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The Fall of the American Empire

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Janet's TAKE: #TheFalloftheAmericanEmpire is a slightly different approach to the standard heist film. A good lead performance by Alexandre Landry helps

DESTROYER

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Janet's TAKE: #DestroyerMovie is a slow-paced, but effective crime thriller that's bolstered by Nicole Kidman's award-worthy performance. Grade/B+

Director Kusama wisely focuses

THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

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Michelle's TAKE:   In the #HappytimeMurders mystery, murder, sex and more come together in this hilarious film based in an alternate world where puppets and humans coexist, but not so harmoniously. And it’s no Sesame Street. Grade/A-

It’s the puppet show you never thought you’d see, but kinda glad you did.
Melissa McCarthy delivers her usual brand of quick wit as the lead and the supporting characters fit like a puppet, I mean glove. Not suitable for children.  (Guest reviewer - Michelle Tennis)

Directed by Brian Henson

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and Elizabeth Banks

Synopsis:
THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is a filthy comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist.  Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show. - STX Entertainment


MPAA Rating: R for strong cr…

BLACKkKLANSMAN

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Janet's TAKE: #BlacKkKlansman is a thought-provoking, hard-hitting commentary on race relations for both the past and present. Grade/A-

One of Spike Lee's more

THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME

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Janet's TAKE: #SpyWhoDumpedMe is a spy comedy that misses the target by relying too heavily on Kate McKinnon's zaniness. Grade/C

Mila Kunis makes an energetic action heroine, but McKinnon drags

SICARIO: Day of the Soldado

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Janet's TAKE: #SICARIO:DayOfTheSoldado could have been a good story, but ends up being thin on plot and character development. Grade/D

Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin carry the action, yet the film never rises above predictable. While the ending clearly leaves it open for another sequel, there is no real payoff.

Directed by Stefano Sollima

Starring Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Catherine Keener

Synopsis:
In SICARIO: Day of the Soldado, the series begins a new chapter.  In the drug war, there are no rules – and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways. Alejandro kidnaps the kingpin’s daughter to inflame the conflict – but when the girl is seen as collateral damage, her fate will come between the two men as they questio…