Tuesday, September 19, 2017

YEAR BY THE SEA

YEAR BY THE SEA poster

Janet's TAKE: #YearByTheSea is a scenic tale of self-discovery reminiscent, albeit a female version, of "A Walk In The Woods". B-

While a good performance from both actresses, Joan's (Karen Allen) relationship with

BRAD'S STATUS


Janet's TAKE: #BradsStatus provides a concise statement on evaluating one's life based on social media posts from friends. B+

Ben Stiller once again gives a

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

REBEL IN THE RYE

REBEL IN THE RYE movie poster

Janet's TAKE: #RebelInTheRye movie is a formulaic J. D. Salinger biopic with decent performances. B

Nicholas Hoult does a fine job in his depiction of Salinger. Kevin Spacey is

Thursday, September 7, 2017

HOME AGAIN

HOME AGAIN movie poster

Janet's TAKE: #HomeAgainMovie is a predictable rom/com with a touch of "Entourage" thrown in. C+

Reese Witherspoon heads the cast of this "girls night out" entry. While the movie has its share of

Thursday, August 24, 2017

PATTI CAKE$

Patti Cake$ movie still


Janet's TAKE: #PattiCakes is a fresh take on the mother-daughter genre. C+

Nice performances by Danielle MacDonald as an aspiring rapper and Bridget Everett as her mother. Playing the grandmother, Cathy Moriarty steals more than a few scenes.

Synopsis:
In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

BRIGSBY BEAR

Janet's TAKE: #BRIGSBYBEAR is a quirky and sometimes uncomfortable tale of re-entry into society. C+

SNL's Kyle Mooney as James gives an endearing performance but it's not enough to save this rambling film. It is an interesting concept that is not executed very well. The supporting cast includes Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, and Greg Kinnear.

Synopsis:
Superfan James is obsessed with the clever if quaintly goofy kids' show Brigsby Bear to the point of

Thursday, July 27, 2017

ATOMIC BLONDE

ATOMIC BLONDE movie

Janet's TAKE: Charlize Theron packs a punch while conquering the spy genre. B+

Highly stylized sets and costumes along with well-choreographed fight scenes make for an entertaining Berlin Wall-era espionage film. A few laughs along the way lighten up the drama.

Synopsis:
A breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A GHOST STORY

Janet's TAKE: #AGhostStory is a tedious exploration of existence, grief and letting go. C-

This Malick-ish film is annoyingly slow-paced with minimal performances and dialog along with the usual landscape beauty shots.  The only saving grace is