Film

Despite a Strong Cast, “20th Century Women” Comes Off Cloying

Despite a Strong Cast, “20th Century Women” Comes Off Cloying

Rather than paint a grand picture of the ’70s, the film suffocates under the weight of its sentiment.

Despite a Strong Cast, “20th Century Women” Comes Off Cloying
In ‘Paterson,’ Jim Jarmusch’s Latest, Adam Driver Drives and Writes Poems

In ‘Paterson,’ Jim Jarmusch’s Latest, Adam Driver Drives and Writes Poems

It may appear ‘quirky,’ but fear not—the film is an authentic joy.

In ‘Paterson,’ Jim Jarmusch’s Latest, Adam Driver Drives and Writes Poems
‘Hidden Figures,’ Is a Heroic Look at Jobs Well Done

‘Hidden Figures,’ Is a Heroic Look at Jobs Well Done

The satisfying film follows three pioneering black women mathematicians at NASA.

‘Hidden Figures,’ Is a Heroic Look at Jobs Well Done
The Year’s Finest Films

The Year’s Finest Films

Amid the ceaseless Hollywood sequels and superhero flicks, unlikely gems rose to the top.

The Year’s Finest Films
Eight Decades Later, Tacoma’s 1927 Lost Film ‘Eyes of the Totem’ Makes Its Seattle Debut

Eight Decades Later, Tacoma’s 1927 Lost Film ‘Eyes of the Totem’ Makes Its Seattle Debut

The relic from the days of Tacoma’s dreams as a ‘Hollyood-by-the-Sea’ shows at Northwest Film Forum.

Eight Decades Later, Tacoma’s 1927 Lost Film ‘Eyes of the Totem’ Makes Its Seattle Debut
‘La La Land’ Grafts the Golden Era of Film Onto Modern Day

‘La La Land’ Grafts the Golden Era of Film Onto Modern Day

The film’s throwback Hollywood charm is well-executed, but ultimately contrived.

‘La La Land’ Grafts the Golden Era of Film Onto Modern Day
A Ruthless Lobbyist Takes on Gun Control in the Farfetched But Satisfying ‘Miss Sloane’

A Ruthless Lobbyist Takes on Gun Control in the Farfetched But Satisfying ‘Miss Sloane’

Jessica Chastain dominates as few actresses get to dominate their films these days.

A Ruthless Lobbyist Takes on Gun Control in the Farfetched But Satisfying ‘Miss Sloane’
‘Old Stone’ Turns a Controversial Chinese Medical Policy Into Neo-Noir

‘Old Stone’ Turns a Controversial Chinese Medical Policy Into Neo-Noir

After a collision with a motorcyclist, a taxi driver’s lifesaving decision begins a dark descent.

‘Old Stone’ Turns a Controversial Chinese Medical Policy Into Neo-Noir
Warren Beatty’s New Film About Howard Hughes Is, Like Its Subject, Daffy and Odd

Warren Beatty’s New Film About Howard Hughes Is, Like Its Subject, Daffy and Odd

‘Rules Don’t Apply’ shines by not settling for mere nostalgia.

Warren Beatty’s New Film About Howard Hughes Is, Like Its Subject, Daffy and Odd
Beset by Overly Minimalist Direction, ‘Loving’ Loses Its Emotional Heartbeat

Beset by Overly Minimalist Direction, ‘Loving’ Loses Its Emotional Heartbeat

The film’s approach to 1967’s court ruling on interracial marriage suffers from reluctant direction.

Beset by Overly Minimalist Direction, ‘Loving’ Loses Its Emotional Heartbeat
‘Aquarius’ Builds a Stunning Story Out of a Subject Seattleites Are Familiar With

‘Aquarius’ Builds a Stunning Story Out of a Subject Seattleites Are Familiar With

The Brazilian film finds a mid-60s writer battling for her historic building against developers.

‘Aquarius’ Builds a Stunning Story Out of a Subject Seattleites Are Familiar With
A Coming-of-Age Film, ‘Moonlight,’ Offers More the Longer You Give It

A Coming-of-Age Film, ‘Moonlight,’ Offers More the Longer You Give It

There are plenty of hit-and-miss moments, but it all adds up to an inspired end.

A Coming-of-Age Film, ‘Moonlight,’ Offers More the Longer You Give It
Even Without Narration, ‘Do Not Resist’ Speaks Volumes on Police Militarization

Even Without Narration, ‘Do Not Resist’ Speaks Volumes on Police Militarization

The film trains its eye, and therefore rests its case, again and again, on stark juxtapositions.

Even Without Narration, ‘Do Not Resist’ Speaks Volumes on Police Militarization
In ‘Certain Women,’ the Story’s Not the Point

In ‘Certain Women,’ the Story’s Not the Point

This series of vignettes, set around wintry Livingston, Montana, is more about the tone than the tale.

In ‘Certain Women,’ the Story’s Not the Point
In ‘Denial,’ a Woman Must Prove the Holocaust Happened … In Court

In ‘Denial,’ a Woman Must Prove the Holocaust Happened … In Court

While the film isn’t top-notch, the true story it tells couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time.

In ‘Denial,’ a Woman Must Prove the Holocaust Happened … In Court
Sundance hit ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Dramatizes the Nat Turner Slave Rebellion

Sundance hit ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Dramatizes the Nat Turner Slave Rebellion

Like D.W. Griffith’s landmark film, this will be remembered for unintended reasons.

Sundance hit ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Dramatizes the Nat Turner Slave Rebellion
Disaster Biopic ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Turns Tragedy into Unholy Spectacle

Disaster Biopic ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Turns Tragedy into Unholy Spectacle

The film is a fleet crowd-pleaser, but the thrills of the explosions should raise questions.

Disaster Biopic ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Turns Tragedy into Unholy Spectacle
Now a Seattle Staple, the Local Sightings Festival Showcases the Spectrum of Northwest Film

Now a Seattle Staple, the Local Sightings Festival Showcases the Spectrum of Northwest Film

Medieval mockumentary, a DIY gameshow, indigenous documentaries, moody sci-fi, and films about milk.

Now a Seattle Staple, the Local Sightings Festival Showcases the Spectrum of Northwest Film
The Ambivalent Seven

The Ambivalent Seven

The remake of the ’60s Western classic is enjoyable but half-hearted.

The Ambivalent Seven
‘Disorder’ Depicts the Hero’s Maleness in All Its Damaged Complexity

‘Disorder’ Depicts the Hero’s Maleness in All Its Damaged Complexity

The cinema needs women making movies about everyone and everything, including, sometimes, men.

‘Disorder’ Depicts the Hero’s Maleness in All Its Damaged Complexity