The 3 best action movies screening around Houston this week

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Want for some entertainment? Don't miss this week's lineup of action movies showing on the big screen in and around Houston.

Here are the best action films to catch in theaters, based on critical scores sourced from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. (Movie descriptions courtesy The Movie Database; showtimes via Fandango.)

Bumblebee



On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary yellow VW bug.

With a critical approval rating of 92 percent and an audience score of 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Bumblebee" has gotten a lot of positive attention since its release on Dec. 21. The site's critical consensus has it that "'Bumblebee' proves it's possible to bring fun and a sense of wonder back to a bloated blockbuster franchise -- and sets up its own slate of sequels in the bargain."

It's playing at AMC Willowbrook 24 (17145 Tomball Parkway) through Thursday, Feb. 7; and Cinemark Tinseltown 290 and XD (12920 Northwest Freeway) through Friday, Feb. 1. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

The Kid Who Would Be King



Alex thinks he's just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin, take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.

With an 87 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Kid Who Would Be King" has been getting attention since its release, with a consensus that "'The Kid Who Would Be King' recalls classic all-ages adventures -- and repurposes a timeless legend -- for a thoroughly enjoyable new addition to the family movie canon."

It's playing at Cinemark Tinseltown USA (11450 East Freeway) through Friday, Feb. 1; Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24 & RPX (3839 Weslayan) through Friday, Feb. 1; AMC Willowbrook 24 (17145 Tomball Parkway) through Thursday, Feb. 7; and Cinemark Tinseltown 290 and XD (12920 Northwest Freeway) through Friday, Feb. 1. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Aquaman





Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people -- and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm's half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counselor Vulko, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep.


With a 64 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Aquaman" is well worth a watch. The site's critical consensus has it that "'Aquaman' swims with its entertainingly ludicrous tide, offering up CGI superhero spectacle that delivers energetic action with an emphasis on good old-fashioned fun."

It's playing at Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24 & RPX (3839 Weslayan) through Friday, Feb. 1; AMC Willowbrook 24 (17145 Tomball Parkway) through Thursday, Feb. 7; and Cinemark Tinseltown 290 and XD (12920 Northwest Freeway) through Friday, Feb. 1. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
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