The 5 best movies screening around Chandler 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 Chandler.

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.)

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 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."

You can catch it at Harkins Chandler Fashion 20 (3159 W. Chandler Blvd.) through Thursday, March 21; and Alamo Drafthouse Chandler (4955 S. Arizona Ave.) through Wednesday, March 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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 '90s flick is not to be missed.

"A can't-miss opportunity to experience some of the finest filmmaking of the 20th century," according to Barry Hertz of the Globe and Mail, while the Los Angeles Times' Kenneth Turan said, "What sets 'Howards End' apart is the complex emotional life of its characters."

Interested? It's playing at Alamo Drafthouse Chandler (4955 S. Arizona Ave.) on 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 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Moneyball" has garnered plenty of praise.

"'Moneyball' is a winner, one of the freshest and smartest sports movies in years," noted 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."

Catch it on the big screen at Harkins Chandler Fashion 20 (3159 W. Chandler Blvd.) on Friday, March 15, Saturday, March 16, Monday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again, the resistance has managed to send a protector back to attempt to save John and his mother Sarah.

With a Tomatometer Score of 93 percent and an Audience Score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1991 release comes highly recommended. The Chicago Sun-Times' Richard Roeper said, "Even though this movie was made nearly 30 years ago, almost nothing about it feels dated," and San Francisco Chronicle's Mick LaSalle noted, "'The Terminator 2' is movie-making on a massive scale, packed dense with spectacular touches that are too many to describe — escape scenes, helicopter stunts and huge explosions."

You can catch it at Harkins Chandler Fashion 20 (3159 W. Chandler Blvd.) on Tuesday, March 19. 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 garnered plenty of praise 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," while Johnny Oleksinski of the New York Post stated, "The movie could easily be called 'How To End Your Trilogy.'"

Catch it on the big screen at Harkins Chandler Crossroads Towne Center 12 (2980 E. Germann Road) through Thursday, March 14; Alamo Drafthouse Chandler (4955 S. Arizona Ave.) through Wednesday, March 20; and Harkins Chandler Fashion 20 (3159 W. Chandler Blvd.) through Wednesday, March 20;  Flix Brewhouse Chandler (1 W. Chandler Blvd.) through Thursday, March 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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