The 3 best movies screening around Los Angeles 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? Don't miss this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Los Angeles.

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.)

The Birds

Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the townsfolk face a massive avian onslaught, with the feathered fiends inexplicably attacking people all over Bodega Bay.

With a Tomatometer Score of 96 percent and an Audience Score of 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this mid-century classic has been a favorite of critics.

"Hitchcock prolongs his prelude to horror for more than half the film, playing with audience suspense with comedy and romance while he sets his stage. The horror when it comes is a hair-raiser," according to James Powers of the Hollywood Reporter.

Catch it on the big screen at Regency Granada Hills 9 (16830 Devonshire St.) at 10:30 a.m. 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 66 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Us" has been popular with audiences 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, "[Jordan] Peele shows a marked advance in filmmaking skills here and, in her dual role, [Lupita] Nyong'o is ferociously good."

Get a piece of the action at AMC Fallbrook 7 (6731 Fallbrook Ave.), AMC Dine-In Marina 6 (13455 Maxella Ave.), Regal LA Live & 4DX (1000 W. Olympic Blvd.) and Pacific Northridge Fashion Center 10 (9400 Shirley Ave.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Hail Satan?

A look at the intersection of religion and activism, tracing the rise of The Satanic Temple: only six years old and already one of the most controversial religious movements in American history. The Temple is calling for a Satanic revolution to save the nation's soul. But are they for real?

With a Tomatometer Score of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Hail Satan?" has garnered plenty of praise since its release on April 17.

The AV Club's Katie Rife said, "[Director Penny] Lane's lighthearted approach will probably convert more than a few viewers to the TST cause — it's a short walk from pissed-off atheist to smirking satanist." 

In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at ArcLight Hollywood (6360 Sunset Blvd.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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