Your time and money are valuable, so you should invest them in good movies. Here are some films in theaters this week that have been approved by our in-house critics and/or reviewers from elsewhere on the internet.
Lean on Pete
Chris Vognar says, "The film is a showcase for a very promising young actor named Charlie Plummer. Lanky, sensitive but assured, Plummer gives his character, 15-year-old Charley, a sense of raw decency maintained through trying circumstances. At first he seems so fragile he might break. As Charley's life gets harder, and he starts making his own questionable decisions, we see him stiffen in the face of life's harsh winds. Plummer, who made an impression in the small part of John Paul Getty III in All the Money in the World, controls Lean on Pete's emotional tone from starting gate to finish line." Read his full review.
Variety says, "... it's an entirely watchable if entirely by-the-numbers throwback to the sweet-and-sour Sundance-style indie films of yore."
You Were Never Really Here
Some have compared You Were Never Really Here to Taxi Driver, which isn't hard to do: violent, unhinged avenger chasing redemption by freeing a girl in peril. But this film, based on the novel by Jonathan Ames, is very much its own thing. Read Chris Vognar's full review.
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
The Washington Post says, "This tale of canine courage is just appealing enough that many civilians with a soft spot for a stray will not hesitate to enlist.
A Quiet Place
The Los Angeles Times says, "I can't recall the last time I found myself caring as intently for the characters in a horror picture as I did for the family in A Quiet Place ..."