7 movies open Sept. 29; our reviewers weigh in

Here’s what’s happening on the movie scene in Seattle during the week of Sept. 29.

Seven new movies will be showing in the Seattle area this week. Here are snapshots of what our movie reviewers thought of some of them.

 

★★★½  “Battle of the Sexes” (PG-13): Tennis star Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) takes on Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) in this enjoyably lighthearted crowd-pleaser with a serious message at its core. Full review. — Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic

 

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★★★  “Let’s Play Two” (not rated; for general audiences): Though the pairing of Chicago Cubs baseball history (including the team’s historic championship season in 2016) and Pearl Jam concerts at Wrigley Field proves a clumsy pairing, Danny Clinch’s documentary is full of unique moments that delight and move. Full review. — Tom Keogh, Special to The Seattle Times

 

★★★  “Victoria & Abdul” (PG-13): Stephen Frears’ uneven but enjoyable film tells of how Queen Victoria (played by the great Judi Dench) got her groove back, so to speak, when she formed an unlikely friendship with a young clerk (Ali Fazal) from India. Full review. — Moira Macdonald

 

★★  “American Made” (R): Tom Cruise’s multimillion-dollar megawatt smile is front and center as he plays a drug runner with shady CIA involvements during the contra war. Full review. — Soren Andersen, Special to The Seattle Times

 

“The Unknown Girl” (not rated; for mature audiences; in French, with English subtitles): The carefully plotted thriller of conscience, in which a doctor (Adele Haenel) spends most of the movie atoning for a mistake, is an imperfect but absorbing addition to the Dardenne brothers’ canon. Full review. The Los Angeles Times does not provide star ratings with reviews. — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

 

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