4 top films worth checking out in Phoenix this week

In the age of streaming entertainment, it can be hard to leave the couch. But movie theaters still offer a special experience for those willing to get out of the house. Want to see what's out there? Check out this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Phoenix.

Here are the highest rated films to catch, 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.)

Gully Boy

A coming-of-age story based on the lives of street rappers in Mumbai.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 100 percent and an Audience Score of 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Gully Boy" has gotten stellar reviews since its release on Feb. 14. Variety's Jay Weissberg said, "A mainstream rap musical served up with generous helpings of deftly written hip-hop lyrics and an appealing, largely well-woven narrative starring Ranveer Singh in all his charms," while Deborah Young of the Hollywood Reporter noted, "Zoya Akhtar directs with flair and passion and, aided by explosive performances from a right-on cast, triumphs over the familiarity of the star-is-born storyline."

It's playing at AMC Arizona Center 24 (565 N. Third St.) through Monday, March 18. 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 Tomatometer Score of 97 percent and an Audience Score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" has been a must-watch since its release in December of 2018.

"This film manages the delicate feat of embracing its source material while also satirizing it," noted Lawrence Ware of the New York Times, while the Atlantic's David Sims said, "The latest entry in a fully saturated genre that somehow, through sheer creative gumption, does something new."

In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at AMC Arizona Center 24 (565 N. Third St.) through Monday, March 18. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Safety Last

When a store clerk organizes a contest to climb the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself.

With a Tomatometer Score of 97 percent and an Audience Score of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this classic boasts plenty of accolades. Film.com's David Ehrlich said, "A (masterpiece)," and Variety's Variety Staff noted, "This Harold Lloyd high-class low comedy has thrills as well as guffaws."

You can catch it at FilmBar (815 N. Second St.) on Sunday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

With a Tomatometer Score of 94 percent and an Audience Score of 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Moneyball" is not to be missed. Newsday's Rafer Guzman said, "'Moneyball' is a winner, one of the freshest and smartest sports movies in years," while David Elliott of the San Diego Reader stated, "Brad Pitt is at the top of his own game as Beane. Cocky and often nonchalant, he is gnawed by doubts that he tries to cover by grabbing a snack or pitching a grin."

It's screening at Harkins Christown 14 (1620 W. Montebello) through Wednesday, March 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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