"Dragon" finale takes flight early in Concord this week

In the market for high-caliber entertainment? Check out this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Concord, including a special early opening for the final installment of the "How to Train Your Dragon" trilogy.

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.)

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.

Want to catch an early screening of "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World?" The family-friendly flick, which is slated to open wide on Friday, Feb. 22, showed in a few sneak previews around the country and already has a critical approval rating of 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The critical consensus, meanwhile, is glowing: "The rare trilogy capper that really works, 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' brings its saga to a visually dazzling and emotionally affecting conclusion."

You can catch it at Veranda Luxe Cinema & IMAX (2035 Diamond Blvd.) starting on Thursday, Feb. 21 -- a day early. 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 97 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" has been a must-watch since its release on Dec. 14, with a consensus that the Best Animated Feature nominee "matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action."

Catch it on the big screen at Brenden Concord 14 & JBX (1985 Willow Pass Road) through Thursday, Feb. 21. 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, forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line, and relied on a guide called The Negro Motorist Green Book.

With a 80 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Green Book" is well worth a watch.

The site's critical consensus indicates that "'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." The film scored five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor, according toThe Hollywood Reporter. It also took home three Golden Globes, including Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture.

You can catch it at Veranda LUXE Cinema & IMAX (2035 Diamond Blvd.) through Thursday, Feb. 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Cold Pursuit




Nels Coxman's quiet life comes crashing down when his beloved son dies under mysterious circumstances. His search for the truth soon becomes a quest for revenge as he seeks coldblooded justice against a drug lord and his inner circle.

With a critical approval rating of 73 percent and an audience score of 63 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Cold Pursuit" is well worth a watch, with a consensus that the revenge flick "delivers the action audiences expect from a Liam Neeson thriller -- along with humor and a sophisticated streak that make this an uncommonly effective remake."

It's screening at Brenden Concord 14 & JBX (1985 Willow Pass Road) and Veranda LUXE Cinema & IMAX (2035 Diamond Blvd.) through Thursday, Feb. 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Happy Death Day 2U




Tree Gelbman learns that dying over and over again was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

With a critical approval rating of 64 percent and an audience score of 73 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Happy Death Day 2U" is well worth a watch for horror fans. The site's critical consensus observes, "A funnier follow-up with a sci-fi bent, 'Happy Death Day 2U' isn't as fiendishly fresh as its predecessor, but fans of the original may still be sufficiently entertained."

Get a piece of the action at Brenden Concord 14 & JBX (1985 Willow Pass Road) through Thursday, Feb. 21. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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