The very best movies screening in Burbank this week

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Need date night ideas? Read on for this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Burbank.

Here are the highest rated films to catch, based on critical scores sourced from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. (Movie descriptions courtesy The Movie Database; showtimes via Fandango.)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse





Miles Morales is juggling a double life as an an ordinary high school student and as comic book hero, Spider-Man. But when bad guy Wilson "Kingpin" Fisk uses a super collider, Miles' life gets even more complicated when Peter, another Spider-Man from another dimension accidentally ends up in Miles' dimension. As Peter trains Miles to become a better Spider-Man, they are soon joined by four other Spider-Men from across the "Spider-Verse." Brooklyn is about to be destroyed by clashing forces unless they can stop Fisk.


With a 97 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" has been a must-watch since its release on Dec. 14. The site's critical consensus indicates that "'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action."

Catch it on the big screen at AMC Burbank Town Center 8 (201 E. Magnolia Blvd.) through Thursday, Jan. 3; AMC Burbank 16 (125 E. Palm Ave.) through Wednesday, Jan. 2; and AMC Burbank Town Center 6 (770 N. First St.) through Thursday, Jan. 3. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Bumblebee



On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary yellow VW bug.

With a critical approval rating of 94 percent and an audience score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Bumblebee" has garnered plenty of praise since its release on Dec. 21. The site's critical consensus has it that "'Bumblebee' proves it's possible to bring fun and a sense of wonder back to a bloated blockbuster franchise -- and sets up its own slate of sequels in the bargain."

It's screening at AMC Burbank Town Center 8 (201 E. Magnolia Blvd.) through Thursday, Jan. 3 and AMC Burbank 16 (125 E. Palm Ave.) through Wednesday, Jan. 2. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

The Favourite





Set in 18th Century England, this story centers on the close relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill. However, that relationship is soon threatened by the arrival of Sarah's cousin, Abigail Hill, and results in a bitter rivalry between the two cousins to be the Queen's favorite.


With a 94 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 59 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Favourite" has become a favorite since its release on Dec. 14. Per the site's critical consensus, "'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 AMC Burbank 16 (125 E. Palm Ave.) through Wednesday, Jan. 2. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

On the Basis of Sex



Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.

With a 73 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "On the Basis of Sex" is well worth a watch. Per the site's critical consensus, "'On the Basis of Sex' is nowhere near as groundbreaking as its real-life subject, but her extraordinary life makes a solid case for itself as an inspirational, well-acted biopic."

It's playing at ArcLight Hollywood (6360 Sunset Blvd.) through Friday, Jan. 4. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Aquaman



Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.

With a 64 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Aquaman" is well worth a watch. The site's critical consensus has it that "'Aquaman' swims with its entertainingly ludicrous tide, offering up CGI superhero spectacle that delivers energetic action with an emphasis on good old-fashioned fun."

Catch it on the big screen at AMC Burbank Town Center 8 (201 E. Magnolia Blvd.) through Thursday, Jan. 3; AMC Burbank 16 (125 E. Palm Ave.) through Friday, Jan. 4; and AMC Burbank Town Center 6 (770 N. First St.) through Thursday, Jan. 3. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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