5 notable films worth checking out in Los Angeles this week

In the age of streaming entertainment, it can be hard to leave the couch. But movie theaters still offer a special experience for those willing to get out of the house. Want to see what's out there? Don't miss this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Los Angeles.

Read on for 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.)

Apollo 11




A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 99 percent and an Audience Score of 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Apollo 11" has proven to be a critical darling since its release on March 8. Entertainment Weekly's Chris Nashawaty said, "The NASA mission at the heart of the must-see documentary 'Apollo 11' reminds you what it feels to be truly awestruck," while Jake Coyle of the Associated Press noted, "'Apollo 11' might not tell you anything you don't already know about the moon landing. But it will make you feel it, and see it, anew."

You can catch it at ArcLight Hollywood (6360 Sunset Blvd.) through Tuesday, April 16. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Us




Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.

With a Tomatometer Score of 94 percent and an Audience Score of 67 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Us" has garnered plenty of praise since its release on March 22.

"It achieves an insidious, lingering effect that's rarer in the horror genre," according to Ben Sachs of the Chicago Reader, while the Christian Science Monitor's Peter Rainer said, "Ambition in the horror genre can be a good thing, but the overreach in this movie detracts from both the horror and the ambition. Having said that, (Jordan) Peele shows a marked advance in filmmaking skills here and, in her dual role, (Lupita) Nyong'o is ferociously good."

It's playing at AMC Dine-In Marina 6 (13455 Maxella Ave.) through Wednesday, April 17 and Regal L.A. Live A Barco Innovation Center (1000 W. Olympic Blvd.) through Tuesday, April 16. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

The Mustang




While participating in a rehabilitation program training wild mustangs, a convict at first struggles to connect with the horses and his fellow inmates, but he learns to confront his violent past as he soothes an especially feisty horse.

With a Tomatometer Score of 94 percent and an Audience Score of 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Mustang" has become a favorite since its release on March 15.

"There's a Disney movie in here somewhere, but (Laure de) Clermont-Tonnerre has no interest in it. She's too busy steering her own course, and it works," noted Adam Graham of the Detroit News, while ReelViews' James Berardinelli said, "It's worth seeking out...as both a portrait of a prison program few are aware of and a powerful character study."

Catch it on the big screen at ArcLight Sherman Oaks (15301 Ventura Blvd., Building A) through Tuesday, April 16. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Shazam!




A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.

With a Tomatometer Score of 90 percent and an Audience Score of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Shazam!" has become a favorite since its release on April 5. Time Out's Joshua Rothkopf said, "For a long, glorious stretch, 'Shazam!' plays like the anti-Nolan antidote it is," and Salon.com's Matthew Rozsa noted, "'Shazam!' is the funniest, sweetest and most innocent movie in the DC Extended Universe -- a sign that it is at last ready to compete with Marvel."

It's screening at AMC Dine-In Marina 6 (13455 Maxella Ave.) through Wednesday, April 17; CGV Cinemas LA (621 S. Western Ave.) through Wednesday, April 17; and Regal L.A. Live A Barco Innovation Center (1000 W. Olympic Blvd.) through Tuesday, April 16. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Missing Link




The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost considers himself to be the world's foremost investigator of myths and monsters. Trouble is, none of his small-minded, high-society peers seems to recognize this. Hoping to finally gain acceptance from these fellow adventurers, Sir Lionel travels to the Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature known as the missing link.

Released on Friday, April 12, "Missing Link" already has a Tomatometer Score of 88 percent and an Audience Score of 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. RogerEbert.com's Matt Zoller Seitz said, "A narratively relaxed yet intensely tactile experience," while Soren Andersen of the Seattle Times stated, "'Link' is fun as far as it goes, but from Laika we expect something with a little more depth."

Catch it on the big screen at Regal L.A. Live A Barco Innovation Center (1000 W. Olympic Blvd.) through Wednesday, April 17. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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