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

Friday, June 16, 2017

ROUGH NIGHT

ROUGH NIGHT poster

Janet's TAKE: #RoughNightMovie is an uneven mix of comedy and relationship angst. C

Some genuine laughs, but few and far between. Kate McKinnon delivers the same character performance that's starting

Friday, June 2, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

WONDER WOMAN

Wonder Woman movie poster

Janet's TAKE: #WonderWomanFilm has an action-packed story w/good character development and chemistry between the stars. A-

As one of my favorite superheroes growing up, this

Friday, May 26, 2017

BAYWATCH

BAYWATCH movie poster
Janet's TAKE: The series lowered the bar of TV entertainment. This movie lives up to the series. C-

Surprisingly better acting, lots of typical gross-out humor,

Friday, May 19, 2017

Paris Can Wait

Paris Can Wait movie

Janet's TAKE: #ParisCanWait is light on plot while providing a beautifully-shot Southern France food and wine travelogue. B-

Diane Lane gives another "Under The Tuscan Sun" pleasant performance while Alec Baldwin phones in his few moments as her husband. "Paris Can Wait" is great for foodies and Diane Lane rom-com fans.

Synopsis:
Eleanor Coppola’s feature film directorial and screenwriting debut at the age of 81 stars Academy Award® nominee Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and

Friday, May 12, 2017

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

Janet's TAKE: #KingArthurmovie feels like an extended music video on crack. D

With lots of shaky-cam and disjointed edits, Guy Ritchie's direction makes it hard to keep focus on what little plot there is. The cast makes a valiant effort but

SNATCHED

SNATCHED movie poster

Janet's TAKE: #Snatchedmovie is an amusing but raunchy mother-daughter adventure. C+

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn have some on-screen chemistry that lends itself to relationship building with a few laughs and silly antics thrown in. Be warned - not a prim and proper Mother's Day outing. See the clip at Rog's Viewpoint.

Synopsis-
After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation,

Friday, May 5, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Janet's TAKE: #GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol2 is another fun ride in outer-space. B+
The characters are endearing but the plot gets a little fuzzy at times.  Still it is a commendable sequel.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues

Friday, April 7, 2017

GIFTED movie

Janet's TAKE: Fine performances by the cast of #GiftedMovie are overshadowed by "gifted" young actress Mckenna Grace. B-

Synopsis:
Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of

Friday, March 31, 2017

THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE

THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE movie poster
Janet's TAKE: #TheZookeepersWife is a worthy effort in need of more character development. C+

Synopsis:
The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh of “The Broken Circle Breakdown”), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

FIFTY SHADES DARKER


Janet's TAKE: #FiftyShadesDarker follows the book in that the sex overshadows the romance. I would have liked to see more relationship development: C-

See the trailer, more details and Rog's Viewpoint here.

THE SPACE BETWEEN US


Janet's TAKE: #TheSpaceBetweenUs can't decide if it's a sci-fi or teen road trip film, but it never rises above after-school special: C-

See the trailer, more details and Rog's Viewpoint here.

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE


Janet's TAKE: #LegoBatmanMovie has plenty of "Awesomeness" and fun for the whole family: A

Will Arnett makes a splendid caped-crusader in this visual treat!

See the trailer, more details and Rog's Viewpoint here.

Friday, January 20, 2017

20th Century Women

Janet's TAKE: #20thCenturyWomen~Honest portrayal of Mother/Son relationship buoyed by a strong cast including #AnnetteBening. A


"Girls Nite Out" recommend.


Special note: A24 WILL MAKE A DONATION TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN HONOR OF ALL THE WOMEN (AND MEN) WHO SEE THE FILM THIS WEEKEND

Friday, January 6, 2017

SILENCE

Janet's TAKE: #Silence~Scorsese project of a brutal but over-long journey through devotion and religious persecution in Japan w/good performances and stunning cinematography: B+


Martin Scorsese’s Silence, the Academy Award winning director’s

HIDDEN FIGURES

Janet's TAKE: #HiddenFigures ~ Moving story of pioneering women of science. STEM rules! A+

It is evident that the cast all gave their best efforts for this true, but until now, untold event. Deserves lots of awards.

HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of

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-

True to the book but NOT