What’s happening on Seattle’s movie scene this week.
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.)
★★★★ “Shoplifters” (R; 121 minutes): You watch master Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest, about an impoverished family living in Tokyo, enchanted by its quiet moments. But just as it lulls you, it also devastates. Like all of Kore-eda’s movies, the family briefly becomes your own. Full review. In Japanese, with English subtitles. SIFF Cinema Uptown. — Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic
★★★½ “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (PG; 117 minutes): This animated movie — featuring a new Spider-Man (voiced by Shameik Moore) — actually looks and feels like a comic book, with its bright colors, striking character designs, in-picture thought-balloons, snappy dialogue and rocket-paced action. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Soren Andersen, Special to The Seattle Times
★★½ “Mary Queen of Scots” (R; 123 minutes): When Saoirse Ronan’s on screen, in the title role, the film lights up; when she’s not, it feels a bit stodgy and theatrical, as if the air has been drained from its echoing rooms. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Moira Macdonald
★ “Mortal Engines” (PG-13; 128 minutes): From the makers of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” comes this mess of a tale set more than 1,000 years in the future. With the exception of a rolling city, it has precious little to distinguish it from other, better post-apocalyptic films. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Soren Andersen
★ “The Mule” (R; 116 minutes): Clint Eastwood is known for his ruthless efficiency as a filmmaker, but this drama about a farmer turned drug runner feels dashed off at best, barely even a movie. It’s a strange rough draft, poorly executed and disastrously performed, despite the starry cast. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
“Impulso” (not rated, for mature audiences; 87 minutes): The documentary follows Rocío Molina, one of flamenco’s rising stars, as she prepares for a show in Paris. But the most vital moment comes when Molina makes an appearance with Antonia Santiago Amador, whose whole body seems to convulse with a passion “Impulso” otherwise rarely conveys. (The New York Times does not provide star ratings with reviews.) In Spanish, with English subtitles. Northwest Film Forum. — Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
“Vox Lux” (R; 112 minutes): An unusual set of circumstances brings unexpected success to a pop star. Natalie Portman stars. Multiple theaters.