The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

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Rating Title/Year Author
One Night in Miami (2020) Chase Hutchinson A minimalist film that's vast in its ambition, One Night in Miami is a simply magnificent debut from director Regina King. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
The Reason I Jump (2020) Chase Hutchinson The Reason I Jump transports the audience into the minds of its subjects, a film flooded with warmth and compassion. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Soul (2020) Charles Mudede Soul is about a person who happens to be black, and not a black American film. Have no confusion about that... But the film is really funny. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Chase Hutchinson It's not only disappointing-it's bad storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Charles Mudede Nothing in Ma Rainey can escape the pull of Boseman's personal off-screen tragedy and its powerful interaction with one of Wilson's most tragic characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Sound of Metal (2019) Chase Hutchinson Sound of Metal is a transcendent film that happens to be deeply grounded. It feels revolutionary, weaving a profound rhythm into its quietest moments. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Collective (2019) Chase Hutchinson It is often grueling work that requires a lot of patience. For the documentary to have the discipline to sit with them and observe their work is noteworthy. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
The Nest (2020) Chase Hutchinson The real standout is Carrie Coon, who continues to deserve all the praise, as the adamant Allison, who emerges as the only one willing to call out her husband's bulls**t. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Possessor: Uncut (2020) Chase Hutchinson It's evident in his work that Brandon is the son of iconic director David Cronenberg. But while there are some parallels where the son takes after the father, he's still made a film all his own. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
City Hall (2020) Chase Hutchinson That lengthy runtime puts you in the center of Boston. The city feels thoroughly alive, from an oddly mesmerizing sequence of a trash compactor to a community meeting about a new pot business. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
The Donut King (2020) Chase Hutchinson It's a brutally honest take, and all the delicious donuts can't take away from the reality. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Matt Baume How very much I love the first half of this film, with its gorgeous attention to period detail and heartfelt tenderness between the characters... And then: Honk honk, fart sound. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story (2019) Jasmyne Keimig Though brief, the documentary is a primer on Glenn-Copeland's remarkable musical life in relative obscurity, tracing his early years in Philadelphia, his gender transition in his 50s, and his rise and touring over the past few years. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
Boys State (2020) Rich Smith To the extent the film serves a gorgeous and fascinating look at the machinations of male American teens, and how doomed they all are to repeat the idiotic mistakes of the ideological forebears? I'm absolutely buying. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Family Fundamentals (2002) David Schmader A beautiful documentary that deserves your attention. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
Losing Ground (1982) Jasmyne Keimig There's no film like it. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Without (2011) Charles Mudede Without is the region's first erotic tour de force... EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor (2015) Sean Nelson It's both engaging and enraging, and it feels important. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
Holy Motors (2012) Charles Mudede The film answers nothing and leaves all of its balls wonderfully suspended in the air. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2020
Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Robert Ham [W]hat [Ansari] does instead is let himself off the hook without extending the same courtesy to the rest of his audience. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2020
TMNT (2007) Megan Seling The Turtles still eat pizza, they still skateboard, and they're still totally badass. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2020
First Cow (2019) Joule Zelman Immersed in the textures of the everyday, Reichardt has made a movie where everything feels primally alive. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Extra Ordinary (2019) Leilani Polk Extra Ordinary doesn't feel like it's trying too hard to get laughs, but manages to draw them out with regularity-and, most importantly, the excellent casting. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Onward (2020) Erik Henriksen By the time Onward's skillful, moving climax rolls around, it's clear that the important things here aren't the magic spells or the long-lost maps. The important things are the fears and hopes of a sometimes strong, sometimes fragile family. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020) Robert Ham This riff on H.G. Wells's sci-fi classic is a slow, steady squeeze from a vise that doesn't release its grip until its final shot. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
EMMA. (2020) Suzette Smith De Wilde's debut is stylish and original. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019) Dave Segal For fans of the Band, this film will inspire tears of sorrow and joy, if not rage. Now more than ever, their music stirs emotions with a profundity that feels religious, but without the stench of sanctimony. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
