The 5 best movies screening around Pittsburgh 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? Check out this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Pittsburgh.

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 67 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Us" has become a favorite 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, (Jordan) Peele shows a marked advance in filmmaking skills here and, in her dual role, (Lupita) Nyong'o is ferociously good."

Interested? It's playing at Waterworks Cinemas (923 Freeport Road) through Wednesday, April 24 and Penn Hills Cinema (76 Federal Dr.) 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 67 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Shazam!" has racked up generally positive reviews 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.com'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."

It's screening at Waterworks Cinemas (923 Freeport Road) through Wednesday, April 24 and Penn Hills Cinema (76 Federal Dr.) through Thursday, April 25. 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.

"Stick around for the end credits to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the heroes' elephant ride across India. The animators particularly strive to offer a fresh take on their final destination," noted Tom Russo of Boston Globe, while 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."

You can catch it at Waterworks Cinemas (923 Freeport Road), AMC Classic South Hills Village 10 (700 Ft. Couch Rd.), Cinemark Robinson Township and XD (2100 Settlers Ridge Center Drive) and Cinemark North Hills and XD (851 Providence Blvd.) 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 Waterworks Cinemas (923 Freeport Road), AMC Classic South Hills Village 10 (700 Ft. Couch Rd.), Cinemark Robinson Township and XD (2100 Settlers Ridge Center Drive) and Cinemark North Hills and XD (851 Providence Blvd.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Breakthrough

When he was 14, John 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 the younger Smith came around.

Released on Wednesday, April 17, "Breakthrough" already has a Tomatometer Score of 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

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 The Washington Post stated, "'Breakthrough' glibly peddles miracles, but is honest enough to admit that not everybody gets one."

It's playing at Waterworks Cinemas (923 Freeport Road), AMC Classic South Hills Village 10 (700 Ft. Couch Rd.), Cinemark Robinson Township and XD (2100 Settlers Ridge Center Drive) and Cinemark North Hills and XD (851 Providence Blvd.) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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