11 movies open Sept. 22; our reviewers weigh in

Here’s what’s happening on the movie scene in Seattle during the week of Sept. 22.

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

 

★★★  “The Lego Ninjago Movie” (PG): Despite a shift toward the blatantly commercial, the latest iteration of the franchise has considerable substance and cleverness as it pits a teen ninja (voiced by Dave Franco) against his evildoer dad (Justin Theroux). Full review.

— Soren Andersen, Special to The Seattle Times

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★★★  “Stronger” (R): Jeff Bauman (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) — recovering from the Boston Marathon tragedy, which left him a double amputee — falls a lot, and he falls hard. The movie doesn’t soften the harshness with which he hits the floor, which makes it all the more affecting as he picks himself up again. We’ve all seen plenty of inspirational recovery-from-injury dramas, but “Stronger” is better than most. Full review.

— Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic

 

★★½  “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (R): Matthew Vaughn, the man who brought the world the wildly unhinged exploding-heads climax in “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” is back. And the world wonders: Can he top that? Answer: Not really. But not for lack of trying. Full review.

— Soren Andersen

 

★★½  “Brad’s Status” (R): Some of Ben Stiller’s best performances have been in roles where he inhabits a kind, gentle neuroticism. His Brad is just that in this film about a father whose lack of status — the kind obtained by his college friends — obliterates every good thing in his life. Full review.

— Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

★½  “Friend Request” (R): “Unfriend that dead bitch!” says someone — it doesn’t matter who — in this horror film, and I might as well call it a day right here because that’s not just the high point of the movie, it’s kind of the only point; everything else is just blood, dark hallways and hair-flipping. Full review.

— Moira Macdonald

Also opening

“Menashe” (PG; in Yiddish, with English subtitles): Set in a Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn, the story finds the title character (played by Menashe Lustig), a widower, battling for custody of his son (Ruben Niborski). Writes Ken Jaworowski

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