Film

The Primal Attraction of ‘Beast’

Arresting lead performances give this British psychological thriller an alluringly dangerous sexual energy.

 

I Am Not a Witch. Photo courtesy SIFF

SIFF 2018 Picks Week 1

From a PBS star to a hip-hop firebrand, our choices for the must-see films screening at the fest from May 21–28.

 

Hearts Beat Loud. Photo courtesy SIFF

SIFF 2018 Picks: Opening Weekend

From Chinese internet stars to a classic Japanese masterpiece, our choices for the must-see films screening at the fest from May 17–20.

 

Just a couple of normal buddies hanging out in Deadpool 2. Photo courtesy Twentieth Century Fox

Alive and Quippin’

Deadpool 2 might not be as sharp as the original, but the barrage of pop culture jokes keeps things fun.

Just a couple of normal buddies hanging out in Deadpool 2. Photo courtesy Twentieth Century Fox
The women that run SIFF: Beth Barrett and Sarah Wilke. Photo by Amy Kowalenko/SIFF

Women Filmmakers Make Big Moves at Seattle International Film Festival

As calls for accountability and inclusions roil Hollywood, SIFF’s power duo leads the nation’s largest film festival into a fairer future.

The women that run SIFF: Beth Barrett and Sarah Wilke. Photo by Amy Kowalenko/SIFF
Leave No Trace. Image courtesy SIFF

SIFF 2018 Guide

Picks for our most anticipated films at this year’s festival.

Leave No Trace. Image courtesy SIFF
Mackenzie Davis and Charlize Theron star in <em>Tully</em>. Photo courtesy Kimberly French/Focus Features

The Biting Motherhood of ‘Tully’

Charlize Theron carries Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody’s tale of weary parental life.

Mackenzie Davis and Charlize Theron star in <em>Tully</em>. Photo courtesy Kimberly French/Focus Features
Deadpool will say anything to get you to see his movie this summer. Photo courtesy Twentieth Century Fox

Summer Movie Preview 2018

From action blockbusters to heartfelt documentaries, our film critic picks the summer’s must-see films.

Deadpool will say anything to get you to see his movie this summer. Photo courtesy Twentieth Century Fox
Superheroes … so … many … superheroes. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and the Infinite Cinematic Universe

The overstuffed “climax” of Marvel’s long-running superhero series is undercut by the knowledge that it’ll continue.

Superheroes … so … many … superheroes. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios

The Conquistador Fever Dream of ‘Zama’

The Argentinian film follows a hapless cog of colonialism disorientingly seeking escape.

Joaquin Phoenix in Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here. Photo by Alison Cohen Rosa/Amazon Studios

‘You Were Never Really Here’ and the Unsmooth Criminal

Joaquin Phoenix captivates as a disheveled hitman in Lynne Ramsay’s hypnotic thriller.

Joaquin Phoenix in Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here. Photo by Alison Cohen Rosa/Amazon Studios
James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander deal with a long-distance romance 
in Submergence. Courtesy Samuel Goldwyn Films

That Underwater Feeling

Wim Wenders fails to return to form in the distant drama ‘Submergence.’

James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander deal with a long-distance romance 
in Submergence. Courtesy Samuel Goldwyn Films
Edie Falco delivers an award-worthy performance in Outside In.
Photo by Nathan M. Miller

Second Chances in Snohomish

Edie Falco commands the screen in Lynn Shelton’s ‘Outside In.’

Edie Falco delivers an award-worthy performance in Outside In.
Photo by Nathan M. Miller
Players engage in battle in the OASIS, the virtual-reality universe of ‘Ready Player One.’ Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

Fully Nerding Out

Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ delivers an occasionally thrilling VR pop culture overload.

Players engage in battle in the OASIS, the virtual-reality universe of ‘Ready Player One.’ Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

Old Dog, Same Tricks

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs shows why his style is suited for animation, even if still overbearing.

Nick Robinson stars in Love, Simon. 
Photo by Ben Rothstein/Twentieth Century Fox

Simon, Are You Queer?

‘Love, Simon’ plays off ’90s tropes for its simple—but groundbreaking—gay high school story.

Nick Robinson stars in Love, Simon. 
Photo by Ben Rothstein/Twentieth Century Fox
Photo by Nicola Dove/IFC Films

The Scathing Commie-dy of ‘The Death of Stalin’

Armando Iannucci’s latest film provides razor sharp pseudo-historical satire.

Photo by Nicola Dove/IFC Films
Stanley Tucci and Addison Timlin get too close in Submission. Courtesy Great Point Media/Paladin

Unlearned Lessons

While Stanley Tucci shines, ‘Submission’ feels uncomfortably pre-#MeToo.

Stanley Tucci and Addison Timlin get too close in Submission. Courtesy Great Point Media/Paladin
Cillian Murphy joins <em>The Party</em>. Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Don’t Want ‘The Party’ to End

Wickedly witty characters drive Sally Potter’s latest film.

Cillian Murphy joins <em>The Party</em>. Courtesy of Roadside Attractions
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The Trans-cendent ‘A Fantastic Woman’

The brilliant Chilean Oscar nominee actually lets a strong trans person play a lead trans role.

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics