4 worthwhile dramas to check out in Austin this week

In the mood for a stirring story? Don't miss this week's lineup of dramas showing on the big screen in and around Austin.

Here are the top-ranked drama 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.)

Howards End

A saga of class relations and changing times in an Edwardian England on the brink of modernity, the film centers on liberal Margaret Schlegel, who, along with her sister Helen, becomes involved with two couples: wealthy, conservative industrialist Henry Wilcox and his wife Ruth, and the downwardly mobile working-class Leonard Bast and his mistress Jackie.

With a Tomatometer Score of 94 percent and an Audience Score of 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this '90s flick is not to be missed. The Globe and Mail's Barry Hertz said, "A can't-miss opportunity to experience some of the finest filmmaking of the 20th century," while Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times noted, "What sets 'Howards End' apart is the complex emotional life of its characters."

It's screening at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline (14028 Us. 183, #F) on Saturday, March 16 and Alamo Drafthouse Mueller (1911 Aldrich St.) on Sunday, March 17. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

The Favourite

England, early 18th century. 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 Tomatometer Score of 93 percent and an Audience Score of 67 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Favourite" has become a favorite since its release in December of 2018.

"Yorgos Lanthimos' dryly funny historical feature is all about power, and that means literally wearing the pants in a strange time," according to Cate Young of indieWire, while the New York Times's A.O. Scott said, "Weisz and Stone are both brilliantly witty and nimble, but Colman's performance is nothing short of sublime."

Get a piece of the action at Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills (9828 Great Hills Trail) through Thursday, March 21 and Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar (1120 S. Lamar) through Wednesday, March 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Green Book

Tony Lip, a bouncer in 1962, is hired to drive pianist Don Shirley on a tour through the Deep South in the days when African Americans, forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line, relied on a guide called The Negro Motorist Green Book.

With a Tomatometer Score of 78 percent and an Audience Score of 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Green Book" is well worth a watch.

"Is it a feel-good charmer poised to rake in greenbacks and Oscar gold? You bet! But don't let that keep you away from this overall well balanced (and timed) look forward from the safe distance of America's motley past," noted Scott Marks of the San Diego Reader, while the Atlantic's Christopher Orr said, "First-rate execution can't solve all of a film's problems, but Mortensen and Ali offer a reminder that it can solve an awful lot of them."

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

Bohemian Rhapsody

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 the success and excess.

With a Tomatometer Score of 61 percent and an Audience Score of 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is well worth a watch. NPR's Bob Mondello said, "As for Freddie Mercury, is this his real life? Is this just fantasy - not sure that really matters either. When Malek's strutting like a peacock, this movie is a decently amusing escape from reality," and the New Yorker's Richard Brody noted, "Malek does an impressive job of re-creating Mercury's moves onstage, but the core of the performance is Malek's intensely thoughtful, insight-rich channelling of Mercury's hurt, his alienation and isolation even at the height of his fame."

You can catch it at Regal Gateway Stadium 16 & IMAX (9700 Stonelake Blvd.) through Thursday, March 21; Regal Metropolitan Stadium 14 (901 Little Texas Lane) through Thursday, March 21; and Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline (14028 Us. 183, #F) through Thursday, March 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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