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Sean Means Movie Reviews for January 16th, 2020

Artsies:

Cunningham – 3 stars

CUNNINGHAM traces Merce’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The 3D technology weaves together Merce’s philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, CUNNINGHAM is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists. Read More

Director: Alla Kovgan

Starring: Carolyn Brown, John Cage, Ashley Chen

Varda by Agnes – 3 1/2 stars

An unpredictable documentary from a fascinating storyteller, Agnès Varda’s new feature documentary sheds light on her experience as a director, bringing a personal insight to what she calls “cine-writing”. Read More

Director: Agnès Varda

Starring: Agnès Varda, Sandrine Bonnaire, Hervé Chandès

Les Miserables – 3 1/2 stars

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. Read More

Director: Tom Hooper

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway

Fartsies:

Weathering With You – not screened

The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. Read More

Director: Makoto Shinkai

Starring: Kotaro Daigo, Nana Mori, Sei Hiraizumi

Bad Boys for Life – 1 star

The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life. Read More

Director: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

Starring: Will Smith, Alexander Ludwig, Vanessa Hudgens

Dolittle – 2 1/2 stars

After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures. Read More

Director: Stephen Gaghan

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen

Next week:

The Gentlemen

The Last Full Measure

The Song of Names

The Turning


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