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Mike at the Movies

Spy (R) **** This turned out to be a very funny movie. The first third is chuckles as Melissa McCarthy settles us into her role as a CIA agent without skills. She is the telephonically hooked-up lookout for her crush,…

Mike at the Movies

Tomorrowland (PG) **** George Clooney does a masterful job of ensemble performance here, allowing a strong younger cast to shine from beginning to end. Led by American Britt Robertson as Casey, and Brit Raffey Cassidy as Athena from the Future,…

Gifts My Parents Never Gave Me, Part I

President Richard M. Nixon used to lament about his childhood, saying, “I never had a pony.” My parents did, however, give me a pony. He was a brown-and-white pinto with a hostile disposition. We shared an aversion to each other,…

Allergy Time Calls for Comfort Foods

“M” in May must also stand for miserable, which is how I feel. While I and most of  my friends are suffering from running noses, allergies, bronchitis, horrible coughs, and just plain feeling miserable, we want relief and to feel good.  I turn…

Mike at the Movies

Avengers: Age of Ultron (PG-13) ***** This fast-paced and frequently funny super spectacular entry into the Avengers’ franchise has everything anybody of any age could want in a space thriller. The cast, headed by Robert Downey Jr. as Ironman, seems…

Mike at the Movies

The Age of Adaline (PG-13) *** The effectiveness of a romantic fantasy based on eternal life for one of the members of the romance depends so much on the plotting that one holds one’s breath for about two hours wondering…