The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
Gemini Man (2019) Ben Coleman Ang Lee's Gemini Man isn't a bad movie so much as it's a missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Wm. Steven Humphrey Dolomite Is My Name is a bittersweet, filthy-mouthed comedy that also sneakily educates its audience in the Black experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Erik Henriksen Plenty of the clips in Memory feature Ripley, but Weaver herself is MIA, and making an Alien documentary without Weaver is... well, it's about as good of an idea as making any other Alien movie without her. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
First Love (2019) Robert Ham Miike, though, knows how to mix these elements perfectly, easily weaving the "getting to know you" scenes among all the bullets and beheadings with delightful shreds of comedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Ned Lannamann The movie adheres to the book to its detriment, resulting in this futile, deathly dull exercise in translation-as-filmmaking. The Goldfinch isn't so much a movie as it is a very expensive book report. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Erik Henriksen If Ad Astra doesn't quite get there, it's not for lack of ambition, but rather the limits of even a movie screen to contain both the mind-breaking vastness of space and the quiet, internal emptiness that can feel just as big, and just as terrifying. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Blair Stenvick I do recommend Downton Abbey to fellow fans of the series. But it might be best enjoyed not in a theater, but in the same way we watched the show: Streamed at home, where we're free to gleefully repeat our favorite lines in questionable British accents. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Jenni Moore Hustlers is solid because the strippers are uniquely portrayed as real women with full lives, and as mothers with real problems. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Say Amen, Somebody (1982) Dave Segal Regardless if you're the staunchest skeptic, you can't help getting swept away by Ford Smith's ebullience. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Joule Zelman Deliciously retro, nastily funny, but siding with those wrung out by the cycle of labor and consumption, In Fabric deserves a spot next to Sorry to Bother You in the hall of great anti-capitalist comedies. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Suzette Smith I'm sorry to report that these adult Losers never really come together, despite great turns by Hader and a scene-stealing James Ransone as Eddie. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Erik Henriksen Mike Wallace Is Here remains clear-eyed and hard-hitting, just as, one imagines, the no-bullshit Wallace would have wanted it. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Elinor Jones I'm happy this wasn't actually a feature-length film about how losing weight can change your life (vomit), because once she's out of the problematic prosthetics, Bell is hilarious. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Erik Henriksen While it isn't as graceful or inventive as Cronos or The Devil's Backbone, it subtly, effectively creates a sense of something being deeply wrong-both in our world and, perhaps, in one that's right next to it. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
The Mountain (2018) Joule Zelman The Mountain is so keen on flouting the narrative expectations of an active hero that, once Goldblum leaves the picture, it results in a dead-end atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Robert Ham As Ready or Not rolls on, it all becomes much too much of everything-a bit of playful, clever wrestling that, after turning into a full-out brawl, ends messily and ignominiously. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Angel Has Fallen (2019) Ben Coleman For a franchise that's always felt at least a decade removed from relevance, Angel Has Fallen ends up being an intense, surprisingly of-the-moment action thriller. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Suzette Smith There's a lot to the film, and I respect anyone who needs to sit this one out. But if you go into The Nightingale, be a witness to history. Don't look away. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Ben Coleman Is any of this good comedy? Hard to say. I'm not even sure it's possible to make an entire movie about middle-school boners, but an attempt has certainly been made here. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Ned Lannamann Richard Linklater's adaptation of Where'd You Go, Bernadette drops the epistolary technique of Maria Semple's book in favor of a more straightforward movie narrative, but this is still a muddled puzzle of incongruous pieces that don't fit together. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Robert Ham It's an uneven but affectionate portrait of two people who are drawn together, creating sparks and conflagrations whenever they came into contact. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Rojo (2018) Jasmyne Keimig While much of the greater historical and political context might be missed by foreign audiences, Rojo serves up pitch-black humor (and drama) with an eye for the cinema of the era it's depicting. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Erik Henriksen Even for all its sadness and threats of doom, Tarantino's film remains laugh-out-loud hilarious the whole goddamn time-you're going to want to see this with a crowd, to hear both the laughs and the screams, particularly during one remarkable sequence. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Suzette Smith I didn't expect such visual delights from cinematographer Anna Franquesa Solano, who peppers the film with truly lovely natural light. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Cassandro, the Exotico! (2018) Chase Burns These scenes are theatrical, even regal, and avoid pretension. Losier conjures the legend of Cassandro with overwhelming affection. It's a lovely, fantastic spectacle. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Ned Lannamann There are almost too many problems with Yesterday to pick them all apart, so it's worth saying that the movie is mostly a pretty enjoyable experience. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely) (2006) Suzette Smith The film also unforgettably repurposes John Denver's "Country Roads," and applies it to everyday Japanese life via a number of covers. If that sounds too good to be true, it's not. It totally works somehow. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Ned Lannamann It's time to get on board the Jessie Buckley train. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Rich Smith If you want to be terrified and overly anxious about the arbitrary nature of our cultural rituals, which include watching scary movies that reflect our world back at us (through a glass, in this case, brightly), then go see Midsommar at any time of day. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Robert Ham Their work may not be enough to fully stitch up the holes in Ophelia, but all together, it holds enough together to keep viewers from protesting too much. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
The Silence of Others (2018) Jasmyne Keimig Though some of the legal stuff is left a bit murky, this documentary is a moving reminder of the harm that comes from denying the truth of crimes done by those in power. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Wm. Steven Humphrey It's better and more emotionally resonant than the vast majority of superhero flicks, and even when Nick Fury is being portrayed as kind of a joke (weird choice, guys), Far from Home is an excellent sequel that will occasionally illicit ear-to-ear grins. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Joule Zelman The ensuing narrative is expansive, a bit funny, full of elaborate invented culture, and overall less exhausting (and exhilarating) than Hereditary. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Jurassic Park III (2001) Sean Nelson The script, partially written by the team responsible for Election, is lean, tidy, and best of all, negligible--these screenwriters know better than to let the plot obscure the action, and the result is probably the best of the three Jurassic Park films. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Robert Ham (John) Lasseter doesn't deserve such niceties, but this solid, entertaining film shows that, even without his input, Pixar will be just fine. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Jenni Moore But with the film refusing to place any blame, it's ultimately unclear why its story needed to be told. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Late Night (2019) Elinor Jones Late Night is super predictable. But it doesn't matter: Kaling and Thompson are magnetic in everything they're in, and they're more than capable of turning this otherwise light film to something not unlike the smart comedies Kaling and I grew up on. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Ned Lannamann The first hour or so of International is pretty tedious. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Knife + Heart (2018) Chase Burns Like a good giallo, Knife + Heart's mood is often more important than its plot or character development. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Shaft (2019) Wm. Steven Humphrey It's terrible on a multitude of levels. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
The Way of the Gun (2000) Jamie Hook It is evil because secretly it does not know what it is. It is evil because it is adrift in a world that is too opiated to confront its soulless convictions. It is evil because it comes from a place that has confused the fantastical and the realistic. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 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