of his wife, a grumpy older man suffering from chronic depression (Hanks) gets a new lease on life when he meets his energetic, upbeat neighbors.

Critics have remained mostly indifferent to A Man Called Otto, criticizing it for its unfunny jokes, its pandering style, and its largely confusing nature (the movie’s too dark to be a comedy and too light to be a drama). However, as per usual, Hanks’ performance has garnered mostly positive marks, critics feeling the movie coasts easily on his inspired lead role.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%
IMDb score: 7.3

When You Finish Saving the World

Jesse Eisenberg is a talented individual on varying artistic levels. Not only is he a skilled actor, but he’s also established himself as quite a remarkable writer, having penned various articles, short stories, and plays over the years. With When You Finish Saving the World, Eisenberg turns his attention towards the world of film, handing in his first effort as a director.

Lacking a strong connection with one another, a mother (Julianne Moore) and her teenage son (Finn Wolfhard) seek out surrogate replacements for one another.

As unlikely as its main premise is, When You Finish Saving the World has been released mostly to positive reviews. Most critics have remained a bit ambivalent about the movie’s plot and characters, but note that the whole project marks a successful first foray for Eisenberg into the art of filmmaking.

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 66%
IMDb score: 6.5

After Love

One of the most remarkable drama films in recent years, After Love is a palpable meditation on numerous subjects, ranging from grief and loss to coming to terms with the reality of individual relationships with loved ones.

After her husband (Nasser Memarzia) unexpectedly passes away, a middle-aged woman (Joanna Scanlan) is shocked to learn that he secretly had another family.

Taking that brilliant premise and exploring it to its fullest potential, After Love is a poignant drama film filled with surprises. Despite being an indie film, it’s gone on to achieve almost instant widespread success from critics, leading to several nominations at the 2021 British Independent Film Awards, where it won for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Director.

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
IMDb score: 7.3

The Whale

Like Keanu Reeves, Brendan Fraser can do no wrong. An unbelievably humble and likable actor, Fraser’s been beset by both personal and professional issues that have severely hindered his career. But 2022 marks the return of this superior actor, with Fraser managing to delight audiences in No Sudden Move and his most recent psychological drama, The Whale.

Facing mounting health issues, a reclusive English teacher (Fraser) tries reaching out and forming a connection to his estranged daughter (Stranger Things‘ Sadie Sink).

The Whale has been hailed as Fraser’s finest performance yet, launching what looks to be a successful, long-awaited comeback for the former action star. Most of the film’s positive reception has revolved around Fraser, with similar praise going to Sink and co-star Hong Chau.

Where to watch: In theaters for a limited time
Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%
IMDb score: 9

Women Talking

Based on Miriam Toews’ best-selling novel, Women Talking is as engaging an arthouse drama film as it gets. An effortlessly impressive adaptation, the movie retains all of the philosophical and personal questions that made Toews’ book a bestseller in the first place, combined with the performances of an amazing cast.

When they discover that the men in their colony have been drugging and sexually assaulting female members of their community, a group of Mennonite women discuss whether they should run, fight, or stay before the men return.

Evaluating questions of faith, loyalty, and female’s role in conservatively religious communities, Women Talking is an intelligent and poignant film that asks audiences some fundamentally important questions. Critical reviews have been extremely favorable, many calling it a touching film loaded with great acting (especially from Rooney Mara, Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy, Frances McDormand, and Ben Whishaw).

Where to watch: In theaters for a limited time
Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
IMDb score: 7.8

Other Movies of Note

Notable films that will likely continue playing for only a few more weeks.

Violent Night

You remember the opening to Scrooged — where they had Santa and the Six Million Dollar Man fight off a horde of ski mask-clad bad guys at the North Pole? That’s essentially the plot to Violent Night, the new comedic action film starring David Harbour as a John McClane-Santa hybrid.

On Christmas Eve, a gang of professional thieves take a wealthy family hostage and try to break into their heavily fortified vault. The family’s only chance of survival is Santa Claus (Harbour), who hands out some violent vengeance against the ne’er-do-wells seeking to ruin Christmas.

