The 3 best movies screening around Austin this week

In the age of streaming entertainment, it can be hard to leave the couch. But movie theaters still offer a special experience for those willing to get out of the house. Want to see what's out there? Take a look at this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Austin.

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 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."

It's playing at Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills (9828 Great Hills Trail), Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar (1120 S. Lamar), Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane (5701 W. Slaughter Lane), and Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline (14028 US 183, #F) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Say Anything

A budding romance between noble underachiever Lloyd Dobler and high school valedictorian Diane Court is threatened when Diane's overly possessive, disapproving father interferes with their relationship. With a prized scholarship to study abroad hanging in the balance, Diane must find a way to make both men happy.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 98 percent and an Audience Score of 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this '80s throwback is a critical darling.

"Say Anything is an easy film to like," according to Kirk Honeycutt of the Hollywood Reporter, while Variety's Variety Staff said, "Cusack and Skye's relationship develops nicely and believably, but Crowe has not written an entirely convincing character for the latter to play."

You can catch it at Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane (5701 W. Slaughter Lane), Alamo Drafthouse Ritz (320 E. Sixth St.), and Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline (14028 US 183, #F) through Tuesday, April 23. 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. 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 stated, "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."

Get a piece of the action at AMC Barton Creek Square 14 (2901 Capital Of Texas Highway), Alamo Drafthouse Village (2700 W. Anderson Lane), Regal Gateway Stadium 16 & IMAX (9700 Stonelake Blvd.), and Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar  (1120 S. Lamar) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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