Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

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…

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Horrible Bosses 2 (R) **** Watching this movie gave me the same feelings I used to have watching Steve Carell and the cast of “The Office.” Everyone was so stupid, and that irritated me despite the fact that I was…

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St. Vincent (PG-13) ***** When a character delivers lines like “Lady of the Night—one of the more honest ways to make a living,” and, when asked why he always makes things more difficult, says, “It makes me more interesting,” and…

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (R) ***** There are at least three magnificent performances in this film: Michael Keaton in the role of his life as Riggan, a former action hero in movies who is trying to make…

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The Judge (R) ***** Acting at its best is the art of one person becoming so like the character he is portraying that you forget there is an actor performing. A great film happens when a company of actors become…

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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…