As high concept a movie as they come, Violent Night nevertheless delivers a satisfying dose of over-the-top action and deliberately-cheesy one liners. It may not be the greatest Christmas movie ever made, but it’s no doubt one of the most original — an opinion shared by most critics, who gifted the movie with mostly positive reviews.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%
IMDb score: 6.9

Broker

Released way back in the summer, the South Korean drama, Broker, finally arrives in theaters abroad this coming weekend. A contender at this year’s Cannes Film Festival competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or, it’s an absolutely stunning movie that will leave you shaken and rattled.

Ha Sang-hyeon (Song Kang-ho) and Dong-soo (Gang Dong-won) are two best friends who run an illegal side hustle. Every once in a while, the pair will steal a baby left behind in an adoption box, selling it on the black market for parents unable to adopt children through the state.

After nearly having her baby stolen by the two, a young mother (Lee Ji-eun) opts to tag along with them, seeing for herself what her baby’s adoptive parents will be like.

There are many words that might immediately jump to mind when reading that premise — dark, macabre, mean-spirited being the foremost among them. However, the beauty of Broker is how well the movie maneuvers around its main concept, handling it with sensitivity and verve (a feature nearly every critic applauded upon the movie’s summer release).

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%
IMDb score: 7.1

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Musical documentaries have been very much in vogue this past year, likely stemming from the critical acclaim heaped onto Disney+’s The Beatles: Get Back. This weekend, you’ll be able to look forward to one more musical documentary joining the fray — Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody.

Taking you on a journey through the life and career of legendary R&B singer Whitney Houston, I Wanna Dance with Somebody chronicles how Houston went from relative obscurity to a major pillar in the music industry.

As heartwarming as its portrayal of Houston’s life is, I Wanna Dance with Somebody has earned mostly divided reviews from critics. Most felt the film relied on the same basic outline used by other music documentaries before it, doing little to set itself apart from other projects like Get Back or Moonage Daydream.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 42%
IMDb score: 6.7

Empire of Light

Set in 1980s coastal England, a middle-aged movie theater usher (Olivia Colman) and a new employee (Michael Ward) form an emotional connection with one another, in spite of their personal differences.

Sam Mendes is one of the more underrated directors working today. His past movies (1917, American Beauty, Skyfall) have all won notable acclaim and various international prizes, but he doesn’t necessarily come up in the same breath with other filmmakers working today.

As impressive as Mendes’ previous filmography has been, Empire of Light is a bit of a disappointing follow-up to Mendes’ award-winning 1917. The performances of the cast have been called the movie’s finest feature, with critics viewing the tone and storyline of the movie uneventful and more than a little boring.

Where to watch: In theaters for a limited time
Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%
IMDb score: 6.6

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

In the wake of T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) passing, the people of Wakanda reluctantly come to terms with their monarch’s death, facing the threat of invasion from the recently-reemerged civilization of Talokan.

Few celebrity tragedies measure up to the unexpected passing of Chadwick Boseman in 2020. His death was a complete shock to movie fans worldwide, robbing audiences of a one-of-a-kind actor who had his entire future ahead of him.

Handling the subject of Boseman’s death in an emotional yet tasteful way, Wakanda Forever has earned significant praise amongst critics, many claiming it directly rivals the acclaim of the first Black Panther movie. Boseman’s presence in the film is sorely missed, but his fellow stars do a great job carrying the franchise forward.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%
IMDb score: 7.4

The Menu

Ironically arriving to theaters shortly before Thanksgiving, The Menu is a bite-sized dark comedy film that packs a wallop in regards to its satirical subject matter.

Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Tyler (Nicholas Hoult) are a young affluent couple who venture to an isolated island restaurant run by the enigmatic celebrity chef Julian Slowik (Ralph Fiennes). Together with the other wealthy guests, Margot and Tyler are surprised to find the night’s meal far more eventful than they originally expected.

The high-concept premise of The Menu might make it seem doomed to fail, but its inventiveness, wit, and no-holds-barred satire helps it resonate with viewers in more ways than one. The Menu has been met with phenomenal reviews, critics singling out the comedic elements of the film.

