Author Archive for Mike Cuthbert

Mike at the Movies

Earth to Echo (PG) ** Most of the primary audience for this film was not yet born when its progenitor, “E.T.,” attracted millions. This time the alien thing is called “Echo,” and he is cute, for sure, if more complex…

Mike at the Movies

Maleficent (PG) ***** Overall, this may be the best film I’ve seen all year. Space is not adequate to tell you all the reasons in detail, but let me list a few: Angelina Jolie is perfect for the title role.…

Gaithersburg Giants Open Summer Season

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Gaithersburg Giants’ Brady Pollicelli stretches a lead while Thunderbolts’ Jack Taylor holds him at first base during the season opener game on June 4.

The opening of the Gaithersburg Giants’ baseball season has had a few hiccups. Lights at their home field, Criswell Automotive Field in Kelley Park, were not functioning properly. This caused the opener and some early games to begin at 5…

Mike at the Movies

Godzilla (PG-13) **** Four stars for CGI effects and discipline. The twist, and this won’t be a spoiler because it becomes obvious early in the film, is that Godzilla is the hero of this film, trying to save humanity from…

Giants Open Second Season at Kelley Park

As I spoke with him, Gaithersburg Giants General Manager Alfie Riley was touching up the new trim on the press box at Kelley Park’s Criswell Automotive Field, readying it for the team’s home opener June 4. This is the second…

NW Victorious in State Playoff Against QO

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Northwest’s Brian Rourke was the winning pitcher in the state playoff game against Quince Orchard on May 9.

After an up and down season marked by inconsistency on defense and spotty pitching, the QO Cougars found themselves in a highly unusual position on Friday, May 9. Consistently challenging for the state title, the Cougars’ season instead ended at…

Flags for Our Heroes for Memorial Day

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Kentlands resident Claudia Chang, a senior at Quince Orchard High School, created the winning logo for Flags for Our Heroes. Her art incorporates the themes of honoring heroes, Memorial Day, and the Montgomery Village Rotary and its mission. Chang’s logo was chosen from 30 submissions. All finalists are students at Quince Orchard.

Many of you are familiar with the military drill that ends before Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery. Flags are placed at each gravesite in the park. A much more intensely localized and personal display of flags will be commemorated…

Mike at the Movies

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PG-13) **** And New York gets trashed again. More lovingly this time, but trashed by “Electro” (Jamie Foxx as a high-powered villain) and Spidie himself (Andrew Garfield). Of the recent entries in the series, this is…

Mike at the Movies

Heaven Is for Real (PG) **** I was more than ready to watch this film skeptically as it was promoted as a “faith” film, but after watching it, I found to my pleasure that it was more than that. Not…