Category: Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

“Hope Springs” (PG-13) **** Never have a single fried egg and slice of bacon held such symbolic power. That is the breakfast that Kay (Meryl Streep) serves Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) every morning as he galumphs to the breakfast table…

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“Moonrise Kingdom” (PG-13) ★★★★★ What a wonderful quirky, idiosyncratic, tender, funny love story this is! A combination of two young actors making their film debuts and an all-star class of veterans combine with the darkly comic Wes Anderson, who wrote…

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“The Amazing Spider-Man” (PG-13) ★★★ Here we go again. Same plot, different actors, different villain. In fact, one of the problems with this version is that there is only one villain, and Peter Parker is blamed — and blames himself…

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“Brave” (PG) ★★★★★ Few things in life can compare with the origination of a new legend. And when you hear the pipes and see the castles of Scotland even in a Pixar animated film, you suspect that legends may be…

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“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 3D” (PG) *** It suddenly occurred to me why I was enjoying this film more than “human” movies with a similar amount of special effects crammed into them. Unrestrained by the demands of minimal reality,…

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“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (PG-13) **** There are movies you see in which, as soon as the opening rolls, you can relax, knowing that you’re in the hands of professionals who will not let you down. Such is the…

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“Marvel’s The Avengers” (PG-13) ★★★★ For a film that has been so much anticipated for so long, this could have been a disappointment, but it is not. Far from being a disappointment, this film transcends the genre of Super Hero…

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“Five-Year Engagement” (R) ★★★★ Finally, a romantic comedy with everything: two stars at the top of their game with engaging chemistry between them and a supporting cast of astounding solidity, plus a daffy, sparkling and surprising script. Jason Segel, who…

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“Cabin in the Woods” (R) *** This is a peculiar film that may have more puzzles than you want to answer. That it is virtuoso horror material is a given. There is more blood and gore per square foot than…

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“The Hunger Games” (PG-13) ★★★ I have not read the novels so this will contain no comparisons. This is strictly a film review. All the hoopla has produced predicted massive crowds and those who loved the novels will probably love…