6 Movies Worthy of Your Time This Thanksgiving Weekend

Four day weekends are rare, so for those looking to maximize their time spent watching awesome things and who want to avoid wasting valuable time on a dud, here's a quick rundown of a few movies playing in theaters right now that are actually worthy of your time.

Creed: Ryan Coogler's Rocky spin-off revitalizes the franchise with a fresh perspective, but still honors the films that came before it. Michael B. Jordan is fantastic as the son of Apollo Creed, and Sylvester Stallone's supporting turn as Rocky Balboa is the best thing he's done in years. Full review here.

The Night Before: Jonathan Levine's new comedy sort of looks like just another movie in which Seth Rogen takes a crazy amount of drugs and goes wild, but it's much more than that. While I won't argue for it being high art, it's a surprisingly sweet comedy that celebrates the kind of surrogate family you might wish you were spending time with right now instead of your own (depending on how annoying your siblings are being at the moment). Full review here.

The Peanuts Movie: If you have young kids or young siblings and are looking to distract them for a while with some nice, family-friendly entertainment, you could do a lot worse than this loving 3D recreation of Charles Schulz's iconic characters. Charlie Brown may be the headliner, but it's Snoopy who steals the show. Full review here.

Spotlight: OK, so this isn't exactly the kind of movie that will lift your spirits, but it's up there among the year's best films and deserves your attention. If the subject matter of the Catholic Church's sex scandal makes you uncomfortable, good — the movie is doing its job. A stellar ensemble cast and a methodical, engrossing script makes this film easy to appreciate, even if it probably won't be something you rewatch multiple times. It also happens to be one of the best journalism films ever made, so it has that going for it. Full review here.

Brooklyn: When I first saw the trailer, I thought, "Oh great, another stuffy period piece." But this film is so much better than its contemporaries, and features career-defining work from Saoirse Ronan, who is terrific in the lead role. Full review here.

Room: Another one that can be a little tough to watch due to the subject matter, Room has a pair of phenomenal performances at its center from Brie Larson and co-star Jacob Tremblay that easily makes this worth recommending. Seeing the movie through the young boy's eyes is a riveting experience, and something you won't soon forget. Full review here.

What are you going to watch this weekend (or what did you go see yesterday)? Let us know in the comments below.

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