The 4 best movies screening around Anderson this week

In the market for high-caliber entertainment? Don't miss this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Anderson.

Read on for 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.)

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 garnered plenty of praise 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," according to 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.'"

Want to see for yourself? It's playing at AmStar 14 - Anderson (193 Civic Center Blvd.) through Thursday, March 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

The Quiet Man

Sean Thornton has returned from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past. Sean's eye is caught by Mary Kate Danaher, the beautiful spinster and younger sister of ill-tempered "Red" Will Danaher. The riotous relationship that forms between Sean and Mary Kate, punctuated by Will's pugnacious attempts to keep them apart, form the plot, with Sean's past as the dark undercurrent.

With a Tomatometer Score of 90 percent and an Audience Score of 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1952 release has proven a solid viewing choice.

"As much an anthropological adventure as a romantic rhapsody," noted Richard Brody of the New Yorker, while Variety's Variety Staff said, "This is a robust romantic drama of a native-born's return to Ireland. Director John Ford took cast and cameras to Ireland to tell the story (by Maurice Walsh) against actual backgrounds."

Interested? It's playing at AmStar 14 - Anderson (193 Civic Center Blvd.) on Sunday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Isn't It Romantic

For a long time, Natalie, an Australian architect living in New York City, had always believed that what she had seen in rom-coms is all fantasy. But after thwarting a mugger at a subway station only to be knocked out while fleeing, Natalie wakes up and discovers that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare—a romantic comedy—and she is the leading lady.

With a Tomatometer Score of 70 percent and an Audience Score of 52 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Isn't It Romantic" is well worth a watch. The New York Post's Johnny Oleksinski said, "Unlike other movies where women bang their heads, this one's got a brain," and New York Magazine/Vulture's Bilge Ebiri noted, "It's the Inception of rom-coms. Sort of."

It's playing at AmStar 14 - Anderson (193 Civic Center Blvd.) through Thursday, Mar. 14. 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 stated, "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 AmStar 14 - Anderson (193 Civic Center Blvd.) through Thursday, March 14. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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