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3 dramas to catch in Irvine theaters right now

Looking for a stirring story? Take a look at this week's lineup of dramas showing on the big screen in and around Irvine.

Here are 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.

(Movie descriptions courtesy The Movie Database; showtimes via Fandango. Movie ratings and showtimes are subject to change.)

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 percent and an Audience Score of 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" has garnered plenty of praise 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, their portrait of male friendship is deeply felt."

Get a piece of the action at Regal Edwards University Town Center (4245 Campus Drive) through Thursday, July 4. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Article 15

A young IPS officer’s new posting in rural India has him confronting caste disparities and uncomfortable truths in the face of a gruesome crime. When three girls go missing in the fictional village of Lalgaon, two of them are found dead and there is no trace of the third one. Where is she and who is responsible for this heinous act?

With a Tomatometer Score of 92 percent and an Audience Score of 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Article 15" has become a favorite since its release on June 28.

"A major Bollywood star, the charismatic [Ayushmann] Khurrana handles this moodier milieu with restrained skill," according to Philip De Semlyen of Time Out, while Observer (UK)'s Wendy Ide said, "The anger that propels the picture towards violence is authentic and the official corruption and collusion depicted are all too real."

Catch it on the big screen at Regal Edwards Westpark (3735 Alton Parkway) through Thursday, July 4. 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 1980s classic is a good bet.

"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 film makers, 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 called it "an exceptional film, a movie that wisely deprives you of the cozy resolutions and epiphanies so often manufactured by Hollywood."

Get a piece of the action at Regal Irvine Spectrum ScreenX, IMAX, RPX & VIP (500 Spectrum Center Drive) through Thursday, July 4. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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