4 dramas to catch in Fresno theaters right now

Looking to reflect on the humanity of it all? Don't miss this week's lineup of dramas showing on the big screen in and around Fresno.

Read on for the highest rated drama films to catch in theaters, based on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer Score, which reflects the opinions of hundreds of film and television critics.

(Movie descriptions courtesy The Movie Database; showtimes via Fandango. Movie ratings and showtimes are subject to change.)

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 favorite.

With a Tomatometer Score of 94 percent and an Audience Score of 65 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Favourite" has garnered plenty of praise since its release in December of 2018. The New York Times' A.O. Scott said, "Weisz and Stone are both brilliantly witty and nimble, but Colman's performance is nothing short of sublime," while David Sims of the Atlantic noted, "Despite its period setting, The Favourite just might be Lanthimos's most trenchant and relevant work yet."

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

It's screening at Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 & IMAX (250 Paseo del Centro) through Sunday, Feb. 24. 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, relied on a guide called The Negro Motorist Green Book.

With a Tomatometer Score of 79 percent and an Audience Score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Green Book" is well worth a watch. "First-rate execution can't solve all of a film's problems, but Mortensen and Ali offer a reminder that it can solve an awful lot of them," according to Christopher Orr of the Atlantic, while Time Out's Joshua Rothkopf said, "Call this actors' duet sentimental and simplistic at your own peril. Green Book may well move you, possibly to tears, at the thought of real social change and kindness (at a time when we need it badly)."

The film won the Golden Globe for Best Picture: Comedy or Musical, as did Ali for Supporting Actor; Peter Farrelly was nominated for Best Director. It received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, while Mortensen was nominated for Best Actor and Ali for Best Supporting Actor.

Interested? It's playing at Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 & IMAX (250 Paseo del Centro) through Friday, Feb. 22 and Maya Fresno 16 & MPX (3090 E. Campus Pointe Drive) through Saturday, Feb. 23. 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 Tomatometer Score of 72 percent and an Audience Score of 60 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Cold Pursuit" is well worth a watch. The New York Post's Johnny Oleksinski called it "an excellent film," while James Berardinelli of ReelViews said, "Cold Pursuit' works as intended."

It's playing at UA Broadway Faire Stadium 10 (3351 W. Shaw Ave.) and Regal Manchester Stadium 16 (2055 E. Shields Ave.) through Wednesday, Feb. 27; Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 & IMAX (250 Paseo del Centro) and Maya Fresno 16 & MPX (3090 E. Campus Pointe Drive) through Thursday, Feb. 28. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Bohemian Rhapsody




Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury's increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet -- finding a way to keep the band together amid the success and excess.

With a Tomatometer Score of 61 percent and an Audience Score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is well worth a watch. NPR's Bob Mondello said, "As for Freddie Mercury, is this his real life? Is this just fantasy - not sure that really matters either. When Malek's strutting like a peacock, this movie is a decently amusing escape from reality," and the New Yorker's Richard Brody said, "Malek does an impressive job of re-creating Mercury's moves onstage, but the core of the performance is Malek's intensely thoughtful, insight-rich channelling of Mercury's hurt, his alienation and isolation even at the height of his fame."

Malek won Best Actor at the Golden Globes and the film won Best Picture (Drama). It received an Oscar for Best Picture and Malek was nominated for Best Actor.

You can catch it at Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 & IMAX (250 Paseo del Centro) through Saturday, Feb. 23. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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