Here’s what’s happening on the movie scene in Seattle during the week of May 12.

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Ten movies land in Seattle-area theaters during the week of May 12. Here’s what our reviewers thought of some of them.


★★  “Snatched” (R): Nobody, starting with director Jonathan Levine (“50/50”) and screenwriter Katie Dippold (“Ghostbusters,” “The Heat”), seems to have been particularly invested in this wan mother-daughter road trip starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer. It eventually just sort of fizzles away, like a spilled drink in the sun. Too bad: Hawn, in her first movie since 2002’s “The Banger Sisters,” deserves better. Full review.

— Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic


★★★½  “Norman” (R): Everything you need to know about Joseph Cedar’s smart little drama is right there in its subtitle: “The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.” There’s a faint tongue-in cheek tone, an old-school formality and an upfront statement that this movie is the story of one man, flaws and all. That man is Norman Oppenheimer, played deliciously by Richard Gere. Full review.

— Moira Macdonald


★★½  “Chuck” (R): That’s some mighty fine acting going on up there on the screen. Liev Schreiber, playing the title part of real-life boxer Chuck Wepner, and Elisabeth Moss as his first wife, Phyllis, give performances that are powerful in their honesty. Full review.

— Soren Andersen, Special to The Seattle Times


★★½  “The Wall” (R): This is an example of bare-bones moviemaking. Dusty bare bones. Set in a landscape littered with corpses, “The Wall” is a tale of a two-man Army sniper team (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena) that is taunted, terrorized and trapped by a sharpshooter in a desolate, windblown Iraqi desert. Full review.

— Soren Andersen

★★  “Lowriders” (PG-13): Starring Demián Bichir and Eva Longoria, this family drama explores the car culture of East Los Angeles, delving into the roots of lowriding. Though the tricked out, bouncing vintage cars are a staple of ’90s rap videos, “Lowriders” situates these iconic vehicles within a historical context while telling a family story of grief, loss and redemption. Full review.

— Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service


★½  “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (PG-13): Did the world need another King Arthur movie? Specifically, did the world need this King Arthur movie? Directed by Guy Ritchie, with none of the wit displayed in “Sherlock Holmes” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” it lumbers on for more than two hours, weighed down with oversized elephants, excessively populated action sequences and weirdly sudden occurrence of slow motion, as if the film is yawning. As well it might. Full review.

— Moira Macdonald


“3 Generations” (PG-13): Good intentions abound in this movie about a New York teenager transitioning from female to male, but they lead to a certain overzealousness. The makers of this film really, really want you to know that a young person in this situation has to deal with a lot. Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon star. Full review. The New York Times does not provide star ratings with reviews.

— Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

Also opening

Three movies open in Seattle that did not screen in advance for review: The Varsity is showing “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” (not rated), a comedy about a successful singer-songwriter (Wyatt Russell) who hires his friend and struggling comedian (Alex Karpovsky) as his opening act; and “Tracktown” (not rated), which captures the experience of a young Olympic hopeful (Alexi Pappas). “Two Women” (not rated), an adaptation of the Ivan Turgenev play “A Month in the Country” starring Ralph Fiennes and Sylvie Testud, screens at the Grand Illusion.