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Which movies in theaters are worth the price of admission?

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 Columbus.

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.)

The Most Dangerous Year

Washington state lawmakers, activists and parents embark on a crusade to protect the civil rights of transgender children.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 100 percent and an Audience Score of 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Most Dangerous Year" has gotten stellar reviews since its release in May of 2018. The Los Angeles Times' Katie Walsh said, "What makes 'The Most Dangerous Year' so beautifully effective is its representation of these loving, proud families who choose to stand up for the humanity and humane treatment of their children — and the politicians who listen," while Frank Scheck of the Hollywood Reporter noted, "Inspiring and infuriating at the same time."

In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at Gateway Film Center (1550 N. High St.) through Monday, July 1. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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.

"Cooley's film quickens and deepens," noted Anthony Lane of the New Yorker, while Salon's Matthew Rozsa said, "The latest installment, 'Toy Story 4,' is perhaps the bleakest (and most beautiful) of them all."

It's playing at AMC Starplex Columbus 10 (5275 Westpointe Plaza) through Saturday, June 29; AMC Lennox Town Center 24 (777 Kinnear Road) through Monday, July 1; Gateway Film Center (1550 N. High St.) through Monday, July 1; and AMC Dine-in Easton Town Center 30 (275 Easton Town Center) through Wednesday, July 3. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Jaws

An insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island. The police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast.

With a Tomatometer Score of 97 percent and an Audience Score of 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this '70s throwback boasts plenty of accolades. Newsweek's Arthur Cooper said, "'Jaws' is a grisly film, often ugly as sin, which achieves precisely what it set out to accomplish-scare the hell out of you," and Washington Post's Gary Arnold noted, "I don't think there's a more exciting talent at work right now than Spielberg, an authentic moviemaking prodigy, and perhaps his worst problem from June 20, 1975, on will be preventing success from making a nervous or artistic wreck of him."

It's playing at Gateway Film Center (1550 N. High St.) and Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse (3055 Indianola Ave.) through Wednesday, July 3. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Booksmart

Two academic teenage superstars realize, on the eve of their high school graduation, that they should have worked less and played more. Determined to never fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

With a Tomatometer Score of 97 percent and an Audience Score of 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Booksmart" has been a must-watch since its release on May 24. The New Republic's Kristen Evans said, "It's more John Hughes than Judd Apatow, and it's a little more 'Bridesmaids' than 'Lady Bird' ... a success on [its] own terms," while Erin Keane of Salon stated, "'Booksmart' puts a fresh spin on the coming-of-age night-of comedy because it's focused on two girls, one of whom is also queer."

Want to see for yourself? It's playing at AMC Lennox Town Center 24 (777 Kinnear Road) through Monday, July 1; Gateway Film Center (1550 N. High St.) through Monday, July 1; AMC Dine-in Easton Town Center 30 (275 Easton Town Center) through Monday, July 1. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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