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

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Here are snapshots of what our movie reviewers thought of three of the four movies opening this week in the Seattle area. (Star ratings are granted on a scale of zero to four.)


★★★★  “Phantom Thread” (R; 130 minutes): Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” casts a remarkable spell. Set in 1950s England, the strange and mesmerizing drama follows a fashion designer (Daniel Day-Lewis) who gets involved with a young waitress (Vicky Krieps) — to the dismay of his imperious sister (Lesley Manville). Exquisite garments are constructed; glorious music is played; and three actors quietly take us on a journey. Full review.— Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic


★★★  “Paddington 2” (PG; 103 minutes): The sequel to the charming 2015 children’s live-action film featuring a computer-animated talking bear lacks some of its predecessor’s spark. But it is so warmhearted and well-acted that a slight drop-off in quality hardly matters. Full review.


★½  “The Commuter” (PG-13; 105 minutes): Here he goes again. Liam Neeson (“Non-Stop”) again finds himself trapped in a confined space — a commuter train from Manhattan this time — running around like a hamster in a wheel as he tries to extricate himself from a nefarious plot orchestrated by a woman of mystery (Vera Farmiga) who informs him via cellphone that if he ever wants to see his family alive again he must … Well, it’s complicated. Full review.— Soren Andersen, Special to The Seattle Times

Also opening

“Proud Mary” (R; 89 minutes): The action thriller, starring Taraji P. Henson as a Boston hit woman whose life changes when she meets a young boy (Jahi Di’Allo Winston), did not screen in advance for review.