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What to Watch in the Theater:
Show Dogs (PG) is in theaters now. Yes, it’s a talking dog movie, but this one’s got more pizazz than the puppies you’re accustomed to. It’s fish out of water buddy cop movie about a police dog (Ludacris) and an FBI agent (Will Arnett) forced to work undercover at a dog show in Las Vegas. With a great voice cast and some fun characters, this movie does it’s best to distract you from the fact that it’s a talking dog movie. It’s the only PG movie currently in theaters, plus it’s got the cutest baby panda of all time.
Our rating: 3.83 out of 5


Book Club (PG13) is in theaters now. This is a chick flick for a more mature audience. Not mature as in R-rated, but mature in age. It was quite funny, though a bit of an awkward watch with my 80-year-old mother. Four longtime friends who hold a monthly book club decide to read the Shades of Grey books, and that inspires change in each of their lives. Great cast, LOTS of innuendo but only good clean fun of the PG13 variety (some language, and did I mention innuendo?). There are some great messages here about being open to new experiences and allowing yourself to be happy.
Our rating: 3.75 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
November Criminals (PG13) is on DVD. With the pairing of Ansel Elgort and Chloe Grace Moretz in this teen thriller, we had high hopes. Those were quickly dashed as this less than 90-minute film dragged  along. There was little plot or action to save the cast from this boring, pointless film.
Our rating: 1.67 out of 5

13 Reasons Why Season 2 (TVMA) is a Netflix original. The second season of this controversial series took a little longer to draw us in, as the narration shifted from Hannah Baker to a different character for each episode. New plot details are revealed through courtroom testimony, with serious twists that had us scrambling to review the timeline from season 1. Warning: there are heavy topics and disturbing images here. As they attempt to keep kids safe, are parents and schools in the dark or just turning a blind eye? As uncomfortable as it may be, we feel this is a story that must be told, in an effort to keep it from happening again and again.
Our rating: 4.25 out of 5

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