Author Archive for Mike Cuthbert

Mike at the Movies

St. Vincent (PG-13) ***** When a character delivers lines like “Lady of the Night—one of the more honest ways to make a living,” and, when asked why he always makes things more difficult, says, “It makes me more interesting,” and…

Mike at the Movies

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (R) ***** There are at least three magnificent performances in this film: Michael Keaton in the role of his life as Riggan, a former action hero in movies who is trying to make…

Manhattan Short Produces Winners

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“Rhino Full Throttle,” directed by Erik Schmitt from Germany, won the Gold in the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

Another full house greeted the Manhattan Short Film Festival program at the Kentlands Stadium 10 in October as a group of 12 films from around the world competed for top prizes. In addition, a prize was given for a script,…

Mike at the Movies

The Judge (R) ***** Acting at its best is the art of one person becoming so like the character he is portraying that you forget there is an actor performing. A great film happens when a company of actors become…

Open Mic @ the Mansion Is Stand-Up Event

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Veteran performer Eulane Young, who has taught special education in the county for 32 years, was an inspiration at the first Open Mic @ the Mansion, held Sept. 5.

It had a bit of everything: stand-up adult comedians, a teen-aged stand-up essaying his act for the first time whose first joke was “This is my first stand-up. I usually sit down,” classical soprano Arts Barn Director Shellie Williams doing…

Mike at the Movies

Dolphin Tale 2 (PG) *** What can be wrong with a movie that features two cute kids, not one but TWO dolphins, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr.? Not much, as it turns out. For anyone who loves…

Mike at the Movies

A Most Wanted Man (R) **** Most of John le Carré’s novels seem dark, and that mood is maintained easily in this movie by filming it in Hamburg. As with most le Carré’s plots, this one is apparently very complicated,…

Kentlands Film Society Season Opens Sept. 7

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The film “Barbara,” set in 1980 East Germany, is about a Berlin doctor who applies for an exit visa. Instead of receiving approval, she is reassigned to a country medical clinic.

The 2014-15 season of the Kentlands Film Society features seven special nights. The season starts with a gala opening at the Arts Barn featuring a light French/Russian film, “The Concert,” about a hastily assembled Russian orchestra playing in Paris. With…