4 worthwhile films to check out in San Francisco this week

Image: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse/TMDb

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? Read on for this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around San Francisco.

Based on critical scores sourced from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, here are the highest rated films to catch. (Movie descriptions courtesy The Movie Database; showtimes via Fandango.)

The World Before Your Feet



For over 6 years, Matt Green, 37, has been walking every street in New York City -- a total of more than 8,000 miles. The World Before Your Feet tells the story of one man's unusual quest and the journey of discovery, humanity, and wonder that ensues.

Boasting a critical approval rating of 100 percent and an audience score of 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The World Before Your Feet" has been a must-watch since its release on Nov. 21.

Catch it on the big screen at Roxie Theater (3117 16th St.) through Friday, Jan. 4. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?



When bestselling celebrity biographer Lee Israel is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.

Boasting a critical approval rating of 98 percent and an audience score of 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" has gotten plenty of glowing reviews since its release on Oct. 19.

The site's critical consensus agrees with the Golden Globe acting nods given to its stars: "Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy."

It's screening at UA Stonestown Twin (501 Buckingham Way) through Friday, Jan. 4. 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 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 critical approval rating of 97 percent and an audience score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" has gotten stellar reviews from both critics and the public since its release on Dec. 14.

The site's critical consensus declares, "'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."

It's screening at AMC Van Ness 14 (1000 Van Ness Ave.) through Friday, Jan. 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 become an unexpected favorite since its release on Dec. 21. According to the site, the newest Transformers film "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."

In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at AMC Metreon 16 (135 Fourth St., Suite 3000) through Thursday, Jan. 3. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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