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