Sean Means Movie reviews for December 17th, 2020

Promising Young Woman – #MeToo-themed thriller – theaters – 3 1/2 stars

Nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be — she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past. Read More

Director: Emerald Fennell

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox

News of the World – Tom Hanks Western drama – theaters – 3 1/2 stars

Five years after the end of the Civil War, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd crosses paths with a 10-year-old girl taken by the Kiowa people. Forced to return to her aunt and uncle, Kidd agrees to escort the child across the harsh and unforgiving plains of Texas. However, the long journey soon turns into a fight for survival as the traveling companions encounter danger at every turn — both human and natural. Read More

Director: Paul Greengrass

Starring: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Marvel, Ray McKinnon

Soul – Pixar jazz-and-death adventure – Disney+ – 3 1/2 stars

Joe is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn’t quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz — and he’s good. But when he travels to another realm to help someone find their passion, he soon discovers what it means to have soul. Read More

Directors: Pete Docter, Kemp Powers

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton

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