Category: Mike at the Movies

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Eighth Grade (R) This film could not have been made without iPhones and iPads. The cast—adults and kids are always on their devices, cracked screens or not. The cast of largely unknowns is remarkably consistent, though the performance by Elsie…

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (PG-13) This gentle, yet probing documentary will be most popular with parents in their later years since the show ran mostly in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The film shows us Fred Rogers’ life in TV,…

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (PG-13) You do not come to Jurassic movies for plot and character development, so don’t expect any. You come for the spectacular dinosaur chases; if that is your reason for buying a ticket for this film,…

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Adrift (PG-13) Shailene Woodley (Tami Oldham) has been a personal favorite of mine since I saw her in “The Descendant” as a teenager. In this film, which she also produced, she is riveting as the rootless adventurer Tami. She meets…

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Deadpool 2 (R) This movie is the funniest movie of the year so far as well as one of the most, sort of, violent. The violence is sheer overkill and sheer comic-like fantasy. Every gun has infinite ammunition, and anything…

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Rider (R) ***** Let me start by saying this is a remarkable film for many reasons, most of all the story. It is the story of a young man, Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau) who was a rodeo rider until suffering…

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Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13) ***** Just to list the characters in this epic would take all the space for this review. Let us say that the screen is filled with super heroes and one tremendous villain and that the film…

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Isle of Dogs (PG-13) ***** An extraordinarily funny, clever and moving animated experience is what awaits you in this cross-cultural epic. “Epic” if only because it has an amazingly large cast of bi-national voiceover stars (Japanese and American, including Yoko…

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Love, Simon (PG-13) **** One of the better, wittier and more sensitive of high school pictures that’s come along in a long time. Nick Robinson is Simon, a high school senior wistfully making it to graduation while protecting his secret…

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Red Sparrow (R) **** Jennifer Lawrence is certifiably one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the screen. She certainly holds up that standard in this film about espionage and betrayal at many levels. Her dance double, Isabella Boylston,…