Where to watch: In theaters/On HBO Max
Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%
IMDb score: 7.5

The Fabelmans

For all the movies he’s made since his debut in 1974, Steven Spielberg has rarely touched upon his own background prior to becoming a successful Hollywood director. With The Fabelmans, that all changes, with Spielberg offering a moving portrait of his early life and his relationship with his parents.

Set in post-WW2 Arizona, the film follows aspiring filmmaker Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel LeBelle/Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord) from childhood to young adulthood. As Sammy copes with a shocking family secret, he also learns how his dependence on making movies can help him cope.

One of the rare films Spielberg had a hand in writing (along with Pulitzer-winner Tony Kushner), The Fabelmans has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews, serving as an effective exploration of Spielberg’s early years and what drew him to movies in the first place.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%
IMDb score: 8.3

Bones and All

Who would’ve ever thought a story about cannibals could be so romantic? But in director Luca Guadagnino’s very capable hands, Bones and All never comes across as gimmicky or high concept, existing as a tender, haunting, and equally terrifying story about otherness and living on the edge of society’s margins.

Maren (Taylor Russell) is a young woman whose instinctive craving for human flesh forces to go on the run. Meeting the similar-minded drifter Lee (Timothée Chalamet), the two form a friendship over their unusual diet — a friendship that grows deeper and more meaningful with time.

A cross between a love story, a creature feature, a road film, and a coming of age movie, Bones and All has been released to extremely enthusiastic reviews. Many have praised the film for its depiction of unusual subject matter, its breathtaking cinematography, and the amazing performances of the cast (Russell, Chalamet, Mark Rylance, and Michael Stuhlbarg)

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
IMDb score: 7.1

Tár

An ambitious and awe-inspiring psychological drama, Tár is at once an acting tour de force for star Cate Blanchett, as well as an engrossing meditation on power, art, and Ahab-levels of obsession.

Lydia Tár (Blanchett) is the acclaimed classical composer and chief conductor of a celebrated German orchestra. As she prepares for her inevitable rise to career prominence, she deals with various issues in her personal and professional life, threatening her ascension in the world of high art.

The premise for Tár might seem a bit dry or pretentious, but critics have universally hailed the film for its story, themes, and the performances of its lead cast (especially Blancett). It’s been toted as both a visual and audio marvel of filmmaking, with reviewers encouraging moviegoers to see it on the biggest screen possible.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
IMDb score: 8.2

Comedy

For movie fans who love to laugh.

The Banshees of Inisherin

Fourteen years after their previous collaboration on 2008’s In Bruges, Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and director Martin McDonagh once again pair up for McDonagh’s long-gestating dark comedy, The Banshees of Inisherin.

On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, Pádraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson) are two best friends whose relationship comes to a standstill when Colm impulsively decides to break off all ties with Pádraic.

A film as wickedly funny as McDonagh’s previous projects (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), The Banshees of Inisherin earned rave reviews upon its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.

Where to watch: In theaters, HBO Max & VOD.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
IMDb score: 8.3

Triangle of Sadness

The winner of this year’s prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Triangle of Sadness is an absurdist and comedic look at wealth, class divisions, and social privilege in a unique and poignant way.

In the middle of a dangerous storm, a luxurious private cruise filled with uber-rich, elitist passengers find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island. While there, the power dynamic among the survivors shifts, favoring the ship’s more able-bodied crew than the upper-class vacationers.

One part Lord of the Flies, one part HBO’s White Lotus, Triangle of Sadness is a brutally frank satire for the modern age. Like director Ruben Östlund’s previous film, The Square, it’s smart, terse, and illuminates the socioeconomic divides between the average person and the super-wealthy.

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%
IMDb score: 7.8

Horror

For those looking for a good scare – one way or another.

Skinamarink

In the middle of the night, two young brothers wake up to find their father missing and all of the windows and doorways in the house mysteriously absent.

It’s not often a movie featuring young protagonists truly allows you to see from their perspective, infecting you with the same fears you had in childhood that faded with time (fear of the dark, most especially).

But Skinamarink brilliantly looks back to those childhood fears we all had, reducing us to legitimate terror by simply showing a dark, empty hallway while a voice eerily resonates from off-screen. It’s a highly original movie, and one that critics have been extremely complimentary towards.

