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Have you had time to check your local Regal or AMC to find out what’s playing? If your answer is no, don’t sweat it! According to Rotten Tomato, here’s today’s Top 10 most popular movies in theaters and online!

In a blink of an eye, movie theaters were shut down for nearly a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We were stripped of the ability to throw on our comfiest clothes, head to the local theater, grab a drink, a big bag of popcorn, and lounge in cushioned chairs in front of a big screen to see some of our soon-to-be favorite films. Now that the cinemas have reopened, it’s hard to figure out what to watch first. So, with that in mind, here’s a list of some of the top rated movies, according to Rotten Tomatoes, as of right now.

Venom & The Many Saints of Newark take the top as their loyal fanbases storm theaters.

  1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sci-Fi/Action): Did you hear about the….are you aware of….shhh! No spoilers! The sequel to Venom is in theaters NOW. Some things never change with Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy). I mean, who else spends all their time arguing with an extraterrestrial? Eddie and Venom are forced to let bygones be bygones in order to stop a very dangerous serial killer, Cletus Kasady (Woody Harelson). Run, don’t walk, to the theaters to see what’s to come of this oddly dynamic duo!
  2. The Many Saints of Newark (Crime/Drama): Are you a fan of the Sopranos? If so, you’re not going to want to miss the prequel! The Many Saints of Newark shows young Anthony Saprano’s (Michael Gandolfini) journey to becoming the big mob boss, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). Throughout this notorious Newark narrative, Anthony is influenced — for better or for worse — by his uncle, Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola). Follow the story of your favorite mobsters back to the cinemas! 
  3. The Guilty (Crime/Mystery): Calling all mystery-minds! The Guilty, starring none other than Jake Gyllenhaal himself, is a crime/mystery film that will have you stepping into the shoes of Sherlock Holmes for an hour and a half. On a regular morning, during his job as a call operator at a 911 dispatch center, Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) receives a call that stirs a chilling turn of events. Joe comes to find that things are not always as they appear and that the truth is hard to uncover. See what’s in store for Joe during this phone-chase, in theaters or on Netflix.
  4. Free Guy (Comedy/Adventure): Ryan Reynolds seems to be in everything nowadays! In his film, Free Guy, Reynolds plays a bank-teller who decides to become his own hero when he discovers his life is a video game. As he rewrites a world with no limits, Guy (Ryan Reynolds), strives to be the hero of his own story… or so he believes. Does Reynolds accept this new world or can he escape it? This adventure-based film will have you laughing for nearly two hours straight and if you love Ryan Reynolds as much as I do, you’ll want to check this one out!
  5. Venom (Sci-Fi/Action): It would appear that the original hit movie, Venom, has resurfaced in popularity as fans rewatch this 2018 film to refresh their memory before heading to see the sequel! While embarking on an investigation to catch Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), freelance reporter Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) finds himself getting a little too close to Carlton’s experiments. In no time, Eddie is seemingly merged with a symbiotic alien known as Venom (Tom Hardy). Venom’s desires are a tad too much for Eddie as the two-in-one fight for control. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen Venom, or the trailer for the sequel has caught your attention but you’re looking for a bit more context, head to Amazon or YouTube and stream this sci-fi adventure during your next period of down-time.
  6. Dear Evan Hansen (Musical/Drama): Broadway groupies, unite! This broadway classic has been reborn in film form. Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner, Ben Platt, takes the role of Evan Hansen in this timeless tale while Amy Adam stars as Cynthia Murphy. As Evan Hansen, a typical angsty teen, tries to find his place in high school, the unforgiving social-media age stands directly in his way of self-discovery. Sing along with Ben Platt and Amy Adams in front of the big screen!
  7. Malignant (Thriller/Suspense): Madison Mitchell (Annabelle Wallis) keeps having nightmares of brutal murders and supernatural appearances. The scariest part? She soon comes to realize that dreams do come true… just not the ones she hoped for. If horror gives you a rush, hit the theaters and catch Malignant while it’s still playing!
  8. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Action/Thriller): If you’re a die-hard Marvel fan, you certainly won’t want to miss this. Marvel’s Shang-Chi depicts a martial arts master confronting a daunting past with Simu Liu playing Shang-Chi. Although he tries to carry out a civilian life, Shang-Chi comes face to face with the power of the Ten Rings…and his father. His father, WenWu (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) is his greatest…friend? Foe? Go see for yourself! Don’t let your attachment to the old Marvel heroes stop you from watching the story of a new one!
  9. Cry Macho (Thriller): Yeehaw! Are you a Clint Eastwood fan? If so, you don’t want to miss this film! Eastwood plays a washed-up horse breeder who takes on a mission to find his ex-boss’s son. Forced to venture down the backroads of Mexico, Mike Milo (Clint Eastwood) faces some unexpected western challenges, even finding that he needs his own sense of redemption. Will Mike be his own hero on his way to Texas? This cowboy crusade is still in theaters, but not for much longer!
  10. Candyman (Horror): Ah, yes, more horror. If you can’t stand to be scared, I would certainly bypass this one; Candyman is no happy haunt! In this chilling film, an artist disrupts his own sanity while looking into the history of the horrifying Candyman, a supernatural being with a hook for a hand. What happens when you even utter his name? If you dare to find out, the theater awaits your arrival. Try not to drop your popcorn during the jump-scares of this spectacular spook.

When the weekend finally arrives, grab your tickets, your drinks, and your snacks and head on down to the cinema! Movies stop showing in theaters just as quickly as they premier so don’t miss an opportunity to catch one of these flicks in front of the big screen!

Hi Everyone! My name is Carly Perlman and I am a senior here at Temple. I am a Communication Studies Major with interests in brand strategy and journalism. A few facts about myself are that I was born on St. Patty's Day and I dream of working for Disney:)
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