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.)
★★★ “After the Wedding” (PG-13; 112 minutes): Bart Freundlich’s gender-flipped remake, an emotional drama based on the 2007 Danish-language film directed by Susanne Bier, is as soapy as laundry day, but let’s face it: A lot of us would happily watch Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore doing laundry. “After the Wedding” is basically a chance to watch them spark off each other as an orphanage worker (Williams) and media mogul (Moore) interested in making a large donation (Moore). Full review. Meridian. — Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic
★★½ “Ready or Not” (R; 95 minutes): Here comes a bride (Samara Weaving) who has until dawn to survive a deadly game of hide-and-seek with her in-laws. Co-directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett direct the heck out of the script, maintaining the pace at a full rip, but it errs a bit too far on the side of sardonic to be taken seriously as true social satire. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
★★½ “The Peanut Butter Falcon” (PG-13; 98 minutes): Shia LaBeouf teams up with newcomer Zack Gottsagen in this sweetly comic drama about a young man with Down syndrome who dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Travis DeShong, The Washington Post
★★ “Angel Has Fallen” (R; 114 minutes): Hollywood’s most ridiculous franchise has been revived, with Gerard Butler playing a Secret Service agent who in movie after movie has to rescue the president from murderous evildoers. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Soren Andersen, Special to The Seattle Times
★★★★ “One Child Nation” (R; 85 minutes): Nanfu Wang’s superb documentary tells a shadowy, complex story of her family and of China’s notorious population-control methods implemented in 1979 and perpetuated for 35 years. Government propaganda slogans hammered home the policy. One we see in the movie states: “Better to shed a river of blood than to birth more than one child.” China has since revised the policy — two children are the sanctioned norm now. Meantime, millions of ordinary people are left dealing with the ghosts. In English and Mandarin with English subtitles. Seattle 10. — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” (not rated, for mature audiences; 80 minutes): This animated drama tells the true story of how the surrealist filmmaker made his second movie, “Las Hurdes: Land Without Bread.” In Spanish and French, with English subtitles. SIFF Film Center.
“Overcomer” (PG; 119 minutes): Inspired by the words and prayers of a friend, a high-school coach trains an unlikely runner for the biggest race of her young life. Alex Kendrick and Aryn Wright-Thompson star. Multiple theaters.