What's happening on the movie scene during the week of March 16.
Here are snapshots of what our movie reviewers thought of the movies opening this week in the Seattle area. (Star ratings are granted on a scale of zero to four.)
★★★★ “Leaning into the Wind — Andy Goldsworthy” (PG; 93 minutes): Thomas Riedelsheimer’s most welcome sequel to 2002’s “Rivers and Tides” follows the artist, now in his 60s, around the world as more projects take shape. It’s a work of art in itself, beautifully and meditatively shot. Full review. Northwest Film Forum. — Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic
★★★½ “Love, Simon” (PG-13; 110 minutes): The film brings fresh perspective to the teen-romance genre by focusing on an experience unseen in coming-of-age tales: What high-school first love might be like if you’re a closeted gay kid. Nick Robinson stars. Full review. Several theaters. — Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press
★★½ “Tomb Raider” (PG-13; 118 minutes): Ranking fairly high in the category of I Didn’t Know We Needed This is the new “Tomb Raider” movie, based on the Lara Croft video-game franchise and starring Alicia Vikander. That said, it isn’t so bad and might occasionally cause you to look up from your popcorn. Full review. Several theaters. — Moira Macdonald
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★★ “7 Days in Entebbe” (PG-13; 107 minutes): The events surrounding the daring 1976 Israeli commando raid to rescue hostages in Entebbe, Uganda, following the hijacking of a French jetliner is re-created in director José Padilha’s strangely unsatisfying movie. Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike star. Full review. Several theaters. — Soren Andersen, Special to The Seattle Times
“The Death of Stalin” (R; 107 minutes): This darkest of farces creates laughs but doesn’t let you forget that the dictator and his coterie caused the deaths of untold numbers of Soviet citizens. It goes from his final days through the battle for power among his intimidated minions. Full review. (The Los Angeles Times does not provide star ratings with reviews.) SIFF Cinema Egyptian. — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“Loveless” (R; 127 minutes): Unfolding beneath skies the color and density of damp concrete, Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s drama — which was an Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film — uses a toxic marriage to paint a larger portrait of decay, dereliction and moral detachment. Full review. In Russian, with English subtitles. (The New York Times does not provide star ratings with reviews.) SIFF Cinema Uptown. — Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
“Oh Lucy!” (not rated, for mature audiences; 95 minutes): Optimism sneaks into Atsuko Hirayanagi’s against-the-odds charmer about a woman (played by Shinobu Terajima), her English-language teacher (Josh Hartnett), a tragic wig and her search for happiness. Full review. In English and Japanese, with English subtitles. (The New York Times does not provide star ratings with reviews.) SIFF Cinema Uptown. — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times