Here’s what’s happening on the movie scene in Seattle during the week of Feb. 2.
Here are snapshots of what our movie reviewers thought of some of the movies opening this week in the Seattle area. (Star ratings are granted on a scale of zero to four.)
★★★½ “In the Fade” (R; 105 minutes; subtitled): Fatih Akin’s taut, accomplished German thriller puts us face to face with loss, and with what happens when a world shatters. Diane Kruger stars in this terribly sad and often mesmerizing story. Full review. Dine-In Seattle 10 (21+). — Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic
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“Vazante” (not rated; 116 minutes; subtitled): The fillm takes place in southeastern Brazil in 1821 — some six decades before the abolition of slavery — on a squalid farm deep in the mountains. There, a farmer (Adriano Carvalho) is trying to make a go of it on the backs of enslaved black men, women and children. It’s a near-unbearable, unwatchable world, but director Daniela Thomas hooks you early, starting with the black-and-white cinematography that draws you in. Full review. Grand Illusion. The New York Times does not provide star ratings with reviews. — Manohla Dargis
The following movies did not screen in advance for review:
“Conquest of the Skies 3D” (G; 45 minutes): David Attenborough investigates the evolution of flight in animals — from the very first insects to the creatures that rule the skies today. PACCAR IMAX Theater at the Pacific Science Center.
“Winchester” (PG-13; 99 minutes): Helen Mirren plays an eccentric 19th-century firearm heiress who believes she is being haunted by those killed by the Winchester repeating rifle. Several theaters.