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Selections for the Second Week of the Seattle International Film Festival

Our critic selects the best of the fest.

 

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‘The Lobster’ Is the Perfect Picture of Peculiarity

Colin Farrell comes out of his shell in Yorgos Lanthimos’s dark, odd English-language debut.

 

Michele Gondry's 'Microbe & Gasoline.'

Selections for the First Week of the Seattle International Film Festival

Our critic selects the best of the fest.

 

Viggo Mortensen's 'Captain Fantastic' was shot in Goldbar, Sultan, Snohomish, and a Kirkland hospital. Photo by Cathy Kanavy

How to Find Your Way Through the Overwhelming Offerings at SIFF

There’s a kind of madness at loose here, from the sheer number of films (something in the neighborhood of 250 features this year, from 85 different countries) to the variety of events involved.

Viggo Mortensen's 'Captain Fantastic' was shot in Goldbar, Sultan, Snohomish, and a Kirkland hospital. Photo by Cathy Kanavy
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Stash Box: Marijuana at the Movies

Three classic films that are better when you’re high.

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The Meddler. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

‘The Meddler’ Is Too Sitcom-Safe to Truly Transcend Its Genre’s Tropes

Susan Sarandon smothers in her latest role.

The Meddler. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Captain America: Civil War. Courtesy of Marvel

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Will Make America Wait Again

Too much of Civil War involves ginning up the phony conflict and preparing future storylines.

Captain America: Civil War. Courtesy of Marvel
Papa: Hemingway in Cuba. Photo courtesy Yari Film Group.

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba Is Respectable But Dull

It’s just another in a long line of ‘meh’ Hemingway films.

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba. Photo courtesy Yari Film Group.
Ooo la la. Photo courtesy Magnolia Pictures.

‘Golden Days’ Is Glowing, and Very, Very French

My Golden Days is a typically ardent example of the French coming-of-age film—maybe too typical at times, although it has surprises in store.

Ooo la la. Photo courtesy Magnolia Pictures.
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There Is No Way a Chet Baker Film Can End Happily

Despite the clumsiness, the film casts a spell. Its jazz rhythm has something to do with this.

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Serious to a Fault, ‘Midnight Special’ Could Have Been Special

Remniscent of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jeff Nichols’ new film, featuring a supernatural boy, misses the fun that made its precursors shine.

Midnight Special. Courtesy of Warner Bros.  (DETAIL)
Krisha Film photo. Courtesy Hoody Boy Productions (detail)

‘Krisha’ Turns a Thanksgiving Reunion Into a Cornucopia of Nightmares

If you thought your family was bad, wait until you see this film.

Krisha Film photo. Courtesy Hoody Boy Productions (detail)
Esperanza Spalding. Photo courtesy of the artist (detail)

The Top 12 Things to Do This Week

Esperanza Spalding, Susan Orlean, The Flavr Blue, David Crosby and more.

Esperanza Spalding. Photo courtesy of the artist (detail)
A scene from 'Knight of Cups.' (detail) Courtesy of Filmnation Entertainment

Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups’ Is a King-Sized Head-Scratcher

In the filmmaker’s latest, moments pass like sands through the hourglass, or tears in rain, or whatever other greeting-card profundity you want to offer.

A scene from 'Knight of Cups.' (detail) Courtesy of Filmnation Entertainment