Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

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…

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Free State of Jones (R) ***** What a powerful, moving story! Matthew McConaughey is an aging but always strong lead as Newton Knight. He starts the story as an army nurse for the Confederacy but that stint is shortened when…

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Me Before You (PG-13) ***** This is a film that will cause many in the audience to fear a Nicolas Sparks format. Fortunately for all of us, this film was made by adults for adults so the emotions and reactions…

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X-Men: The Apocalypse (PG-13) *** Another in the seemingly endless X-Men series, this one goes ahead in time so that the real X-Men are discussed as relics of the past, even though some of them make a token appearance. For…

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Money Monster (R) ***** Jodie Foster, director, knows how to drive a movie. This one has so many possibilities of going off the road, crashing and burning that it is stunning to realize it never does while keeping the same…