Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 Movie Awards Season "Girls Nite Out" Considerations

 Now that the movie awards season is upon us, I have some special awards-worthy films for your "Girls' Night Out" consideration.  

Bookmark this page to be up on the awards buzz for movies revolving around women, romance and family values. Catch the flicks on this list when you have a special night out (or "in") with your friends.

This list is in alphabetical order and should be considered a resource for your awards viewing convenience.

20TH CENTURY WOMEN - Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion.  Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing -- via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor -A24  Trailer  (Coming soon)

ARRIVAL - A linguist (Amy Adams) is recruited to translate alien communications and discover why their spaceships have landed on Earth. Rog's review  (In theaters now)

THE DRESSMAKER - Janet's TAKE: Enjoyable revenge tale w/fine performance by #KateWinslet: A-  ... Trailer and more (In theaters now)

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS - Follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film-Sony Pictures Classics ... Rog's review (In theaters now)

FENCES - Janet's TAKE: #fencesmovie Commanding performances by Washington & @ViolaDavis make this powerful adaptation a must-see: A- ... Trailer and more  (In theaters now)

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS - Set in 1940s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite (Meryl Streep) who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her "husband" and manager, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge.-Paramount  Trailer (In theaters now)

HACKSAW RIDGE - Janet's TAKE: genuinely inspiring true story of WWII conscientious objector who won the Medal of Honor. Some of  #MelGibson's best work to date: A- ... Trailer and more (In theaters now)

HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS - After a lifetime of being overlooked and ignored, a woman of a certain age (Sally Field) finds her world turned upside down by a handsome new co-worker and a self-help seminar that inspires her to take a chance on love - Roadside Attractions  Trailer  (Available on DVD and Streaming on Amazon, Itunes and VuDu)

HIDDEN FIGURES - Janet's TAKE: #HiddenFigures ~ Moving story of pioneering women of science. STEM rules! A+
Trailer and more  (In theaters now)

JACKIE - Places us in Jackie Kennedy's (Natalie Portman) world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well - Fox Searchlight
Rog's Review  (In theaters now)

LA LA LAND - Janet's TAKE: #LaLaLand is a charming musical love story - one of this yr's best offerings. A+ Trailer and more (Opens Dec. 16, 2016)


LION - Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home - The Weinstein Company  Rog's Review  (In theaters now)

LOVING - The film centers on the courage and commitment of real-life couple Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed in the film by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), an interracial couple who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Richard and Mildred’s love story and the landmark case has become an inspiration and a foundation for marriage equality ever since - Focus Features    Rog's review  (In theaters now)

THE MEDDLER - With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon) has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori, a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others - as well as her own - and find a new purpose in life - Sony Pictures Classics  Trailer  (Available on DVD and Streaming on Amazon, Itunes and VuDu)

A MONSTER CALLS -  Janet"s TAKE: @amonstercalls ~ A heart-rending child's journey thru grief w/as many twists as the Monster's branches: A- ... Trailer and more (In theaters now)

MOONLIGHT - Janet's TAKE: An emotional, multi-layered portrait of a young man growing up in
the hood with moving performances by the whole cast: B+... Trailer and more (In theaters now)