What’s happening on Seattle’s movie scene this week.
Here are snapshots of what our movie reviewers thought of the movies opening this week in the Seattle area. (Star ratings are granted on a scale of zero to four.)
★★½ “Life of the Party” (PG-13; 105 minutes): Ben Falcone’s comedy, starring Melissa McCarthy as a divorced mom who re-enrolls in college, is bland and forgettable but — as McCarthy’s chipper character might say — darned if it isn’t kind of adorable. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic
★★ “Breaking In” (PG-13; 88 minutes): The tale of a young mother (a stern Gabrielle Union) battling a quartet of burglars to save her children is fairly brilliant Mother’s Day programming (or counterprogramming), which is why it’s a shame the movie itself isn’t more fun. Full review. — Katie Walsh, Tribune News Services
“Revenge” (R; 108 minutes): A woman collects payback from the men who assaulted her in Coralie Fargeat’s impressive, uncompromising feature-directing debut. It’s blunt, bloody and stylish, a synthesis of exploitation and feminism. Full review. Grand Illusion. The New York Times does not provide star ratings with reviews. — A.O Scott, The New York Times
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“Lu Over the Wall” (PG; 112 minutes): Masaaki Yuasa’s anime feature brings a little mermaid into the life of a melancholy middle-schooler. What the film gains in energy, it loses in the kinds of expressive details that make two-dimensional figures seem like they breathe three-dimensional life. Full review. Available in two versions: dubbed and in Japanese, with English subtitles. Multiple theaters. — Teo Bugbee, The New York Times
“Wildling” (R; 92 minutes): Bel Powley is well suited to her role, playing a girl raised in captivity, even though her life is a checklist of horror-movie tropes. Full review. Varsity. — Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
“Higher Power” (R; 93 minutes): This sci-fi thriller, directed by Matthew Charles Santoro and written by Santoro and Bainbridge Island resident Julia Fair, centers on a man (played by Ron Eldard) who gets caught up in a mad scientist’s plan that could save — or destroy — the world. The film screens at the Bainbridge Cinemas at the Pavilion (403 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island, farawayentertainment.com, 206-855-8169) through May 17. A Q&A with Fair, general manager of the theater, will be held after the 6:45 p.m. screening on Saturday, May 12, with Daniel Myrick (co-director of “The Blair Witch Project”) moderating.