Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

Ricki and the Flash (PG-13) **** Meryl Streep is a miracle. That being said, this won’t be the favorite Streep film of a lot of people, especially people who don’t like old rock. Streep amazingly sings and plays a variety…

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Ant-Man (PG-13) ***** Finally! A superhero movie with tons of humor, acceptable stunts and cleverness, alongside a discernible plot! Paul Rudd deserves most of the credit, as his Ant-Man is almost believable, even though based on a gimmick that makes…

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Minions (PG) ***** My beautiful movie-going partner and I work together. “What did he say?” is a frequent aside. In the case of the Minions, my answer would have to be, “This time, you’re on your own, Baby!” Comprehension is…

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Ted 2 (R) ***** Sorry, but juvenile as the humor is in “Ted 2” (like it was in the original “Ted”), this is a film that has the longest, biggest laughs of the summer. Seth MacFarlane, who wrote, directs and…

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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,…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Danny Collins (R) **** Danny Collins (Al Pacino) is a rock star of the Neil Diamond vintage. In fact, his hit song “Hey Baby Doll” sounds like “Sweet Caroline,” and Danny is as sick of it as Diamond is of…

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Home (PG) *** Animated and with a complex plot, “Home” features the voices of Jim Parsons (Oh) and Rihanna (Gratuity “Tip” Tucci) and Steve Martin (Captain Smek). The colors are vivid and the characters hard to keep track of because…