4 action movies to catch in Durham theaters right now

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Want some entertainment? Check out this week's lineup of action movies showing on the big screen in and around Durham.

Read on for the top-ranked action films to catch in theaters, 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 his life between being a high school student and being a Spider-Man. When Wilson "Kingpin" Fisk uses a super collider, others from across the Spider-Verse are transported to this dimension.

With a 97 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 94 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 has it 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."

The movie is one of five films up for Best Animated Feature at this year's Academy Awards.

It's playing at AMC Southpoint 17 (8030 Renaissance Parkway, #975) through Thursday, Jan. 31; AMC Classic Durham 15 (1807 Martin Luther King Parkway) through Wednesday, Feb. 6; and Stadium 10 at Northgate Mall (1058 W. Club Blvd.) through Friday, Feb. 1. 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 92 percent and an audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Bumblebee" has become a favorite since its release on Dec. 21. Per the site's summary of critic reviews, "'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."

Interested? It's playing at AMC Southpoint 17 (8030 Renaissance Parkway, #975) through Thursday, Jan. 31; AMC Classic Durham 15 (1807 Martin Luther King Parkway) through Thursday, Feb. 7; and Stadium 10 at Northgate Mall (1058 W. Club Blvd.) through Friday, Feb. 1. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

The Kid Who Would Be King



Alex thinks he's just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin, take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.

With an 87 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Kid Who Would Be King" has racked up generally positive reviews since its release. The site's critical consensus has it that, "'The Kid Who Would Be King' recalls classic all-ages adventures -- and repurposes a timeless legend -- for a thoroughly enjoyable new addition to the family movie canon."

In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at AMC Southpoint 17 (8030 Renaissance Parkway, #975) through Thursday, Jan. 31; AMC Classic Durham 15 (1807 Martin Luther King Parkway) through Wednesday, Feb. 6; and Stadium 10 at Northgate Mall (1058 W. Club Blvd.) through Friday, Feb. 1. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Aquaman



Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people -- and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm's half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne.

With a critical approval rating of 64 percent and an audience score of 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Aquaman" is well worth a watch, with a consensus that, "'Aquaman' swims with its entertainingly ludicrous tide, offering up a CGI superhero spectacle that delivers energetic action with an emphasis on good old-fashioned fun."

Get a piece of the action at AMC Southpoint 17 (8030 Renaissance Parkway, #975) through Thursday, Jan. 31; AMC Classic Durham 15 (1807 Martin Luther King Parkway) through Wednesday, Feb. 6; and Stadium 10 at Northgate Mall (1058 W. Club Blvd.) through Friday, Feb. 1. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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