Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

“Lincoln Lawyer” (R) *** This film may set a record for teasing its female audience members. It has at least four opportunities to show Matthew McConaughey’s bare abs and skips them all. The result may be McConaughey’s best performance in…

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“Rango” (PG) **** “Rango” starts as a satirical send-up of drama in general with a chameleon later known as “Rango” ruminating on dramatic arcs, pacing, character development and the whole jargon of “serious theater.” After a truck accident in which…

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“Unknown” (PG-13) **** Finally! The return of a taut, well-plotted, complex but far from inane thriller with some of the best car chases in years. Set in Berlin, the story is that of an American bio-technologist, Dr. Martin Harris (Liam…

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“No Strings Attached” (R) **** This film could have gone so wrong. It’s one of those films that looks so good in the trailer that you can’t wait to see it, only to find that the only good bits were…

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“Black Swan” (R) **** There is considerable controversy about this film and much misleading writing about it. You’ll have to see it for yourself to determine the causes for the, in my opinion, misinterpretations of what the film is about,…

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“Morning Glory” (PG-13) **** The trailers were misleading. They indicated that this was Rachel McAdams’ movie. The pivotal character, however, the anchor, the fulcrum is Harrison Ford. His character is so deliciously awful — he’s defined early on as “the…

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“Mao’s Last Dancer” (PG) ***** An absolute gem of a film. It is based on a true story of a Chinese dancer who defected in the ‘80s while a student with the Houston Ballet. The director of the ballet at…

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“The Social Network” (PG-13) ***** Mark Zuckerberg is told by one of his lawyers: “You’re not an a**hole, Mark. You’re just trying so hard to be.” That Mark, played with relentless energy and complexity by Jesse Eisenberg, is the hero…

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By Mike Cuthbert “Get Low” (PG-13) ***** Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is a reclusive, highly anti-social hermit, so it is no surprise that he has a secret. For 40 years he lived in a self-imposed hermitic state in isolated repentance…