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Published on February 21, 2019
3 Oscar nominees and an art documentary showing around Denver this weekImage: Meow Wolf: Origin Story/TMDb

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

Read on for the highest rated films to catch, based on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer Score, which reflects the opinions of hundreds of film and television critics.

(Movie descriptions courtesy The Movie Database; showtimes via Fandango. Movie ratings and showtimes are subject to change.)

Meow Wolf: Origin Story

When a group of young DIY artists in Santa Fe can’t find a door into the art world, they blow open an entirely new portal with their grit, passion, and tenacity. Within just a few short years – and with a little help from George R.R. Martin – this group called Meow Wolf ultimately hits a cultural nerve and garners massive, unexpected success with their exhibit, House of Eternal Return.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 100 percent and an Audience Score of 65 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Meow Wolf: Origin Story" has gotten stellar reviews since its release in November of 2018.

The Los Angeles Times' Kimber Myers said, "Other than showing moments of in-fighting, 'Meow Wolf: Origin Story' is an almost entirely positive exploration of the collective and their art — but it's an effective one," while John DeFore of the Hollywood Reporter noted, "Rapid-fire visuals adorn an intriguing fringe-culture success story."

Catch it on the big screen at Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake (4255 W. Colfax Ave.) on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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 Tomatometer Score of 98 percent and an Audience Score of 65 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Free Solo" has gotten stellar reviews since its release in September of 2018.

"Impressive ... But the question for me remains: Why on earth would anybody do this?" asked Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor. RogerEbert.com's Glenn Kenny called it, "scary and exhilarating stuff."

It's playing at UA Colorado Center Stadium 9 & IMAX (2000 S. Colorado Blvd.) through Thursday, Feb. 28. 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 a Tomatometer Score of 97 percent and an Audience Score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" has been a must-watch since its release in December of 2018.

"This film manages the delicate feat of embracing its source material while also satirizing it," noted Lawrence Ware of the New York Times, while the Atlantic's David Sims called it, "The latest entry in a fully saturated genre that somehow, through sheer creative gumption, does something new."

Interested? It's playing at UA Denver Pavilions Stadium 15 & RPX (500 16th St.) through Thursday, Feb. 21; UA Colorado Center Stadium 9 & IMAX (2000 S. Colorado Blvd.) through Thursday, Feb. 28; and Harkins Northfield 18 (8300 E. Northfield Blvd.) through Friday, Feb. 22. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

BlacKkKlansman

Colorado Springs, late 1970s. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer, and Flip Zimmerman, his Jewish colleague, run an undercover operation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

With a Tomatometer Score of 96 percent and an Audience Score of 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "BlacKkKlansman" has been a must-watch since its release in August of 2018.

Slate's Lawrence Ware said, "The filmmaker rips from the headlines, but the struggles remain the same," and the Observer's Oliver Jones declared it, "A kitchen sink and kaleidoscopic study of cultural and institutional racism in America."

You can catch it at Harkins Northfield 18 (8300 E. Northfield Blvd.) through Friday, Feb. 22. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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