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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,…

History, Hooch and Hospitality

I love out-of-town company but for repeaters (people that come often) sometimes I run out of places to take them and ways to entertain them. Recently, I found one of the ultimate destinations. Bloomery Plantation Distillery is a 12-acre farm…

Mike at the Movies

Boyhood (R) ***** You may have heard about this film. It was shot over a 12-year span with the same cast so it is unusually consistent in character, pace and appearance. Forget all that. As remarkable as it was to…

Soups for Summer

Summer is when we get to relax, enjoy good friends and serve great recipes made from fresh farm produce, and fresh seafood. Creamy Cold Cucumber Soup It is great on a hot summer night since it is light and easy,…

Mike at the Movies

And So It Goes (PG-13) **** Love among the aging is a topic often developed and often laughed at, mainly because many audiences are too young to realize that life’s urges die slowly, if at all. Stories of elder love…

‘Sisterland’ Written by Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld came into the spotlight with her 2005 novel “Prep” and 2008 bestseller “American Wife,” the latter loosely based on first lady Laura Bush. (Although “American Wife” is a positive portrayal of the main character, Mrs. Bush insists she’s…

A Destination Wedding at 8,200 Feet

Last fall, I received the “save the date” notice of my second grandson’s and his fiancee’s wedding to be held in Vail, Colorado, in June 2014. It is a familiar place to the bridal pair who live in Denver and…