Mike at the Movies

Photo | Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (PG-13) ***** You do not come to Jurassic movies for plot and character development. so don’t expect any. You come for the spectacular dinosaur chases; if that is your reason for buying a ticket for this…

Making Their Marks

Photo | Marylou Bono
The work of artists Anna Fine Foer, Chee-Leong Kung and Lori Anne Boocks is on exhibit at the Arts Barn through July 7.

Call them marks, impressions, symbols, signs, tokens, indications or streaks, mark making is the foundation of visual art. Four diverse artists are now showing their interpretations of mark making at the Arts Barn. Three of the artists were on hand…

First Person

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Thousands lined the victory parade route down Constitution Avenue on June 12, as the Caps and their fans celebrated their historic Stanley Cup win.

#ALLCAPS I am not a hockey fan. I went to one game in high school at the Capital Centre in Largo where a street party would have been held on an exit ramp to 495 because nothing surrounded it but…

Mike at the Movies


Adrift (PG-13) ***** Shailene Woodley (Tami Oldham) has been a personal favorite of mine since I saw her in “The Descendant” as a teenager. In this film, which she also produced, she is riveting as the rootless adventurer Tami. She…

Kaufman’s Kitchen

Kaufman's Kitchen

Zingerman’s World-Famous Bakehouse Shares Top Recipes An artisanal bakery in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Zingerman’s Bakehouse is known for its delicious breads and baked goods. In addition to their deli, the Bakehouse is known for their cookies, pastries, and coffee cakes,…

Historical Perspective

Photo | Courtesy of Gaithersburg Museum
William Harding was the crossing guard at the Frederick Road grade crossing the night that Father Cuddy died.

Father Cuddy’s Bridge By Jack Toomey Ninety years ago, Frederick Road was the main route between Washington and Frederick and points west. The road was dotted with large, imposing homes of the wealthy, general stores, filling stations and farms. Just…

Mike at the Movies

Deadpool 2 (R) ***** This movie is the funniest movie of the year so far as well as one of the most, sort of, violent. The violence is sheer overkill and sheer comic-like fantasy. Every gun has infinite ammunition, and…

Readers Choice

15 Years of Great Books June 2018 marks the end of my fifteenth year of writing a monthly “Reader’s Choice” book review column for The Town Courier. (Yes, I was quite young when I started. …) Reading back over them,…

Eye on Art

Image | Angela Lacy
Angela Lacy’s watercolor, entitled “NOT Abbey Road,” won first place in the watermedia category at the Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association 32nd annual juried exhibition.

Fine Work by the Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association Award-winners were celebrated May 10 at the Kentlands Mansion during a special reception for the Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association (GFAA) 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition. Sandra Schraibman, GFAA show chairwoman, said that 90…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Brady Jandreau as Brady Blackburn in “The Rider.”

Rider (R) ***** Let me start by saying this is a remarkable film for many reasons, most of all the story. It is the story of a young man, Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau) who was a rodeo rider until suffering…