What’s happening on Seattle’s movie scene this week.
Here are snapshots of what our reviewers thought of the movies opening this week in the Seattle area. (Star ratings are granted on a scale of zero to four.)
★★★ “The Great Buster” (not rated, suitable for general audiences; 100 minutes): He had, says someone in Peter Bogdanovich’s documentary, “a face you could paint your feelings on.” The legendary silent-movie comedian Buster Keaton was known as “The Great Stone Face” for his trademark deadpan, but his expressive, just-keep-swimming eyes told endless stories. “The Great Buster,” a conventional but thoroughly entertaining film, takes us through Keaton’s history — a life that spanned the formative years of the film industry. Full review. Grand Illusion. — Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic
★★ “The Possession of Hannah Grace” (R; 85 minutes): There are a few jumps and bumps, but there’s no real sense of dread or unease or questioning. We simply watch the events unfold with a full understanding of what’s going on. It’s unfortunate the perfunctory B-movie just never fully takes hold. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
“Memoir of War” (not rated, for mature audiences; 127 minutes): Mélanie Thierry gives a committed performance as writer Marguerite Duras in this adaptation of Duras’ 1985 book, which was in part derived from her diaries of occupied France during World War II. It depicts the writer as a young woman determined to hold on to her identity as she awaits a reunion with a husband who might not be coming home. Full review. (The New York Times does not provide star ratings with reviews.) In French, with English subtitles. Northwest Film Forum. — Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
“Default” (not rated, for mature audiences; 114 minutes; subtitled): Businessmen try to stop a looming financial upheaval from ruining their country in Choi Kook-hee’s South Korean drama. Alderwood Mall 16.
“Unstoppable” (not rated, for mature audiences; 116 minutes; subtitled): In Kim Min-ho’s action thriller, a hard-hitting gangster comes out of retirement to save his kidnapped wife. Alderwood Mall 16.