Need date night ideas? Take a look at this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around San Jose.
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.
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, "(Josh) 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 screening at San Jose Showplace Icon at Valley Fair (2855 Stevens Creek Blvd.) through Monday, July 1, CinéArts @ Santana Row (3088 Olsen Drive) through Tuesday, July 2 and AMC Saratoga 14 (700 El Paseo De Saratoga) and AMC Eastridge 15 (2190 Eastridge Loop) through Wednesday, July 3. 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 (Ari) 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," according to 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 screening at Century 20 Oakridge and XD (925 Blossom Hill Road) beginning 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 garnered plenty of praise since its release on June 7.
"'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' is poignant filmmaking with an invigorating spirit," noted Adam Graham of the Detroit News, while the Seattle Times's Soren Andersen said, "The acting by the two principals is impeccable, their portrait of male friendship is deeply felt."
Catch it on the big screen at AMC Eastridge 15 (2190 Eastridge Loop), CinéArts @ Santana Row (3088 Olsen Drive) and AMC Saratoga 14 (700 El Paseo De Saratoga) through Monday, July 1. 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 has proven a solid viewing choice.
The New York Daily News' Kathleen Carroll said, "In the final analysis, the best thing one can say for (Spike) 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," 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 Eastridge 15 (2190 Eastridge Loop) and Century 20 Oakridge and XD (925 Blossom Hill Road) on Sunday, June 30. Click here for showtimes and tickets.