5 top films worth checking out in Long Beach this week

Need date night ideas? Don't miss this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Long Beach.

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 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. 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."

Catch it on the big screen at UA Long Beach 6 (6601 Pacific Coast Highway) through Wednesday, April 24. 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 90 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," according to Ben Sachs of the Chicago Reader, while the Christian Science Monitor's Peter Rainer said, "[Director Jordan] Peele shows a marked advance in filmmaking skills here and, in her dual role, [Lupita] Nyong'o is ferociously good."

It's playing at Cinemark at the Pike (99 S. Pine Ave.) through Tuesday, April 23; and AMC Marina Pacifica 12 (6346 E. Pacific Coast Highway) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

The Mustang

While participating in a rehabilitation program training wild mustangs, a convict at first struggles to connect with the horses and his fellow inmates, but he learns to confront his violent past as he soothes an especially feisty horse.

With a Tomatometer Score of 94 percent and an Audience Score of 73 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Mustang" has become a favorite since its release on March 15.

"There's a Disney movie in here somewhere, but [director Laure de] Clermont-Tonnerre has no interest in it. She's too busy steering her own course, and it works," noted Adam Graham of the Detroit News, while ReelViews' James Berardinelli said, "It's worth seeking out ... as both a portrait of a prison program few are aware of and a powerful character study."

It's playing at UA Long Beach 6 (6601 Pacific Coast Highway) 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.

Rleased 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."

Catch it on the big screen at Cinemark at the Pike (99 S. Pine Ave.) through Tuesday, April 23; and Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX (7501 E. Carson Blvd.) and AMC Marina Pacifica 12 (6346 E. Pacific Coast Highway) through Wednesday, April 24. 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 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" has been popular with audiences. 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." 

You can catch it at Cinemark at the Pike (99 S. Pine Ave.) through Tuesday, April 23; and AMC Marina Pacifica 12 (6346 E. Pacific Coast Highway) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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