The 4 best movies screening around Cincinnati this week

In the market for high-caliber entertainment? Take a look at this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Cincinnati.

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.)

Safety Last

When a store clerk organizes a contest to climb the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself.

With a Tomatometer Score of 97 percent and an Audience Score of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this vintage film is a must-see.

Film.com's David Ehrlich called it a "masterpiece," while Variety noted, "This Harold Lloyd high-class low comedy has thrills as well as guffaws."

It's playing at Esquire 6 Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Being There

A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington, D.C., house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television.

With a Tomatometer Score of 96 percent and an Audience Score of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1979 release is a critical darling.

"A brutal look at America and Americans that gently lifts up the mirror image that television gives us of ourselves, smashes it on the marble floors of our political institutions and holds a chunk of jagged glass to our throats. And then makes us laugh," according to Michael Blowen of Boston Globe.

It's playing at Esquire 6 Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) through Saturday, April 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Medium Cool

John Cassellis is the toughtest TV-news-reporter around. He becomes an expert in reporting about violence in the ghetto and racial tensions. But he discovers that his network helps the FBI by letting them look at his tapes to find suspects. When he protests he is fired and goes to the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

With a Tomatometer Score of 95 percent and an Audience Score of 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1960s classic comes highly recommended.

" 'Medium Cool' is an awkward and even pretentious movie, but, like the report of the President's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, it has an importance that has nothing to do with literature," noted Vincent Canby of the New York Times.

It's screening at Esquire 6 Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) at 7 p.m. 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 66 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," and the Christian Science Monitor's Peter Rainer noted, "[Jordan] Peele shows a marked advance in filmmaking skills here and, in her dual role, [Lupita] Nyong'o is ferociously good."

Catch it on the big screen at Cinemark Oakley Station and XD (3025 Disney St.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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