Olympic Dreams (2019) Chase Burns Kroll is fine in his semi-dramatic turn as a romantically forlorn volunteer dentist, but Pappas is remarkable. She elicits a surprisingly tender performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Jasmyne Keimig The Assistant's power is in its documentary-like feel. Green observes Jane with an emotional distance that allows us to understand the "impossibility" of her job, while also not letting her get off scot-free. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
Downhill (2020) Wm. Steven Humphrey Not even Miranda Otto's (Chilling Tales of Sabrina) occasional bursts of funny/horny energy can rescue Downhill from its downward slide to Bummer Town. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Jasmyne Keimig Marianne and Héloïse's unfurling of feelings for each other is more than just wish fulfillment; there's an emotional logic to it that believably defies their historical context. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
And Then We Danced (2019) Jasmyne Keimig Gelbakhiani is the linchpin who makes the film really work, occupying the screen wonderfully as Merab, communicating the lust, frustration, anger, and determination necessary for the role. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Bird (1988) Charles Mudede Eastwood directed Bird in much the same way he plays jazz piano-not with caution, not with precision, but with a love that is supreme. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones (2019) Dave Segal Whatever camp you're in, you'll leave the theater feeling dismayed about Jones's fate, more than five decades after the fact. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
The Rhythm Section (2020) Suzette Smith Rhythm Section succeeds on an atmospheric level, to such a degree that it approaches elegance-too bad the dated script is just regular ol' self-reliance porn that ends up being too sexist to even do that properly. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Mickey and the Bear (2019) Leilani Polk When Mickey is finally pushed to action, it's a relief, suffusing Mickey and the Bear with a feeling of hope amid the darkness and transforming a good film into a great one. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
Pain and Glory (2019) Jasmyne Keimig I love seeing Banderas directed by Almodóvar, especially in this role which is obviously a stand-in for the director himself. He uneasily occupies the screen, clearly trying to manage both his pain and his loved ones' response to it. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
The Gentlemen (2020) Wm. Steven Humphrey The Gentlemen is a fun, twisty-turny joyride through Britain's well-heeled drug trade, and its moments of shocking, often comical violence should pair nicely with a snifter of good cognac. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
Color Out of Space (2019) Leilani Polk It has the potential to be the next great (terrible) cult classic, and will definitely find a sympathetic audience in both die-hard Cage fans and D-level horror film enthusiasts. Also, the colors are pretty. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
Bad Boys for Life (2020) Bobby Roberts While the tone of the previous two movies is largely transformed, what has made the trip fully intact is the most important aspect of Bad Boys' success: The chemistry between Smith and Lawrence. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
The Wave (2019) Leilani Polk Don't think too hard about the plot twists or the rules of Frank's universe, because it will all fall apart. Just buy the ticket, sit back, and enjoy the ride. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
1917 (2019) Bobby Roberts For those willing to go on its tough-as-nails, experiential journey, 1917 offers an awe-inducing reward. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Babylon (1980) Charles Mudede The film is also visually rich. Every minute is filled with the details of a period and milieu that's rarely so crisp on film. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
Cats (2019) Chase Burns Cats is not for everyone, but it is definitely for me. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Charles Mudede It is during this battle we have one of the most numinous moments in the Star Wars franchise... The scene lasts for about three or so seconds, but it's incredibly beautiful. The rest of the film was dead to me. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
Atlantics (2019) Jasmyne Keimig The rest of the film is deliciously supernatural, inspired by a Senegal-specific djinn called "faru rab" or "lover spirits," which are spirits of dead men who take possession of women's bodies at night. A sea tale if there ever was one. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
When Lambs Become Lions (2018) Charles Mudede It is here that the director takes a clear side, his film clearly denounces the extreme poverty that both the poachers and the rangers face. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
() Robert Ham Director Mike Christie does a remarkable job wending in the history of the band, from their origins as members of Joy Division to today, without letting it slow down the momentum of the film. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know (2018) Robert Ham Something is a bit of pop-star glamour porn... Through that, however, the charm of the group's various members is ever-present, especially the easy rapport they have with each other. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019) Erik Henriksen The Safdies aren't interested in morality tales but amorality tales, and their stories' no-holds-barred recklessness, while at first freeing, steadily grows exhausting. Thankfully, the Safdies also know how to shoot, cut, and score like nobody else. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019