5 worthwhile films worth checking out in New Orleans this week

Want to see a movie, but not sure what's worth your time (and money)? Don't miss this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around New Orleans.

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.)

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 65 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Us" has garnered plenty of praise since its release on March 22. The Chicago Reader's Ben Sachs said, "it achieves an insidious, lingering effect that's rarer in the horror genre," while Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor noted, "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, (Director Jordan) Peele shows a marked advance in filmmaking skills here and, in her dual role, (Actress Luptia) Nyong'o is ferociously good."

Catch it on the big screen at The Broad Theater (636 N. Broad St.) through Thursday, April 25 and Cinebarre Canal Place 9 (333 Canal St.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Shazam!

A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.

With a Tomatometer Score of 91 percent and an Audience Score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Shazam!" has racked up generally positive reviews since its release on April 5.

"For a long, glorious stretch, 'Shazam!' plays like the anti-Nolan antidote it is," according to Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out, while Salon.com's Matthew Rozsa said, "'Shazam!'" is the funniest, sweetest and most innocent movie in the DC Extended Universe - a sign that it is at last ready to compete with Marvel."

Catch it on the big screen at Cinebarre Canal Place 9 (333 Canal St.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Missing Link

The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost considers himself to be the world's foremost investigator of myths and monsters. Trouble is, none of his small-minded, high-society peers seems to recognize this. Hoping to finally gain acceptance from these fellow adventurers, Sir Lionel travels to the Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature known as the missing link.

With a Tomatometer Score of 90 percent and an Audience Score of 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Missing Link" has racked up generally positive reviews since its release on April 12.

"Stick around for the end credits to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the heroes' elephant ride across India. The animators particularly strive to offer a fresh take on their final destination," noted Tom Russo of The Boston Globe, while The Atlantic's David Sims said, "Amid the noisy, epic action of most kid-oriented features, this film's story is clear and effective: a sweet-hearted narrative of how friendship can broaden one's horizons."

Get a piece of the action at Cinebarre Canal Place 9 (333 Canal St.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Captain Marvel

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

With a Tomatometer Score of 78 percent and an Audience Score of 57 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Captain Marvel" is well worth a watch. The Toronto Sun's Mark Daniell said, "Does it work? The short answer is: yes. There's enough to keep both diehard Marvel fans and newcomers engaged," and The New Yorker's Anthony Lane noted, "Superhero cinema has lectured us, ad infinitum, on the responsibility that is conferred by extraordinary gifts. Praise be to Larson, for reminding us that they can be bringers of fun."

Catch it on the big screen at Cinebarre Canal Place 9 (333 Canal St.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

One Crazy Summer

An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers.

With a Tomatometer Score of 60 percent and an Audience Score of 63 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1986 release has proven potential. The Chicago Reader's Pat Graham said, "[A] bright, occasionally imbecilic teen comedy," while of TV Guide stated, "While certainly not for all tastes, it's refreshing teenage fare, and underlying its cartoony insouciance is a welcome touch of innocence."

It's screening at The Broad Theater (636 N. Broad St.) through Monday, April 22. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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