The 4 best movies screening around Cincinnati this week

Want to stay abreast of the Oscars race, or just in the market for high-caliber entertainment? Don't miss this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Cincinnati.

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.)

Free Solo

Follow Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000 foot high El Capitan wall. With no ropes or safety gear, this would arguably be the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

Boasting a 98 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Free Solo" has gotten stellar reviews since its release on Sept. 28.

An Oscar nomination for Best Documentary agrees with a consensus that, "'Free Solo' depicts athletic feats that many viewers will find beyond reason — and grounds the attempts in passions that are all but universal."

Want to see for yourself? It's playing at Esquire 6 Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) through Thursday, Feb. 7. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Miles Morales is juggling his life between being a high school student and being a spider-man. When Wilson "Kingpin" Fisk uses a super collider, others from across the Spider-Verse are transported to this dimension.

With an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature, a critical approval rating of 97 percent and an audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" has gotten stellar reviews since its release on Dec. 14.

The site's critical consensus raves, "'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action."

It's playing at Parkland Theatre (6550 Parkland Ave.) through Thursday, Feb. 7. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Groundhog Day

A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.

With a critical approval rating of 96 percent and an audience score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this '90s flick boasts plenty of accolades, with a consensus that "Smart, sweet, and inventive, 'Groundhog Day' highlights Murray's dramatic gifts while still leaving plenty of room for laughs."

Catch it on the big screen at Esquire 6 Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) at 10 p.m. only today, Friday, Feb. 1. 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, resulting in a bitter rivalry between the two cousins to be the Queen's favourite.

With a 93 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 62 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Favourite" has garnered plenty of praise since its release on Dec. 14. It recently received a whopping ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress or Supporting Actress for all three main actresses.

The critical consensus notes, "'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 playing at Cinemark Oakley Station and XD (3025 Disney St.) through Tuesday, Feb. 5. Click here for showtimes and tickets.