The 5 best movies screening around Fort Worth this week

In the market for high-caliber entertainment? Don't miss this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Fort Worth.

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.)

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 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1989 release boasts plenty of accolades. The Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt said, "'Say Anything' is an easy film to like," while Variety Staff of Variety noted, "Cusack and Skye's relationship develops nicely and believably, but Crowe has not written an entirely convincing character for the latter to play."

It's screening at Movie Tavern Hulen (4920 S. Hulen Road) through 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 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Us" has garnered plenty of praise since its release on March 22.

" It achieves an insidious, lingering effect that's rarer in the horror genre," according to Ben Sachs of the Chicago Reader, while the Christian Science Monitor's Peter Rainer said, "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."

Catch it on the big screen at AMC Palace 9 (220 E. Third St.); Movie Tavern Hulen (4920 S. Hulen Road); Regal Fossil Creek 11 (6100 N. Freeway);  and AMC Lake Worth 14 (6600 N.W. Loop 820) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Penguins

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.

Released on Wednesday, April 17, "Penguins" has a Tomatometer Score of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

"Just you try to resist the impossible adorableness offered up in the latest Disney nature 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 Movie Tavern Hulen (4920 S. Hulen Road), AMC Eastchase 9 (8301 Ederville Road), (6100 N. Freeway), and AMC Lake Worth 14 (6600 N.W. Loop 820) through Wednesday, April 24, and Regal Fossil Creek 11 through Thursday, April 25. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless’ discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind.

With a Tomatometer Score of 91 percent and an Audience Score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' has garnered plenty of praise since its release on Feb. 22. The Atlantic's David Sims said, "So much of 'The Hidden World' is stuffed with filler material. But in certain wordless moments, this grand final entry really sings," and the New York Post's Johnny Oleksinski noted, "The movie could easily be called 'How To End Your Trilogy.'"

It's screening at AMC Lake Worth 14 (6600 N.W. Loop 820) through Wednesday, April 24, and AMC Burleson 14 (301 W. Rendon Crowley Road) through Thursday, April 25. 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 90 percent and an Audience Score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "'Shazam!' has racked up generally positive reviews since its release on April 5. Time Out's Joshua Rothkopf said, "For a long, glorious stretch, Shazam! plays like the anti-Nolan antidote it is," while Matthew Rozsa of Salon.com stated, "'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."

It's playing at Movie Tavern Hulen (4920 S. Hulen Road); AMC Eastchase 9 (8301 Ederville Road); and AMC Clearfork 8 (5015 Trailhead Bend Way) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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