3 popular films worth checking out in Baltimore this week

Need date night ideas? Check out this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing or opening on the big screen in and around Baltimore.

Read on for 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.)

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 95 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "BlacKkKlansman" has become a favorite since its release on Aug. 10.

The site's critical consensus declares,  "'BlacKkKlansman' uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events — and brings out some of Spike Lee's hardest-hitting work in decades along the way." The film scored six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It was also honored with four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture (Drama).

Catch it on the big screen at the Parkway Theatre (5 W. North Avenue) through Monday, Feb. 11. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Cold Pursuit

Nels Coxman's quiet life comes crashing down when his beloved son dies under mysterious circumstances. His search for the truth soon becomes a quest for revenge as he seeks coldblooded justice against a drug lord and his inner circle.

Set to be released on Friday, Feb. 8, "Cold Pursuit" already has a critical approval rating of 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with a consensus that the film "delivers the action audiences expect from a Liam Neeson thriller — along with humor and a sophisticated streak that make this an uncommonly effective remake."

Get a piece of the action at Cinébistro at The Rotunda (727 W. 40th St.) through Wednesday, Feb. 13. 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, forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line, and relied on a guide called The Negro Motorist Green Book.

With an 81 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Green Book" has racked up generally positive reviews since its release on Nov. 16.

According to the site's overview of critic reviews, "'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 scored five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Green Book also took home three Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)

It's playing at Cinébistro at The Rotunda (727 W. 40th St.) through Tuesday, Feb. 12. Click here for showtimes and tickets.