Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

Home Again (PG-13) **** The summer has ended for most of us without a great romance. Sad to say, “Home Again” isn’t a great summer romance, but “it will serve.” Reese Witherspoon (Alice) celebrates her 40th birthday with friends as…

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Wind River (R) **** This is one violent, harsh, forbidding film. Jeremy Renner anchors the piece as Cory Lambert, Fish and Wildlife agent in Wind River, Wyoming. The time is winter and Lambert discovers the body of a young Indian…

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The Glass Castle (R) ***** I just knew there had to be one movie out there that would make the summer great and I have seen it. This film grabs your heart and your mind and, through totally absorbing performances,…

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Dunkirk (PG-13) ***** Perhaps the strongest battle film since “Saving Private Ryan,” this one is drawn from stories of Dunkirk, the famous small-ship rescue of 330,000 British, Belgian and French forces from the small French seaside town of Dunkirk in…

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13) ***** A perfect summer movie—or winter or fall or spring as well. Tom Holland is superb as the 15-year-old Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Michael Keaton wonderfully villainous as Vulture, and Zendaya touching as Michelle, Spidey’s love interest. Well,…

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Rough Night (R) ***** There may be those who quibble with the high rating, but when a film makes me laugh this hard and this long on a day when the temperature outside is scorching, pardon my glee. Kate McKinnon…

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Wonder Woman (PG-13) ***** What a perfectly wonderful summer movie this is, also perfect for all other seasons. Those of you who dislike comic-based movies, make an exception for this one. Yes, it is comic-based and wonderfully so. It is…

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG-13) **** Another in the somewhat predictable series starring Johnny Depp as Sparrow (all but unintelligible thanks to some accent he tries in these films). This one features several villains, led…

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (PG-13) ***** If sci fi is not your thing, try this film. Yes, it’s sci fi but it’s also very, very funny and actually ends up being a spoof of the genre in many…

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The Promise (PG-13) ***** Never before has the Armenian Genocide been so vividly portrayed. The famed and, as far as Turkey is concerned, fictitious cleansing of the Armenian people as part of World War I is unashamedly portrayed through the…