The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

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Rating Title/Year Author
() Kathy Fennessy Definitely geared toward younger viewers... the film is almost more interesting for what it isn't than for what it is... EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Erik Henriksen It's goofy, gory, and great, and it's exactly the kind of rambling, lighthearted movie that should never be discussed using obnoxious phrases like "astonishingly rich oeuvre." EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Eva and Lola (2010) Kathy Fennessy Arantxa Echevarría's assured debut revolves around two Roma teens... The potential for tragedy comes from their patriarchal community's inability to accept same-sex romance, but the possibility for triumph lies with their stubbornness and strength. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Go Back to China (2019) Kathy Fennessy The film is almost more interesting for what it isn't than for what it is, i.e., one devoid of white leads and a love interest. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Monos (2019) Kathy Fennessy Recommended mostly for the jaw-dropping topography, Mica Levi's synapse-scrambling score, and the Apocalypse Now-level cinematography. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Swinging Safari (2018) Kathy Fennessy There's a lesson here about the limits of permissive parenting, but it's mostly a Martin Parr-like evocation of a cartoonishly narcissistic time. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari (2018) Joule Zelman Barbarians may be one of the more intellectually daunting movies at SIFF this year, with its single-take scenes, philosophical references, and meta approach. But it is, unfortunately, relevant and necessary viewing EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Afterlife (2018) Jasmyne Keimig While I wouldn't get too caught up in the how of it all, Afterlife is a touching film about family, grief, memory, and death. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Female Pleasure (2018) Katie Herzog They know that the way female pleasure and male pleasure are viewed in their societies (perhaps in most societies) is both fundamentally unfair and destructive. And all of them are doing something about it. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Morgan Troper The result is insulting not only to the intelligence and taste of moviegoers, but to Elton John's legacy as a songwriter, showman, and immensely significant queer idol. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Bobby Roberts Since King of the Monsters only exists to get audiences to see Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020, the attempt to be something more than just a loud, dumb bridge to the next episode is appreciated. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Ned Lannamann This Aladdin is loud, cheery, tacky, and vacuously good-natured. Like I said, it could have been worse. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
() Gillian Anderson Stuffed isn't particularly gruesome. And as the people in the film keep insisting, taxidermists really love animals. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Leilani Polk This movie really got in there. I never want to go back to high school, but I sure wish I'd been able to watch Booksmart in high school. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Dave Segal It's about as rewarding a dissection of a great artist and problematic human as one could hope for in under two hours. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
() Timothy Kenney The beautifully shot documentary uses a clever combination of simplistic genetic animations and compelling characters to convey the power of this discovery and why it has the potential to change what it means to be human. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Aniara (2018) Erik Henriksen For those onboard with its relentless, brutal fatalism, Aniara is remarkable. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018) Gillian Anderson The Woman Who Loves Giraffes shows the important scientific contributions and fascinating life of a giraffe-loving feminist pioneer. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Another Day of Life (2018) Rich Smith At times, the animation artfully and seamlessly gives way to real-world interviews with the film's subjects, many of whom are still alive, which is something I've never quite seen before. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Kifaru (2019) Gillian Anderson Kifaru is an uplifting story about people caring for animals and working for their well-being, but it's also a sad story about how humans are driving other species into extinction. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Q Ball (2019) Timothy Kenney The basketball games, while as exciting as any March Madness match, are the least compelling part of the movie, which uses the sport more as a vehicle to explore the journey these inmates have been on since arriving at San Quentin. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Erik Henriksen Particularly given America's current relations with Russia, Meeting Gorbachev feels disarmingly affectionate-"Everything about Gorbachev was genuine," Herzog reflects-but the director never loses his usual clear-eyed gaze. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Trial by Fire (2018) Elinor Jones So I want to warn the rest of you: Watching this film felt like having rocks thrown at my face. It's effective filmmaking, I'll give it that, and O'Connell's performance as scumbag-turned-sympathetic-scumbag is one of the best I've seen. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Erik Henriksen There are punches and shoot-outs, and fiery speeches and glimpses of tenderness, and it's all beautiful and ugly, welcoming and dangerous. It's Deadwood. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Erik Henriksen John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum is just as good and fun and bats--t as the series' previous installments. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
