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3 best dramas screening around Worcester this week

In the mood for a stirring story? Check out this week's lineup of dramas showing on the big screen in and around Worcester.

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.)

Stan & Ollie

With their golden era long behind them, comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille and Ida — a formidable double act in their own right — the pair's love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public

With a critical approval rating of 92 percent and an audience score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Stan & Ollie" has gotten a lot of positive attention since its release on Dec. 28. The site's critical consensus has it that "'Stan & Ollie' pays tribute to a pair of beloved entertainers with an affectionate look behind the scenes — and a moving look at the burdens and blessings of a creative bond."

Interested? It's playing at Showcase Cinemas Worcester North (135 Brooks St.) through Tuesday, Feb. 12. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Green Book

Tony Lip, a bouncer in 1962, is hired to drive pianist Don Shirley on a tour through the Deep South in the days when African Americans were forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line. They relied on a guide called The Negro Motorist Green Book.

With a critical approval rating of 80 percent and an audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Green Book" has been getting attention since its release on Nov. 16, with a consensus that "'Green Book' takes audiences on a surprisingly smooth ride through potentially bumpy subject matter, fueled by Peter Farrelly's deft touch and a pair of well-matched leads." The film racked up five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Green Book" also took home three Golden Globes.

You can catch it at Showcase Cinemas Worcester North (135 Brooks St.) through Tuesday, Feb. 12. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

On the Basis of Sex

Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg teams with her husband, Marty, to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.

With a 72 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "On the Basis of Sex" is well worth a watch. The site's critical consensus has it that "'On the Basis of Sex' is nowhere near as groundbreaking as its real-life subject, but her extraordinary life makes a solid case for itself as an inspirational, well-acted biopic."

Catch it on the big screen at Showcase Cinemas Worcester North (135 Brooks St.) through Tuesday, Feb. 12. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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