The 5 best movies screening around Austin this week

Want to see a movie, but not sure what's worthwhile? Take a look at this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Austin.

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 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Apollo 11" has been a must-watch 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."

Get a piece of the action at AMC Barton Creek Square 14 (2901 Capital Of Texas Highway), Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills (9828 Great Hills Trail), Alamo Drafthouse Village (2700 W. Anderson Lane), and Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar (1120 S. Lamar) through Wednesday, March 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Meow Wolf: Origin Story

When a group of young DIY artists in Santa Fe can’t find a door into the art world, they blow open an entirely new portal with their grit, passion, and tenacity. Within just a few short years – and with a little help from George R.R. Martin – this group called Meow Wolf ultimately hits a cultural nerve and garners massive, unexpected success with their exhibit, House of Eternal Return.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 100 percent and an Audience Score of 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Meow Wolf: Origin Story" has proven to be a critical darling since its release in November of 2018.

"Other than showing moments of in-fighting, 'Meow Wolf: Origin Story' is an almost entirely positive exploration of the collective and their art - but it's an effective one," according to Kimber Myers of the Los Angeles Times, while the Hollywood Reporter's John DeFore said, "Rapid-fire visuals adorn an intriguing fringe-culture success story."

You can catch it at Alamo Drafthouse Mueller (1911 Aldrich St.) on Sunday, March 17. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Gully Boy

A coming-of-age story based on the lives of street rappers in Mumbai.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 100 percent and an Audience Score of 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Gully Boy" has gotten stellar reviews since its release on Feb. 14.

"A mainstream rap musical served up with generous helpings of deftly written hip-hop lyrics and an appealing, largely well-woven narrative starring Ranveer Singh in all his charms," noted Jay Weissberg of Variety, while the Hollywood Reporter's Deborah Young said, "Zoya Akhtar directs with flair and passion and, aided by explosive performances from a right-on cast, triumphs over the familiarity of the star-is-born storyline."

It's playing at Cinemark 20 and XD (15436 FM 1825) through Wednesday, March 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Free Solo

Follow Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000 foot high El Capitan wall. With no ropes or safety gear, this would arguably be the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 99 percent and an Audience Score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Free Solo" has been a must-watch since its release in September of 2018. Salon.com's Melanie McFarland said, "The visuals are stunning, offering head-spinning views with the comfort of total safety," and the Globe and Mail's John Doyle noted, "Free Solo...is a jaw-dropper, both in what is documented and its visual impact."

You can catch it at Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills (9828 Great Hills Trail) through Wednesday, March 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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 gotten stellar reviews 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 stated, "The latest entry in a fully saturated genre that somehow, through sheer creative gumption, does something new."

It's playing at AMC Barton Creek Square 14 (2901 Capital Of Texas Highway) and Regal Gateway Stadium 16 & IMAX (9700 Stonelake Blvd.) through Wednesday, March 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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