The 5 best movies screening around San Jose this week

Want to see a movie, but not sure what's worth your time (and money)? Take a look at this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around San Jose.

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.)

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 already has a critical approval rating of 97 percent, with a consensus that "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."

It will begin playing at Century 14 Downtown Walnut Creek and XD (1201 Locust St.), AMC Eastridge 15 (2190 Eastridge Loop), AMC Saratoga 14 (700 El Paseo De Saratoga), Century 20 Oakridge and XD (925 Blossom Hill Road) and CineLux Almaden Cafe & Lounge (2306 Almaden Road) on Thursday, Feb. 21. 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 gotten stellar reviews since its release on Dec. 14. Per the site's critical consensus, "'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 won for Best Animated picture at the Golden Globes and is nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Film.

You can catch it at AMC Eastridge 15 (2190 Eastridge Loop), San Jose Showplace Icon at Valley Fair (2855 Stevens Creek Blvd.), AMC Saratoga 14 (700 El Paseo De Saratoga), and Century 20 Oakridge and XD (925 Blossom Hill Road) through Wednesday, Feb. 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

BlacKkKlansman




Colorado Springs, late 1970s. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer, and Flip Zimmerman, his Jewish colleague, run an undercover operation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

With a critical approval rating of 96 percent and an audience score of 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "BlacKkKlansman" has proven to be a critical darling since its release on Aug. 10, with a consensus that "'BlacKkKlansman' uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events -- and brings out some of Spike Lee's hardest-hitting work in decades along the way."

It is nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, while Spike Lee is for Best Director and Adam Driver for Best Supporting Actor.

It's screening at CineArts @ Santana Row (3088 Olsen Drive) and Century 20 Oakridge and XD (925 Blossom Hill Road) through Sunday, Feb. 24. 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 favourite.

With a critical approval rating of 93 percent and an audience score of 63 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Favourite" has become a favorite since its release on Dec. 14. The site's critical consensus notes that "'The Favourite' sees Yorgos Lanthimos balancing a period setting against rich, timely subtext - and getting roundly stellar performances from his well-chosen stars."

Olivia Colman won the Golden Globe for Best Actress, while the film was nominated for Best Picture and Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone were nominated for Supporting Actress. It received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Yorgos Lanthimos was nominated for Best Director, Olivia Colman for Best Actress, while Weisz and Stone were for Best Supporting Actress.

It's screening at CineArts @ Santana Row (3088 Olsen Drive) and Century 20 Oakridge and XD (925 Blossom Hill Road) through Monday, Feb. 18. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Petta




A hostel warden becomes the target of a dreaded politician and his gangster son, but little do they realise that it is they who should fear him.

With a critical approval rating of 80 percent and an audience score of 76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Petta" is well worth a watch.

In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at Towne 3 Cinemas (1433 The Alameda) through Wednesday, Feb. 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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