Mike at the Movies

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…

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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…

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) **** This charming sequel to the “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” of a couple of years ago will probably fill theaters with the same demographic, but the youngsters might find this one even more…

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McFarland, USA (PG) **** Sports movies have one thing going for them: Done right, they can get away with plotting clichés that other films can’t. And this film is filled with almost every cliché in the sporting lexicon, but it’s…

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The Kingsman: The Secret Service (R) ***** Take the best of the Bond films, add some modern gimmicks, a very funny script, tricks and surprises, including a villainess with blade legs, spectacular stunts, fights and an ending that will literally…

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Mortdecai (R) *** You may or may not like this film, depending on how you react to British comedy done by Americans, how much you like silliness and how much tolerance you have for puns, sight gags, a plot that…

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Gone Girl (R) **** This one has been out for some time, but it is still getting much discussion so we include it this week. This is a film for adults but maybe not newly marrieds, since it portrays marriage…

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Unbroken (PG-13) ***** “Everyone in town wants you put away,” says a cop to Louis Zamperini, who is growing up in Torrance, California, as a delinquent, smoking, drinking, stealing and running away from most attempts to capture him. Zamperini’s brother…

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The Theory of Everything (PG-13) **** Everything you have heard about Eddie Redmayne’s performance in this film is correct. It is mind-blowing. Dr. Stephen Hawking’s story is so unlikely that it beggars belief to begin with, but this film and…