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The very best movies screening in St. Louis 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? Take a look at this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around St. Louis.

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.)

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 proven to be a critical darling 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."

It's playing at MX Movies (618 Washington Ave.) and Chase Park Plaza Cinemas (212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.) through Thursday, July 4. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Midsommar

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

Set for a wider release on Wednesday, July 3, "Midsommar" already has a Tomatometer Score of 95% and an Audience Score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.

"The movie works best, I think, as a black-comic treatise on what can befall a garden-variety passive-aggressive mixed blessing of a boyfriend if he's not careful," according to Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune, while The A.V. Club's A.A. Dowd said, "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."

It's screening at Chase Park Plaza Cinemas (212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.) through Thursday, July 4. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Rocketman

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 been getting attention 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 Chase Park Plaza Cinemas (212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.) through Thursday, July 4. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Late Night

Legendary late-night talk show host's world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.

With a Tomatometer Score of 79% and an Audience Score of 78% on Rotten Tomatoes, "Late Night" is well worth a watch.

It's playing at Chase Park Plaza Cinemas (212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.) through Tuesday, July 2. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Yesterday

A struggling musician realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.

Set to be released tomorrow, "Yesterday" already has a Tomatometer Score of 65% on Rotten Tomatoes. Entertainment Weekly's Darren Franich said, "I appreciated the songbook quality of 'Yesterday,' and found something profoundly disquieting in its drugless, sexless version of the Beatles," while Johnny Oleksinski of the New York Post stated, "How soul-satisfying it is for a movie to so strongly believe that if 'Help!' was written tomorrow, it would be as popular as 'Havana.'"

It's screening at Chase Park Plaza Cinemas (212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.) through Thursday, July 4. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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