“A United Kingdom,” “Get Out,” “Bitter Harvest,” “The Girl with All the Gifts,” “Rock Dog” and “Dark Night are being released in the Seattle area the week of Feb. 24.

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Six movies come to Seattle-area theaters on Feb. 24. Here’s what our reviewers thought of them.


★★★½  “A United Kingdom” (PG-13): It’s 1947 London, and a couple walks, late at night, under the lamplights on a sidewalk shrouded in feather-soft fog. Their faces glow with love as the music swells; they are, in their elegant ’40s garb, the very picture of period romance. Sounds like a movie you’ve seen before? Look again. “A United Kingdom” is the fresh and fascinating tale of a pair of unlikely real-life lovers: Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), an office clerk living in postwar London, and Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), a visiting student who just happens to be the prince of Bechuanaland. Full review.

— Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic


★★★  “Get Out” (R): Jordan Peele’s smart, slick directorial debut — about an affable young black photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) visiting the remote family home of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) — will scare you, make you laugh and perhaps make you uncomfortable. It’s supposed to. Full review.

— Moira Macdonald


★½  “Bitter Harvest” (R): This film (with its largely British cast juggling various accents) proves a cheesy tale of separated lovers and one Ukrainian village’s hardships under the Soviet Union’s Josef Stalin. Full review.

— Tom Keogh, Special to The Seattle Times


★★★  “The Girl with All the Gifts” (R): It’s in the tradition of “28 Days Later” — British setting, high-speed zombies — only some of the zombies can think. Some of the zombies can talk. Some of the zombies are kids. One kid in particular (Sennia Nanua, a real find) is bright, inquisitive, personable. But as far as the not-undead people in the picture are concerned, she’s demon spawn. Full review.

— Soren Andersen, Special to The Seattle Times


★★  “Rock Dog” (PG): The animated feature, about a young mastiff (voiced by Luke Wilson) who discovers rock music, mixes Tibetan culture with contemporary Brit-rock and adds a splash of mob movies for kicks. While this blend of “Zootopia” and “Sing!” with hints of “Kung Fu Panda” seems like a great idea, the result is a strange combination. Full review.

— Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service


“Dark Night” (not rated): This movie — inspired by the fatal shootings at an Aurora, Colo., showing of the film “The Dark Knight Rises” — takes place in Florida and follows a small group of characters who converge in another movie theater, at which another shooting occurs. The wordplay of the title is sufficiently egregious that a potential viewer is apt to think, “Well, if it got a distributor, it has to be better than that.” It is not. (The New York Times does not provide star ratings with reviews). Full review.

— Glenn Kenny