4 popular films worth checking out in New York City 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 New York City.

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 98 percent and an Audience Score of 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Apollo 11" has garnered stellar reviews 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 playing at City Cinemas Village East (181-189 Second Ave.) through Sunday, April 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Us

Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.

With a Tomatometer Score of 94 percent and an Audience Score of 67 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Us" has garnered plenty of praise since its release on March 22.

"It achieves an insidious, lingering effect that's rarer in the horror genre," noted Ben Sachs of the Chicago Reader, while the Christian Science Monitor's Peter Rainer said, "Ambition in the horror genre can be a good thing, but the overreach in this movie detracts from both the horror and the ambition. Having said that, Peele shows a marked advance in filmmaking skills here and, in her dual role, Nyong'o is ferociously good."

It's playing at College Point Multiplex Cinemas (2855 Ulmer St.) through Sunday, April 21 and AMC Bay Plaza Cinema 13 (2210 Bartow Ave.), Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX (247 W. 42nd St.) and Concourse Plaza Multiplex (214 E. 161st St.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Penguins

The story of Steve, an Adélie penguin, on a quest to find a life partner and start a family. When Steve meets with Wuzzo the emperor penguin they become friends. But nothing comes easy in the icy Antarctic.

Released on Wednesday, April 17, "Penguins" already has a Tomatometer Score of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. RogerEbert.com's Christy Lemire said, "Just you try to resist the impossible adorableness offered up in the latest Disneynature documentary, 'Penguins,'" and Arizona Republic's Melissa Yeager noted, "The result is an endearing documentary, capturing both the wonder of Antarctica and the drama of the everyday life of penguins."

It's screening at College Point Multiplex Cinemas (2855 Ulmer St.) through Monday, April 22 and AMC Bay Plaza Cinema 13 (2210 Bartow Ave.), AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 (2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd.) and Regal Essex Crossing & RPX (129 Delancey St.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Long Shot

When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.

Set to be released on Friday, May 3, "Long Shot" already has a Tomatometer Score of 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. IndieWire's Eric Kohn said, "'Long Shot' turns its endearing couple into a savvy vessel for exploring America's fractured times," while Yolanda Machado of TheWrap stated, "Rogen's off-kilter charm and jocularity pair well with Theron's elegance and wit."

It's screening at AMC 84th Street 6 (2310 Broadway) on Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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