Looking to reflect on the humanity of it all? Don't miss this week's lineup of dramas showing on the big screen in and around Charlotte.
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.)
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 favourite.
With a critical approval rating of 94 percent and an audience score of 62 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, The Favourite has garnered plenty of praise since its release on December 14. The site's critical consensus has it that, "The Favourite sees Yorgos Lanthimos balancing a period setting against rich, timely subtext — and getting roundly stellar performances from his well-chosen stars."
"The Favourite will be well represented at this year's Academy Awards. The movie earned 10 Oscar nominations including one for Best Picture.
It's screening at Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5 (14815 John J Delany Drive) through Thursday, February 14; Cinebarre Arboretum 11 (8008 Providence Road) through Wednesday, February 13. 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 a place in the hearts of their adoring public.
With a critical approval rating of 92 percent and an audience score of 62 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Stan & Ollie has become a favorite since its release on December 28, with a consensus 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."
Get a piece of the action at Regal Manor Twin (609 Providence Road) through Thursday, February 14 and AMC Carolina Pavilion 22 (9541 South Blvd.). Click here for showtimes and tickets.
On the Basis of Sex
Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.
With a 72 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, On the Basis of Sex is well worth a watch. The site's critical consensus indicates that, "On the Basis of Sex is nowhere near as groundbreaking as its real-life subject, but her extraordinary life makes a solid case for itself as an inspirational, well-acted biopic."
You can catch it at Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5 (14815 John J Delany Drive) through Thursday, February 14; Ayrsley Grand Cinemas (9110 Kings Parade Blvd.) through Friday, February 8; and Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10 (6911 Phillips Place Court) through Monday, February 11. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury's increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet – finding a way to keep the band together amid all the success and excess.
With a critical approval rating of 62 percent and an audience score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Bohemian Rhapsody is well worth a watch. The site's critical consensus indicates that, "Bohemian Rhapsody hits a handful of high notes, but as an in-depth look at a beloved band, it offers more of a medley than a true greatest hits collection."
The movie is one of eight films vying for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards.
It's playing at Regal Stonecrest Stm 22 IMAX & RPX (7824 Rea Road) through Thursday, February 14; Cinebarre Arboretum 11 (8008 Providence Road) through Wednesday, February 13; and AMC Carolina Pavilion 22 (9541 South Blvd.) through Wednesday, February 13. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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