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.
The Lost City of Z
NPR says, "The Lost City of Z is neither Indiana Jones escapism nor a Malick-like reverie about nature, but something in between, a more grounded and troubled vision of human aspirations and imperfections."
Many critics seem to agree that even if this movie isn't any sort of intellectual marvel, it's a lot of fun. USA Today says, "Free Fire is a fun romp for those missing a little Quentin Tarantino-style insanity in their filmgoing lives."
Born in China
Disneynature's newest documentary isn't the deepest or most intellectual nature film you'll ever see, but Hollywood Reporter says, "If all of the over-emoting can be ignored, Born in China delivers gorgeous visuals in its close-up perspective on some of the world's rarest wildlife species, as well as the imposing habitats they call home."
The Fate of the Furious
Critics aren't holding the latest Fast and the Furious movie up as a pinnacle of modern cinema, but they acknowledge that it does exactly what it sets out to do as an action-packed blockbuster. The Washington Post says, "Fate gives fans of the franchise exactly what they want, provided they can ditch logic as easily as the movie does."
This animated romance has been a blockbuster overseas and is available in select D-FW theaters now, both with English voice over and in its original Japanese (with English subtitles). The Los Angeles Times says, "The movie's spirit is by turns energetic and serene, impetuous and wise, its wild shifts from comedy to tragedy to romance revealing themselves not as tonal swings so much as variations in a larger cosmic pattern."