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Movies with Sean Means for the week of September 23, 2015

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Artsies:

Pawn Sacrifice: (PG-13) 114 Minutes – 2.5 Stars

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In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world

Director: Edward Zwick

StarringTobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard

Meet The Patels: (PG) 88 Minutes – 3 Stars

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A laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams…and his parents. This hilarious and heartwarming film reveals how love is a family affair.

Director: Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel

Starring:  Champa V. Patel, Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel

Peace Officer: (Not Rated) 105 Minutes – 3.5 Stars

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Peace Officer is a documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of Dub Lawrence, a former sheriff who established his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Driven by an obsessed sense of mission, Dub uses his own investigation skills to uncover the truth in this and other recent officer-involved shootings in his community, while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide.

Director:  Brad Barber, Scott Christopherson

Starring: Brad Barber, Scott Christopherson

Fartsies

Hotel Transylvania: (PG) 89 Minutes – Not Screened

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The hit CG-animated family comedy Hotel Transylvania gets a follow-up with this Sony Pictures Animation production.

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez

The Green Inferno: (R) 100 Minutes – Not Screened

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From acclaimed horror director, Eli Roth, THE GREEN INFERNO follows a group of student activists who travel from New York City to the Amazon to save the rainforest. However, once they arrive in this vast green landscape, they soon discover that they are not alone… and that no good deed goes unpunished.

 

Director:  Eli Roth

Starring:  Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns

Stonewall: (R) 129 Minutes – 2 Stars

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STONEWALL is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.

Director:  Roland Emmerich

Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Joey King

The Intern: (PG-13) 121 Minutes – 3 Stars

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A retired successful business owner and widower lands an internship at a fashion website run by a young, career-driven woman.

DirectorNancy Meyers

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Rober De Niro

Next Week:

 – Goodnight Mommy

 – The Martian

 – Mississippi Grind

 – Prophet’s Prey

 – Sicario

 – Sleeping With Other People

 – The Walk (IMAX)

Pick of the Week

 

 – The Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth, starts Friday night at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, runs Saturday and Sunday. A dozen movies from around the world, plus short films, workshops, activities for kids. Saturday night: A 30th anniversary screening of “The Goonies.” Tickets at ArtTix.


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