3 top dramas worth checking out in Cincinnati this week

Want to reflect on the humanity of it all? Check out 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.)

Rebecca

Story of a young woman who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier. The young wife must come to grips with the terrible secret of her handsome, cold husband, Max De Winter. She must also deal with the jealous, obsessed Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper, who will not accept her as the mistress of the house.

Boasting a 100 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this classic is a must-see. The site's critical consensus indicates that "Hitchcock's first American film (and his only Best Picture winner), 'Rebecca' is a masterpiece of haunting atmosphere, Gothic thrills, and gripping suspense."

Catch it on the big screen at Esquire 6 Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) on Wednesday, Feb. 13. 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 favorite.

With a critical approval rating of 94 percent and an audience score of 62 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Favourite" has become a favorite since its release on Dec. 14. Per the site's critical consensus, "'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 Esquire 6 Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) through Thursday, Feb. 14. 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, relied on a guide called The Negro Motorist Green Book.

With an 80 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Green Book" has proven a solid option 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."

It's playing at Cinemark Oakley Station and XD (3025 Disney St.) through Tuesday, Feb. 12. Click here for showtimes and tickets.