Need date night ideas? Take a look at this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Mesa.
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.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
King Arthur, accompanied by his squire, recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot and Sir Galahad the Pure. On the way, Arthur battles the Black Knight who, despite having had all his limbs chopped off, insists he can still fight. They reach Camelot, but Arthur decides not to enter, as "it is a silly place".
With a Tomatometer Score of 97% and an Audience Score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1975 release has been a favorite of critics. Time Out's Tom Huddleston said, "So unnecessarily gorgeous, there are moments where it feels like Tarkovsky with drag and farting," while Stanley Kauffmann of The New Republic noted, "Here is Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is neither as sparkling as it is said to be nor as bad as it seems to be at the start. But it's pretty good."
It's screening at Harkins Superstition Springs 25 (6950 E. Superstition Springs Blvd.) on Tuesday, May 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
After the devastating events of "Avengers: Infinity War," the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.
With a Tomatometer Score of 94% and an Audience Score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, "Avengers: Endgame" has become a favorite since its release on April 26.
"What you will be getting when you walk into an inevitably overstuffed movie theater is something singular that reflects our age in a way that none of the MCU films that preceded it have-indeed, very few Hollywood spectacles ever have," according to Oliver Jones of the Observer, while the San Diego Reader's Matthew Lickona said, "The MCU will go on and on, but this chapter, and the American pragmatism vs. American ideals bromance that drove it, have well and truly come to their 'Excelsior! Nuff said!' moment."
Want to see for yourself? It's playing at Harkins Superstition Springs 25 (6950 E. Superstition Springs Blvd.), Picture Show at Superstition Springs Mall (6555 E. Southern Ave.) and AMC Superstition East 12 (1935 S. Signal Butte Road) through Wednesday, May 22. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
A man and woman share a telephone line and despise each other, but then he has fun by romancing her with his voice disguised.
With a Tomatometer Score of 92% and an Audience Score of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, this classic comes highly recommended.
The New York Times' Bosley Crowther said, "One of the most lively and up-to-date comedy-romances of the year."
Get a piece of the action at Harkins Superstition Springs 25 (6950 E. Superstition Springs Blvd.) through Sunday, May 19. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
The story of Steve, an Adélie penguin, on a quest to find a life partner and start a family. When Steve meets with Wuzzo the emperor penguin they become friends. But nothing comes easy in the icy Antarctic.
With a Tomatometer Score of 91% and an Audience Score of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, "Penguins" has become a favorite since its release on April 17. Rolling Stone's Peter Travers said, "It took 16 cinematographers three years to capture the stunning images in this doc about an Adélie penguin (anthropomorphically voiced by Ed Helms) coming of age during a freezing Antarctic spring. Go for the film's thrilling sense of wonder," and the Globe and Mail's Brad Wheeler noted, "A sweet, playful coming-of-age documentary."
You can catch it at Cinemark Mesa 16 (1051 N. Dobson Road) through Wednesday, May 22. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
The Man Who Knew Too Much
A widescreen, technicolor remake by Hitchcock of his 1934 film of the same title. A couple vacationing in Morocco with their young son accidentally stumble upon an assassination plot. When the child is kidnapped to ensure their silence, they have to take matters into their own hands to save him.
With a Tomatometer Score of 91% and an Audience Score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, this old-school film comes highly recommended. The Hollywood Reporter's Don Gillette said, "It's like a long novel that could be tightened, yet many would prefer it as it is," while Variety Staff of Variety stated, "While drawing the footage out a bit long, he still keeps suspense working at all times and gets strong performances from the two stars and other cast members."
It's playing at Harkins Superstition Springs 25 (6950 E. Superstition Springs Blvd.) through Sunday, May 19. Click here for showtimes and tickets.