In the market for high-caliber entertainment? Check out this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around Seattle.
'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'
When bestselling celebrity biographer Lee Israel is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack. It is a story of two difficult, socially inept, people somehow becoming involved as partners in crime with forgeries.
Boasting a 98 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" has gotten stellar reviews since its release on Oct. 19. According to the site's summary of critic reviews, "Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy."
McCarthy is up for Best Actress at this year's Academy Awards. Grant earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
It's playing at AMC Oak Tree 6 (10006 Aurora Ave. North) through Tuesday, Feb. 12. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'
Miles Morales is juggling his life between being a high school student and being a Spider-man. When Wilson "Kingpin" Fisk uses a super collider, others from across the Spider-Verse are transported to this dimension.
With a critical approval rating of 97 percent and an audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" has gotten stellar reviews since its release on Dec. 14.
The site's critical consensus notes, "'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action."
The movie is up for Best Animated Feature at this year's Academy Awards.
It's playing at AMC Pacific Place 11 (600 Pine South) through Thursday, Feb. 14. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
In 18th century England, the close relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill is threatened by the arrival of Sarah's cousin, Abigail Hill, resulting in a bitter rivalry between the two cousins to be the Queen's favourite.
With a critical approval rating of 94 percent and an audience score of 62 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Favourite" has become a favorite since its release on Dec. 14. The site's critical consensus approves, "'The Favourite' sees Yorgos Lanthimos balancing a period setting against rich, timely subtext — and getting roundly stellar performances from his well-chosen stars."
The film earned 10 Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture.
It's screening at AMC Seattle 10 (4500 Ninth Ave. NE) through Thursday, Feb. 14. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
'Stan & Ollie'
With their golden era long behind them, comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille and Ida – a formidable double act in their own right – the pair's love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure a place in the hearts of their adoring public.
With a critical approval rating of 92 percent and an audience score of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Stan & Ollie" has garnered plenty of praise since its release on Dec. 28.
The site's critical consensus notes, "'Stan & Ollie' pays tribute to a pair of beloved entertainers with an affectionate look behind the scenes — and a moving look at the burdens and blessings of a creative bond."
It's screening at Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX (316 N.E. Thorton Place) through Sunday, Feb. 10. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
'The Kid Who Would Be King'
Alex thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin, take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.
With an 88 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 68 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "The Kid Who Would Be King" has been getting attention since its release. The site's critical consensus has it that the modern Arthurian fantasy "recalls classic all-ages adventures — and repurposes a timeless legend — for a thoroughly enjoyable new addition to the family movie canon."
It's screening at Regal Meridian 16 (1501 Seventh Ave.) through Wednesday, Feb. 13. Click here for showtimes and tickets.