½ "Daringly weird, like a less-bloody but no less savage version of Lucky McKee's May, with less mutilation and more tea parties"
"Timely... It takes a committed performance to make a character like Miss Meadows fly, and Katie Holmes goes all in"
Miss Meadows is prim. Miss Meadows wears tap shoes every day. Miss Meadows carries a handgun in her pretty purse. Katie Holmes plays the eponymous elementary school substitute teacher who moonlights as a dainty vigilante in Miss Meadows. She is easily believable as the tap-dancing teacher with frilly gloves and socks, who makes a surprising turn as a killer protecting the world, and in particular children, from bad people. She takes it upon herself to right the wrongs in this cruel world by whatever means necessary. "The most important things in life are kindness and courage," she tells her pupils.
Things become complicated, however, when she gets romantically entangled with the town sheriff. As she contemplates sharing her life with another person, the question arises: who is she really, and what is she capable of, for better or worse?
This is Katie Holmes as you have never seen her before, in this satirical comedy about manners and mores, which is also about what happens when a moral compass go helter skelter when faced with the untidiness of real life.
Directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins, U.S.A., 2014, 88 mins.
- Fri., Nov. 21 at 7 & 9 pm
- Sat., Nov. 22 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
- Sun., Nov,. 23 at 5:30 & 7:30 pm
- Mon. & Wed., Nov. 24 & 26 at 7 & 9 pm
- Tues., Nov. 25 at 9:15 pm
$9 general admission
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