Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

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…

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) **** This is one weird, funny, audacious and wonderful piece of filmmaking. It is not to be watched while fatigued or in an inattentive manner: You’ll lose track. Briefly, the story is the history of…

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Pompeii (PG-13) ** This is a movie, not a documentary. It is a movie we’ve all seen before. It involves a slave who is a gladiator, small but effective, a black slave who is the noblest character in the cast,…

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The Monuments Men (PG-13) **** George Clooney gambled on his audience and their patience in this odd war film. Many critics find it too episodic and slight for true praise, and episodic it is. Perhaps Clooney, who wrote and directed…

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August: Osage County (R) ***** This film will take over your mind and start gnawing at your soul before you know what happened. It is the story of a family brought together by what nobody will admit was the suicide…