9 movies open May 5; our reviewers weigh in

Here’s what’s happening on the movie scene in Seattle during the week of May 5.

Nine movies open in Seattle-area theaters during the week of May 5, including one that did not screen in advance for review — Laura Poitras’ “Risk” (not rated), a documentary about WikiLeak’s editor-in-chief Julian Assange. Here’s what our reviewers thought of the others.

 

★½ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (PG-13): Peter “Star Lord” Quill (Chris Pratt), green-hued Gamora (Zoe Saldana), massively muscled Drax (Dave Bautista) and Rocket, the machine-gun-toting raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), are back — with a big-eyed, sapling-sized and ultracute Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) stealing scenes with effortless ease. Yes, the toddler tree is the single righteously funny thing in the picture while everything else is noisy CG excess and no fun at all. Full review.

— Soren Andersen, Special to The Seattle Times

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“A Quiet Passion” (PG-13): How do you make a movie about Emily Dickinson? How do you capture the inner flame of a woman whose outward life mostly consisted of parlor conversation with her family and quiet hours spent writing poetry in her room? How do you dramatize a life lived almost entirely in the mind — and a death she foretold in poems so devastatingly intimate, it was as if a curtain lifted for her into another world? Well, for starters, you cast Cynthia Nixon. Full review.

— Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic

 

★★★ “Citizen Jane” (not rated): A war broke out in the middle of the 20th century over what urban planning could and should accomplish, a struggle engagingly documented in “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.” And it is a kind of war movie, centering on the wildly differing visions of writer and activist Jane Jacobs and New York City planning czar Robert Moses. Full review.

— Walter Addiego, San Francisco…

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