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The 4 best movies screening around Tacoma this week

In the market for high-caliber entertainment? Take a look at this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Tacoma.

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.)

Apollo 11

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 100 percent and an Audience Score of 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Apollo 11" has proven to be a critical darling since its release on March 8.

Entertainment Weekly's Chris Nashawaty said, "The NASA mission at the heart of the must-see documentary Apollo 11 reminds you what it feels to be truly awestruck."

While Jake Coyle of the Associated Press noted, "Apollo 11 might not tell you anything you don't already know about the moon landing. But it will make you feel it, and see it, anew."

It's screening at The Grand Cinema (606 S. Fawcett Ave.) through Wednesday, March 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin tells the remarkable life story of writer Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 88. Le Guin, mostly known for her science fiction and fantasy novels, such as "A Wizard of Earthsea" and "The Left Hand of Darkness," defiantly held her ground on the margin of American letters until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin" has proven to be a critical darling since its release in September of 2018.

"By framing her life in the context of second-wave feminism, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin captures Le Guin's legacy as a radical heroine," according to Amy Guay of Washington City Paper.

While PopMatters's Chris Barsanti said, "...shows how, in Le Guin's writings, fantasy can be viewed as both a different way of seeing and understanding the past, and a new way of seeing the present — and what the future could be."

You can catch it at The Grand Cinema (606 S. Fawcett Ave.) on Tuesday, March 19. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

City Lights

City Lights is the first silent film that Charlie Chaplin directed after he established himself with sound accompanied films. The film is about a penniless man who falls in love with a flower girl.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 98 percent and an Audience Score of 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this old-school film has been a favorite of critics, with Irene Thirer of the New York Daily News saying, "'City Lights' is excruciatingly funny and terribly, terribly sad. It makes you chuckle hysterically. You have the greatest time imaginable, and yet, occasionally you find little hurty lumps in your throat."

Get a piece of the action at The Grand Cinema (606 S. Fawcett Ave.) on Wednesday, March 20. 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.

The Atlantic's David Sims said, "So much of The Hidden World is stuffed with filler material. But in certain wordless moments, this grand final entry really sings."

And the New York Post's Johnny Oleksinski noted, "The movie could easily be called 'How To End Your Trilogy.'"

Get a piece of the action at Century Point Ruston and XD (5057 Main St.) through Wednesday, March 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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