Category: Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies: Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey (R) ***** This film did not turn out to be what I thought it might be. It became a feminist festival with strong and funny performances from all five of its stars: Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn;…

Mike at the Movies: The Rhythm Section

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The Rhythm Section (R) This is, make no mistake about it, Blake Lively’s movie. The former Chanel model and “Most Beautiful” top-ranked star in Hollywood has figured in light comic and domestic roles, but this is a true breakout role…

Mike at the Movies: “Just Mercy”

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Just Mercy (PG-13) Fine performances by Michael B. Jordan as Harvard lawyer Bryan Stevenson and Jamie Foxx as Walter “JD” McMillan do not alter the fact that this film is sadly predictable. It depicts events from the ‘80s and ‘90s…

Mike at the Movies: Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell (R) Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser) was the security guard at the Olympic Park in Atlanta who was hailed as a hero immediately after the bombing, appearing with Katie Couric, Tom Brokaw and others. He lived with his…

Mike at the Movies

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG) Perhaps the most beautifully and carefully crafted movie of the year so far. Directed at the same pace as Mr. Rogers spoke—slowly and clearly—the movie never seems to drag. It gives you, as…

Mike at the Movies: Midway and More

Midway (PG-13) Midway was the pivotal battle in the Pacific during WWII. Following the disaster at Pearl Harbor, the American forces, particularly the Navy, had to reassemble. They did, within two months, and struck back at the Japanese navy at…

Mike at the Movies: The Lighthouse and more

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The Lighthouse (R) Dominated by two amazing performances, near-deafening and extremely effective music and sound, this film hearkens back to a much earlier time in film. First, it’s in stark black and white. Second, it is framed in a square,…