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%
IMDb score: 5.2

The Devil Conspiracy

Horror movies rooted in Christianity are hardly a new thing. But every so often, a movie that makes use of Christian text comes along that’s so outlandish, it’s almost beyond belief. Such a description best applies to The Devil Conspiracy, a religious oddity in the worst way imaginable.

When a shady biotech group manages to obtain Jesus Christ’s DNA, the archangel Michael (Peter Mensah) comes to Earth, hoping to stop the company before it successfully creates an evil clone of the Savior.

Only a handful of critics have seen The Devil Conspiracy so far, but nearly all of them have pointedly dismissed the movie, relegating it to the same unremarkable breed of movies as End of Days, The Prophecy, and The Ninth Gate.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%
IMDb score: 7.9

Drama

For those looking for something a little more emotional.

The Son

There’s no question that Hugh Jackman is an actor of profound talent and dramatic range. Within the span of a few years, he’s proven himself capable of hopping from a musical comedy to headlining an R-rated superhero movie. Yet for as versatile as Jackman is, he’s not immune to the occasional weak film, as The Son most assuredly is.

Close to achieving the ideal life he always dreamed for himself, Peter (Jackman) tries his best to balance work and his personal life at home, which is thrown into disarray when his son (Zen McCrath) from a previous marriage arrives looking for a place to stay.

Premiering at last year’s Venice Film Festival, The Son was released to mostly mixed reviews. Critics were quick to compliment the movie for its exceptional performances (most especially Jackman and his co-stars Laura Dern and Anthony Hopkins), but were largely hostile to the movie’s weak script and McCrath’s acting.

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 34%
IMDb score: 6.2

Corsage

Films touching upon European monarchies can be either very good or too dry for most audience members to get a handle on. Judging from early reviews, Corsage fortunately falls into the former category, existing as an effective character study of a little-known figure in European history.

With her 40th birthday on the horizon, Austrian Empress Elisabeth (Vicky Krieps) begins acting out a bit more, undergoing a midlife crisis and obsessing over what she believes are her fleeting good looks.

A lesson in vanity, Corsage is a well-done, atmospheric film that effortlessly transports you back to the mid 19th century. The film has been acclaimed for its unique approach to the historical period drama, and for Krieps’ outstanding performance as the troubled monarch at the heart of the movie.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
IMDb score: 6.8

Aftersun

There’s a reason A24 is practically synonymous with the indie film industry in this day and age. Time and time again, they’ve released films that are narratively complex and emotionally gripping, with A24’s newest film, Aftersun, no exception.

Sophie (Celia Rowlson-Hall) is a young woman who looks back at a childhood trip to Turkey she took with her father (Paul Mescal). As she wades through memory and fantasy, she comes to terms with the man her father actually was rather than the idolized version of him she kept in her head for the past few decades.

Aftersun may not have received a ton of critical attention so far, but critics who have seen the movie have commended it for its raw emotion, themes, and performances. It’s been nominated or received awards at various indie film festivals since its premiere, and is no doubt another huge win for A24.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97
IMDb score: 7.5

Thriller

For audience members who want to be on the edge of their seats throughout.

The Old Way

At this point, it’s almost become a joke that Nicolas Cage agrees to star in every movie he’s pitched. But in all seriousness, that’s only a slightly exaggerated version of the truth, with Cage starring in the meta-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and two separate Westerns in the past year — the most recent of which is The Old Way.

After his wife is killed by an old adversary seeking revenge, an infamous gunfighter (Cage) and his daughter (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) set out to find the man responsible.

The Old Way is far from the most original Western to come out recently, but hardcore Nicolas Cage fans might find plenty to enjoy about this reasonably fast-paced revenge film (although most critics strapped the movie with mixed to negative reviews).

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%
IMDb score: 

Alice, Darling

It might be tough managing to see Alice, Darling right now — the movie having been slated for a limited release window starting December 30, receiving a full theatrical run later in January. However, if you’re anywhere near a theater showing this movie and you’re a massive fan of Anna Kendrick, we recommend checking this little-talked-about thriller while you can.

While on a vacation with her closest friends, Alice (Kendrick) comes to terms with how troubling her relationship is to her psychologically abusive boyfriend, Simon (Charlie Carrick). Opting to break the relationship off, Alice must contend with her fears surrounding the mentally unstable Simon.

