3 documentaries to catch in Austin theaters right now

Looking for a fresh perspective? Take a look at this week's lineup of documentaries showing on the big screen in and around Austin.

Read on for the best documentary films to catch in theaters, based on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer Score, which reflects the opinions of hundreds of film and television critics.

(Movie descriptions courtesy The Movie Database; showtimes via Fandango. Movie ratings and showtimes are subject to change.)

Apollo 11

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 100 percent and an Audience Score of 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Apollo 11" has proven to be a critical darling since its release on March 8. Entertainment Weekly's Chris Nashawaty said, "The NASA mission at the heart of the must-see documentary Apollo 11 reminds you what it feels to be truly awestruck," while Jake Coyle of the Associated Press noted, "Apollo 11 might not tell you anything you don't already know about the moon landing. But it will make you feel it, and see it, anew."

Want to see for yourself? It's playing at AMC Barton Creek Square 14 (2901 Capital Of Texas Highway), Alamo Drafthouse Village (2700 W. Anderson Lane) and Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar (1120 S. Lamar) through Wednesday, March 20; and  Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills (9828 Great Hills Trail) through Thursday, March 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Meow Wolf: Origin Story

When a group of young DIY artists in Santa Fe can’t find a door into the art world, they blow open an entirely new portal with their grit, passion and tenacity. Within just a few short years – and with a little help from George R.R. Martin – this group called Meow Wolf ultimately hits a cultural nerve and garners massive, unexpected success with their exhibit, House of Eternal Return.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 100 percent and an Audience Score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Meow Wolf: Origin Story" has been a must-watch since its release in November of 2018.

"Other than showing moments of in-fighting, 'Meow Wolf: Origin Story' is an almost entirely positive exploration of the collective and their art – but it's an effective one," according to Kimber Myers of the Los Angeles Times, while the Hollywood Reporter's John DeFore said, "Rapid-fire visuals adorn an intriguing fringe-culture success story."

Catch it on the big screen at Alamo Drafthouse Mueller (1911 Aldrich St.) on Sunday, March 17. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Free Solo

Follow Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000 foot high El Capitan wall. With no ropes or safety gear, this would arguably be the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 99 percent and an Audience Score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Free Solo" has proven to be a critical darling since its release in September of 2018.

"The visuals are stunning, offering head-spinning views with the comfort of total safety," noted Melanie McFarland of Salon.com, while the Globe and Mail's John Doyle said, "Free Solo...is a jaw-dropper, both in what is documented and its visual impact."

It's playing at Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills (9828 Great Hills Trail) through Thursday, March 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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