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Mike at the Movies

The Revenant (R) ***** Between them, the two movies opening in the past two weeks set a collective record for blood-shedding. Both are quality films, just not for everybody. The plot of “The Revenant” was borrowed from a novel by…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13) ***** Criticism of this film is superfluous. It has already sold about as many tickets as have been made available and audiences are approving it heartily. It is one of the few movies I…

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In the Heart of the Sea (PG-13) ***** This heart-thumping film of the sea is, as its narrator says at the start, less a story of a whale and more a story of two men under severe stress. The amazing…

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Creed (PG-13) ***** Sylvester Stallone reprises his Rocky Balboa role, and this is by far the best work he has done in it. Restrained, textured, emotionally rewarding, he is ably aided and abetted by Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed-Johnson,…

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Peanuts (G) ***** Who can get mad at Peanuts? Really. Made as a sort of combination film, this creation features all the characters we have come to love from the strip and other versions of the ongoing story. Charlie Brown…

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Burnt (R) ***** WARNING: Do not go to this movie on an empty stomach! Doing so may cause you to miss the ending by rushing out to dinner someplace good! Seriously, seldom has food ever looked so good. Under the…

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The Martian (PG-13)***** This may already be the front-runner for the Best Film of the Year. If not, it should be. From start to finish, this film unwinds with a maximum of technical bravado, restraint, discipline, unbelievable effects and, most…