The multiplexes are packed with three- and four-star movies the weekend of June 19, 2015, from “Inside Out” to “Dope” to “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.”
Blockbuster season can mean a lot of tired sequels and mindless spectacles, but this weekend there are an extraordinary number of quality movies opening in the multiplexes.
Pixar’s “Inside Out,” which takes viewers on a colorful tour of a young girl’s mind, will leave you “changed, entertained, nostalgic, dazzled,” writes Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald.
A very different coming-of-age movie, “Dope,” is aimed at an older audience (it’s rated R, in part for raucous and raunchy humor). Shameik Moore, in what reviewer Soren Andersen calls “a brilliant feat of acting,” stars as a high-school kid becoming a man.
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” also focuses on teens — and it’s rated a more accessible PG-13. Reviewer John Hartl calls it “sweet and funny,” and it was a breakout hit at SIFF this year. (Read an interview with the director here.)
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From France comes “Marie’s Story,” which follows the transformation of a 10-year-old girl who is blind and deaf/mute — recalling the story of Helen Keller. Macdonald writes that while the film occasionally dips into melodrama, it’s beautiful and powerful.
Also compelling, but more disturbing, according to Macdonald, is “The Wolfpack.” It’s a documentary about six brothers who were essentially imprisoned in a shabby apartment by their father.
And two music documentaries are well worth your while this weekend: “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll,” which looks at the country’s flourishing music scene before the Khmer Rouge (see the review), and “Elektro Moskva,” which peeks at Soviet music behind the Iron Curtain (review).
For more reviews, this Friday and every Friday, go to seattletimes.com/category/movie-reviews.