Author: Mike Cuthbert

Mike at the Movies: Midway and More

Midway (PG-13) Midway was the pivotal battle in the Pacific during WWII. Following the disaster at Pearl Harbor, the American forces, particularly the Navy, had to reassemble. They did, within two months, and struck back at the Japanese navy at…

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Photo | Submitted The Addams Family

The Addams Family (PG) A nice, nostalgic trip back in time to the days of the TV series of the same name, this one features a smart script and the usual impossible family members who combine to drive Margaux Needler…

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Photo | Submitted Abominable

Abominable (PG) Finally, an animated film that keeps its script intact and forward-moving with the magic and light shows as part of the story rather than the driver of the action. The storyline is simple: A Yeti eventually known as…

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Photo | Submitted Bill Skarsgård stars as Pennywise in “It Chapter Two.”

It Chapter Two (R) Jessica Chastain (Beverly) and James McEvoy (Bill) mark a major upgrade for the franchise, but they are still not enough to improve the quality of the film much over the original “It” (2017). The plot is…

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Photo | Submitted Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf star in “The Peanut Butter Falcon.”

The Peanut Butter Falcon (PG-13) This low-budget sleeper features sterling performances by Shia LaBeouf as Tyler and Dakota Johnson as Eleanor with a wonderful turn by newcomer, Down Syndrome actor Zack Gottsagen as Zak. The strong cast also features Thomas…

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Photo | Submitted Han Chen, Aoi Mizuhara, Diana Lin and Awkwafina star in “The Farewell.”

The Farewell (PG) This is one of my favorite films for the entire year. An exquisite study of the American belief in independent spirit versus the Chinese belief in family above all, this film is introduced by the warning: “This…

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (R) It is 1969. Everything is big cars, scantily clad hippies, overpaid starlets, drugs and, eventually, the Tate murders. The Tate murders are not previewed until a shot of the street name “El Cielo,”…

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Photo | Submitted “Pavarotti” is Director Ron Howard’s latest biopic.

Pavarotti (PG-13) Director Ron Howard was able to somehow capture the sound of this miraculous talent through archive and live recordings. For it is sound that Luciano Pavarotti was known for—his was a voice like no other that, even on…