5 critically acclaimed movies in San Francisco this weekend

If you're looking to catch a quality movie this weekend, there are plenty of films playing on big screens around the city. Here’s a roundup of five movies that have received high scores on aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, selected by movie ticket site Atom Tickets.

Here’s what’s playing.

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Leave No Trace

Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. The film is directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini.

“Leave No Trace” has a perfect — 100 percent — approval score on Rotten Tomatoes, and, to date, it’s one of 2018’s most popular movies. The movie is showing at Embarcadero Center Cinema (1 Embarcadero Center) through the weekend and into next week. Get tickets here.

Summer 1993

In Carla Simón's touching autobiographical film, six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother's apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. Although her aunt, uncle, and younger cousin Anna welcome her with open arms, it's only very slowly that Frida begins to get used to her new home in the countryside. Punctuated by moments of youthful exuberance and mature ruminations, this coming of age drama, set amongst summery hues, is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world, anchored by flawless performances by its two young stars.

With an impressive 100 percent approval score on Rotten Tomatoes, "Summer 1993" is one of the year’s standout films. The film is playing at the Opera Plaza Cinemas (601 Van Ness Ave.) through the weekend and into next week. Get tickets here.

Eating Animals

How much do you know about the food that's on your plate? Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman, Eating Animals is an urgent, eye-opening look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Tracing the history of food production in the United States, the film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate Frankenstein monster that offers cheap eggs, meat, and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of our air, soil, and water. Spotlighting farmers who have pushed backed against industrial agriculture with more humane practices, Eating Animals offers attainable, commonsense solutions to a growing crisis while making the case that ethical farming is not only an animal rights issue but one that affects every aspect of our lives.

“Eating Animals” has a 91 percent approval score on Rotten Tomatoes. This weekend, it's playing at Landmark's Clay Theatre (2261 Fillmore St.) Get tickets here.

Hearts Beat Loud

Widower and aging Brooklyn hipster Frank starts a band with his teenage daughter Sam just before she leaves home to attend college in California. When a song of theirs finds success online, it complicates Frank's attempts to let go of his dreams of stardom and allow his daughter to find her own path in life.

With an 89 percent approval score on Rotten Tomatoes, “Hearts Beat Loud” is playing at the UA Stonestown Twin (501 Buckingham Way) through the weekend and into next week. Get tickets here.


From Sebastián Lelio, the director of the Academy Award-winning A Fantastic Woman, the film follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz and based on Naomi Alderman's book, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.

“Disobedience” has an 83 percent approval score on Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s playing at the Opera Plaza Cinemas (601 Van Ness Ave.) through the weekend and into next week. Get tickets here.

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