Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

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…

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (R) ***** Tina Fey is incredible. One of the funniest women alive, she is capable of much more as she proves once again in this film. Her compatriot from Australia, Margot Robbie as reporter Tanya Vanderpoel (“If…

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Risen (PG-13) *** This film is not apt to cause throngs of evangelicals to storm box offices like recent Christian movies have if for no other reason than it is more a mystery than a religious epic. Though it eschews,…

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Deadpool (R) **** Something tells you at the start that this will not be your normal, cookie-cutter superhero movie. The music is gentle and the credits start rolling to tell you that the film is directed by a Stupid Idiot…

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Carol (R) **** This one has been out for some time but we saw it to make sure we saw all the Oscar-nominated films for a review of them. I’m glad I got to see this one. Set in the…

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The Revenant (R) ***** Between them, the two movies opening in the past two weeks set a collective record for blood-shedding. Both are quality films, just not for everybody. The plot of “The Revenant” was borrowed from a novel by…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13) ***** Criticism of this film is superfluous. It has already sold about as many tickets as have been made available and audiences are approving it heartily. It is one of the few movies I…