The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

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Rating Title/Year Author
Last Christmas (2019) Elinor Jones This movie is bad. It's so bad. But what's great is that if it's even a modest hit, it could inspire a whole cinematic universe of movies loosely based on George Michael songs, and "Father Figure" would be weird as hell. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Ned Lannamann Motherless Brooklyn is easy on the eyes... But the movie is overlong and unfocused, too, and there's almost no emotional purchase, even as stakes escalate. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Erik Henriksen Sure, Flanagan's no Kubrick, but he does pull off the too-rare trick of capturing the sprawling, earnest, weird vibe of a decent Stephen King novel, where the grotesque usually walks hand-in-hand with silliness. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Charles Mudede While watching this entertaining documentary, keep in mind the claim made by journalist Ronan Farrow: The National Enquirer has buried at least 60 super-sleazy stories about our... president. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Love Actually (2003) Jennifer Maerz [T]here's more authentic sentiment in a Hallmark card than in the entire movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Possession (1981) Joule Zelman This is not the type of horror movie you take your friends to for a laugh; this is what you watch with your ex and realize how much worse things could have been. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Erik Henriksen Things get weird, and sad, and unexpectedly touching; Dafoe and Pattinson are both great, and if you're going to descend into Eggers's particular brand of fraught, bleak madness, one could hardly ask for better company. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Erik Henriksen There's more to the complicated Jojo Rabbit than first appears, and only a director as committed, inventive, and life-affirmingly good-hearted as Waititi would even have a chance of pulling it off. He does, to unforgettable effect. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Erik Henriksen If nothing else, Dark Fate has one thing going for it: Sarah Connor. Linda Hamilton is back, which means there's a Terminator movie worth watching again. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Loro (2018) Robert Ham Through Servillo's impeccable performance, the underlying desperation rises to the surface, overtaking the copious amounts of naked flesh and the slavish worship of wealth that's on display. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Parasite (2019) Jasmyne Keimig The resulting film offers an at turns hilarious and deeply unsettling look at class and survival, its essence echoed in the environments the characters inhabit. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) Erik Henriksen Maybe it was wrong to expect something along the lines of Adam McKay's excellent The Big Short, which examined a similarly complicated matter with sharp, gutsy wit, but where it should cut, The Laundromat merely leaves a faint bruise. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jenni Moore Mistress of Evil is a decent enough sequel, though it's less magical than the first installment, which, admittedly, blew my mind. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Ben Coleman But despite lurching into theaters a full decade after the original, Zombieland: Double Tap avoids those pitfalls while delivering a suitably zany Zombieland experience with the easy charm of an off-brand Mike Judge picaresque. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Mister America (2019) Morgan Troper At best, it plays like a bizarro version of The War Room. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Ned Lannamann It's just really good, much, much better than it needed to be. Aaron Paul surpasses his work in the series, playing an older, darker, wiser but not necessarily more enlightened version of Jesse. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Ned Lannamann Lucy in the Sky is flat and cold and terribly dull, despite decent work from Portman and her costars. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Ben Coleman Ang Lee's Gemini Man isn't a bad movie so much as it's a missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Wm. Steven Humphrey Dolomite Is My Name is a bittersweet, filthy-mouthed comedy that also sneakily educates its audience in the Black experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Erik Henriksen Plenty of the clips in Memory feature Ripley, but Weaver herself is MIA, and making an Alien documentary without Weaver is... well, it's about as good of an idea as making any other Alien movie without her. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
First Love (2019) Robert Ham Miike, though, knows how to mix these elements perfectly, easily weaving the "getting to know you" scenes among all the bullets and beheadings with delightful shreds of comedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Ned Lannamann The movie adheres to the book to its detriment, resulting in this futile, deathly dull exercise in translation-as-filmmaking. The Goldfinch isn't so much a movie as it is a very expensive book report. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Erik Henriksen If Ad Astra doesn't quite get there, it's not for lack of ambition, but rather the limits of even a movie screen to contain both the mind-breaking vastness of space and the quiet, internal emptiness that can feel just as big, and just as terrifying. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Blair Stenvick I do recommend Downton Abbey to fellow fans of the series. But it might be best enjoyed not in a theater, but in the same way we watched the show: Streamed at home, where we're free to gleefully repeat our favorite lines in questionable British accents. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Jenni Moore Hustlers is solid because the strippers are uniquely portrayed as real women with full lives, and as mothers with real problems. