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From 'Midsommar' to 'Child's Play,' here are the horror movies to see in theaters now

In the mood for some entertainment? Take a look at this week's lineup of horror movies showing on the big screen in and around Fresno.

Read on for the highest-rated horror 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.)

Midsommar

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 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The AV Club's A.A. Dowd said, "This is, in other words, a less perfectly crafted nightmare than (Director 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."  Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly noted, "The skin-pricking pleasures of 'Midsommar' aren't rational, they're instinctive: a thrilling, seasick freefall into the light."

It's screening at Regal UA Broadway Faire (3351 W. Shaw Ave.) through Thursday, July 11. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Child's Play

Karen, a single mother, gifts her son Andy a Buddi doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic.

With a Tomatometer Score of 60 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Child's Play" is well worth a watch.

"Who would have guessed that a 'Child's Play' film would leave us with less popcorn-rattling jump scares and more existential questions about the role of Alexa in our lives?," according to Katie Walsh of Tribune News Service. RogerEbert.com's Nick Allen said, "Nastier, more playful, and just as good, if not better, than the original film."

In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at Regal UA Broadway Faire (3351 W. Shaw Ave.) through Wednesday, July 10. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Annabelle Comes Home

Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target —the Warrens' 10-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends.

With a Tomatometer Score of 69 percent and an Audience Score of 74 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Annabelle Comes Home" is well worth a watch.

"What follows is excellent, uncomplicated and well-wrought house-of-horrors fun, complete with a message about self-blame and the real things that haunt us," noted Brad Wheeler of the Globe and Mail. The Detroit News' Adam Graham said, "It's a mostly effective thrill ride of lo-fi scares, and the script early on dispenses with the most obvious question: Why not just throw Annabelle away, or destroy her? That would only make things worse, the Warrens explain."

It's playing at Regal UA Broadway Faire (3351 W. Shaw Ave.) through Wednesday, July 10. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


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