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Movies with Sean Means for the Week of October 9th, 2015

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99 Homes (R) 1 Hr 52 min- Screened by Scott Pierce

Set amidst the backdrop of the 2008 housing market catastrophe, Dennis Nash, a hard-working and honest man, can’t save his family home despite his best efforts. Thrown to the streets with alarming precision by real estate shark Mike Carver, Dennis, out of work and luck, is given a unique opportunity – to join Carver’s crew and put others through the harrowing ordeal done to him in order to earn back what’s his. Delicately training his eye on the rigorous details, the reliably astute Ramin Bahrani imbues his characters with icy complexity to achieve his compassionate portrait of a man whose integrity has become ensnared within an all-too-relevant American crisis. With precision and care, Bahrani’s provocative character study applies all the cinematic tools at his disposal to explore the ethical dilemma at the heart of man’s struggle to reach higher – by whatever means necessary.

Director: Ramin Bahrani

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern

Mississippi Grind (R) 1 Hr 48 min – 3.5 Stars

Gerry is a talented poker player, but his gambling habit is getting the best of him. One day, he meets a charismatic young traveler named Curtis. Deeming Curtis his lucky charm, Gerry convinces him that they should hit the road together. As they gamble their way down South toward a legendary high-stakes poker game in New Orleans, the trip’s highs and lows unveil the duo’s true character and motivation, and an undeniable bond forms between them.

Director: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller

He Named Me Malala (PG-13) 2 Hr – 3.5 Stars

A look at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on the young Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Director: Davis Guggenheim

Starring: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekai

Fartsies:

Walt Before Mickey (PG) 2 Hr – Not Screened

This film is about Walt Disney’s early years. For ten years before the creation of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney struggled with, failed at, and eventually mastered the art and business of animation. Walt Disney worked in a variety of venues and studios, refining what would become known as the Disney style. This film captures the years 1919 – 1928, creating a portrait of the artist from age seventeen to the cusp of his international renown.

Director: Khoa Van Le

Starring: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jon Heder

Highway to Dhampus (PG) 1 Hr 40 min –  2.5 Stars

When Laxmi, headmistress of a small orphanage in Nepal, is visited by a rich socialite attempting to fix her image through charitable acts, a chain of events is set in motion that affects everyone involved. Ajit, the western-savvy bush pilot, Colt, the American photojournalist and chaperone, and even Elizabeth, the spoiled British heiress, all discover their own reasons to ultimately change for the better.

Director:  Rick McFarland

Starring:  Rachel Hurd-Wood, Gunner Wright, Suesha Rana

Pan (PG) 1 Hr 51 min – 1 Star

12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Director: Joe Wright

Starring: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund

Just Let Go (Unrated) 1 Hr 46 Min – 2 Stars

Based on the inspirational true story of Chris Williams, Just Let Go is the cinematic tale of how a person can forgive despite the retaliatory tendencies that surface within the darks corners of the human heart, showing the world that hope, love and forgiveness can overcome all when you let it go. Don’t miss this incredible one-night event presented by Fathom Events, Delilah Radio, Excel Entertainment and Propel Pictures, in cinemas nationwide on Monday, September 28.

Next Week:

– Coming Home

– Crimson Peak

– Freeheld

– Goosebumps

Pick of the Week: Next Wednesday at 10 AM is when you go online to buy passes and ticket packages for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, it’s open season. No more registering for a lottery-drawn time to buy tickets, just a first come, first serve date on the 14th.

This includes some locals-only deals.


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