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SHOW DOGS

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Janet's TAKE: #ShowDogsMovie is silly and stupid, but hits the mark for little kids. Grade/C-

Will Arnett manages to

BOOK CLUB

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Janet's TAKE: An engaging cast makes #BookClub an enjoyable movie experience. Grade/B

The little touches worked for me. Don Johnson was inspired

LIFE OF THE PARTY

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Janet's TAKE: Despite the usual expected jokes, #LifeOfTheParty has an endearing message of women supporting each other and a great relationship between a mother and daughter. Grade/B-

TULLY

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Janet's TAKE: #TULLY gives a perceptive but uneven look at the demands of motherhood and today's parenting. Grade/B-
While billed as a comedy by the studio, TULLY is

SUPER TROOPERS 2

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Janet's TAKE: #SuperTroopers2 is a raunchy sequel that fails to improve on the original. Grade/C-
The Broken Lizard comedy troupe fills the screen with

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

LOVE, SIMON

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Janet's TAKE: #LoveSimon is an uplifting look at teen angst. This modern twist on the John Hughes teen comedies from the 1980s is, at times, an uneven mix between funny and serious. Grade/B
Nick Robinson leads a fine cast in

GRINGO

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Janet's TAKE: #GringoMovie is mindless entertainment in the form of a South-of-the-Border crime escapade. Grade/B- David Oyelowo shows he has some

ANNIHILATION

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Janet's TAKE: #AnnihilationMovie is visually striking, but it drags on far too long while borrowing from other sci-fi classics. C Natalie Portman makes a strong heroine, yet beyond

FIFTY SHADES FREED

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Janet's TAKE: #FiftyShadesFreed comes to a merciful end with very little drama and suspense. Grade/C- The acting is

HAPPY END

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Janet's TAKE: #HappyEndMovie has solid performances that  can't save this slow-moving depiction of the angst of a wealthy French family. D There are

DEN OF THIEVES

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Janet's TAKE: #DenOfThieves is a run-of-the-mill heist film with unlikable characters on both sides of the law. C The performances, especially Gerard Butler and O'Shea Jackson Jr., outshine the action. There is a lot of

THE COMMUTER

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Janet's TAKE: #TheCommuterFilm is a typical Liam Neeson action flick. C+ This commuter train races over many plot holes on its way to

Awards Season "Girls Movie Nite" Considerations for 2017

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Now that the 2017 movie awards season is upon us, I have some special awards-worthy films for your "Girls Movie Nite" 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.

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