Category: Mike at the Movies

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“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” (PG) *** Danny DeVito leads an all-star cast of voicers as The Lorax in this adaptation of a Seuss classic. It appeared in 1971 when its pro-environment message was a bit fresher, perhaps, but those who…

Mike at the Movies: Oscar Special

Oscar time, and that means admitting favorites from the year past. Not all of my favorites made the cut. I would have picked “50/50” if it had been nominated and still think it is the most moving film I have…

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Star Wars- Episode 1- The Phantom Menace-PG-*** Three stars for nostalgia value, but there is not much else in this curiously creaky 1999 classic. The reason to see this for most of the audience is to recapture a more innocent…

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“Young Adult” (R) **** Operating on several levels, thanks to a mesmerizing performance by Charlize Theron, this film starts out being a somewhat sad tale of self-delusion and stalking and turns into something more profound as it slowly unwinds to…

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“The Descendants” (R) ***** Matt King’s life is on a downhill slide, and the momentum gathers as this film progresses. King, played by George Clooney, has seen his wife put in a coma by a boating accident in Hawaii. As…

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The Muppets- PG- **** The Muppet movies are never just funny or cute. They always have a point and this entry is no different. With a virtual non-stop parade of star cameos, including Alan Arkin, Zach Galafianakis, Sarah Silverman, James…

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“Tower Heist” (PG-13) *** The trailers shown on TV tend to indicate that this film is a comedy, but they show you only part of the story. You may wonder if it’s a suspense thriller or a comedy or both…

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“Johnny English — Reborn” (PG) **** Rowan Atkinson and Eugene Levy have one important thing in common: Whenever they appear on screen, you start to chuckle. Eugene Levy is not in this sequel to the 2003 “Johnny English,” but Atkinson…

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“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…