Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

“Ides of March” (R) **** A few years ago the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown premiered a new play called “Farragut North.” It was the runaway favorite of audiences there. For those who saw it, the movie version was…

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The Help (PG-13) **** Yes, this is very much a chick flick in the sense that it will appeal primarily to the same audience that flocked to buy the book. It is a story of women, black and white, united…

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“Friends With Benefits” (R) **** There have been several near-miss rom-coms from Hollywood this past year, but this one, as the kids say, “nails it.” The reasons are simple: Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. Kunis is terminally cute in every…

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“Winnie the Pooh” (G) **** From the first strains of the ultra-familiar theme song, this film grabs parents, and the kids follow soon after. The story is mostly original, as are the songs, but the spirit is the same. I…

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“X-Men: First Class” (PG-13) *** This is a long, involved and potentially confusing introduction to the X-Men franchise Generation 2. After five previous X-Men attempts, I suppose it’s time for a new look, but maybe not. This is an interesting…

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“Midnight in Paris” (PG-13) ★★★★★ His idiosyncratic reputation both attracts and repels audiences for Woody Allen films. He has made so many that audiences have a chance to miss a couple and still catch up with some very good films.…

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“Bridesmaids” (R) **** It’s been a long, long time since I have laughed as long and as hard at a film, but “Bridesmaids” gives the audience a chance to let loose and they did in the showing we saw. Kirsten…

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“Water for Elephants” (PG-13) **** Don’t worry if you haven’t read the novel. This is a fine movie on it’s own. Reese Witherspoon is about as good as she’s ever been, perfect for the sparkly star of a small circus…

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“Rio” (PG) **** What a breath of fresh air! Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg lead a talented cast of voices in a Brazilian romp that, though an animated feature, makes you want to go down there for some samba. The…

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“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…