9 movies to see (or not) this Memorial Day weekend

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We've nearly made it to the official start of summer summer Fridays! summer breezes! summer lovin'! — but first we get the extended holiday weekend of Memorial Day. In the event that barbecues or poolside festivities aren't your speed, rest assured that you can stay out of the sun by seeing one of the many enticing films currently in theaters. (And for even more movie and television recommendations, be sure to head on over to our streaming hub.) Below, here's a list of nine flicks — complete with what our film critic David Edelstein had to say about them — that may or may not be worthy of your time.

X-Men: Apocalypse
In the latest adventure of angsty superhero team the X-Men, Professor Xavier's best students must stop the ancient big bad Apocalypse from taking over the world and reshaping it in his vision. "Watching Apocalypse, you don't feel as if every character is being set up for his or her own spinoff. They complement one another. They need one another. The overflowing ensemble nature of the enterprise is the whole point. And while you might miss Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, the younger-generation 'reboot' has been handled with unusual grace. Many of these mutants are more engaging than their older incarnations," writes Vulture film critic David Edelstein. "But in many scenes, [director Bryan] Singer captures both the pain of being an outsider and the potentially ruinous temptations that come with newfound power. He can hold his head high in regards to this film, if little else."

Maggie's Plan
Maggie's Plan, an indie comedy starring Greta Gerwig in the titular role, follows a 30-something New Yorker who's keen on having a child and ends up embroiled in an affair with a professor. "The familiarity of [Gerwig's] shtick robs Maggie of uniqueness, at least in the film's wobbly first third, when we can't tell if the heroine is supposed to be this much of a flake," writes Edelstein. "Maggie's Plan doesn't quite gel, but it's very enjoyable, and it has a solid emotional core. ... It's a silly fantasy but a potent one. You watch Maggie formulate her daft scenario and think, 'Okay: It's a plan!'" Pregnancy, regret, and a very funny Julianne Moore ensue.

The Nice Guys
Who knew Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe would make such an excellent pairing? The 1970s-set Los Angeles buddy noir finds the dynamic duo — one a half-witted private eye, the other a tough enforcer — tasked with investigating the mysterious disappearance of a young woman. "TheNice Guys has a nice feel: just slick enough to keep from falling apart, just brutal enough to keep from seeming inconsequential. The '70s period trappings — wide lapels, sideburns, plaid pants — are cringeworthy without spilling into camp, and the noticeable lack of cell phones and computers seems a blessed respite from the world of high-tech thrillers," Edelstein writes. "Nothing they do is particularly ingenious, but their relaxed rhythms are the key to the movie's charm. They know that on some level we enjoy the idea that they're slumming it, but we don't want them to look like they're phoning it in. Despite the formula structure, The Nice Guys has personality."

The documentary Weiner specifically focuses on disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner's failed attempt at running for mayor of New York City in 2013. Returning to the public eye two years after his sexting scandals caused him to resign from Congress, Weiner decisively lost the mayoral race. "Weiner is a tabula rasa doc — one of the most provocative of its kind I've seen. Everyone's bound to have a different perspective. Social conservatives will find a link between Weiner's progressive politics and his moral lapses, perhaps even proof that Hillary and Huma (whom Hillary has called a second daughter) have a penchant for making deals with male devils. Others will find confirmation that the kind of people (especially male people) driven to run for office are inherently unscrupulous," Edelstein writes. "In Weiner, we're voyeurs at a grisly spectacle, a modern political tragicomedy. ... The movie brings to mind Oscar Wilde's definition of scandal: 'gossip made tedious by morality.' I don't know what the fuck is wrong with him, but Weiner offers a sobering view of what's wrong with us."

