Sean Means Reviews Movies for October 11th, 2018


-Colette – TBD

Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.

Director: Wash Westmoreland

Starring: Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Fiona Shaw


-The Sisters Brothers – 3 1/2 Stars

It’s 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. The Sisters brothers find themselves on a journey through the Northwest, bringing them to the mountains of Oregon, a dangerous brothel in the small town of Mayfield, and eventually, the gold rush land of California — an adventure that tests the deadly family ties that bind.

Director: Jacques Audiard

Starring: John C. ReillyJoaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal



-Bad Times at the El Royale – Not seen

The El Royale is run-down hotel that sits on the border between California and Nevada. It soon becomes a seedy battleground when seven strangers — a cleric, a soul singer, a traveling salesman, two sisters, the manager and the mysterious Billy Lee — converge on a fateful night for one last shot at redemption before everything goes wrong.

Director:  Drew Goddard

Starring:  Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm


-Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer – TBD

The film is the shocking true story of the investigation and trial of Dr Kermit Gosnell – his 30 year killing spree and the political and media establishment that tried to cover it up. Who can the investigators really trust when a routine drugs investigation uncovers a scandal that goes all the way to the top?

Director: Nick Searcy

Starring: Dean Cain, Sarah Jane Morris, Janine Turner


-Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – 1 1/2 Stars

While collecting junk one day, best friends Sonny and Sam meet Slappy, a mischievous talking dummy from an unpublished “Goosebumps” book by R.L. Stine. Hoping to start his own family, Slappy kidnaps Sonny’s mother and brings all of his ghoulish friends back to life — just in time for Halloween. As the sleepy town becomes overrun with monsters, witches and other mysterious creatures, Sonny joins forces with his sister, Sam and a kindly neighbor to save Sonny’s mom and foil Slappy’s plan.

Director: Ari Sandel

Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jack Black, Madison Iseman


-Jane and Emma – 3 Stars

Jane is a black woman who walks hundreds of miles to meet Joseph Smith, a revered cleric who inspires people in the Deep South. When Smith lands in trouble with local hooligans, Jane offers comfort and companionship to his wife in her darkest hour.

Director: Chantelle Squires

Starring: Danielle Deadwyler, Emily Goss, Brad Schmidt


-The Old Man and the Gun – 3 1/2 Stars

At the age of 70, Forrest Tucker makes an audacious escape from San Quentin, conducting an unprecedented string of heists that confound authorities and enchant the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

Director: David Lowery

Starring: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek

-First Man – 3 1/2 Stars

On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history. 

Director: Damien Chazelle

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke


Opening next week: 

— Free Solo

 — Halloween

 — The Hate U Give

 — Mid90s

 — The Oath

 — Serenity

 — What They Had

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