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