Movies exploring toxic relationships always make for interesting subject matter, with Alice, Darling being no exception. Led by an absolutely engrossing Kendrick, the movie manages to touch upon the subject in an enlightening yet sensitive way, accounting its mostly positive reviews thus far from critics.

Where to watch: Exclusively in theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
IMDb score: 7.2

Mystery

For movie fans who love a good mystery.

Decision To Leave

Director Park Chan-wook’s movies aren’t for everyone, but for the past 30 years, the respected South Korean filmmaker has cultivated a steady following of fans for his unwaveringly brutal, darkly comic films. Like his best movies (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, and The Handmaiden), Decision to Leave is just one illustration of how phenomenal a director Park is.

Detective Hae-jun (Park Hae-il) is sent to investigate the mysterious and apparently accidental death of a man who fell from a mountain peak. Trying to find out if the man was pushed or whether he truly did slip, Hae-jun begins to develop romantic feelings for his main suspect: the man’s widow (Tang Wei).

Most of the reviews for Decision to Leave have been positive, although most critics felt the movie didn’t match the same quality as some of Park’s earlier films. However, those same critics lauded the film for its complexity, darkness, and ability to blend multiple genres into one cohesive film (including mystery, thriller, neonoir, and romance).

Where to watch: In limited theaters
Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
IMDb score: 7.3

Popular Re-Releases

Iconic movies that are headed for the big screen for a limited time.

Roman Holiday

Returning to theaters to celebrate its 70th anniversary is Roman Holiday. A beloved romantic comedy and a classic from the Golden Age of Hollywood, it’s a cinematic achievement in every conceivable way, serving as the blueprint for virtually every rom com that came after it.

Ann (Aubrey Hepburn) is a European princess trying to enjoy the sites of Rome on her own. After happening across an American reporter (Gregory Peck) interested in an interview, the two immediately begin to develop a mutual attraction to one another that only grows with time.

Few romantic comedies have seen as marvelous a cinematic pairing as Hepburn and Peck. Like Bogart and Bergman, Allen and Keaton, or DiCaprio and Winslet, the two radiate such intense warmth and longing for one another that it’s almost impossible not to be won over by their affection towards each other.

Where to watch: In theaters/On Paramount+ and VOD
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
IMDb score: 8

Grab your tickets ahead of time and skip the lines at the theater.

This article was produced and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.


Richard Chachowski is a freelance writer based in New Jersey. He loves reading, his dog Tootsie, and pretty much every movie to ever exist (especially Star Wars).


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Why We Grieve Our Favourite TV Shows: Psychologists on ‘Post-Series Depression’

“After I finished reading all the Harry Potter books, I was heartbroken. I waited for the movies to come out, but then those got over too. And I was left feeling: what now?” says Anoushka Rajesh, a 26-year-old journalist.

Anoushka – like many of us who love binge-watching TV shows, going on movie marathons, and reading thriller novels – says she is often left with a “sense of loss, imbalance, a sort of void” when something she enjoyed watching or reading comes to an end.

“Sometimes, it affects me so much that I avoid watching the ending altogether – even if it’s a show I had been following for years, like Naruto,” she says.

This feeling of ‘loss’ and ‘sadness’ is more common than you think; psychologists refer to it as ‘post-series depression’ or PSD.

When HBO show Succession aired its finale in India on Monday, 30 May, social media was flooded with posts about how the show would be missed dearly. With the Apple TV show Ted Lasso also coming to an end on Wednesday, 31 May, conversations about PSD are important now more than ever.

FIT spoke to experts about this state of mental health and ways to tackle it, and here’s what we found out.

What Exactly Is PSD?

Nishtha Budhiraja, a child psychologist, describes post-series depression as a feeling of “profound sense of grief, loss, or emptiness,” which is usually experienced after the end of a TV show, movie, or book.

“PSD can also involve feelings of being confused. It is an emotionally dysregulated sort of experience,” she tells FIT.

Budhiraja explains that most of us tend to identify with characters in TV shows, books, and movies, and may even relate to them at a “very deep level.” Often, we also create fantasies around a show or a character and grow emotionally attached to them.

