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FINAL PORTRAIT

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Janet's TAKE: #FinalPortrait is a character study that is very thin on plot. Grade/C-
While competently directed and acted,

I FEEL PRETTY

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Janet's TAKE: #IFeelPrettyMovie is an entertaining lightweight dramedy that has much to say about

LEAN ON PETE

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Janet's TAKE: #LeanOnPeteMovie is an emotional roller coaster in this coming-of-age tale. Charlie Plummer carries this film about a teen with many hardships to overcome. Grade/B+
The strong

BEIRUT

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Janet's TAKE: #Beirut is an entertaining work of fiction with fine performances from the cast, especially Jon Hamm as a disillusioned, world-weary diplomat. Grade/B.
This is a thriller with relatable, yet flawed, characters that has enough plot twists to keep it captivating.

Directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist, “The Wire”)
Written by Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Identity, Michael Clayton)

Starring:
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” Baby Driver)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Hostiles)
Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad,” “Under the Dome”)
Mark Pellegrino (Capote, Mulholland Drive)
Larry Pine (Vanya on 42nd Street, The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Shea Whigham (American Hustle, Take Shelter)
Alon Moni Aboutboul (The Dark Knight Rises, Body of Lies)
Idir Chender (Carbone, Occidental)
Jonny Coyne (Nightcrawler, Gangster Squad)

Synopsis:
Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris) must send a former U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) to Beirut to negotiate for the life of a friend he lef…

ISLE OF DOGS

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Janet's TAKE: #IsleOfDogsMovie is an interesting stop-motion animated feature for adults. Grade/B
The subject matter is more quirky than FANTASTIC MR. FOX but it definitely has a positive message. Half the fun is in picking out the

7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE

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Janet's TAKE: #7DaysInEntebbe is a slog of waiting with no sympathetic characters and dehumanizes the hostages. Grade/D
Jose Padilha use of symbolic dance sequences as a metaphor comes across as