Eppler: The 10 best movies now playing in theaters

Eppler: The 10 best movies now playing in theaters

With no new releases in Lubbock movie theaters for this holiday weekend (oh, where are you, "La La Land?"), there are still plenty of good choices - some that even warrant a second viewing. 

10. "Sing"
A family movie content with being cute rather than aspiring to be topical like the social and political satire of "Zootopia." And that's just fine. Here we have adorable animated animals singing karaoke favorites. And to quote Marty McFly, "Your kids are gonna love it."

9. "The Accountant"
One of the better action movies of the year with Ben Affleck as an autistic killer who un-cooks the books for criminal organizations - no really. Affleck is fantastic here, and the movie has its share of surprises.

8. "Hacksaw Ridge"
Mel Gibson's brutally violent portrait of Desmond Doss, a war hero who ran into hell without a gun. It's inspiring if you can handle Gibson's fetish for carnage.

7. "Passengers"
A sci-fi romance with a challenging moral premise and two immensely watch-able leads in Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. The hook is good enough to forgive a rushed ending with an easy out.
               
6. "Loving"
Here's another romance, except "Loving" is the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple whose marriage was illegal in their home state and went to the High Court. Although I wish the movie gave us more background on the couple, how they fell in love and why they'd risk even jail for each other, it's an important story and beautifully acted.

5. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
You've probably already seen it, but let's be real: it's worth seeing again because this is the best "Star Wars" movie in a generation.

4. "Fences"  
This features some of the best acting you'll see all year. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are on fire as a couple pushed to the brink in this adaptation of August Wilson's play. The two actors won Tonys for their Broadway performances and they wear these roles like a second skin.

3. "Nocturnal Animals"
Here's a movie I can't get out of my head - a dual narrative with a psychological game and a pulpy West Texas revenge tale. Writer/director Tom Ford from Austin doesn't give you easy answers, and the opening credits may be a challenge on their own.

2. "Manchester By the Sea"
Casey Affleck in a role destined to win him an Oscar as a devastated man forced to care for his nephew after a death in the family. It's an emotionally exhausting film and elegantly written as it reveals tragic secrets, but it's ultimately uplifting.

1. "Arrival"
The best movie to see in theaters right now is "Arrival" with Amy Adams tremendous as a linguist brought in to communicate with alien visitors. The brilliantly layered screenplay will reward repeat viewings more than any movie on this list.

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