Want to see a movie, but not sure what's worthwhile? Check out this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Albuquerque.
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.
Singin' In The Rain
In 1927 Hollywood, a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.
Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 100 percent and an Audience Score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1952 release is a must-see. The New York Daily News' Wanda Hale said, " 'Singin' in the Rain' is another mighty fine MGM Technicolor musical comedy produced by Arthur Freed whose 'An American in Paris' copped seven Academy awards last week," while Mark Bourne of Film.com noted, "...this one's the Taj Mahal, Armstrong's footprint on the moon, the 2001 Arizona-New York World Series, the Clash's London Calling and the perfect foamy head on an expertly poured Guinness."
Catch it on the big screen at Icon Cinema Albuquerque (13120-A Central Ave.) through Sunday, April 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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 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, Peele shows a marked advance in filmmaking skills here and, in her dual role, Nyong'o is ferociously good."
You can catch it at Century Rio 24 and XD (4901 Pan American Freeway NE) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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 67 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 Clermont-Tonnerre has no interest in it. She's too busy steering her own course, and it works," according to 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 High Ridge 8 (12921 Indian School NE) and Century 14 Downtown Albuquerque (100 Central Ave.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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.
"Just you try to resist the impossible adorableness offered up in the latest Disneynature documentary, 'Penguins,'" noted Christy Lemire of RogerEbert.com, while Arizona Republic's Melissa Yeager said, "The result is an endearing documentary, capturing both the wonder of Antarctica and the drama of the everyday life of penguins."
It's playing at Century Rio 24 and XD (4901 Pan American Freeway NE), Icon Cinema Albuquerque (13120-A Central Ave.) and UA Cottonwood Stadium 16 (10000 N.W. Coors Blvd.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.