'The Grinch' and 7 other movies open Nov. 9; our reviewers weigh inNovember 9, 2018 4:01pm

Nov. 09--Here are snapshots of what our reviewers thought of the movies opening this week in the Seattle area. (Star ratings are granted on a scale of zero to four.)

??? { "A Private War" (R; 110 minutes): Rosamund Pike, so deliciously wicked in "Gone Girl," disappears into the role of war correspondent Marie Colvin in director Matthew Heineman's haunting drama. Full review. Multiple theaters. -- Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times movie critic

??? "Boy Erased" (R; 114 minutes): Actor Lucas Hedges owns this film, letting us see the pain and confusion of a college-age boy in a gay-conversion therapy program. Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe co-star as his parents. Full review. Meridian, Lincoln Square, SIFF Cinema Uptown. -- Moira Macdonald

??? "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch" (PG; 86 minutes): Now, here's a new film, made for the big screen. It's longer, it's brighter -- check out that lime-green! Full review. Multiple theaters. -- Moira Macdonald

?? "The Girl in the Spider's Web" (R; 117 minutes): The "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series continues, this time with Claire Foy as super hacker Lisbeth Salander. But it seems as though the franchise is running out of gas and fresh ideas, turning "Spider's Web" into a conventional spy thriller. Full review. Multiple theaters. -- Soren Andersen, Special to The Seattle Times

? { "Overlord" (R; 110 minutes): Zombies. Nazis. Cliches. Insane violence. "Overlord" delivers a whole lot of much too much. Full review. Multiple theaters. -- Soren Andersen

Also opening

"Life and Nothing More" (not rated, for mature audiences; 114 minutes): Antonio Mendez Esparza's film touches on a lot of hot-button matters, including the 2016 election; racial profiling; and the difficulties of being a single parent and of earning a living wage. But it keeps the issues largely in the background. The goal, as the title suggests, is simply to present lives as they're lived from moment to moment. This is a drama -- specifically, a mother-son story, starring Andrew Bleechington and Regina Williams -- and it's a portrait of lives that can't be reduced to statistics. The New York Times does not provide star ratings with reviews. Northwest Film Forum. -- Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

"Outlaw King" (R; 121 minutes): After being crowned King of Scotland, 14th-century warrior Robert the Bruce (played by Chris Pine) is forced into exile by the English and leads a band of outlaws to help him reclaim the throne. Crest; also showing on Netflix.

"Prospect" (R; 98 minutes): A man and his teenage daughter encounter nonstop danger while searching for valuable gems on an alien moon. Sophie Thatcher, Pedro Pascal and Jay Duplass star. Multiple theaters.

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