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Say Amen, Somebody (1982) Dave Segal Regardless if you're the staunchest skeptic, you can't help getting swept away by Ford Smith's ebullience. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Joule Zelman Deliciously retro, nastily funny, but siding with those wrung out by the cycle of labor and consumption, In Fabric deserves a spot next to Sorry to Bother You in the hall of great anti-capitalist comedies. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Suzette Smith I'm sorry to report that these adult Losers never really come together, despite great turns by Hader and a scene-stealing James Ransone as Eddie. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Erik Henriksen Mike Wallace Is Here remains clear-eyed and hard-hitting, just as, one imagines, the no-bullshit Wallace would have wanted it. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Elinor Jones I'm happy this wasn't actually a feature-length film about how losing weight can change your life (vomit), because once she's out of the problematic prosthetics, Bell is hilarious. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Erik Henriksen While it isn't as graceful or inventive as Cronos or The Devil's Backbone, it subtly, effectively creates a sense of something being deeply wrong-both in our world and, perhaps, in one that's right next to it. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
The Mountain (2018) Joule Zelman The Mountain is so keen on flouting the narrative expectations of an active hero that, once Goldblum leaves the picture, it results in a dead-end atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Robert Ham As Ready or Not rolls on, it all becomes much too much of everything-a bit of playful, clever wrestling that, after turning into a full-out brawl, ends messily and ignominiously. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Angel Has Fallen (2019) Ben Coleman For a franchise that's always felt at least a decade removed from relevance, Angel Has Fallen ends up being an intense, surprisingly of-the-moment action thriller. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Suzette Smith There's a lot to the film, and I respect anyone who needs to sit this one out. But if you go into The Nightingale, be a witness to history. Don't look away. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Ben Coleman Is any of this good comedy? Hard to say. I'm not even sure it's possible to make an entire movie about middle-school boners, but an attempt has certainly been made here. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Ned Lannamann Richard Linklater's adaptation of Where'd You Go, Bernadette drops the epistolary technique of Maria Semple's book in favor of a more straightforward movie narrative, but this is still a muddled puzzle of incongruous pieces that don't fit together. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Robert Ham It's an uneven but affectionate portrait of two people who are drawn together, creating sparks and conflagrations whenever they came into contact. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Rojo (2018) Jasmyne Keimig While much of the greater historical and political context might be missed by foreign audiences, Rojo serves up pitch-black humor (and drama) with an eye for the cinema of the era it's depicting. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Erik Henriksen Even for all its sadness and threats of doom, Tarantino's film remains laugh-out-loud hilarious the whole goddamn time-you're going to want to see this with a crowd, to hear both the laughs and the screams, particularly during one remarkable sequence. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Suzette Smith I didn't expect such visual delights from cinematographer Anna Franquesa Solano, who peppers the film with truly lovely natural light. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Cassandro, the Exotico! (2018) Chase Burns These scenes are theatrical, even regal, and avoid pretension. Losier conjures the legend of Cassandro with overwhelming affection. It's a lovely, fantastic spectacle. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Ned Lannamann There are almost too many problems with Yesterday to pick them all apart, so it's worth saying that the movie is mostly a pretty enjoyable experience. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely) (2006) Suzette Smith The film also unforgettably repurposes John Denver's "Country Roads," and applies it to everyday Japanese life via a number of covers. If that sounds too good to be true, it's not. It totally works somehow. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Ned Lannamann It's time to get on board the Jessie Buckley train. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Rich Smith If you want to be terrified and overly anxious about the arbitrary nature of our cultural rituals, which include watching scary movies that reflect our world back at us (through a glass, in this case, brightly), then go see Midsommar at any time of day. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Robert Ham Their work may not be enough to fully stitch up the holes in Ophelia, but all together, it holds enough together to keep viewers from protesting too much. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
The Silence of Others (2018) Jasmyne Keimig Though some of the legal stuff is left a bit murky, this documentary is a moving reminder of the harm that comes from denying the truth of crimes done by those in power. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Wm. Steven Humphrey It's better and more emotionally resonant than the vast majority of superhero flicks, and even when Nick Fury is being portrayed as kind of a joke (weird choice, guys), Far from Home is an excellent sequel that will occasionally illicit ear-to-ear grins. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Joule Zelman The ensuing narrative is expansive, a bit funny, full of elaborate invented culture, and overall less exhausting (and exhilarating) than Hereditary. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019