Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

Florence Foster Jenkins (PG-13) ***** Meryl Streep does it again playing Manhattan doyenne Florence Foster Jenkins, one of the society queens of 1940s New York. The film shocked the audience I was with as most of them had never before…

Bad Moms (R) ***** Sorry, purist fans. This is just too funny to downgrade because it gets a bit raunchy from time to time. It made me laugh and in this summer of dreck, that’s an accomplishment worth honoring. Mila…

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The Legend of Tarzan (PG-13) ***** Oh, what a trip this is to one’s youth! Tarzan the way he SHOULD be in this epic of heroism, both animal and human, and villainy (mostly human) along with awe-inspiring scenic shots of…

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Free State of Jones (R) ***** What a powerful, moving story! Matthew McConaughey is an aging but always strong lead as Newton Knight. He starts the story as an army nurse for the Confederacy but that stint is shortened when…

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Me Before You (PG-13) ***** This is a film that will cause many in the audience to fear a Nicolas Sparks format. Fortunately for all of us, this film was made by adults for adults so the emotions and reactions…

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X-Men: The Apocalypse (PG-13) *** Another in the seemingly endless X-Men series, this one goes ahead in time so that the real X-Men are discussed as relics of the past, even though some of them make a token appearance. For…

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Money Monster (R) ***** Jodie Foster, director, knows how to drive a movie. This one has so many possibilities of going off the road, crashing and burning that it is stunning to realize it never does while keeping the same…

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The Jungle Book (PG) ***** To my mind, this is the first totally successful CGI-dominated film, the possible equal of “Avatar.” There is only one human in the cast, newcomer Neel Sethi, a 13-year old Indian-American from New York. No…

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Hello, My Name Is Doris (R) **** This is a feast for Sally Field fans. She is Doris Miller, a 60-something drudge at a company filled with “up and comers” as evidenced by the replacement of all work chairs with…

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (PG-13) ***** Here the Greek focus is secondary to the focus on family. The riotous Portokalos family of Chicago comes together again on screen after a 14-year absence. Ian and Toula’s (John Corbett and…