Love & Friendship
Because there can undoubtedly never be too many period films, Jane Austen's pre-Pride and Prejudice novella chronicles Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) as she clumsily attempts to act as a matchmaker for her daughter — and potentially herself — while laying low at a country estate and outmatching adversaries. "The elaborately formal period comedy of manners Love & Friendship has a different vibe than other movies of its ilk. The delight of its director, Whit Stillman, enlivens every scene, so what might have seemed stilted is full of human faces in exquisitely subtle states of panic," writes Edelstein. "He serves up this late-18th-century world with theatrical bravura."

Captain America: Civil War
Marvel's newest outing, Captain America: Civil War, is quite the extravaganza, bringing out nearly every superhero in the MCU (and introducing a couple new ones) for an epic showdown between Captain America and Iron Man. (Whose side are you on?) "Given the relative dullness of the Marvel supervillains, the studio has resorted to making its colorful superheroes fight one another in Captain America: Civil War, a combination jamboree and ethical colloquium," writes Edelstein. "There's a lot of bloat, but the fanboy in us all will have a hard time not grinning when Spider-Man be-webs Captain America's shield while Ant-Man scoots around pulling out wires in Iron Man's suit. But there's a lot of bloat." As expected, it's currently crushing the box office.

Keanu is the cat action-comedy we need, and the cat action-comedy we deserve. The film begins when a heartbroken guy (Jordan Peele) gets a cute and cuddly kitten named Keanu after a particularly bad break-up, only for the kitten to get mistakenly kidnapped by gang members. He and his best friend (Keegan-Michael Key) proceed to infiltrate the gang in pursuit of Keanu, but things don't go so smoothly, to say the least. "Keanu is cause for hope. In my frequent role as 'laugh accountant' for mainstream comedies, I'd estimate two-thirds of it works, and when it's good it's sooooo good — good enough to make you want to see Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key and director Peter Atencio and co-writer Alex Rubens do it again and go farther out," Edelstein writes. "Everything that's good in the movie slows down or distends or interrupts the dumb plot. Everything that drags it down is for the sake of pepping it up. Two-thirds, though: not bad for a first feature. And a mad-cute kitten. Help it make some money ... so they can all do it again."

The Huntsman: Winter's War
The prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman finds us reunited with the evil Ravenna (Charlize Theron, who got paid for the role) and new addition Queen Freya (Emily Blunt) as they wreak havoc on some illicitly in-love soldiers of Frey's army (Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain). "The only reason to subject yourself to The Huntsman: Winter's War, a mush of Game of Thrones and Disney's Frozen with CGI that looks uncannily like CGI, is Emily Blunt, who gives the nearest thing I've seen in an American movie to a kabuki performance," Edelstein writes. "[Chastain and Hemsworth are] boring and too old for their parts. I'd say Chastain has outgrown bland-ingénue roles like Sara, except she'd never have stooped to play them when she was young. Big paychecks are turning her into a dull girl."

Elvis & Nixon
Elvis & Nixon, which Edelstein calls "a thoroughly charming comedy that bobs on a sea of incongruities," chronicles the infamous day-long meeting between Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) and Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) in the White House after Presley demanded a meeting with the president to appoint him a "federal agent at large" for the war on drugs.

"Shannon doesn't deliver an Elvis impersonation and doesn't, in truth, conjure the man who by 1970 had sullied his persona with Viva Las Vegas, Clambake, and 29 other wretched films the Colonel shoved him into. But the Elvis he gives us is, on its own terms, revelatory. Shannon is too fine an actor to 'play' crazy. What he plays, instead, is a kind of casual, soft-spoken kingliness," Edelstein writes. "Start with a president played by Kevin Spacey — who's stupendous, the best and subtlest Nixon ever. With seeming effortlessness, Spacey captures the stiffness born of terrible insecurity that makes all that protocol necessary. Unused to someone who doesn't bow and scrape, his Nixon is further disarmed by Presley's stream (part real, part cunning) of anti-hippie invective. That really was how subordinates won Nixon's confidence — by attacking his enemies even before he could."

