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4 worthwhile action movies worth checking out in Gastonia this week

In the mood for some entertainment? Don't miss this week's lineup of action movies showing on the big screen in and around Gastonia.

Here are the top-ranked action films to catch in theaters, based on critical scores sourced from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. (Movie descriptions courtesy The Movie Database; showtimes via Fandango.)


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 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 December 14, with a consensus that, "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."

The film is up for Best Animated Feature at this year's Academy Awards. 

You can catch it at Regal Franklin Square Stadium 14 (3778 E. Franklin Blvd.) through Thursday, February 7. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Bumblebee

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary yellow VW bug.

With a critical approval rating of 92 percent and an audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Bumblebee has garnered plenty of praise since its release on December 21, with a consensus that, "Bumblebee proves it's possible to bring fun and a sense of wonder back to a bloated blockbuster franchise — and sets up its own slate of sequels in the bargain."

Catch it on the big screen at Regal Franklin Square Stadium 14 (3778 E. Franklin Blvd.) through Thursday, February 7. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

The Kid Who Would Be King

Alex thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin, take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.

With an 87 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, The Kid Who Would Be King has proven a solid option with a consensus that, "The Kid Who Would Be King recalls classic all-ages adventures — and repurposes a timeless legend — for a thoroughly enjoyable new addition to the family movie canon."

It's screening at Regal Franklin Square Stadium 14 (3778 E. Franklin Blvd.) through Thursday, February 7. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Aquaman

Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people — and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm's half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counselor Vulko, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep.

With a critical approval rating of 64 percent and an audience score of 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Aquaman is well worth a watch. The site's critical consensus has it that, "Aquaman swims with its entertainingly ludicrous tide, offering up a CGI superhero spectacle that delivers energetic action with an emphasis on good old-fashioned fun."

It's screening at Regal Franklin Square Stadium 14 (3778 E. Franklin Blvd.) through Wednesday, February 6. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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