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Sean Means Reviews Movies for October 6, 2016

Artsies:

The Greasy Strangler (NR) 93 Minutes – Zero Stars

When Big Ronnie and his son Brayden meet lone female tourist Janet on Big Ronnie’s Disco Walking Tour–the best and only disco walking tour in the city–a fight for Janet’s heart erupts between father and son, and the infamous Greasy Strangler is unleashed.

Director: Jim Hoskin

Starring: Michael St. Michaels

 

Fartsies:

Spirit of the Game (PG) 95 Minutes – 1 1/2 Stars

In 1956 a small group of missionaries made worldwide history when they took on the task of helping the struggling Australian basketball team prepare for the Olympic games. What unfolded was an electrifying story of sport, spirit, trials & faith and the unification of a nation!

Director: J.D Scott

Starring: Kevin Sorbo, Mark Mitchell, Neil Melville

 

The Great Gilly Hopkins (PG) 97 Minutes – 2 Stars

A feisty foster kid’s outrageous scheme to be reunited with her birth mother has unintended consequences in The Great Gilly Hopkins, an entertaining film for the entire family. Gilly Hopkins (Sophie Nélisse) has seen more than her share of foster homes and has outwitted every family she has lived with. In an effort to escape her new foster mother Mamie Trotter’s (Kathy Bates) endless loving care, Gilly concocts a plan that she believes will bring her mother running to her rescue. But when the ploy blows up in Gilly’s face it threatens to ruin the only chance she’s ever had to be part of a real family.

Director: Stephen Herek

Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Kathy Bates

 

The Girl on the Train (R) 112 Minutes – 2 Stars

Rachel, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel.

Director: Tate Taylor

Starring: Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, Lisa Kudrow

 

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (PG) 92 Minutes  – 2 1/2 Stars

Rafe has an epic imagination…and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to an oppressive, rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do’s and don’ts, Rafe and his scheming best friend Leo hatch a plan to break every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. It’s Ferris Bueller meets Home Alone as their battle with Principal Dwight explodes into chaos both real and imagined. But Dwight displays his own fiendish creativity, striking back at the rule-breakers. Meanwhile, Rafe struggles to hide his misbehavior from Jeanne, the straight-A, overachieving girl of his dreams, and at home, his mother’s boyfriend — a moochy, jack-of-no-trades named Bear — threatens to become his stepfather.

Director: Steve Carr

Starring: Griffin Gluck, Lauren Raham, Rob Riggle

 

The Birth of a Nation (R) 119 Minutes – 4 Stars

Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities–against himself and his fellow slaves–Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

Director: Nate Parker

Starring: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller

 

 

 

 

 


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