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.)
★★★ “Greed” (R; 104 minutes): Michael Winterbottom has crafted a bitingly funny film about a lightly fictionalized fast-fashion tycoon played by Steve Coogan. Full review. Multiple theaters.
★★½ “The Way Back” (R; 108 minutes): A spirit of dark sorrow hangs over much of the movie, as a man (Ben Affleck) grapples with his alcoholism while trying to coach and motivate the kids on his high-school basketball team. Full review. Multiple theaters.
★★½ “Wendy” (PG-13; 112 minutes): This Peter Pan story, told from Wendy’s perspective, is an achingly earnest, feral, transporting and (very) loose re-imagining of the classic J.M. Barrie tale about not wanting to grow up. Newcomer Devin France stars. Full review. Multiple theaters.
★★ “Onward” (PG; 112 minutes): Has Pixar lost its mojo? The answer — on the basis of director Dan Scanlon’s tale about two elf brothers (voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) who set forth on a quest to resurrect their beloved deceased dad by means of a magic spell — is yes. Full review. Multiple theaters.
“Burden” (R; 129 minutes): A Klan member (played by Garrett Hedlund) is forced to choose between the woman he loves and the only family he has ever known. Full review. Multiple theaters. The New York Times does not provide star ratings with reviews.
“The Banker” (PG-13; 120 minutes): In the 1960s, two African American entrepreneurs hire a white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire. Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson and Nicholas Hoult star. iPic Theaters at Redmond Town Center (21+).
“Run This Town” (R; 99 minutes): A journalist (Ben Platt) and a political aide (Mena Massoud) become entangled in a larger-than-life scandal. Grand Illusion.
“The Traitor” (R; 150 minutes): Marco Bellocchio’s true-crime tale — based on the life of Tommaso Buscetta (Pierfrancesco Favino), an Italian Mafioso-turned- informant — is brutal. But the director enriches the bloodshed with richly detailed performances and an energy that lifts the drama above a mere gangster flick. In Italian with subtitles. Uptown. — Pat Padua, The Washington Post