This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Natalie Portman in a scene from "Annihilation."

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Natalie Portman in a scene from "Annihilation."

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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.


Chris Vognar says, "With its tropical jungle universe and focus on species mutation, this is a science-fiction movie Darwin would appreciate, as well as Tennyson, who wrote of nature, red in tooth and claw." Read his full review.

Game  Night

Game Night is a run-of-the-mill comedy until Max's brother (Kyle Chandler) kicks things up a notch by orchestrating a kidnapping mystery game -- that gets interrupted by a real kidnapping. What follows is a crazy, charmingly funny and surprisingly violent blend of action spoof and screwball comedy. You can read what Sarah Blaskovich and I thought of the movie here.

Every Day

Critics are fairly split on this young adult paranormal romance, but I personally liked it, so I'm nudging it into the "must see" column of movies this week. As Variety says, "At heart, Every Day is just an elaborately convoluted parable of a high-school girl learning to prize a savvy nice guy over a popular cad. But the movie demonstrates why that simple lesson is more than skin-deep."

Check back soon for an interview with the author of the book.

Black Panther

You don't need to see any previous Marvel movies to understand or appreciate Black Panther, which is good, because there is a lot here to enjoy. Our own Dawn Burkes says, "This is an origin story, globe-trotting spy thriller and fantasy, all in one. The movie manages to be part of, but something completely different than, the Marvel superhero movies that came before." Read her full review.

Early Man

Variety says, "Early Man is as charming as they come, bursting with the kind of daffy humor and off-kilter characters that have earned [Aardman Animations] a worldwide following."

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