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Ryan Gosling during Shannon Elizabeth Launches Animal Avengers Charity at Club Vinyl in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Ryan Gosling (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE: US actress Sandra Bullock poses for photographers with actor Ryan Gosling as they arrive at the palais des festivals to attend the screening of their film 'Murder by numbers' by Iranian-born director Barbet Schroeder during the 55th Cannes film festival 24 May 2002. The film is presented out of competition. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - MARCH 31: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actors Jena Malone and Ryan Gosling attend the New York Premiere of 'The United States Of Leland' on March 31, 2004 at the Chelsea 9, in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 4: Actress Rachel McAdams (left) and Actor Ryan Gosling accept the award for Best Kiss for The Notebook onstage during the 2005 MTV Movie Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 4, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The 14th annual award show will premiere on MTV Thursday, June 9 at 9:00PM (ET/PT). (Photo By Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Ryan Gosling (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
Ryan Gosling and sister Mandi Gosling during 71st Annual New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Arrivals at The Supper Club in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Rachel McAdams (L) and actor Ryan Gosling arrive at the 12th Annual Critics' Choice Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on January 12, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Ryan Gosling 12864_GP_0135.jpg during TNT/TBS Broadcasts 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Red Carpet at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Ryan Gosling, nominee Best Male Lead for 'Half Nelson' (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Ryan Gosling (center), nominee Best Actor in a Leading Role for 'Half Nelson,' with sister Mandi Gosling and mother Donna Gosling (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Actor Ryan Gosling at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on September 19th, 2007. (PHOTO BY MUNAWAR HOSAIN / FOTOS INTERNATIONAL / GETTY IMAGES) Reproduction by American tabloids is absolutely forbidden by our contracts with all agencies.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 02: Actress Kelli Garner (L) and actor Ryan Gosling arrive at the premiere of MGM's 'Lars And The Real Girl' at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on October 6, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 18: Actor Ryan Gosling arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Sugar' held at the Silver Screen Theater at the Pacific Design Center on March 18, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Faith Wladyka (L) and Actor Ryan Gosling attend the 'Blue Valentine' premiere during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actors Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams attend the 'Blue Valentine' party at the T-Mobile myTouch Diner at Village at the Yard on January 24, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jason Merritt/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Actor Ryan Gosling attends the Variety Studio at Sundance Day 4 on January 25, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/WireImage)
Canadian actor Ryan Gosling and US actress Michelle Williams pose during the photocall of 'Blue Valentine' presented in the Un Certain Regard selection at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2010 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Actor Ryan Gosling attends the 'Industry In Focus - Blue Valentine' at the American Pavillion during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Ryan Gosling of Dead Man's Bones performs at FYF fest 2010 at Los Angeles State Historic Park on September 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 06: Actor Ryan Gosling arrives at the 'Blue Valentine' screening during AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 6, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for AFI)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 2: Ryan Gosling poses for a photo during a portrait session at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on December 2, 2010. (Photo by Munawar Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images) Reproduction by American tabloids is absolutely forbidden.
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Actor Ryan Gosling attends the 'Drive' photocall during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Actor Ryan Gosling and actress Emma Stone attend the 'Crazy, Stupid, Love.' World Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on July 19, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Ryan Gosling on stage prior to 'The Ides Of March' Press Conference during 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4116 -- Pictured: Actor Ryan Gosling during an interview on September 26, 2011 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actors Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling attend 'The Place Beyond The Pines' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 07: Ryan Gosling arrives at the 'Gangster Squad' - Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Director Ryan Gosling attends the 'Lost River' photocall at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Russell Crowe, Jack Kilmer and Ryan Gosling are seen on the set of 'The Nice Guys' on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Director Ryan Gosling attends Apple Store Soho Presents Meet The Filmmaker: Ryan Gosling, 'Lost River' at Apple Store Soho on April 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Actors Saoirse Ronan (L), winner of the New Hollywood Award for 'Brooklyn', and Ryan Gosling pose in the press room during the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 1, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

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