Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

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…

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The Zookeeper’s Wife (PG-13) **** Jessica Chastain sparkles in every way as Antonina Zabinski, the zookeeper’s wife. Her husband is Jan (Johan Heldenbergh), and he has a difficult role to play. A young, dashing zoologist, inducted into the SS, Lutz…

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Beauty and the Beast (PG) ***** This may be the best film I have seen since “West Side Story” years ago. From the rapid opening, which morphs quickly into the story of the curse of the Beast, to the final,…

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Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) **** Yeah, I know. King Kong again. But this time there is a palpable difference in quality of action and photography that makes it worth watching and quite exciting, especially visually. You know most of the…

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Get Out (R) **** This film is an amalgam of several forms, ranging from sci fi to romance to thriller to horror. On balance, Jason Peele, the writer and director, got it about right—though a bit less of the science…

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The Comedian (R) **** Your preference or distaste for this film may depend mostly on your predilection for rough insult humor. Jackie Burke (Robert De Niro) is an old sitcom star now playing clubs and comedy venues and not a…

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Gold (R) **** Matthew McConaughey as hungry Kenny Wells gives a magnificent performance in this second example of American greed and corruption this cycle. The first was “The Founder” about the McDonald’s corporation. In this film we see the price…