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3 popular films worth checking out in Harrisburg this week

3 popular films worth checking out in Harrisburg this week
Image: Can You Ever Forgive Me?/TMDb
By Hoodline - Published on November 30, 2018.

Want to see a movie, but not sure what's worth your time (and money)? Check out this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Harrisburg.

Here are the highest rated films to catch, based on critical scores sourced from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. (Movie descriptions courtesy The Movie Database; showtimes via Fandango.)

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

When bestselling celebrity biographer Lee Israel is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, and abetted by her loyal friend Jack.

Boasting a 98 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" has been a must-watch since its release on October 19. The site's critical consensus indicates that "Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy."

It's screening at Midtown Cinema (250 Reily St.) through Thursday, Dec. 6. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Boy Erased

Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, is outed to his parents at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and and faith.

With a critical approval rating of 82 percent and an audience score of 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Boy Erased" has proven a solid option since its release on November 2. According to the site's critical consensus, "Anchored in empathy by writer-director-star Joel Edgerton, 'Boy Erased' proves the road to complex, powerfully performed drama can also be paved with good intentions."

You can catch it at Midtown Cinema (250 Reily St.) through Friday, Dec. 7. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury's increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, and Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet – finding a way to keep the band together amid the success and excess.

With a critical approval rating of 62 percent and an audience score of 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is well worth a watch. The site's critical consensus notes that "'Bohemian Rhapsody' hits a handful of high notes, but as an in-depth look at a beloved band, it offers more of a medley than a true greatest hits collection."

It's playing at Midtown Cinema (250 Reily St.) through Friday, Dec. 7. Click here for showtimes and tickets.