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? Take a look at this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around New York City.
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.
Bart Tare is an ex-Army man who has a lifelong fixation with guns. He meets a kindred spirit in sharpshooter Annie Starr and goes to work at a carnival. After upsetting the carnival owner who lusts after Starr, they both get fired. Soon, on Starr's behest, they embark on a crime spree for cash. Subjects of a manhunt, they are tracked by police in the hills Tare enjoyed as a boy.
With a Tomatometer Score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1950 release has been a favorite of critics.
"The already-classic trope of lovers on the run, la Bonnie and Clyde, gets a stylish workout from the director Joseph H. Lewis," according to Richard Brody of the New Yorker, while the "Chicago Reader"'s Dave Kehr said, "One of the most distinguished works of art to emerge from the B movie swamp."
You can catch it at City Cinemas Village East (181-189 Second Ave.) through Wednesday, May 8. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
After the devastating events of 'Avengers: Infinity War,' the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.
With a Tomatometer Score of 95 percent and an Audience Score of 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Avengers: Endgame" has become a favorite since its release on April 26.
"The MCU will go on and on, but this chapter — and the American pragmatism vs. American ideals bromance that drove it — have well and truly come to their 'Excelsior! Nuff said!' moment," noted Matthew Lickona of the San Diego Reader, while Slate's Dana Stevens said, "'Endgame' consists almost entirely of the downtime scenes that were always secretly everyone's favorite parts of these movies anyway."
It's playing at AMC Bay Plaza Cinema 13 (2210 Bartow Ave.), Regal E-Walk & RPX (247 W. 42nd St.), Concourse Plaza Multiplex (214 E. 161st St.), and College Point Multiplex Cinemas (2855 Ulmer St.) through Wednesday, May 8. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'
Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor from Sauron's forces. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam bring the ring closer to the heart of Mordor, the dark lord's realm.
With a Tomatometer Score of 93 percent and an Audience Score of 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" has become a favorite. The Associated Press' David Germain said, "With 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,' Peter Jackson delivers a decent ending to his fantasy trilogy — actually, about 12 endings," while Keith Phipps of the AV Club stated, "'The Return Of The King' ultimately proves up to the series' increasingly difficult task: making movies that echo legends, making legends that reflect life and reconciling it all with the fact that both legends and lives all eventually meet their ends."
It's playing at City Cinemas Village East (181-189 Second Ave.) through Wednesday, May 8. Click here for showtimes and tickets.