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2 HEARTS movie review

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Janet's TAKE: #2heartsthefilm depicts a based-on-a-true story in an unimaginative and formulaic way. While the effort is commendable in its message of sacrifice and service, it is entirely predictable.
The main character (narrator) tries too hard to be charming and this feels forced. There wasn't any chemistry between either of the two romances. If you are looking for a slightly above-average Lifetime style film, this should fit the bill. Grade/C 
Directed by Lance Hool
Starring Jacob Elordi, Tiera Skovbye, Adan Canto and Radha Mitchell
Synopsis:  For two couples the future unfolds in different decades and different places, but a hidden connection will bring them together in a way no one could have predicted. Based on an inspirational true story, 2 Hearts is a romantic journey that celebrates life, love and generosity of spirit, and challenges audiences to believe miracles are possible. 
Charismatic young Australian actor Jacob Elordi (“Euphoria,” “The Kissing Booth“) plays Chris, a…

ANTEBELLUM movie review

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Janet's TAKE: #Antebellum tries hard to be a thriller, but gets lost in the strong message about the horrors of slavery and racism. Janelle Monáe is magnetic as the main character and the rest of the cast is good. 
The problem is that the filmmakers create confusion with transitions designed to give this film a twist. The result is less than perfect. Pedro Luque Briozzo's cinematography and Mary Zophres' costumes give this film a stylish look that is impressive. Grade/C+
Written and Directed by Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz
Starring Janelle Monáe, Marque Richardson II, Eric Lange, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Rob Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Jena Malone
Synopsis:  Successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future - before it's too late. Visionary filmmakers Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz (Bush + Renz) - best known for their pioneering ad…

THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY movie review

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Janet's TAKE: #BrokenHeartsGallery is a sweet and mostly engaging twenty-something romantic comedy.  You know exactly where it's going, but getting there with talented star Geraldine Viswanathan is the best part of this journey. 
An optimistic date movie that is just what's needed today. The supporting cast is perfect for this genre and it's nice to see Bernadette Peters back on the screen. Grade/B-

Screenplay Written and Directed by  Natalie Krinsky
Starring Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Bernadette Peters
Synopsis: What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you’ve ever been in? THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY follows the always unique Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan), a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder. After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The Broken Heart Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery …

GET DUKED! movie review

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Janet's TAKE: While the cast is clearly enjoying themselves during the making of this mashup comedy/action/social-satire movie, #GetDuked! wanders off into drug-induced silliness that is at times chaotic but still slightly entertaining. Grade/C
The action and story come together in the second half, yet the crazy situations and tired clichés tend to get in the way throughout.
Directed by Ninian Doff 
Starring Eddie Izzard, Kate Dickey, Georgie Glen, James Cosmo, Samuel Bottomley, Viraj Juneja, Rian Gordon, and Lewis Gribben
Synopsis:  Dean, Duncan and DJ Beatroot are teenage pals from Glasgow who embark on the character-building camping trip — based on a real-life program — known as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, where foraging, teamwork and orienteering are the order of the day. Eager to cut loose and smoke weed in the Scottish Highlands, the trio finds themselves paired with straight-laced Ian, a fellow camper determined to play by the rules. After veering off-path into remote farmland …

RADIOACTIVE movie review

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Janet's TAKE: In #RadioactiveMovie, Rosamund Pike's brilliant portrayal of Marie Curie is hindered by a slow, meandering screenplay that confusingly jumps between past and present. Grade/C
Madame Curie's interesting personal life takes a backseat to her struggles for

IRRESISTIBLE (2020) Movie Review

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Janet's TAKE: #IrresistibleFilm is a biting political satire that starts slow but is redeemed by a surprising twist ending. Grade/B
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7500 (Movie review)

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Janet's TAKE: #7500movie is a taut airplane hijacking drama taking place mostly in the cockpit. Convincing performances by

THE BANKER movie review

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Janet's TAKE: #TheBanker is an interesting racially-motivated con game with twists and turns along the way. Grade/B

Stellar performances by the main cast make this drama

BURDEN movie review

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Janet's TAKE: #BurdenMovie is a slow-paced tale of unlikely friendship and faith in overcoming hatred.  Grade/C+

Garrett Hedlund and a strong supporting cast rise above the