() Jasmyne Keimig Though sometimes the short doc reaches for deeper, weightier meaning, it explores creativity and ownership rather well. By the end, you'll have that song stuck in your head, possibly forever! EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
The Wandering Earth (2019) Charles Mudede Loud, frenetic, and filled with sublime industrial and cosmic moments, blasts for fire and rockets, falling boulders and chunks of ice and blocks of concrete. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Morgan Troper At most, Pokémon Detective Pikachu is akin to an Olympic skater gracefully recovering from a misstep; it's an extremely impressive mess. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Shadow (2018) Ned Lannamann It's pageant and poetry and ballet, except with super-sharp knives and umbrellas that kill people. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Elinor Jones Rogen is fully competent as a funny schlub, and Theron destroys as a secretary of state and presidential hopeful, and the two of them together are -- I know, this is weird -- charming as hell. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Hail Satan? (2019) Erik Henriksen That's a fact that seems ominously and increasingly forgotten in Trump's America, so forget about the question mark. Hail Satan. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Rafiki (2018) Charles Mudede It's rare to see this side of Africa (middle-class, urban, post-postcolonial) on the screen. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Ned Lannamann Words can't really describe how exciting these performances are. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Her Smell (2018) Ned Lannamann That performance is the main reason to see Her Smell. It's a tough movie to recommend-as I mentioned earlier, it's a tough movie to sit through. But Moss really is one of the best actors in the world right now. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
High Life (2018) Ned Lannamann Some will be impressed by the weightiness of Denis's jag into zero gravity, but for me, High Life was a frustrating experience, a collection of half-developed ideas being sucked into an unfocused void. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Missing Link (2019) Ben Coleman It's not a good look-and it's especially unfair to Missing Link's artists and animators, who have their timeless work saddled with a script that already feels outdated. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) Erik Henriksen Personally, I derive a great amount of entertainment value from these things, but your mileage, I assume, will vary. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
The Best of Enemies (2019) Elinor Jones Ugh, this movie is such a f---ing mess. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Bobby Roberts Jud was right: Sometimes dead is better. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Wm. Steven Humphrey Okay... it's cute. And if you're 9 years old, you'll think it's pretty good. There's not a lot here to appreciate if you're an adult, and you'll watch it while fondly remembering Spider-Man: Homecoming which abso-freaking-lutely nailed the comedy and pathos EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
The Holiday (2006) Lindy West Each scene in The Holiday is more annoying than the last. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
The Aftermath (2019) Ned Lannamann Dumb things ensue, because these are dumb characters in service of a dumb script, and the movie uses every period romance that's come before it as a shortcut to doing any actual storytelling work. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
In the Cut (2003) Bradley Steinbacher This doesn't mean that Ryan is bad in the film, for she's not -- she's merely adequate, if a little bland, in a bad picture. And In the Cut is indeed a bad picture; surprisingly bad, really, given the pedigree involved. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
American Dreamz (2006) Megan Seling Based on the material reality gave the writers of this film to work with, it should've been f---ing hilarious, right? Not so much. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) Bradley Steinbacher The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, lacks heart, offering up in its place an aquamarine world sinking due to a near-terminal case of whimsy. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
The Aviator (2004) Bradley Steinbacher Is really little more than three hours of the director polishing his mantel in anticipation of an Oscar. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Woman at War (2018) Ned Lannamann There's a lot to like here, including the musicians and singers who appear onscreen, providing a live soundtrack and wry visual commentary. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Ned Lannamann Dumbo is a deeply weird, hugely imperfect movie, and it's confused and off-putting for much of its runtime. But, against the odds, there's a genuine thrill every time this updated, ungainly little elephant takes flight. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Hot Rod (2007) Lindy West The silly kills the funny. Every time things get rolling, some guy starts doing a ridiculous dance for no reason. Or Rod and his brother incessantly repeat the words "cool beans." EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
The Strangers (2008) Bradley Steinbacher It's all admirably restrained and, for the most part, effective. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019