Seven new movies are opening this week and there’s not a real dud in the bunch, according to Seattle Times reviewers. They rate movies on a scale of 0 stars (repulsive) to 4 stars (sublime), and this week, six films earned ratings of 3 or above. (The lone exception: “War Horse,” which garnered a middling 2.5.)
“The Artist” heads into Oscar season with a lot of critical backing, including a 4-star review by our own Moira Macdonald. Movie buffs are going to love this picture, which hearkens back to the golden age of the silent screen.
For suspense, look to the new U.S. version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” or “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” Both are based on fabulously popular books, and both rated 3.5 stars from Ms. Macdonald. (Read her “Dragon Tattoo” review here; her “Tinker” review here; and an interview with “Tinker” star Gary Oldman here.)
Last in Santa’s goodie bag is David Cronenberg’s 3-star drama about the birth of psychoanalysis, “A Dangerous Method.”
Photos: Gary Oldman in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” by AP Photo/Focus Features, Jack English. Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon in “We Bought a Zoo” by AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Neal Preston.)