Here’s what’s happening on the movie scene in Seattle during the week of Feb. 2.

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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

Also opening

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.