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6 movies open May 17 in the Seattle area; our reviewers weigh in

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.)

??? “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” (R; 131 minutes): Yes, it’s violent. But the breakneck way director Chad Stahelski piles wild action scenes atop even wilder scenes makes this latest entry in the “John Wick” franchise eminently watchable. It’s a guilty summertime-movie pleasure for sure. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Soren Andersen, Special to The Seattle Times

??? “The Sun Is Also a Star” (PG-13; 100 minutes): Based on Nicola Yoon’s best-selling YA novel, this movie about two teens (Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton) who meet and fall in love in a single day is wistfully romantic. Their day together has a poignant urgency: Tomorrow, her family is due to be deported. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic

??½ “A Dog’s Journey” (PG; 108 minutes): It’s a fantastical dog tale that has the emotional bite to match its somewhat hokey bark. Dennis Quaid stars. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

?? “Trial by Fire” (R; 127 minutes): In 1992, a Texas man (played by Jack O’Connell) was convicted of the arson-related triple homicide of his three very young daughters and sent to death row, even though early forensic evidence wasn’t conclusive. It’s a haunting, heartbreaking story, told by a movie that never quite makes a case for itself to exist. Full review. Multiple theaters. — Moira Macdonald

Also opening

“We Have Always Lived in the Castle” (not rated, for mature audiences; 90 minutes): The isolated and secretive world of two sisters and their uncle is disrupted when a cousin with ulterior motives arrives. Director Stacie Passon’s mystery thriller, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, stars Taissa

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