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4 notable films worth checking out in Arlington this week

Need cinema night ideas? Check out this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Arlington.

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.)

Toy Story 4

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that's Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called Forky to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 98% and an Audience Score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, "Toy Story 4" has gotten stellar reviews since its release on June 21. The New Yorker's Anthony Lane said, "Cooley's film quickens and deepens," while Matthew Rozsa of Salon noted, "The latest installment, 'Toy Story 4,' is perhaps the bleakest (and most beautiful) of them all."

Want to see for yourself? It's playing at Studio Movie Grill Arlington Lincoln Square (452 Lincoln Square) through Monday, July 1; Studio Movie Grill - Arlington (225 Merchants Row) through Monday, July 1; Movie Tavern Green Oaks (5727 W. 20th) through Monday, July 1; and AMC The Parks At Arlington 18 (3861 S. Cooper) through Wednesday, July 3. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

The Iron Giant

In the small town of Rockwell, Maine in October 1957, a giant metal machine befriends a nine-year-old boy and ultimately finds its humanity by unselfishly saving people from their own fears and prejudices.

With a Tomatometer Score of 96% and an Audience Score of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, this 90s flick has been a favorite of critics.

"While youngsters will enjoy the film on one level, it reaches out to adults on a completely different plane. They will see an allegory about power and politics and the danger of allowing either to run roughshod over humanity," according to Jeff Strickler of Minneapolis Star Tribune, while Newsweek's David Ansen said, "This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom."

Get a piece of the action at Studio Movie Grill Arlington Lincoln Square (452 Lincoln Square) through Wednesday, July 3. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Midsommar

A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Set to be released on Wednesday, July 3, "Midsommar" already has a Tomatometer Score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

"This is, in other words, a less-perfectly crafted nightmare than Aster's last one. But there's a deranged integrity to its sprawl, and to the filmmaker's willingness to embrace the darkest, most unsparing aspects of human desire," noted A.A. Dowd of the AV Club, while Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt said, "The skin-pricking pleasures of 'Midsommar' aren't rational, they're instinctive: a thrilling, seasick freefall into the light."

It's playing at AMC The Parks At Arlington 18 (3861 S. Cooper) through Wednesday, July 3. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Do the Right Thing

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

With a Tomatometer Score of 90% and an Audience Score of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1989 release is a good bet. The New York Daily News' Kathleen Carroll said, "In the final analysis, the best thing one can say for Lee is that he takes risks, like all true artists. For unlike most of today's film makers, he's not afraid to really challenge a movie audience to do some serious thinking," and the Philadelphia Inquirer's Carrie Rickey noted, "['Do the Right Thing is'] an exceptional film, a movie that wisely deprives you of the cozy resolutions and epiphanies so often manufactured by Hollywood. Like the film's principals, you are left feeling that you have been torched where you live."

It's playing at AMC The Parks At Arlington 18 (3861 S. Cooper) on Sunday, June 30. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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