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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

"The six years since we last saw Ralph have clearly provided some time to reflect, because Ralph Breaks the Internet is smart, charming and funny while also being pointed, effective and very timely. There's a Fortnite reference and jokes about online makeup tutorials, but these things land with the incredibly tricky balance of making the story feel very "now" while simultaneously not feeling like it will be outdated in six months." -- Read my full review.

Creed II

The Houston Chronicle says, "Creed II steps inside the ropes under the heavy weight of expectations, is not as nimble and has put on some pounds around the middle. Yet while the film doesn't get heads ringing like the first one, it's still able to go the distance."

At Eternity's Gate

The Washington Post says, "[Willem] Dafoe delivers an impassioned and believable performance, his deeply lined face capturing the mix of agony and ecstasy - to borrow a phrase from another artistic biopic -- that this tortured artist must have felt."

Read Chris Vognar's interview with Dafoe.


The Atlantic says, "Widows is methodical in its imagery and gracefully written; it's also a suspenseful blast, best seen with the biggest, most animated audience possible."

Read Chris Vognar's commentary (with quotes from director Steve McQueen).

Instant Family

Variety says, "You could call it sentimental and glib and say that it was put through a processor, and you'd be right, but in its on-the-nose cookie-cutter way this slice-of-life pablum has a lite humanity."

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