The 25 Best High School Movies

Despite the lamp office success of superhero films as well as depth of a few source material, a large number of films emerged as shallow, mindless movies without the need of serious characterization. This assessment simply is not true. Superheroes is often complex characters with well-defined personalities, as well as the right actors and actresses would bring these personalities one's to the big screen. As five films demonstrate, playing roles that originate in comic books won't diminish actors'credibility. They still make roles and characters seriously, even when confronted with outlandish premises. In "Watchmen," Jackie Earle Haley unquestionably sociopathic vigilante Walter Kovacs, also called Rorschach. From the very first lines in the film, viewers get a transparent glimpse of Rorschach's unhinged personality from his monologue about the decaying morality of New York City and, by extension, all of those other world. Kovacs is inwardly tortured and angry at both himself and society, and then he the only method he knows of to deal with this anger is to hunt those he sees as criminals. The scene during which he fully discards his civilian identity as Rorschach serves as an example: Haley makes Kovacs visibly shiver with anger at Blair Roche's brutal death when he exacts justice within the murderer. Another scene, where Kovacs is in prison after being apprehended, shows how contemptuous he could be of criminals even when he is seemingly at their mercy.

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In the age of streaming entertainment, it can be hard to leave the couch. But movie theaters still offer a special experience for those willing to get out of the house. Want to see what's out there? Take a look at this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around San Diego.

Here are the highest-rated films to catch, 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.)

Toy Story 4

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that's Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called Forky to her room, a road-trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

Set to be released on Friday, June 21, "Toy Story 4" already has a Tomatometer Score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. Washington Post's Ann Hornaday said, "As an ode to spunk, ingenuity, teamwork, storytelling and animation artistry, 'Toy Story 4' fires on every spirited cylinder," while Moira MacDonald of the Seattle Times noted, "Did we really need another 'Toy Story' movie? Turns out we did."

It's playing at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas - Del Mar (12905 El Camino Real), AMC Fashion Valley 18 (7037 Friars Road), Reading Cinemas Town Square (4665 Clairemont Drive) and Angelika Film Center & Cafe Carmel Mountain (11620 Carmel Mt. Road) through Wednesday, June 26. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


Two academic teenage superstars realize, on the eve of their high school graduation, that they should have worked less and played more. Determined to never fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

With a Tomatometer Score of 97% and an Audience Score of 77% on Rotten Tomatoes, "Booksmart" has been a must-watch since its release on May 24.

"It's more John Hughes than Judd Apatow, and it's a little more 'Bridesmaids' than 'Lady Bird'...a success on [its] own terms," noted Kristen Evans of The New Republic, while's Erin Keane said, "'Booksmart' puts a fresh spin on the coming-of-age night-of comedy because it's focused on two girls, one of whom is also queer."

In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at ArcLight La Jolla (4425 La Jolla Village Drive) through Tuesday, June 25. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Avengers: Endgame

After the devastating events of "Avengers: Infinity War," the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.

With a Tomatometer Score of 94% and an Audience Score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, "Avengers: Endgame" has become a favorite since its release on April 26. The Observer's Oliver Jones said, "What you will be getting when you walk into an inevitably overstuffed movie theater is something singular that reflects our age in a way that none of the MCU films that preceded it have — indeed, very few Hollywood spectacles ever have," and the San Diego Reader's Matthew Lickona noted, "The MCU will go on and on, but this chapter — and the American pragmatism vs. American ideals bromance that drove it — have well and truly come to their 'Excelsior! Nuff said!' moment."

It's screening at Reading Cinemas Town Square (4665 Clairemont Drive) and ArcLight La Jolla (4425 La Jolla Village Drive) through Tuesday, June 25. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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In "The Mighty Thor," another superhero movie, Chris Hemsworth brings the Norse mythological god of thunder to life. Exiled from Asgard because of his arrogance, Thor is required to regain Odin's favor and their own powers to handle the trickster god Loki. Hemsworth portrays Thor's difficulty in getting used to Midgard/Earth within a diner scene: the Asgardian custom of slamming a mug revealed to exhibit appreciation is humorous to the listeners and in-character for Thor, however it's off-putting for Jane Foster (played by Natalie Portman) and the other humans. Through this and other scenes, viewers find out how awkward Thor is and perceive his disoriented confusion, which leads to violence after she has first landed on Earth. Thor attacks everyone in the rage, unable to take that he has temporarily become fully human. Throughout the film, Thor gets to be more familiar with being among humans, an improvement that is reflected as part of his holistic conversations with Jane Foster and Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard). While in the trilogy of films that is termed for him, the half-breed vampire hunter Blade represents another type of a well-played comic book hero. Acted by Wesley Snipes, this character is gritty yet stylish, perhaps use a contrast to the angst-ridden literary vampires who were previously popular. Snipes participates in intense action sequences with similar stoicism viewers would expect of the reality-based superhero, spending time to provide witty profanity-laced one-liners. Combined with the X-Men and Spider-Man, Blade was one of the first superheroes to come to the best screen. The 1989 "Batman" film features Michael Keaton because the Caped Crusader in considered one of his most in-demand adaptations. Although Christian Bale's performance in "The Dark Knight Trilogy" is widely praised, many viewers criticized the gravelly voice Bale uses when playing Batman, claiming celebrate it harder to consider him seriously. Keaton plays Batman more suavely, striking a blend between dark, serious Bale and also the lighthearted Adam West through the 1960s movies. In other words, Keaton plays the role of Batman naturally as an alternative to like a deliberately adopted persona.

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Finally, among the best superhero movie performances in recent history goes to the villain: the Joker in "The Dark Knight." Heath Ledger's take around the iconic Batman villain brings the Joker's menace, macabre humor, and fascination with chaos in a package that is best illustrated in the chilling "magic trick" scene during which he gouges out a mobster's eye that has a pencil. The Joker results in as perpetually packed with nervous energy and near violence. Small mannerisms including constantly licking his lips and nervously exploring, with the menacing voice Ledger developed, choose this Joker certainly one of Batman fans'favorites. These actors under no circumstances provide the one five examples of nuanced acting in superhero films. "Captain America: The First Avenger" has Chris Evans as a difficult but well-meaning superhero, "Spider-Man" has Toby MacGuire portraying by far the most well-known adaptation of Peter Parker, and "Iron Man" contains the snarky and suave Tony Stark played by Robert Downey Jr. While comic films may seem like shallow entertainment, actors can have fun playing the roles good enough in making audiences suspend their disbelief.