5 dramas to catch in Pasadena theaters right now

In the mood to reflect on the humanity of it all? Check out this week's lineup of dramas showing on the big screen in and around Pasadena.

Here are the top-ranked drama films to catch in theaters, based on critical scores sourced from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. (Movie descriptions courtesy The Movie Database; showtimes via Fandango.)

Before Sunrise




On his way to Vienna, American Jesse meets Celine, a student returning to Paris. After long conversations forge a surprising connection between them, Jesse convinces Celine to get off the train with him in Vienna. Since his flight to the U.S. departs the next morning and he has no money for lodging, they wander the city together, taking in the experiences of Vienna and each other.

Boasting a 100 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1995 release is a must-see. The site's critical consensus has it that "Thought-provoking and beautifully filmed, 'Before Sunrise' is an intelligent, unabashedly romantic look at modern love, led by marvelously natural performances from Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy."

In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at ArcLight Pasadena (336 E. Colorado Blvd.) through Wednesday, Feb. 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

The Favourite






In 18th century England, the close relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill is threatened by the arrival of Sarah's cousin, Abigail Hill, resulting in a bitter rivalry between the two cousins to be the Queen's favourite.


With a 93 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Favourite" has garnered plenty of praise since its release on Dec. 14. The site's critical consensus has it that "'The Favourite' sees Yorgos Lanthimos balancing a period setting against rich, timely subtext - and getting roundly stellar performances from his well-chosen stars."

It's playing at ArcLight Pasadena (336 E. Colorado Blvd.) through Thursday, Feb. 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Creed II






Follows Adonis Creed's life inside and outside of the ring as he deals with new found fame, issues with his family, and his continuing quest to become a champion.


With an 84 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Creed II" has racked up generally positive reviews since its release on Nov. 21. The site's critical consensus indicates that "'Creed II''s adherence to franchise formula adds up to a sequel with few true surprises, but its time-tested generational themes still pack a solid punch."

You can catch it at Regency Academy 6 Theater (1003 E. Colorado Blvd.) through Friday, Feb. 15. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Cold Pursuit





Nels Coxman's quiet life comes crashing down when his beloved son dies under mysterious circumstances. His search for the truth soon becomes a quest for revenge as he seeks coldblooded justice against a drug lord and his inner circle.

With a 73 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 64 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Cold Pursuit" is well worth a watch, with a consensus that "'Cold Pursuit' delivers the action audiences expect from a Liam Neeson thriller -- along with humor and a sophisticated streak that make this an uncommonly effective remake."

It's playing at ArcLight Pasadena (336 E. Colorado Blvd.) through Thursday, Feb. 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Bohemian Rhapsody




Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury's increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet - finding a way to keep the band together amid the success and excess.

With a 61 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is well worth a watch, with a consensus that "'Bohemian Rhapsody' hits a handful of high notes, but as an in-depth look at a beloved band, it offers more of a medley than a true greatest hits collection."

It's screening at ArcLight Pasadena (336 E. Colorado Blvd.) through Thursday, Feb. 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.