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Movies with Sean Means for the Week of July 11, 2016

Artsies

Gurukulam (NR) 1 Hr. 48 Min. – 3 Stars

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In vivid and sensuous detail, ‘Gurukulam’ follows a group of students and their teacher as they confront fundamental questions about the nature of reality and self-identity at a secluded forest ashram in southern India. Daily chores, meditation, rite and rigorous study are woven together, connecting the natural and spiritual worlds in moments of surprising revelations. The richly layered soundscape by Ernst Karel (‘Sweetgrass’, ‘Leviathan’), the intimacy of images recorded by J.P. Sniadecki (‘Iron Ministry’, ‘Foreign Parts’), the seamless editing of Mary Lampson (‘Harlan County U.S.A., ‘Kimjongilia’) combine to bring us into a place of extraordinary beauty and simplicity. From Swami Dayananda’s first lesson: ‘Saying is only an expression of what you see’, ‘Gurukulam’ is a rare invitation to look, listen, and experience a contemplative rhythm of life as old as the Bhagavad Gita and as new as present-day India.

Director: Neil Dalal, Jillian Elizabeth

Starring: Dayananda Saraswati

Zero Days (PG-13) 1 Hr. 56 Min. – 3 Stars

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VgIayOpjEc]

A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

Directors:  Alex Gibney

Starring: David Sanger, Emad Kiyaei, Eric Chien

The Wailing (NR) 2 Hr. 36 Min. – 3.5 Stars

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43uAputjI4k]

A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

Director: Hong-jin Na

Starring:  Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Woo-hee Chun

Tickled (R) 1 Hr. 32 Min. – 3.5 Stars

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOBXuCYB4jQ]

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Director:  David Farrier, Dylan Reeve

Starring: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr

Fartsies

The Infiltrator (R) 127 Min. – 3 Stars

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7_M4hjXW1I]

A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Director: Brad Furman

Starring: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger

GhostBusters (PG-13) 1 Hr. 56 Min. – 4 Stars

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3ugHP-yZXw]

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

Director: Paul Feig

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon

Next Week:

  • Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
  • Boiling Point
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Lights Out
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Violent Cop

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