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The ‘Bernadette’ shocker: Blanchett gives a subpar performance

The great actress seems ill at ease as a dissatisfied Seattle architect in this flat adaptation of a cartoonish novel.

University of Washington graduate Lathrop Walker plays an assassin who can’t quite break free of the killing business in “ECCO.” (Citadel Film Group)

UW grads’ ‘ECCO’ gets an ‘A’ for visuals, ‘C-’ for storytelling

This stylish, locally made existential action movie was directed by a Coupeville native.

University of Washington graduate Lathrop Walker plays an assassin who can’t quite break free of the killing business in “ECCO.” (Citadel Film Group)

If you can’t stand confused movies, stay out of ‘The Kitchen’

This yarn about three mob wives circa 1978 can’t find a balance between ‘women’s lib’ and violence.

This talking-dog picture shamelessly tugs at your heartstrings

Kevin Costner used to be a huge star. These days, he voices a golden retriever in “The Art of Racing in the Rain.”

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ is silly, illogical nonsense. It’s also tons of fun

Only tangentially related to the “Fast & Furious” franchise, this one ticks every action-movie box.

Arty Germanic horror outing ‘Luz’ is about 75% of a movie

It’s got an eerie, trance-inducing style. But at 70 minutes, it ends just as it’s getting going.

‘Marianne & Leonard’ sketches portrait of the artist and his muse

It’s about Leonard Cohen and his long relationship with the Norwegian woman who inspired some of his songs.

‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ is wall-to-wall Tarantino

All of the filmmaker’s trademarks are on display in this riotous, curiously moving ode to the movie capital.

Laid-back ‘Sword of Trust’ could have been a sharper satire

Seattle’s Lynn Shelton goes South for a funny but too-low-key comedy about Confederate dunderheads.

Restraint, Awkwafina’s performance hold ‘The Farewell’ together

This comedy, about a Chinese-American slacker visiting the old country, avoids becoming maudlin.

‘The Lion King’ remake is technically perfect, but oddly inert

This photo-realistic remake of the 1994 animated classic looks great but is a passionless non-event.

Toxic machismo gets a shocking send-up in ‘Art of Self-Defense’

Jesse Eisenberg and Alessandro Nivola are superb in this dark, violent and highly original film.

One-note ‘Crawl’ revels sadistically in graphic gator gore

A woman and her father battle a hurricane and huge alligators. There’s not much else going on.

This 1980s-style buddy comedy puts stars in the driver’s seat

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani gets a much-deserved breakout role playing Stu the Uber driver in “Stuber.”

‘Ophelia’ unsteadily revisits ‘Hamlet’ from female perspective

There’s fine acting from Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts, but this fails as both potboiler and quasi-Shakespeare.

‘Midsommar’: There’s creepy stuff galore under the midnight sun

From explicit nudity to spooky Swedes, director Ari Aster’s follow-up to “Heriditary” is truly bonkers.

‘Spider-Man’ good enough but suffers from ‘Avengers’ hangover

For Peter Parker (Tom Holland), the loss of his mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is an issue.

‘Yesterday’ gets by with a little help from a great cast

It’s also got a killer idea — a global hiccup leaves just one man who remembers the Beatles.

It’s no classic, but ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ gets the job done

When teenagers foolishly enter a spooky basement, a demon doll gets loose to wreak havoc.

Four big stars for comic, poignant and wonderful ‘Toy Story 4’

The animated franchise that can do no wrong returns with another thoroughly lovable adventure.