Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

“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…

Mike at the Movies

“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…

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“Nanny McPhee Returns” (PG) ***** The drought of magic in summer films is over. Emma Thompson reprises her role as Nanny McPhee and as writer of the screenplay. She is surrounded by an incredible cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal is radiantly breathtaking…

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“The Other Guys” (PG-13) *** I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t start laughing at this film, no matter how hard Will Ferrell and the rest of the cast tried to get me started. If it had been Steve Carell doing…

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“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (PG-13) ** I still don’t like vampire movies. Call me contrarian and I know that what the critics say will not touch these pictures, but that does not remove from us the responsibility for commenting on…