Don't miss these 4 top dramas screening around Chicago

Looking for a stirring story? Check out this week's lineup of dramas showing on the big screen in and around Chicago.

Here are the best 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.

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," and David Sims of the Atlantic noted, "Despite its period setting, 'The Favourite' just might be Lanthimos' most trenchant and relevant work yet."

You can catch it at ArcLight Chicago (1500 N. Clybourn Ave.) through Wednesday, Feb. 27; Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX (2600 N. Western Ave.) through Sunday, Feb. 24; and AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.) through Thursday, Feb. 28. 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 65 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. 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.)"

It's playing at ArcLight Chicago (1500 N. Clybourn Ave.) through Thursday, Feb. 28; ShowPlace ICON at Roosevelt Collection with ICON X (1011 S. Delano Court East) through Thursday, Feb. 28; Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX (2600 N. Western Ave.) through Saturday, Feb. 23; and Regal Webster Place 11 (1471 W. Webster Ave.) 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.

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."

It's screening at AMC Dine-in Block 37 (100 N. State St.) through Thursday, Feb. 28; ArcLight Chicago (1500 N. Clybourn Ave.) through Thursday, Feb. 28; and Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX (2600 N. Western Ave.) through Sunday, Feb. 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

ATL




As four friends prepare for life after high school, different challenges bring about turning points in each of their lives. The dramas unfold and resolve at their local rollerskating rink, Cascade.

With a Tomatometer Score of 61 percent and an Audience Score of 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "ATL" has something to offer for fans of coming-of-age movies.

The Toronto Star's Peter Howell said, "It's something akin to the earlier films of Spike Lee -- 'She's Gotta Have It' and 'Crooklyn' come to mind -- in that the characters are cherished for their human qualities, not for how well they swagger onto the screen."

It's playing at ShowPlace ICON at Roosevelt Collection with ICON X (1011 S. Delano Court East) through Saturday, Feb. 23. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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