In the mood to feel feelings? Check out this week's lineup of dramas showing on the big screen in and around San Jose.
Read on for the top-ranked drama films to catch in theaters, based on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer Score, which reflects the opinions of hundreds of film and television critics.
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 93 percent and an Audience Score of 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" has become a favorite since its release on June 7. The Detroit News' Adam Graham said, "'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' is poignant filmmaking with an invigorating spirit," while Soren Andersen of the Seattle Times noted, "The acting by the two principals is impeccable and their portrait of male friendship is deeply felt."
Want to see for yourself? It's playing at AMC Eastridge 15 (2190 Eastridge Loop) through Wednesday, June 26; CinéArts @ Santana Row (3088 Olsen Drive) through Monday, July 1; AMC Saratoga 14 (700 El Paseo De Saratoga) through Wednesday, June 26; and Century 20 Oakridge and XD (925 Blossom Hill Road) through Thursday, June 27. 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 percent and an Audience Score of 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1989 release has much to recommend it.
"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 filmmakers, he's not afraid to really challenge a movie audience to do some serious thinking," according to Kathleen Carroll of the New York Daily News, while the Philadelphia Inquirer's Carrie Rickey said, "['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 screening at AMC Eastridge 15 (2190 Eastridge Loop) on Sunday, June 30. 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 percent and an Audience Score of 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Rocketman" has racked up generally positive reviews since its release on May 31.
"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, Fletcher is your man," noted Anthony Lane of the New Yorker, while the Chicago Reader's Leah Pickett said, "The story reshuffles reality, especially time and facts, and the film is more enjoyable for it."
Get a piece of the action at AMC Saratoga 14 (700 El Paseo De Saratoga) through Wednesday, June 26 and Century 20 Oakridge and XD (925 Blossom Hill Road) through Thursday, June 27. Click here for showtimes and tickets.