5 worthwhile films worth checking out in Cleveland this week

Need date night ideas? Don't miss this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Cleveland.

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.)

The Waldheim Waltz

Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past. It shows the swift succession of new allegations by the World Jewish Congress during his Austrian presidential campaign, the denial by the Austrian political class, the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism, which finally led to his election.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Waldheim Waltz" has been a must-watch since its release in October of 2018. The Los Angeles Times' Kenneth Turan said, "How this all played out in terms of the Austrian election will surprise no one, but seeing how much the situation came to prefigure the contemporary house of mirrors in Europe as well as America still comes as something of a shock," while Bilge Ebiri of the New York Times noted, "The film may end in 1986, but the darkness it reveals still looms."

Interested? It's playing at Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque (11610 Euclid Ave.) on Sunday, March 17. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Stranger Than Paradise

Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie, his pal Eddie, and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb.

With a Tomatometer Score of 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1980's classic is a must-see, with the Washington Post's Paul Attanasio saying, "Daring in its conception but made with a watchmaker's care, 'Stranger Than Paradise' is a playfully eclectic, formally perfect gem. It is also a persistently funny film that owes as much to 'The Honeymooners' as it does to the avant-garde."

Get a piece of the action at Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque (11610 Euclid Ave.) through Sunday, March 17. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless’ discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind.

With a Tomatometer Score of 91 percent and an Audience Score of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" has become a favorite since its release on Feb. 22.

"So much of 'The Hidden World' is stuffed with filler material. But in certain wordless moments, this grand final entry really sings," noted David Sims of the Atlantic, while the New York Post's Johnny Oleksinski said, "The movie could easily be called 'How To End Your Trilogy.'"

In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at Atlas Cinemas at Shaker Square (13116 Shaker Square) through Wednesday, March 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

The Quake

A family is off to the Norwegian city of Oslo, where a massive earthquake will strike.

With a Tomatometer Score of 81 percent and an Audience Score of 52 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Quake" has been getting attention since its release in August of 2018. New York Magazine/Vulture's Bilge Ebiri said, "Should be required viewing for all of today's Hollywood franchise jockeys. It shows you how to make one of these things without sacrificing your characters' souls (or your own, for that matter)," and the Hollywood Reporter's Frank Scheck noted, "For the more open-minded, 'The Quake' offers visceral thrills."

Interested? It's playing at Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque (11610 Euclid Ave.) through Friday, March 15. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

I Was a Male War Bride

Captain Henri Rochard is a French officer assigned to work with Lieutenant Catherine Gates. Through a wacky series of misadventures, they fall in love and marry. When the war ends, Captain Rochard tries to return to America with the other female war brides. Zany gender-confusing antics follow.

With a Tomatometer Score of 79 percent and an Audience Score of 72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this vintage film comes with positive recommendations. The Chicago Reader's Don Druker said, "Howard Hawks's darkest comedy is a loosely constructed, episodic film that traces the progressive humiliations suffered by Free French Army Captain Cary Grant," while Dennis Schwartz of Ozus' World Movie Reviews stated, "This is a high-spirited and subversive loosely structured comedy."

Catch it on the big screen at Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque (11610 Euclid Ave.) through Sunday, March 17. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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