Author Archive for Mike Cuthbert

Mike at the Movies

Victoria and Abdul (PG-13) ***** This film earned its fifth star from me just by casting Judi Dench as Queen Victoria. The other masterstroke was casting Ali Fazal, famed Bollywood actor in India, as Abdul Karim, the man who became…

Manhattan Short Film Festival Moves to Arts Barn

Photo | Submitted

In “Do No Harm,” a Manhattan Short finalist from New Zealand, violent gangsters storm into a hospital in China to stop a crucial operation.

Due to anticipated renovations at the Kentlands Paragon Stadium 10, this year’s Manhattan Short Film Festival finals have been relocated from its longtime Kentlands theater location to the Arts Barn. The popular festival, which has drawn capacity crowds for the…

Mike at the Movies

Home Again (PG-13) **** The summer has ended for most of us without a great romance. Sad to say, “Home Again” isn’t a great summer romance, but “it will serve.” Reese Witherspoon (Alice) celebrates her 40th birthday with friends as…

Mike at the Movies

Wind River (R) **** This is one violent, harsh, forbidding film. Jeremy Renner anchors the piece as Cory Lambert, Fish and Wildlife agent in Wind River, Wyoming. The time is winter and Lambert discovers the body of a young Indian…

Mike at the Movies

The Glass Castle (R) ***** I just knew there had to be one movie out there that would make the summer great and I have seen it. This film grabs your heart and your mind and, through totally absorbing performances,…

Mike at the Movies

Dunkirk (PG-13) ***** Perhaps the strongest battle film since “Saving Private Ryan,” this one is drawn from stories of Dunkirk, the famous small-ship rescue of 330,000 British, Belgian and French forces from the small French seaside town of Dunkirk in…

Mike at the Movies

Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13) ***** A perfect summer movie—or winter or fall or spring as well. Tom Holland is superb as the 15-year-old Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Michael Keaton wonderfully villainous as Vulture, and Zendaya touching as Michelle, Spidey’s love interest. Well,…

Mike at the Movies

Rough Night (R) ***** There may be those who quibble with the high rating, but when a film makes me laugh this hard and this long on a day when the temperature outside is scorching, pardon my glee. Kate McKinnon…