In the market for some entertainment? Check out this week's lineup of 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.)
It's a Wonderful Life
A holiday favorite for generations. George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve, the business's $8,000 is lost and George's troubles begin.
With a 93 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1946 release comes highly recommended. According to the site's critical consensus, "The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, 'It's a Wonderful Life' is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing."
In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at Midtown Cinema (250 Reily St.) on Saturday, Dec. 22. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
At Eternity's Gate
Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.
With an 83 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 52 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "At Eternity's Gate" has proven a solid option since its release on Nov. 16. The site's critical consensus has it that "Led by mesmerizing work from Willem Dafoe in the central role, 'At Eternity's Gate' intriguingly imagines Vincent Van Gogh's troubled final days."
In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at Midtown Cinema (250 Reily St.) through Monday, Dec. 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.
With a 64 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this '80s throwback has something to offer. The site's critical consensus notes that "While 'Christmas Vacation' may not be the most disciplined comedy, it's got enough laughs and good cheer to make for a solid seasonal treat."
You can catch it at Midtown Cinema (250 Reily St.) on Friday, Dec. 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.