“These feelings tend to get projected on the character or the storyline. And that is why it gets difficult once it ends. There is this sense of loss – that you will no longer be able to experience this again. It’s grief, but it’s a different kind of grief – because you’re grieving someone fictional. So, it can get a bit confusing as well,” she adds.

PSD isn’t really a new phenomenon, though it’s become more common with the rise of OTT and binge-watching culture, says Budhiraja.

“Even when our parents and grandparents were watching those old Ekta Kapoor shows, they felt really strongly about them when they ended. And they went on for years!” she says.

Now, multiple people go through a shared experience of grief because of the accessibility and relatability of OTT content, she adds.

She, however, explains that PSD isn’t just limited to books or TV. “During the lockdown, when they had banned the game PUBG, the adolescent population had become so anxious, so emotionally unregulated. Why? Because they didn’t have the one thing they really looked forward to. This is PSD as well.”

No Watching or Rewatching?

Twenty-six-year-old Archana Shaji, a PhD scholar, tells FIT she has the habit of keeping a tab on the number of episodes of any show before watching it.

“I always check the number of episodes of a show before watching it, just to prepare myself. And the despair starts around the last three episodes. By the time the series is over, I feel very low, even if the theme of the series is positive and it ended on a good note,” she says.

Archana says she’s felt this way with many shows, but the despair is worse when she’s seen the characters grow on screen, like in Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Derry Girls.

“If it’s a show that I really liked, I would immediately start rewatching it. Going back to those episodes is comforting.”

But like Anoushka, Tushar Kaushik, a 32-year-old writer, has a different approach to dealing with the “emptiness.” He says there have been several shows that he has left midway because he couldn’t bear to come to terms with the end.

“And this feeling doesn’t just apply to shows or books. I have been religiously watching all FIFA World Cup matches for the past month. Now that the final is here, I have no idea how I will deal with it once it’s all over!”

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For Anoushka, watching a TV show isn’t just about identifying with the characters or enjoying the plot – it’s a way to escape the mundane. “I tend to jump to another show as soon as I finish the one I’m watching. Sometimes, I don’t even finish it – I’ll leave the last episode out because I don’t want it to end. I always need a parallel world I can slip into, so I don’t have to deal with reality. It’s like a safety net.”

Explaining why we tend to do this, Nishtha says, “When we talk about escape or avoidance-based mechanisms, PSD tends to come up. There would be one series that a person would go back to. Two series are extremely common in this regard – Friends and Bojack Horseman. It either helps people process their feelings about something, or they just want to avoid it and be in a fantasy world for a while.”

How Does One Tackle This?

Dr Syeda Ruksheda, a psychiatrist, says there are several ways one can transition out of PSD.

“First thing you can do is talk about it. Share your experiences, your thoughts, and feelings with other fans or on social media. It makes it easier for you to let go. When you’re talking about it, the show and the characters come alive again. Then it’s easier for you to let go,” she tells FIT.

Some people even write fan fiction to deal with PSD productively, she adds. “Fan fiction has grown more and more popular over the years with Harry Potter. It’s a productive way of keeping the character alive while letting go of them as well.”

Connecting with people outside the fictional world may also be helpful to some, says Dr Ruksheda.

“You got a dopamine hit while watching something you liked. And now that’s missing. So, it takes some time for your brain to recalibrate. Stepping away from the fictional world can help speed up the process.”

When Should You Be Worried?

“PSD is almost like a grief period. But it is also dependent on your overall mental health, quality of life, etc. The lower your quality of life, the higher the chances of you being severely affected by PSD. We may call it a mild adjustment disorder, depending on the level of symptoms that you have, the duration, and the intensity,” Dr Ruksheda explains.

Nishtha concurs, and adds that PSD doesn’t really have to be addressed, “unless and until it creates a sense of dissonance or emotional instability in your life.”

“When it comes to any sort of potential depression or mental health related issue, what we usually look at are: First, is it an intense episode that has lasted more than a month? Second, does it come and go over six months, and when it comes, is a person is unable to be functional? In both these cases, seek help.”

