Here’s what’s happening on the movie scene in Seattle during the week of Oct. 13.
Seven new movies will be showing in the Seattle area this week. Here are snapshots of what our movie reviewers thought of some of them.
★★★★ “Lucky” (not rated): It’s hard to imagine a better send-off for the late Harry Dean Stanton than this film, in which he portrays an old cuss who must come to terms with his mortality. Full review. — Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
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★★★½ “Marshall” (PG-13): The courtroom drama is a genre that’s sadly gone out of fashion, but when it works — as it does with Reginald Hudlin’s “Marshall,” which stars Chadwick Boseman as then-NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall — it can be enormously satisfying. Full review. — Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic
★★★½ “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women” (R): Angela Robinson’s fascinating and surprisingly sweet-natured film ties together the creation of Wonder Woman and the unusual love story behind it. Full review. — Moira Macdonald
★★★ “The Foreigner” (R): The new Jackie Chan movie is more somber and violent than most of his earlier pictures. It’s an action-heavy, English-language, Hong Kong-style drama set largely in London and Belfast, Northern Ireland. The subject is terrorism. Full review. — John Hartl, Special to The Seattle Times
★★★ “Happy Death Day” (PG-13): Imagine “Groundhog Day” projected through a teen slasher lens, with Jessica Rothe as a vicious mean girl who relives the day of her murder over and over again. It’s campy, clever, thrilling and a delirious amount of horror fun. Full review. — Brent McKnight, Special to The Seattle Times
“Walking Out” (PG-13, 95 minutes): Set almost entirely in the wilds of Montana, the largely two-man drama revolves around a hunting trip taken by an estranged father (Matt Bomer) and his 14-year-old son (Josh Wiggins). “But before you can say ‘I hope there are no bears around,’ ” says Ken Jaworowski of The New York Times, “they end up sustaining injuries that force them to rely on each other as they struggle to return to civilization. … The survival story, you’ve seen before. The scenery, you can’t see enough of.” Varsity.
“So B. It” (PG-13, 98 minutes): This family film follows a precocious 12-year-old girl (Talitha Bateman) who travels across the country to find out about her mentally disabled mother‘s past. “The film’s director, Stephen Gyllenhaal, brings an efficient style to this largely performance-driven adventure,” says Teo Bugbee of The New York Times. But the treatment of Mama (Jessica Collins), “creates a snag … Collins, who does not share her character’s disability, makes earnest efforts to alter her speech patterns and adhere to a different physicality. But she also has to serve the plot, repeating words that will provide clues for Heidi, acting out at key times, shutting down in others. The result is that Mama feels like a false, even convenient, approximation of a disabled person.” Dine-In Seattle 10 (21+).