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Sean Means Movie Reviews for December 19th, 2019

ARTSIES

UNCUT GEMS – 3 stars (Christmas)

From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie comes an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score.   Read More

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Starring: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett

A HIDDEN LIFE – 3 1/2 stars

Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fanni and children that keeps his spirit alive.   Read More

Director: Terrence Malick

Starring: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon

FARTSIES

SPIES IN DISGUISE – 2 1/2 stars (Christmas)

Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is…not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo is forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into the brave, fierce, majestic…pigeon.   Read More

Directors: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane

Starring: Karen Gillan, Rachel Brosnahan, Tom Holland

BOMBSHELL – 2 1/2 stars

Starring Academy Award (R) winner Charlize Theron, Academy Award (R) winner Nicole Kidman, Academy Award (R) nominee John Lithgow and Academy Award (R) nominee Margot Robbie, based on the real scandal, BOMBSHELL is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.   Read More

Director: Jay Roach

Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie

CATS – 2 1/2 stars

Universal Pictures and Working Title’s Cats is a most-unexpected film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved smash musical “Cats” and the poems from “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” by T.S. Eliot. Oscar (R)-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) brings astonishing new technology to transform his cast members.   Read More

Director: Tom Hooper

Starring: Taylor Swift, Francesca Hayward, Idris Elba

STAR WARS, EPISODE IX: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER- 3 stars

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.   Read More

Director: J.J. Abrams

Starring: Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Billie Lourd

LITTLE WOMEN – 3 1/2 stars (Christmas)

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms — is both timeless and timely.   Read More

Director: Greta Gerwig

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet

OPENING DEC. 27:

OSCARS SPOTLIGHT: DOCUMENTARIES

OPENING JAN. 3: 

THE GRUDGE


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