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Sean Means Movie Reviews for December 5th, 2019

ARTSIES

FRANKIE – not seen by me

Three generations of a European family come together in the fabled town of Sintra, Portugal, for one last vacation before the family matriarch faces the next, and last, chapter of her life. Over the course of one crisp October day, the fairy tale setting brings about everyone’s most romantic impulses, revealing both cracks between them, as well as unexpected depth of feeling.   Read More

Director: Ira Sachs

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Sennia Nanua, Ariyon Bakare

KNIVES AND SKIN – 1 1/2 stars

What happened to Carolyn Harper? Part suburban nightmare, part neon-soaked teenage fever dream, this tantalizing mystery traces the wave of fear and distrust that spreads across a small Midwestern town in the wake of a high school girl’s mysterious disappearance. As the loneliness and darkness lurking beneath the veneer of everyday life gradually comes to light, a collective awakening seems to overcome the town’s teenage girls–gathering in force until it can no longer be contained.   Read More

Director: Jennifer Reeder

Starring: Kate Arrington, Tim Hopper, Marika Engelhardt

FARTSIES

THE ISLANDS – not screened

The film, shot entirely in Hawaii, is based on the incredible true story of Chiefess Kapio-lani who descended into an active volcano to demonstrate her new found faith in Christ and who ushered in a new beginning in Hawaii.   Read More

Director: Timothy A. Chey

Starring: Teuira Shanti Napa, Mira Sorvino, Ricky Sua’ava

EN BRAZOS DE UN ASESINO – not screened

Victor (William Levy) is one of the world’s most handsome men, but he has a deep secret — he is a cold-blooded assassin. Smooth talking and seductive, Victor was raised to do one thing only, which is to kill for money. When he is sent to the home of a brutal drug lord to collect payment for his most recent hit, he encounters the beautiful Sarai (Alicia Sanz), who has been forced to spend the last 9 years of her life with the drug lord. After Victor leaves the compound, Sarai seizes her chance at freedom by hiding out in Victor’s car. But things don’t go as planned and instead of being transported back to her home, she finds herself free from one dangerous man only to be caught in the clutches of another.   Read More

Director: Matías Moltrasio

Starring: William Levy, Alicia Sanz, Adrián Lastra

PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE – not screened

When her younger brother disappears into the colourful and animated world of Playmobil, Marla is forced to abandon her organised and structured life to rescue him.   Read More

Director: Lino DiSalvo

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Gabriel Bateman, Jim Gaffigan

DARK WATERS – not screened

Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Mark Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world’s largest corporations.   Read More

Director: Todd Haynes

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Mark Ruffalo, William Jackson Harper

THE AERONAUTS – 3 stars

In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While breaking records and advancing scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them.   Read More

Director: Tom Harper

Starring: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel

WAVES – 3 stars

Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family–led by a well-intentioned but domineering father–as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.   Read More

Director: Trey Edward Shults

Starring: Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Alexa Demie

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Opening next week: 

Black Christmas

Jumanji: The Next Level

Promare

Richard Jewell

The Two Popes


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