Don't miss these 5 top-rated movies screening around Raleigh

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 Raleigh.

Here are 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.)

The Hate U Give




Raised in a poverty-stricken slum, a 16-year-old girl named Starr now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she's torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.

With a Tomatometer Score of 97 percent and an Audience Score of 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Hate U Give" has been a must-watch since its release in October of 2018. The Chicago Sun-Times's Richard Roeper said, "Tillman has an excellent touch for the quietly impactful scenes with Starr and her family, as well as the news footage-style depictions of marches and protests that go sideways," while Ben Sachs of the Chicago Reader noted, "The filmmakers understand their characters so thoroughly that the insights seem to grow organically from their experiences. This is American studio filmmaking at its finest."

Get a piece of the action at Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh (2116 New Bern Ave., Suite D) on Saturday, Feb. 23. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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 Tomatometer Score of 97 percent and an Audience Score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" has been a must-watch since its release in December of 2018. The New York Times's Lawrence Ware said, "This film manages the delicate feat of embracing its source material while also satirizing it," while David Sims of the Atlantic noted, "The latest entry in a fully saturated genre that somehow, through sheer creative gumption, does something new."

Get a piece of the action at Regal North Hills Stadium 14 (4150 Main at North Hills St.) through Wednesday, Feb. 27. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

La Bamba




The biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.

With a Tomatometer Score of 96 percent and an Audience Score of 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this '80s throwback is a must-see. "An enjoyable if slightly innocuous biopic based on the brief life and short-lived fame of teen rock 'n' roll idol Richie Valens," noted Nigel Floyd of Time Out, while Variety's Variety Staff said, "La Bamba is engrossing throughout and boasts numerous fine performances."

It's screening at Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh (2116 New Bern Ave., Suite D) on Saturday, Feb. 23. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World




As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless' discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup's reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind.

The recently released "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" already has a Tomatometer Score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. "'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' brings the franchise to a close with an affectionate chapter that continues the adventures of the Viking boy-turned-chief Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his faithful dragon Toothless," noted Jake Coyle of the Associated Press.

Get a piece of the action at Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh (2116 New Bern Ave., Suite D) and Regal North Hills Stadium 14 (4150 Main at North Hills St.) through Wednesday, Feb. 27. 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 Tomatometer Score of 94 percent and an Audience Score of 65 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Favourite" has become a favorite since its release in December of 2018. The New York Times' A.O. Scott said, "Weisz and Stone are both brilliantly witty and nimble, but Colman's performance is nothing short of sublime," while David Sims of the Atlantic said, "Despite its period setting, 'The Favourite' just might be Lanthimos's most trenchant and relevant work yet."

Get a piece of the action at Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh (2116 New Bern Ave., Suite D) through Wednesday, Feb. 27. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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