4 best movies screening around Dallas this week

In the market for high-caliber entertainment? Check out this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Dallas.

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.)

Singin' in the Rain

In 1927 Hollywood, a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 100 percent and an Audience Score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this old-school film has been a favorite of critics. The New York Daily News's Wanda Hale said, "'Singin' in the Rain' is another mighty fine MGM Technicolor musical comedy produced by Arthur Freed whose 'An American in Paris' copped seven Academy awards last week," while Mark Bourne of Film.com noted, "...this one's the Taj Mahal, Armstrong's footprint on the moon, the 2001 Arizona New York World Series, the Clash's London Calling, and the perfect foamy head on an expertly poured Guinness."

Catch it on the big screen at Look Cinemas Prestonwood (5409 Beltline Road) through Sunday, April 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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 98 percent and an Audience Score of 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Apollo 11" has been a must-watch since its release on March 8.

"The NASA mission at the heart of the must-see documentary Apollo 11 reminds you what it feels to be truly awestruck," according to Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly, while the Associated Press's Jake Coyle said, "'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 Angelika Film Center & Cafe (5321 E. Mockingbird Lane) through Thursday, April 25. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Grave of the Fireflies

In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no surviving relatives and their emergency rations depleted, Seita and Setsuko struggle to survive.

With a Tomatometer Score of 97 percent and an Audience Score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1988 release boasts plenty of accolades.

"One of the most startling and moving animated films ever," noted Glenn Kenny of The New York Times, while ReelViews' James Berardinelli said, "Some movies are such singular achievements that they deserve to be seen at least once by everyone who considers himself or herself to be a lover of film. 'Grave of the Fireflies' falls into that exclusive category."

You can catch it at Alamo Drafthouse Dallas (1005 S. Lamar St.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Lolita

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged British novelist who is both appalled by and attracted to the vulgarity of American culture. When he comes to stay at the boarding house run by Charlotte Haze, he soon becomes obsessed with Lolita, the woman's teenaged daughter.

With a Tomatometer Score of 95 percent and an Audience Score of 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1962 release has become a favorite. The Chicago Reader's Dave Kehr said, "Where Nabokov was witty,  Kubrick is sometimes merely snide, but fine performances (particularly from Peter Sellers, as the ominous Clare Quilty) cover most of the rough spots," and Time Out's Geoff Andrew noted, "Far more satisfying than his later works (one hesitates to call them mere movies)."

Get a piece of the action at Angelika Film Center & Cafe (5321 E. Mockingbird Lane) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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