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#BookClub and #ShowDogsMovie – Movie Reviews

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Book Club – Review

Book Club – Budget of $10 million – 1 hour and 44 minutes

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In 1974, Vivian started a book club with her 3 friends.  Now, Vivian, Diane, Carol, and Sharon meet once a month to discuss a book, drink wine, and connect.  Vivian is a smart risk manager who believes love is for suckers and men should be used for pleasure only.  Diane is a widow who’s daughters are treating like a little, old woman.  Sharon is a divorced judge who’s ex-husband and son are recently engaged but she is reserved about dating.  Carol is a married woman whose marriage has lost its spark.   Since it’s Vivian book choice this month, she chooses Fifty Shades of Grey.  The other women are uneasy about the choice but read the book anyway.  The next month they all have an awakening and want to experience the romance and passion of Anastasia and Christian Grey.  Vivian starts to let her ex-boyfriend/failed fiance into her life.  Diane tries to cut the cord with her daughters when she meets a handsome pilot.  Sharon puts herself on Bumble (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  And Carol tries to get the spark back in her marriage with some medical help.  These women will find their voice in one book at a time.

While this movie mentions the Fifty Shades Trilogy, it’s not just about the women reading the book (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It’s about them discovering who they are and what the want but they don’t understand what is truly getting in their way.  The book club is the catalyst of their friendship while forcing them to take a hard look into their lives.  They come to the conclusion that age shouldn’t dictate their love or sex lives.  They can still be strong and have romance.  The only obstacle stopping them is themselves.  You will find yourselves rooting for and laughing with each woman in this movie.  See this one at the matinee price. Also, it helps to have read the books first.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Sorry if that sounds judgemental. Hazard of the job – Sharon

Multiple ear-gasms. Who wouldn’t want that – Carol

It says right here, for mature audiences only. That sounds like us – Diane

I don’t need anyone. That’s the secret to my success – Vivian

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Show Dogs – Review

Show Dogs – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 30 minutes

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Max is a tough K9 in the New York Police department. He investigates crimes on is own because he doesn’t do the master/dog thing.  During a sting operation to rescue a smuggled panda, Max’s bust is scooped by FBI Agent Frank.  Angry that Frank is getting credit for his case, Max takes a bite out of Frank.  However, when the perp tells him the smuggler will be at the Dog Show in order to sale the panda, Max gets an idea.  Frank and Max will work together to enter into the dog show and stay close to the case.  But Max must follow commands to stay in the competition.  If he doesn’t, they will lose access to the dog show.  As the investigation progresses, Max and Frank discover that the panda isn’t the only victim for this smuggler.

This light-hearted comedy gives a nod to Turner & Hooch and Dirty Dancing will remaining true to itself (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It follows the recipe for buddy cop movie (i.e. 2 different partners coming together to solve a crime but growing up and breaking their shell in the process).  This movie is for kids with slapstick humor but adults will laugh alike.  And while it is about animal smuggling the message isn’t shoved down the viewers’ throat.  So if you want a good family movie, see this one at the matinee price.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Future me forgives past you for present us – Karma

Someone otta put a leash on you – Frank

Do you want one fluffed or folded because I have both in the back – Mattie

I can not polish a turd but perhaps I can roll it in glitter – Philippe

How did you get to be such an alpha – Sprinkles

Is it me or do they all look alike – Max

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#FindingDory – Review Repost – In Stores Now!!!

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Finding Dory – Budget of $200 million – 1 hour 43 minutes

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One year after Dory and Marlin ran into each other, Dory is happy and living next to Nemo and Marlin. Then Dory sees and hears things that jogs her memory about her childhood. She decided to go on a quest to find her parents, much to Marlin’s chagrin. But Marlin understands what it’s like to love, lose, and miss someone, so he (along with Nemo) accompany Dory on her journey and to keep her on track. It’s not long before Dory gets separate from Marlin and Nemo. Dory ends up looking for her parents at the Marina Life Institute. And Marlin and Nemo end up looking for Dory. This adventure of close calls, new and old friends, and bravery answers the questions about Dory’s song “Just Keep Swimming”, how she learned whale, what happened to her parents. This is an adventure you won’t forget to remember.

This movie starts in a very unique way. It starts with little Dory, who loses her parents, searches for her parents, and then slowly forget what she was looking for as she gets older. Then, the 1st time she runs into Marlin, which is a classic scene from Finding Nemo (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Next the movie jumps to 1 year later to bring it to present day. Please note, that your children (or you) do not need to see the first movie to understand this one. You will laugh, get sad, and learn something. It answers questions you have and even answers questions you never thought to ask. It’s a beautifully done sequel.

The intro has a “Thank You” from the director and a wordless short called Piper. The short movie is very entertaining and a good kick start to Finding Dory. The end credits lead to a game that should be called “Finding Hank”. Finding Dory also offers a 1st person perspective through some of the more action packed sequences. This perspective puts you in Dory’s fins and makes you are part of the action. This movie is a must but not necessarily in 3D.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars

Let’s go – Dory

When something is too hard, you should just give up – Charlie

And were up. Ready to start the day – Marlin

Awww, man – Nemo’s Class

It’s your destiny, Destiny – Bailey

Dory would do it – Nemo

Newsflash! No one is fine – Hank

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Love The Coopers – Review

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Love The Coopers – Budget of $17 million – 1 hour 46 minutes

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Charlotte and Sam Cooper prepare their home for an annual Christmas get together, however, the family doesn’t know Sam is preparing to move out because he and Charlotte have lost their spark.  Eleanor Cooper, Charlotte and Sam’s daughter, ask a soldier she met at the airport to pose as her boyfriend, so her parents would not pity her single life.  Hank Cooper, Charlotte and Sam’s son, is dealing with a divorce, job loss, and mouthy children.  Emma Cooper, Charlotte’s sister, wants to get the perfect gift for Charlotte … to best her.  This family gets together to find what they truly want and need from themselves and each other.

This movie is a mix of Valentine’s Day with Parenthood and a dash Christmas thrown in.  If you are looking for lots of laughs with a warm and fuzzy end involving Christmas presents … stay home and watch National Lampoon Christmas.  This movie was a little depressing and a lackluster.  For a movie that is less than 2 hours, it does flush out each character beautifully.  You understand each characters motivation … even Officer Percy Williams (who doesn’t need to be in the film).  The overall movie is just dull and sad. This could have been a Made for TV movie on Lifetime or the Hallmark Network.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

I think you’re funny because you’re sad – Joe

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