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  • Janie's Janie

    Janie's Janie

    ★★★★

    Oh, hi movie about the importance of collective action uniting women of all races in the face of government ineptitude and cruelty, you seem pretty relevant today.

  • The Mole People

    The Mole People

    ★★★

    You know what we need more of in movies? Long, wordless descents into caves that has no tension or dramatic bearing. Just amazing.

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  • The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees

    ★★★

    I kind of wish this movie was less about the pretty white girl's typical 'rediscovering her mom' junk and more about Hudson's discovery and connection to a group of women who embody so many of her own feelings that she could never express before.

    Instead, the dramatic beats seem like less of an awakening than a mishmash. The insertion of contemporary music is jarring, and the overuse of montage covers some moments that would be better left explored. Just kind of unsatisfying overall, though it has a lot of good pieces.

  • Give Me Your Heart

    Give Me Your Heart

    ★★★½

    Post-code enforcement drama that features a kid out of wedlock! (I assume Breen let it pass when they agreed to have the lady doctor happily give up her practice for marriage, and only after she recommended to George Brent that the only way to fix a woman is to beat her.)

    Give Me Your Heart is really not good-- the direction is flat, the emotional climax is more a whoopee cushion than anything, and none of the characters change or…