Nishtha Budhiraja, Child Psychologist

In short, if you find yourself struggling hard to accept that a series or book has ended, and if this feeling is affecting your day-to-day functioning, you may need professional help, according to experts.

(This story was originally published on 20 December 2022. It has been updated and republished from The Quint‘s archives as hit shows Succession and Ted Lasso end their run.)

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Kirstie Alley, ‘Cheers’ and ‘Veronica’s Closet’ star, dead at 71 | CNN



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Actress Kirstie Alley, star of the big and small screens known for her Emmy-winning role on “Cheers” and films like “Look Who’s Talking,” has died after a brief battle with cancer, her children True and Lillie Parker announced on her social media.

She was 71.

“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered,” the statement read.

“She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead,” the family’s statement continued. “As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”

“Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did,” the statement said.

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A representative for Alley confirmed to CNN via email on Tuesday that she had been diagnosed with colon cancer prior to her death.

A two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner, Alley was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1951.

After a standout role in 1982’s “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” she played roles in movies like 1984’s “Blind Date” and 1987’s “Summer School” opposite Mark Harmon.

That same year, Alley would follow Shelley Long to play the lead opposite Ted Danson in the latter part of TV classic sitcom “Cheers,” which premiered in 1982. Alley first appeared in 1987, playing strong and independent bar manager Rebecca Howe, staying on the acclaimed show until it ended in 1993.

After winning the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series in 1991 for “Cheers” and another for lead actress in a miniseries or special for 1994’s “David’s Mother,” she again found TV success in the late ’90s with series “Veronica’s Closet,” which scored her another Emmy nod.

Additionally, Alley starred in a number of memorable films, like the “Look Who’s Talking” movies, 1990’s “Madhouse” and 1999’s “Drop Dead Gorgeous” with Ellen Barkin.

In 2005, Alley co-wrote and starred in the Showtime comedy “Fat Actress” before making a foray into reality TV.

She appeared in “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life” in 2010, was a contestant on Season 12 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” the next year and placed second on Season 22 of the British version of “Celebrity Big Brother” in 2018. In 2022, she competed in Season 7 of Fox’s “The Masked Singer.”

Though she had an impressive body of work, the later part of her career was marked by Alley’s penchant for stirring controversy, especially through social media.

In a 2007 interview, Alley said she was proud of her no holds barred ways.

“I’ve always felt like if someone asks me something, they want the real answer,” Alley told Good Housekeeping. “I think there’s also something about being from Kansas. Usually people think I’m from New York. The only similarity between New Yorkers and Midwesterners is that what you see is what you get.”

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Kirstie Alley looks back on her ‘Cheers’ years (2005)

John Travolta, who costarred with Alley in 1989’s hit “Look Who’s Talking” as well as two sequels, wrote on Instagram on Monday, “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”

Jamie Lee Curtis – who worked with Alley in 2016 on episodes of TV’s “Scream Queens” – shared a statement on Facebook to pay tribute to the late actress, writing, “She was a great comic foil in @tvscreamqueens and a beautiful mama bear in her very real life. She helped me buy onesies for my family that year for Christmas. We agreed to disagree about some things but had a mutual respect and connection. Sad news.”

Josh Gad tweeted, “My heart breaks for Kirstie and her family. Whether it was her brilliance in ‘Cheers; or her magnetic performance in the ‘Look Who’s Talking’ franchise, her smile was always infectious, her laugh was always contagious and her charisma was always iconic. RIP.”

Alley’s “Cheers” co-star Ted Danson told Deadline he had just watched Alley in an episode of the show while on a plane before learning of her death.

“I was on a plane today and did something I rarely do. I watched an old episode of ‘Cheers,’” Danson told the outlet. “It was the episode where Tom Berenger proposes to Kirstie, who keeps saying no, even though she desperately wants to say yes. Kirstie was truly brilliant in it. Her ability to play a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown was both moving and hysterically funny.”

“She made me laugh 30 years ago when she shot that scene, and she made me laugh today just as hard. As I got off the plane, I heard that Kirstie had died. I am so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh,” Danson added. “I send my love to her children. As they well know, their mother had a heart of gold. I will miss her.”

