Quiet Dinner Guardians (This Week’s Movies)

Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle: A Quiet PassionLinks to my reviews published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly, and etc.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. “The fun of the movie is in the characters and their wisecracks, especially whenever the hulking Drax makes quiet observations. Five years ago I would not have predicted that the former pro wrestler Bautista would become one of my favorite comic actors, but we live in strange times.”

A Quiet Passion. “What if the cinematic approach to the poet’s life could approximate her eccentric punctuation—full of dashes where commas usually roam—her abrupt shifts in focus, and her piercing gaze at eternity? If you could do that you’d have A Quiet Passion.”

The Dinner. “Intriguing stuff, but the tangled storytelling works against itself.”

Early warning: Next Friday, May 12, the film critics of Framing Pictures re-convene at Scarecrow Video for another session of talk. Quoth our Facebook page: “Framing Pictures rolls into May with every intention of talking about what we didn’t talk about in April: namely, “Five Came Back,” the three-part doc about the deep involvement of five top-tier Hollywood directors in covering WWII. We’ll also wander the deserts of James Gray and Werner Herzog, salute the last film by the late Andrzej Wajda, and share memories and appreciations of dear Jonathan Demme, also regrettably departed. Join the conversation in the Scarecrow Video Screening Room, 5030 Roosevelt Way N.E., 7 p.m. Friday, May 12. You do know it’s free?”

Last month’s Framing Pictures is online at the Seattle Channel website. We speak of Julia Ducournau’s Raw, Walter Hill’s The Assignment, and Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion. Watch the big show here.