Free Lost Promise (This Week’s Movies)


Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley: Free Fire (courtesy Kerry Brown/A24)

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly, and etc.

Free Fire. “Wheatley sees the world as a cesspool where greedy humans get what they deserve and Murphy’s Law prevails. Even with a few undeniably outstanding set pieces, that shtick gets repetitious when delivered with a continual smirk.”

The Lost City of Z. “Director Gray is better known for intimate, self-serious dramas, and working on a bigger scale loosens him up. There are suspenseful scenes and pretentious touches, but the thing does cast a spell.”

The Promise. “The characters are all thinly-sketched stereotypes, but with Isaac and Bale around to provide ballast, at least there’s some decent acting going on.”

Wednesday, April 26, I’ll give a talk for the AIA Seattle’s Urban Design Forum, on the subject of “Seattle in the Movies.” The talk is free and begins at 5:30 at the Center for Architecture and Design, 1010 Western Ave.; more info here.