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Family friendly options on the big screen

Want to see a movie, but not sure what’s worth your time (and money)? Check out this week’s lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Barnstable.

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

Summary

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.

Critics Say

With a 97 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has proven to be a critical darling since its release on Dec. 14, with a consensus that it “matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action.”

The film recently won Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Bumblebee

Summary



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.

Critics Say

With a critical approval rating of 93 percent and an audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, “Bumblebee” has become a favorite since its release on Dec. 21. The site’s critical consensus indicates 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.” Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Aquaman

Summary

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.

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Critics Say

With a 65 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, “Aquaman” is well worth a watch. According to the site’s overview of critic reviews, “‘Aquaman’ swims with its entertainingly ludicrous tide, offering up CGI superhero spectacle that delivers energetic action with an emphasis on good old-fashioned fun.”



The movie was the highest grossing film in the nation for the third straight week last week. Click here for showtimes and tickets.