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Movies with Sean Means for the Week of June 12, 2016

Artsies

Genius (PG-13) 1 H 44 Min. – 2 Stars

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From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter JOHN LOGAN (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall) and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director MICHAEL GRANDAGE in his feature film debut, comes Genius, a stirring drama about the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe. Based on the biography “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius” by A. SCOTT BERG, Genius stars COLIN FIRTH as Perkins, JUDE LAW as Wolfe, NICOLE KIDMAN as Aline Bernstein, a costume designer sharing a tumultuous relationship with Wolfe, LAURA LINNEY as Louise Perkins, Max’s wife and a talented playwright, GUY PEARCE as F. Scott Fitzgerald and DOMINIC WEST as Ernest Hemingway.

Director:  Michael Grandage

Starring: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film of All Time (NR) – 3 Stars

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After Steven Spielberg’s classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene…except one; the film’s explosive airplane set piece. Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece.

Director:  Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen

Starring: Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb

Dark Horse (PG) 1 Hr. 25 Min. – 3.5 Stars

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Set in a former mining village in Wales, DARK HORSE is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men’s club who decide to take on the elite ‘sport of kings’ and breed themselves a racehorse. Raised on a slagheap allotment, their foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land, before suffering a near fatal accident. Nursed back to health by the love of his owners – for whom he’s become a source of inspiration and hope – he makes a remarkable recovery, returning to the track for a heart-stopping comeback.

Director: Louise Osmond

Fartsies

Central Intelligence (PG-13) 1 Hr. 54 Min. – 3 Stars

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The story follows a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Johnson), coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of the former “big man on campus” (Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into, it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than he can count.

Director:  Rawson Marshall Thurber

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Danielle Nicolet

Finding Dory (PG) 97 Min. – 3.5 Stars

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Everyone’s favorite forgetful fish is back! Check out this exclusive first look at the much-anticipated film.

Director:  Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

Starring:  Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill

Next week:

– De Palma

– Free State of Jones

– Independence Day: Resurgence

– The Neon Demon


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