The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
Dolor y gloria (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
Marriage Story (2019) Erik Henriksen What makes Marriage Story so remarkable isn't just how deeply Baumbach, Driver, and Johansson care about these characters, but how effectively the movie captures something that's impossible to put into words: The feeling of life as it changes. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Célébration (2018) Chase Burns Saint Laurent and Bergé appear like exotic birds. In most shots, Meyrou's camera sits quietly in the corner. He allows his subjects to be plainly seen. Ironically, this unintrusive approach is what makes the film so intrusive. Everything is laid bare. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Erik Henriksen Knives Out quickly spirals into unexpected territory. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
Queen & Slim (2019) Jenni Moore Queen & Slim is perhaps most poignant for its gorgeous, complex, and multifaceted portrayal of the Black experience, where sparks of joy and love exist alongside pain, struggle, and oppression. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Erik Henriksen Art-house director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Carol) oversees things here, capturing Dark Waters' sickening story in chilly blues and jaundiced yellows while knowing exactly how to get the most from his cast. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Suzette Smith It's unusual to witness real cinematic magic these days, but the Fred Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood absolutely has it. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Wm. Steven Humphrey This makes Ford v Ferrari a very good movie that, a decade ago, would've been considered great. Now it feels like a brand-new film that's already an antique. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Wm. Steven Humphrey It's especially frustrating when you know what a talented actor and director like Banks can do, and what you know she wants to do... but it just doesn't get there. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
The Report (2019) Erik Henriksen Expertly distilling an infinitely complicated, infinitely disturbing chain of events, writer/director Scott Z. Burns follows the efforts of increasingly troubled Senate staffer Daniel Jones. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Strange Negotiations (2019) Dave Segal Bazan emerges from Strange Negotiations as a formidable spokesman for lapsed Christianity, and he deserves our respect for risking his livelihood to deliver these important messages. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Frankie (2019) Robert Ham The ensemble drama gets messier and messier, but remains blessedly free of histrionics and showy performances. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
The Good Liar (2019) Suzette Smith Ultimately, The Good Liar is too serious for a movie about hot elders trying to pretend they don't speak German. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Erik Henriksen The end result is still stunning: A saga that's horrifying and funny and melancholy, sometimes in different scenes, sometimes all at once. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Elinor Jones This movie is bad. It's so bad. But what's great is that if it's even a modest hit, it could inspire a whole cinematic universe of movies loosely based on George Michael songs, and "Father Figure" would be weird as hell. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Ned Lannamann Motherless Brooklyn is easy on the eyes... But the movie is overlong and unfocused, too, and there's almost no emotional purchase, even as stakes escalate. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Erik Henriksen Sure, Flanagan's no Kubrick, but he does pull off the too-rare trick of capturing the sprawling, earnest, weird vibe of a decent Stephen King novel, where the grotesque usually walks hand-in-hand with silliness. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
() Charles Mudede While watching this entertaining documentary, keep in mind the claim made by journalist Ronan Farrow: The National Enquirer has buried at least 60 super-sleazy stories about our... president. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Love Actually (2003) Jennifer Maerz [T]here's more authentic sentiment in a Hallmark card than in the entire movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Possession (1981) Joule Zelman This is not the type of horror movie you take your friends to for a laugh; this is what you watch with your ex and realize how much worse things could have been. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Erik Henriksen Things get weird, and sad, and unexpectedly touching; Dafoe and Pattinson are both great, and if you're going to descend into Eggers's particular brand of fraught, bleak madness, one could hardly ask for better company. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Erik Henriksen There's more to the complicated Jojo Rabbit than first appears, and only a director as committed, inventive, and life-affirmingly good-hearted as Waititi would even have a chance of pulling it off. He does, to unforgettable effect. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Erik Henriksen If nothing else, Dark Fate has one thing going for it: Sarah Connor. Linda Hamilton is back, which means there's a Terminator movie worth watching again. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Loro (2018) Robert Ham Through Servillo's impeccable performance, the underlying desperation rises to the surface, overtaking the copious amounts of naked flesh and the slavish worship of wealth that's on display. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Parasite (2019) Jasmyne Keimig The resulting film offers an at turns hilarious and deeply unsettling look at class and survival, its essence echoed in the environments the characters inhabit. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) Erik Henriksen Maybe it was wrong to expect something along the lines of Adam McKay's excellent The Big Short, which examined a similarly complicated matter with sharp, gutsy wit, but where it should cut, The Laundromat merely leaves a faint bruise. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jenni Moore Mistress of Evil is a decent enough sequel, though it's less magical than the first installment, which, admittedly, blew my mind. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Ben Coleman But despite lurching into theaters a full decade after the original, Zombieland: Double Tap avoids those pitfalls while delivering a suitably zany Zombieland experience with the easy charm of an off-brand Mike Judge picaresque. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Mister America (2019) Morgan Troper At best, it plays like a bizarro version of The War Room. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Ned Lannamann It's just really good, much, much better than it needed to be. Aaron Paul surpasses his work in the series, playing an older, darker, wiser but not necessarily more enlightened version of Jesse. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Ned Lannamann Lucy in the Sky is flat and cold and terribly dull, despite decent work from Portman and her costars. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019