The 4 best dramas screening around Chandler this week

In the mood to feel feelings? Take a look at this week's lineup of dramas showing on the big screen in and around Chandler.

Here are the highest rated 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 1992 release 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."

Get a piece of the action at Alamo Drafthouse Chandler (4955 S. Arizona Ave.) through Saturday, March 16. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Moneyball

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 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Moneyball" has garnered plenty of praise.

"'Moneyball' is a winner, one of the freshest and smartest sports movies in years," according to Rafer Guzman of Newsday, while the San Diego Reader's David Elliott said, "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 playing at Harkins Chandler Fashion 20 (3159 W. Chandler Blvd.) through Wednesday, March 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Field of Dreams

Ray Kinsella is an Iowa farmer who hears a mysterious voice telling him to turn his cornfield into a baseball diamond. He does, but the voice's directions don't stop — even after the spirits of deceased ballplayers turn up to play.

With a Tomatometer Score of 86 percent and an Audience Score of 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this '80s throwback is a good bet.

"In Costner, writer-director Robinson has found the perfect player for a personal-stakes game, a guy with a leg-it-out intensity and kidlike enthusiasm. It's Costner's eye-on-the-ball exuberance that carries Dreams past its often mechanical aesthetic ," noted Duane Byrge of the Hollywood Reporter, while the Chicago Tribune's Dave Kehr said, "The sentimentality, of which there is plenty, is nicely balanced by a humor of ironic pragmatism, as when Ray, having built his baseball field as a monument to human dreams, decides to charge tourists $20 a head to visit it."

Get a piece of the action at Harkins Chandler Fashion 20 (3159 W. Chandler Blvd.) through Wednesday, March 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

42    

The powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film follows the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show.

With a Tomatometer Score of 80 percent and an Audience Score of 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "42" is a worthy candidate for your viewing pleasure. San Francisco Chronicle's Mick LaSalle said, "A dramatization of what Robinson did and what it required, '42' will not disappoint," while Mary F. Pols of TIME Magazine noted, "It's not easy to play a stoic, but Boseman anchors the movie, and when he smiles, '42', already such a warm story of such cold times, gets even brighter."

Interested? It's playing at Harkins Chandler Fashion 20 (3159 W. Chandler Blvd.) through Tuesday, March 19. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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