Stephan James and Kiki Layne star in "If Beale Street Could Talk," adapted from the novel by James Baldwin.

Stephan James and Kiki Layne star in "If Beale Street Could Talk," adapted from the novel by James Baldwin.

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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.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun-Times writes of the Golden Globe-nominated film: "This movie works as a timeless romance, a family drama, a legal thriller and a poignant social commentary. A great American novel has been turned into a great American film." Our own Chris Vognar calls Beale Street "a lush, lyrical movie" in his feature about director Barry Jenkins (the Oscar-winning Moonlight).

Vice

Bob Mondelo of NPR writes that Christian "Bale makes the title character a lot like his Batman - basically a psychopath-turned-vigilante."

On the Basis of Sex

Brian Lowry of CNN.com writes what more than a few people are thinking: "Worth seeing, not only as a tribute to the jurist nicknamed 'Notorious RBG' but for the welcome context that it provides... As a drama, though, the film is just a bit too thin to warrant much more than ending up on the favorable side of a split decision."

The Vanishing

Roger Moore of Movie Nation writes: "Gritty, primal and wonderfully-acted Scottish mystery thriller that lets Gerard Butler dazzle in ensemble work."

Bathtubs Over Broadway

Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune makes a point: "Another reminder that top-drawer musical-theater talent has long been more abundant in America than prestigious paying gigs, and that great actors can make you cry when they're singing about car-key blanks."

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