Film

As a Film, Barack and Michelle’s First Date Suffers From Its Foretold Fate

‘Southside With You’ is an interesting, but not necessarily compelling, take on the biopic form.

Herzog Logs On in ‘Lo and Behold,’ a Philosophical Treatise on the Internet Age

One of his many stops in the film is an Internet-addiction rehab center here in Washington.

Refreshingly, ‘Our Little Sister’ Does Drama Without Villains

In this film, everybody’s basically all right.

‘Don’t Think Twice’ Examines the Tensions and Trials of Making It in Improv

Honest but not maudlin, this movie has a few hard feelings and one thrown punch.

Bad Moms Is Bad

This year has seen a slew of great femme-driven comedies, but this isn’t one.

In ‘Café Society,’ Woody Allen Can’t Find a Pulse

With his pretty new film, the director delivers some sharp jokes, but never gets into a groove.

Finding the Good in Bad Movies

It’s about the crowd, not the quality, at Seattle’s bad-movie screenings.

Viggo Mortensen Gets Comfortable in ‘Captain Fantastic’

But the Matt Ross film still manages to chafe some.

Visually and Sonically, ‘The Fits’ Is a Wonderfully Weird Debut

After a misfit 11-year-old joins a dance team, her peers succumb to mysterious seizures.

The BFG’s CGI Is a Test Case for Digital Moviemaking Exhaustion

There’s a warm heart under the digital exterior, one that makes us long for rubber sharks.

‘De Palma’ Is an Uncritical but Robust Look at a Filmmaking Great

The film underscores De Palma’s keen, sometimes lurid grasp of what cinema is.

The Other Side Is a Harrowing Journey Through the Ravages of Rural Louisiana

“I acknowledge this film’s power, and still feel uneasy about it.”

Selections for the Fourth Week of the Seattle International Film Festival

Young Obama in love, Viggo Mortensen’s post-hippie fantasy, and more.

The Screwy Screwball of Maggie’s Plan

The comedy in Maggie’s Plan is on-again, off-again.

‘Weiner’ Reveals a Politician Unable to Turn His Hubris, or the Cameras, Off

Filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg capture the cringeworthy mayoral run of shamed former congressman Anthony Weiner.

Selections for the Third Week of the Seattle International Film Festival

Megan Griffiths’ newest, South American noir, Latvian absurdism, and more.

‘The Lobster’ Is the Perfect Picture of Peculiarity

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

Selections for the Second Week of the Seattle International Film Festival

Our critic selects the best of the fest.

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.

Selections for the First Week of the Seattle International Film Festival

Our critic selects the best of the fest.