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.)
★★★ “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” (R; 131 minutes): Yes, it’s violent. But the breakneck way director Chad Stahelski piles wild action scenes atop even wilder scenes makes this latest entry in the “John Wick” franchise eminently watchable. It’s a guilty summertime-movie pleasure for sure. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Soren Andersen, Special to The Seattle Times
★★★ “The Sun Is Also a Star” (PG-13; 100 minutes): Based on Nicola Yoon’s best-selling YA novel, this movie about two teens (Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton) who meet and fall in love in a single day is wistfully romantic. Their day together has a poignant urgency: Tomorrow, her family is due to be deported. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic
★★½ “A Dog’s Journey” (PG; 108 minutes): It’s a fantastical dog tale that has the emotional bite to match its somewhat hokey bark. Dennis Quaid stars. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
★★ “Trial by Fire” (R; 127 minutes): In 1992, a Texas man (played by Jack O’Connell) was convicted of the arson-related triple homicide of his three very young daughters and sent to death row, even though early forensic evidence wasn’t conclusive. It’s a haunting, heartbreaking story, told by a movie that never quite makes a case for itself to exist. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Moira Macdonald
“We Have Always Lived in the Castle” (not rated, for mature audiences; 90 minutes): The isolated and secretive world of two sisters and their uncle is disrupted when a cousin with ulterior motives arrives. Director Stacie Passon’s mystery thriller, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, stars Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover and Sebastian Stan. Varsity.
“Aniara” (R; 106 minutes): A spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the consumption-obsessed passengers to consider their place in the universe. The film, in Swedish with English subtitles, is adapted from the work of Nobel Prize-winning writer Harry Martinson. Grand Illusion, through Thursday, May 23.