3 dramas to catch in Cincinnati theaters right now

In the mood to get real? Don't miss this week's lineup of dramas showing on the big screen in and around Cincinnati.

Here are the top-ranked drama films to catch in theaters, based on critical scores sourced from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. (Movie descriptions courtesy The Movie Database; showtimes via Fandango.)

If Beale Street Could Talk

After her fiancé is falsely imprisoned, a pregnant African-American woman sets out to clear his name and prove his innocence.

With a 95 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "If Beale Street Could Talk" has become a favorite since its release. The site's critical consensus has it that "'If Beale Street Could Talk' honors its source material with a beautifully filmed adaptation that finds director Barry Jenkins further strengthening his visual and narrative craft."

Catch it on the big screen at Esquire 6 Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) through Thursday, Jan. 24, and Cinemark Oakley Station and XD (3025 Disney St.) through Tuesday, Jan. 22. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

The Favourite

In 18th century England, the close relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill is threatened by the arrival of Sarah's cousin, Abigail Hill. This results in a bitter rivalry between the two cousins to be the Queen's favorite.

With a critical approval rating of 94 percent and an audience score of 72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Favourite" has become a favorite since its release on Dec.14. The site's critical consensus notes that "'The Favourite' sees Yorgos Lanthimos balancing a period setting against rich, timely subtext — and getting roundly stellar performances from his well-chosen stars."

It's screening at Esquire 6 Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) through Thursday, Jan. 24, and Cinemark Oakley Station and XD (3025 Disney St.) through Tuesday, Jan. 22. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Blow-Up

A successful mod photographer in London, whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. But in the course of a single day, he accidentally captures on film the commission of a murder. The fact that he has photographed a murder does not occur to him until he studies and then blows up his negatives, uncovering details, blowing up smaller and smaller elements, and finally putting the puzzle together.

With an 87 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1960s classic has much to recommend it.

Want to see for yourself? It's playing at Esquire 6 Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) through Wednesday, Jan. 23. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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