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Mike at the Movies

Allied (R) ***** Wow! A thriller on many levels, this World War II spy drama keeps ratcheting up the tension under the sure hand of Director Robert Zemeckis. Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) is a Canadian spy for the allies and…

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Arrival (PG-13) ***** Amy Adams deepens her résumé with a spell-binding performance as linguist Louise Banks, assigned to translate alien speech for the U.S. scientific community when 12 pods hover over Earth with no apparent purpose, peaceful or warlike, motivating…

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Denial (PG-13) **** Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson (Richard Rampton) team up as a noted historian and a noted British attorney in the film version of a famous trial of Holocaust denier David Irving. Irving (Timothy Spall) sued Deborah Lipstadt…

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The Girl on the Train (R) ***** I give this a top rating because it’s an excellent and unusual thriller based on the novel by Paula Hawkins, but with reservations because it is extremely difficult to follow. Almost everybody in…

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The Magnificent Seven (PG-13) ***** “The Magnificent Seven” is by far the best film these eyes have seen all summer/fall. A top-notch cast, a superb musical score (yes, you get a chance to hear parts of the original score by…

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Sully (PG-13) **** The movie account of the famed US Airways crash landing on the Hudson River in 2009 can be criticized for a certain lack of suspense due to the fact that the incidents surrounding the flight are so…

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Hell or High Water (R) ***** Good American westerns are usually morality plays. So it is with this film, magnificently directed by David Mackenzie. Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) is an old Texas Ranger about to retire. He and his half-Comanche,…

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Florence Foster Jenkins (PG-13) ***** Meryl Streep does it again playing Manhattan doyenne Florence Foster Jenkins, one of the society queens of 1940s New York. The film shocked the audience I was with as most of them had never before…

Bad Moms (R) ***** Sorry, purist fans. This is just too funny to downgrade because it gets a bit raunchy from time to time. It made me laugh and in this summer of dreck, that’s an accomplishment worth honoring. Mila…

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The Legend of Tarzan (PG-13) ***** Oh, what a trip this is to one’s youth! Tarzan the way he SHOULD be in this epic of heroism, both animal and human, and villainy (mostly human) along with awe-inspiring scenic shots of…