5 notable films worth checking out in Durham this week

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Want to see a movie, but not sure what's worth your time (and money)? Don't miss this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Durham.

Read on for 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 his life between being a high school student and being Spider-Man. However, when Wilson "Kingpin" Fisk uses a super collider, another Spider-Man from another dimension, Peter Parker, accidentally winds 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." As all these clashing dimensions start to tear Brooklyn apart, Miles must help the others stop Fisk and return everyone to their own dimensions.

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 December 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."

Get a piece of the action at AMC Southpoint 17 (8030 Renaissance Parkway, #975) through Thursday, January 3; AMC Classic Durham 15 (1807 Martin Luther King Parkway) through Thursday, January 3; and Stadium 10 at Northgate Mall (1058 W. Club Blvd.) through Friday, January 4. 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 December 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 playing at AMC Southpoint 17 (8030 Renaissance Parkway, #975) through Thursday, January 3; AMC Classic Durham 15 (1807 Martin Luther King Parkway) through Wednesday, January 2; and Stadium 10 at Northgate Mall (1058 W. Club Blvd.) through Friday, January 4. 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 favorite.

With a critical approval rating of 94 percent and an audience score of 59 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, The Favourite has become a favorite since its release on December 14, with a consensus that, "The Favourite sees Yorgos Lanthimos balancing a period setting against rich, timely subtext - and getting roundly stellar performances from his well-chosen stars."

In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at AMC Southpoint 17 (8030 Renaissance Parkway, #975) through Thursday, January 3. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Creed II



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

With an 83 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 November 21. The site's critical consensus has it 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."

It's playing at AMC Southpoint 17 (8030 Renaissance Parkway, #975) through Thursday, January 3; AMC Classic Durham 15 (1807 Martin Luther King Parkway) through Thursday, January 3; and Stadium 10 at Northgate Mall (1058 W. Club Blvd.) through Friday, January 4. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Green Book



Tony Lip, a bouncer in 1962, is hired to drive pianist Don Shirley on a tour through the Deep South in the days when African-Americans were forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line. They relied on a guide called The Negro Motorist Green Book.

With an 82 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Green Book has proven a solid option since its release on Nov. 16. According to the site's critical consensus, "Green Book takes audiences on a surprisingly smooth ride through potentially bumpy subject matter, fueled by Peter Farrelly's deft touch and a pair of well-matched leads."

It's playing at AMC Classic Durham 15 (1807 Martin Luther King Parkway) through Thursday, January 3. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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