★★½ (out of four) “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” (PG; 115 minutes) Based on Paul Gallico’s 1958 novel “Mrs. ’Arris Goes to Paris,” the picture tells the story of a middle-aged London cleaning woman (Lesley Manville) besotted by a glamorous designer gown from the House of Dior. It’s all sweetness and light. So sweet it nearly dissolves one’s fillings, especially at the end. So light it practically floats off the screen. It’s a gossamer fairy tale. Pleasant. Charming. A trifle, though not without some substance. Full review here. Multiple theaters. — Soren Andersen, special to The Seattle Times

★★ “Where the Crawdads Sings” (PG-13; 125 minutes): The whole world feels sanded-down and spit-shined within in an inch of its life, lacking any grime or grit that might make this feel authentic, and that extends to the storytelling as well. It feels exceedingly rushed, as the actors hit their marks and deliver their monologues with a sense of obligation to moving the plot along rather than developing character. Though it is faithful, “Where the Crawdads Sing” is lacking the essential character and storytelling connective tissue that makes a story like this work — an adaptation such as this cannot survive on plot alone. Full review here. Multiple theaters. — Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

★★★ “Both Sides of the Blade” (not rated; 116 minutes; in French, with subtitles): Claire Denis’ mysterious and thorny mystery of intimacies “Both Sides of the Blade” opens with a couple, played by legendary French actors Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon, swimming in crystal-clear aquamarine waters on a romantic vacation. They tenderly touch and kiss while Sara (Binoche) floats on the surface, buoyed by Jean (Lindon), who gently cradles her. It’s a perfect, if fleeting, moment of peace, but an apt metaphor for the film, in which what lies below the surface of this loving relationship remains a threat. Trouble the waters and one could drown in what is revealed. SIFF Cinema Uptown, Seattle 10. — Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

★★★ “Fire of Love” (PG; 93 minutes): Rarely have the conditions for love been less hospitable than in Sara Dosa’s documentary “Fire of Love.” Yet here, amid shifting tectonics and quaking craters, French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft forge a strangely rock-steady romance. “Fire of Love” excavates their unique story, and the jaw-dropping footage the Kraffts left behind, in a film exploding with awe for the mysterious alchemies of love and obsession. Full review here. SIFF Cinema Uptown. — Jake Coyle, The Associated Press

★★★ “Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down” (PG-13; 95 minutes): Filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West have turned their camera on another remarkable subject: Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who, after being wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt at a public event in her home district, recovered from a gunshot to the head at point-blank range to become an outspoken advocate for gun control. That’s the elevator pitch for “Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down,” but it doesn’t quite convey the moving arc of courage and perseverance laid out in the film. Full review here. Multiple theaters. — Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post

★★★ “The Gray Man” (PG-13; 122 minutes): “The Gray Man” is in constant danger of becoming a “John Wick” flick, as entertaining as those can be. The big-budget, star-studded, spy-versus-spy affair from Netflix is so packed with action that it tiptoes the line between a squint-for-it realism and all-out lunacy. Ultimately, the latest from Joe and Anthony Russo manages to stay out of the realm of the completely ridiculous, if barely. Full review here. Century Federal Way, Lincoln Square Cinemas. — Mark Meszoros, The News-Herald (Willoughby, Ohio)

★★½ “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song” (PG-13; 115 minutes): In this documentary, directors Dayna Goldfine and Dan Gellar examine how despite the odds, the song “Hallelujah” managed to take on a life of its own thanks, in varying degrees, to Bob Dylan, John Cale, Jeff Buckley and Shrek. Yes, Shrek. Now, four decades after its initial recording, it’s downright ubiquitous, a regular feature in movies, television shows and singing competitions around the world. Full review here. SIFF Uptown Cinema. — Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press

★★ “Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank” (PG; 97 minutes): “Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank” is one mutt of a movie. If re-imagining 1974’s Western parody “Blazing Saddles” as a cuddly, computer-animated spoof of samurai movies sounds like a misguided idea, well, that’s because it is one. For little ones oblivious to this movie’s inspiration, the rote character arcs and commendable morals should land just fine. And “Paws of Fury” does occasionally get its claws out with pointed observations about gun control, xenophobia and irrational intolerance. Such barbs, however, get lost in a barrage of fart jokes and inane action. In the end, alas, this noisy spectacle is more bark than bite. Full review here. Multiple theaters. — Thomas Floyd, The Washington Post