Don't miss these 5 top-rated movies screening around New York City

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Want to see a movie, but not sure what's worthwhile? Don't miss this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around New York City.

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.)

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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.

Set to be released on Friday, February 22, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World already has a critical approval rating of 100 percent and an audience score of 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, 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."

Get a piece of the action at College Point Multiplex Cinemas (2855 Ulmer St.) through Saturday, February 2. 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 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Can You Ever Forgive Me? has proven to be a critical darling since its release on October 19. According to the site's summary of critic reviews, "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 Quad Cinema (34 W. 13th St.) through Friday, February 8; AMC Kips Bay 15 (570 Second Ave.). Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Free Solo



Follow Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000 foot high El Capitan wall. With no ropes or safety gear, this would arguably be the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

Boasting a 98 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Free Solo has proven to be a critical darling since its release on September 28. Per the site's critical consensus, "Free Solo depicts athletic feats that many viewers will find beyond reason - and grounds the attempts in passions that are all but universal."

It's playing at City Cinemas Village East (181-189 Second Ave.) through Thursday, February 7; Roxy Cinema Tribeca (2 Ave. of The Americas) through Monday, February 4, and City Cinemas East 86th Street (210 E. 86th St.) through Friday, February 8. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

The Princess Bride



In this enchantingly cracked fairy tale, the beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, Sicilians and rodents of unusual size. But even death can't stop these true lovebirds from triumphing.

With a 97 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 80s throwback is a critical darling. The site's critical consensus indicates that "A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh."

You can catch it at Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn (445 Albee Square West) through Thursday, February 7. 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 proven to be a critical darling since its release on December 14. The site's critical consensus has it that "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."

Get a piece of the action at AMC Bay Plaza Cinema 13 (2210 Bartow Ave.), Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX (247 W. 42nd St.), Concourse Plaza Multiplex (214 E. 161st St.), and College Point Multiplex Cinemas (2855 Ulmer St.) through Thursday, February 7. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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