Want to see a movie, but not sure what's worthwhile? Check out this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Sacramento.
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.
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 garnered 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 Century DOCO and XD (1015 Fourth St.) through Monday, July 1 and Regal Delta Shores & IMAX (8136 Delta Shores Circle South) through Wednesday, July 3. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
The Silence of the Lambs
Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.
With a Tomatometer Score of 96% and an Audience Score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1991 release boasts plenty of accolades.
"Jonathan Demme's 'Silence of the Lambs' has everything you want in a popular thriller. It's stylish, intelligent, audacious rather than shocking, and stolen by a suave monster you'll never forget," according to Jay Carr of the Boston Globe. The Hollywood Reporter's Duane Byrge said, "Hopkins' performance is spectacularly unnerving and should win him future award nominations. Holding her own against Hopkins' hare is Jodie Foster as the tenacious, tortoise-like trainee."
In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at The Tower Theatre (2508 Land Park Drive) through Monday, July 1. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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 90% 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. 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."
Get a piece of the action at Regal Natomas Marketplace & RPX (3561 Truxel Road) and Regal Delta Shores & IMAX (8136 Delta Shores Circle South) beginning on Wednesday, July 3. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.
With a Tomatometer Score of 94% and an Audience Score of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" has become a favorite since its release on June 7. The Detroit News's Adam Graham said, "'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' is poignant filmmaking with an invigorating spirit," and the Seattle Times's Soren Andersen noted, "The acting by the two principals is impeccable, their portrait of male friendship is deeply felt."
Get a piece of the action at The Tower Theatre (2508 Land Park Drive) through Wednesday, July 3. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.
With a Tomatometer Score of 89% and an Audience Score of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, "Rocketman" has proven a solid option since its release on May 31. The New Yorker's Anthony Lane said, "If you need somebody to recount the rise of a British rock god from pallid suburbia to the baroque extremes of fame and to create a stir without causing too much of a fuss, [director Dexter] Fletcher is your man." Leah Pickett of the Chicago Reader stated, "The story reshuffles reality, especially time and facts and the film is more enjoyable for it."
Get a piece of the action at Century DOCO and XD (1015 Fourth St.) through Monday, July 1 and Regal Delta Shores & IMAX (8136 Delta Shores Circle South) through Wednesday, July 3. Click here for showtimes and tickets.