Here’s what’s happening on the movie scene in Seattle during the week of Sept. 8.

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Six new movies will be showing in the Seattle area this week. Here are snapshots of what our movie reviewers thought of them.


★★★★  “Crown Heights” (R): Matt Ruskin’s docudrama, about a man wrongfully imprisoned for a killing he did not commit, is bleak yet ultimately turns into a story about incredible courage and hope. Lakeith Stanfield stars. Full review.

— Soren Andersen, Special to The Seattle Times

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★★★★  “Beach Rats” (R): Harris Dickinson, in an extraordinary lead performance, plays an aimless 19-year-old who spends most of his time hanging out with homophobic hoods — when he’s not secretly chatting with older men on online cruising sites — in this exquisitely haunting LGBT coming-of-age story. Full review.



★★½  “Second Nature” (not rated; for mature audiences): Filmed entirely in Ellensburg, the goofy comedy-fantasy stars Collette Wolfe and Sam Huntington as young adults competing to be the mayor of a small town. Full review.

— John Hartl, Special to The Seattle Times


★★  “Home Again” (PG-13): Reese Witherspoon and Michael Sheen give blandly charming performances in an awkwardly directed fairy tale in which nobody behaves like an actual person. Full review.

— Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic


★½  “It” (R): The big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s thousand-page-plus mega-opus is a compendium of horror-movie clichés in which its demonic signature clown character (played by Bill Skarsgård) is rather a bore — a cackling, kid-consuming one-trick clowny. Full review.

— Soren Andersen


“The Villainess” (not rated; for mature audiences): A deadly assassin (Kim Ok-vin) shoots and slashes her way through South Korean director Jung Byung-gil’s insanely overcranked action-thriller. Full review. (The Los Angeles Times does not provide star ratings with reviews.)


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★½  “Tulip Fever”“(R): This drama slipped quietly into theaters last week, under cover of a long weekend and a studio that clearly didn’t want the film reviewed. (No press screenings were set.) But I trotted out to see it over the holiday, wondering what a film featuring three Oscar winners (Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz and Judi Dench) and a Tom Stoppard screenplay could possibly have to hide. A fair bit, it turns out. Full review.

— Moira Macdonald