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Which movies in theaters are worth the price of admission?

Which movies in theaters are worth the price of admission?
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By Hoodline - Published on June 28, 2019.

Want to see a movie, but not sure what's worthwhile? Don't miss this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Memphis.

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 percent and an Audience Score of 95 percent 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."

It's screening at Malco Powerhouse Cinema (540 S. Front St.) through Monday, July 1 and Malco Studio on the Square (2105 Court Ave.) through Monday, July 1. 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 93 percent and an Audience Score of 88 percent 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," according to Adam Graham of the Detroit News, while the Seattle Times' Soren Andersen said, "The acting by the two principals is impeccable, their portrait of male friendship is deeply felt."

You can catch it at Malco Studio on the Square (2105 Court Ave.) 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 percent and an Audience Score of 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1989 release has a strong following.

"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," noted 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."

Catch it on the big screen at Malco Paradiso Cinema Grill & IMAX (584 S. Mendenhall) through Wednesday, July 3. 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 percent and an Audience Score of 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Rocketman" has proved 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, Fletcher is your man," and the Chicago Reader's Leah Pickett noted, "The story reshuffles reality, especially time and facts, and the film is more enjoyable for it."

Get a piece of the action at Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill (5853 Ridgeway Ctr. Parkway) through Monday, July 1. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Pavarotti

Featuring never-before-seen footage, concert performances and intimate interviews, filmmaker Ron Howard examines the life and career of famed opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

With a Tomatometer Score of 88 percent and an Audience Score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Pavarotti" has proved a solid option since its release on June 7. St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Sarah Bryan Miller said, "It's an engaging film, filled with vintage snapshots, interviews with friends and former colleagues, and, most of all, that marvelously distinctive voice, with all the emotion it could convey," while Jeff Strickler of Minneapolis Star Tribune stated, "As 'Pavarotti' demonstrates, while the music was mesmerizing, so was the man."

Catch it on the big screen at Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill (5853 Ridgeway Ctr. Parkway) through Monday, July 1. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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