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Published on May 11, 2018
The 4 best movies screening in the Detroit area this weekImage: A Quiet Place/Paramount Pictures

Looking to check out the best-reviewed movies in theaters? This week presents a handful of top options around Detroit.

From an edge-of-your-seat horror flick to a family-friendly cuddlefest, here are the movies to see in and around the city this week, based on critical scores sourced from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

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At Chengdu Panda Base in China, scientists are dedicated to protecting the species by breeding adult Giant Pandas in order to introduce cubs into the wild.  This film follows one such researcher, whose passion leads her to initiate a new technique inspired by a black bear program in rural New Hampshire.  What starts as a cross-culture collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for an American biologist who crosses an ocean to join her; a scientist from Inner Mongolia; and a very curious female cub named Qian Qian, born in captivity.

"Pandas" has proven to be a hit with critics: it has a 100 percent positive score on Rotten Tomatoes, with plenty of cuteness to go around. It's screening at the Henry Ford IMAX (20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn), with tickets available here.

Black Panther

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

The breakout hit of 2018 has critics raving, with a 96 percent positive score to prove it. If you still haven't seen it, it's playing at AMC Fairlane 21 (18900 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn) and AMC Star John R 15 (32289 John R. Road, Madison Heights). Get tickets here.

The Death of Stalin

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (VeepIn the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? 

Satirical comedy "The Death of Stalin" enjoys a 96 percent critical score on Rotten Tomatoes; it's playing at the SIlverCity Windsor (4611 Walker Road, Windsor). Get tickets here.

A Quiet Place

In the modern horror thriller A Quiet Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

With a current critical score of 95 percent, positive feedback for the horror film has been anything but muted. It's playing at AMC Fairlane 21 (18900 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn), Emagine Royal Oak (200 N. Main St., Royal Oak), Cinemark Southland Mall and XD (23000 Eureka Road, Taylor), AMC Star John 15 (32289 John R. Road, Madison Heights) and Devonshire Mall (3100 Howard Ave., Windsor). Get tickets here.