Mike at the Movies

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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Earth to Echo (PG) ** Most of the primary audience for this film was not yet born when its progenitor, “E.T.,” attracted millions. This time the alien thing is called “Echo,” and he is cute, for sure, if more complex…

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Maleficent (PG) ***** Overall, this may be the best film I’ve seen all year. Space is not adequate to tell you all the reasons in detail, but let me list a few: Angelina Jolie is perfect for the title role.…

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Godzilla (PG-13) **** Four stars for CGI effects and discipline. The twist, and this won’t be a spoiler because it becomes obvious early in the film, is that Godzilla is the hero of this film, trying to save humanity from…

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PG-13) **** And New York gets trashed again. More lovingly this time, but trashed by “Electro” (Jamie Foxx as a high-powered villain) and Spidie himself (Andrew Garfield). Of the recent entries in the series, this is…

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Heaven Is for Real (PG) **** I was more than ready to watch this film skeptically as it was promoted as a “faith” film, but after watching it, I found to my pleasure that it was more than that. Not…

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13) **** Pity poor Captain America. Turned into the Captain at the end of World War II, the poor guy is in many ways psychologically stuck in the 1940s though he looks modern. Can you…