Another “Cheers” star, Rhea Perlman, told CNN in a statement that she and Alley became friends instantly on the set of “Cheers.”

“Kirstie was a unique and wonderful person and friend. Her joy of being was boundless,” Perlman said. “We became friends almost instantly when she joined the cast of Cheers. She loved kids and my kids loved her too. We had sleepovers at her house, with treasure hunts that she created. She had massive Halloween and Easter parties and invited the entire crew of the show and their families. She wanted everyone to feel included. She loved her children deeply. I’ve never met anyone remotely like her. I feel so thankful to have known her. I’m going to miss her very, very much.”

“Baywatch” actor Parker Stevenson, who was married to Alley from 1983 to 1997 and is the father of her two children, also paid tribute to her on social media. In an Instagram post, confirmed to be Stevenson’s by a representative for the actor, he wrote: “Kirstie, I am so grateful for our years together, and for the two incredibly beautiful children and now grandchildren that we have. You will be missed.”



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James Caan: Will miss you old friend. | HollywoodNews.com


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James Edmund Caan (March 26, 1940 – July 6, 2022) was an American actor who was nominated for several awards, including four Golden Globes, an Emmy, and an Oscar. Caan was awarded a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978.

After early roles in Howard Hawks’s El Dorado (1966), Robert Altman’s Countdown (1967) and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People (1969), he came to prominence for playing his signature role of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather (1972), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. He reprised the role of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974) with a cameo appearance at the end.

Caan had significant roles in films such as Brian’s Song (1971), Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Gambler (1974), Rollerball (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), and Alan J. Pakula’s Comes a Horseman (1978). He had sporadically worked in film since the 1980s, with his notable performances including roles in Thief (1981), Gardens of Stone (1987), Misery (1990), Dick Tracy (1990), Bottle Rocket (1996), The Yards (2000), Dogville (2003), and Elf (2003).

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Johnny Depp to try to stage a Hollywood comeback after winning defamation suit against Amber Heard.

Johnny Depp is an American actor, producer and musician. He has appeared in films, television series and video games. He made his film debut in the horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984.[1] In the two following years, Depp appeared in the comedy Private Resort (1985), the war film Platoon (1986), and Slow Burn (1986). A year later, he started playing his recurring role as Officer Tom Hanson in the police procedural television series 21 Jump Street (1987–1990) which he played until the middle of season 4, and during this time, he experienced a rapid rise as a professional actor.]

In 1990, he starred as the title characters in the films Cry-Baby and Edward Scissorhands. Throughout the rest of the decade, Depp portrayed lead roles in Arizona Dream (1993), What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Benny & Joon (1993), Dead Man (1995) and title characters Ed Wood (1994), Don Juan DeMarco (1995), and Donnie Brasco (1997). He also starred in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) as Hunter S. Thompson, The Ninth Gate (1999) as Dean Corso, and Sleepy Hollow (1999) as Ichabod Crane.

In the early 2000s, he appeared in the romance Chocolat (2000), crime film Blow (2001), action film Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), drama Finding Neverland (2004), and horror films From Hell and Secret Window (2004). In addition, Depp portrayed the title character in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and appeared in Public Enemies (2009). In 2003, he portrayed Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, starting with The Curse of the Black Pearl, and reprised the role in four sequels (2006–2017), becoming one of his most famous roles. For each performance in The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland, and Sweeney Todd, Depp was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He also portrayed Willy Wonka and Tarrant Hightopp in the fantasy films Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Alice in Wonderland which each garnered over $474 million and $1 billion at the box office, respectively.

In 2010, he went on to star in The Tourist with Angelina Jolie and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy. He starred in Dark Shadows (2012) with Michelle Pfeiffer, The Lone Ranger (2013) with Armie Hammer, and Transcendence (2014) with Morgan Freeman. He reprised his role as the Tarrant Hightopp in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) and starred in the drama Minamata (2020). Beginning in 2011, he has produced films through his company Infinitum Nihil. He has also lent his voice to the animated series King of the Hill in 2004, SpongeBob SquarePants in 2009, and Family Guy in 2012, in addition to the animated film Rango (2011). Moreover, Depp has appeared in many documentary films, mostly as himself. [From Wikipidea]



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