Sean Means Movie Reviews for January 23rd, 2020


The Song of Names – 2 stars

As Europe erupts into World War II, 9 year old Martin comes to love his new brother Dovidl, a highly gifted violin prodigy of the same age and recent Polish-Jewish refugee to London. But hours before Dovidl’s debut concert performance at the age of 21 he vanishes without a trace, causing shame and ruin for their family. A lifetime later, a young violinist shows a 56 year old Martin a stylistic flourish that could only have been taught by Dovidl. This triggers Martin’s odyssey overseas in search of his lost brother, one that will lead to surprising revelations for both men and for Helen, the woman who stood between them. Read More

Director: François Girard

Starring: Clive Owen, Tim Roth, Jonah Hauer-King


The Last Full Measure – not screened

THE LAST FULL MEASURE tells the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), a U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen (also known as a PJ) medic who personally saved over sixty men. During a rescue mission on April 11, 1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone heavily under fire, but he stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, before making the ultimate sacrifice in the bloodiest battle of the war. Read More

Director: Todd Robinson

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Irvine


The Turning – not screened

For more than 100 years, a deeply haunting tale has been passed down to terrify audiences. Next February, DreamWorks Pictures’ THE TURNING takes us to a mysterious estate in the Maine countryside, where newly appointed nanny Kate is charged with the care of two disturbed orphans, Flora and Miles. Quickly though, she discovers that both the children and the house are harboring dark secrets and things may not be as they appear. Read More

Director: Floria Sigismondi

Starring: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince


The Gentlemen – not seen by me

THE GENTLEMEN follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him. Read More

Director: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery


Next week:

Gretel & Hansel

Oscar-nominated shorts: Animated and live-action

The Rhythm Section

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