5 action movies to catch in San Antonio theaters right now

Looking for some entertainment? Check out this week's lineup of action movies showing on the big screen in and around San Antonio.

Read on for the best action 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.)

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

Get a piece of the action at Regal Cielo Vista Stadium 18 & RPX (2828 Cinema Ridge) through Thursday, March 21. 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 Tomatometer Score of 93 percent and an Audience Score of 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Bumblebee" has become a favorite since its release in December of 2018.

"The movie works in large part because of the depth of Steinfeld's performance. We haven't seen such a well-realized character in any of the other Transformers movies," according to James Berardinelli of ReelViews, while Rolling Stone's David Fear said, "Imagine if John Hughes made a 'Transformers' movie. Or: Think 'E.T.,' but with auto parts."

Interested? It's playing at Cinemark Movies 16 (5063 N.W. Loop 410th) through Thursday, March 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

The Kid Who Would Be King

Old-school magic meets the modern world when young Alex stumbles upon the mythical sword Excalibur. He soon unites his friends and enemies, and they become knights who join forces with the legendary wizard Merlin. Together, they must save mankind from the wicked enchantress Morgana and her army of supernatural warriors.

With a Tomatometer Score of 89 percent and an Audience Score of 66 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Kid Who Would Be King" has proven a solid option since its release on Jan. 25.

"It falls short of enchanting but it's never less than fun and likable. Watch it through the eyes of your inner teenager and you'll have a blast," noted Philip De Semlyen of Time Out, while the Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern said, "It's a charming notion, worked out zestfully by the writer-director, Joe Cornish, until the charm falls victim to familiar CGI Halloweenery."

It's screening at Cinemark Movies 16 (5063 N.W. Loop 410th) through Thursday, March 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Aquaman

Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people — and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm's half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counselor Vulko, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep.

With a Tomatometer Score of 65 percent and an Audience Score of 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Aquaman" is well worth a watch. The Chicago Reader's Andrea Gronvall said, "Veteran cinematographer Don Burgess's widescreen images beguile, and Bill Brzeski's production design impresses mightily, but next time, someone please give Momoa and company some memorable dialogue," and the Toronto Sun's Mark Daniell noted, "A thoroughly entertaining ride."

Interested? It's playing at Cinemark Movies 16 (5063 N.W. Loop 410th) through Thursday, March 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Alita: Battle Angel

When Alita awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido, a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past.

With a Tomatometer Score of 60 percent and an Audience Score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Alita: Battle Angel" is well worth a watch. Slate's Sam Adams said, "It's goofy as hell and borderline inexcusable at times, but it's also kind of glorious," while Tony Baker of Tony Baker Comedy noted, "When the action would kick off you could really see the choreography. You could see the movements being executed, you could see what's being done...Alita could really fight."

Get a piece of the action at Santikos Embassy 14 (13707 Embassy Row) through Thursday, March 21 and Regal Cielo Vista Stadium 18 & RPX (2828 Cinema Ridge) through Thursday, March 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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