The 5 best movies screening around Milwaukee this week

On the hunt for date night ideas? Take a look at this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Milwaukee.

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.)

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.

"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."

Catch it on the big screen at Marcus Southgate Cinema (3330 S. 30th St.) through Wednesday, April 24. 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 66 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Shazam!" has proven a solid option since its release on April 5.

"For a long, glorious stretch, Shazam! plays like the anti-Nolan antidote it is," according to Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out, while Salon's Matthew Rozsa said, "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."

Get a piece of the action at Marcus Southgate Cinema (3330 S. 30th St.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Missing Link

The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost considers himself to be the world's foremost investigator of myths and monsters. Trouble is, none of his small-minded, high-society peers seems to recognize this. Hoping to finally gain acceptance from these fellow adventurers, Sir Lionel travels to the Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature known as the missing link.

With a Tomatometer Score of 89 percent and an Audience Score of 73 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Missing Link" has proven a solid option since its release on April 12.

The Atlantic's David Sims said, "Amid the noisy, epic action of most kid-oriented features, this film's story is clear and effective: a sweet-hearted narrative of how friendship can broaden one's horizons."

It's screening at Marcus Southgate Cinema (3330 S. 30th St.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Captain Marvel

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

With a Tomatometer Score of 78 percent and an Audience Score of 58 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Captain Marvel" is well worth a watch.

The Toronto Sun's Mark Daniell said, "Does it work? The short answer is: yes. There's enough to keep both diehard Marvel fans and newcomers engaged," and the New Yorker's Anthony Lane noted, "Superhero cinema has lectured us, ad infinitum, on the responsibility that is conferred by extraordinary gifts. Praise be to [Brie] Larson, for reminding us that they can be bringers of fun."

Want to see for yourself? It's playing at Marcus Southgate Cinema (3330 S. 30th St.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Breakthrough

When he was 14, Smith drowned in Lake St. Louis and was dead for nearly an hour. According to reports at the time, CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail. Then the youth's mother, Joyce Smith, entered the room, praying loudly. Suddenly, there was a pulse, and Smith came around.

With a Tomatometer Score of 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Breakthrough" is well worth a watch.

San Francisco Chronicle's G. Allen Johnson said, " 'Breakthrough' might be the first faith-based Hollywood film with genuine crossover appeal," while Mark Jenkins of Washington Post said the movie "glibly peddles miracles but is honest enough to admit that not everybody gets one."

It's screening at Marcus Southgate Cinema (3330 S. 30th St.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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