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5 can't-miss films worth checking out in Charlotte this week

On the hunt for date night ideas? Take a look at this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Charlotte.

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.)


Can You Ever Forgive Me?

When bestselling celebrity biographer Lee Israel is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend, Jack. It is a story of two difficult, socially inept people somehow becoming partners-in-crime in forgeries: one creating and the other selling it.

Boasting a 98 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Can You Ever Forgive Me? has proven to be a critical darling since its release on October 19. The site's critical consensus has it that "Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, Can You Ever Forgive Me? proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy."

Both Grant and McCarthy have been Oscar-nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Lead Actress, respectively.

Interested? It's playing at AMC Carolina Pavilion 22 (9541 South Blvd.) through Saturday, February 9. 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 97 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has been a must-watch since its release on December 14. Per the site's overview of critic reviews, "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."

Get a piece of the action at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas (9110 Kings Parade Blvd.) through Thursday, February 14. 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 94 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 62 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, The Favourite has become a favorite since its release on December 14, with a consensus that "The Favourite sees Yorgos Lanthimos balancing a period setting against rich, timely subtext - and getting roundly stellar performances from his well-chosen stars."

This film has multiple Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Lead and Supporting Actresses.

Catch it on the big screen at Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5 (14815 John J Delany Drive) through Friday, February 15. 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 93 percent and an audience score of 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Bumblebee has become a favorite since its release on December 21. The site's critical consensus notes 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 AMC Carolina Pavilion 22 (9541 South Blvd.) through Thursday, February 14. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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 92 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Stan & Ollie has garnered plenty of praise since its release on December 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."

You can catch it at Regal Manor Twin (609 Providence Road) through Thursday, February 14. Click here for showtimes and tickets.