Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

In the Heart of the Sea (PG-13) ***** This heart-thumping film of the sea is, as its narrator says at the start, less a story of a whale and more a story of two men under severe stress. The amazing…

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Creed (PG-13) ***** Sylvester Stallone reprises his Rocky Balboa role, and this is by far the best work he has done in it. Restrained, textured, emotionally rewarding, he is ably aided and abetted by Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed-Johnson,…

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Peanuts (G) ***** Who can get mad at Peanuts? Really. Made as a sort of combination film, this creation features all the characters we have come to love from the strip and other versions of the ongoing story. Charlie Brown…

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Burnt (R) ***** WARNING: Do not go to this movie on an empty stomach! Doing so may cause you to miss the ending by rushing out to dinner someplace good! Seriously, seldom has food ever looked so good. Under the…

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The Martian (PG-13)***** This may already be the front-runner for the Best Film of the Year. If not, it should be. From start to finish, this film unwinds with a maximum of technical bravado, restraint, discipline, unbelievable effects and, most…

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The Intern (PG-13) ***** The magic of star power is felt full force in this delightful modern comedy starring Anne Hathaway as web exec Jules and Robert De Niro as Ben, a 70-year-old widower with time on his hands. He…

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The Visit (PG-13) *** This film is being called “M. Night Shyamalan’s Comeback,” and I suppose it is. After “The Last Airbender,” “The Happening” and very mixed reviews for a handful of others, Shyamalan returns to possible plots for his…

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No Escape (R) **** One cannot imagine Lake Bell or any other actress of note auditioning for this part. The role calls for running, leaping off buildings, shooting, beating and trying to keep it together during scads of escape scenes,…

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Ricki and the Flash (PG-13) **** Meryl Streep is a miracle. That being said, this won’t be the favorite Streep film of a lot of people, especially people who don’t like old rock. Streep amazingly sings and plays a variety…

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Ant-Man (PG-13) ***** Finally! A superhero movie with tons of humor, acceptable stunts and cleverness, alongside a discernible plot! Paul Rudd deserves most of the credit, as his Ant-Man is almost believable, even though based on a gimmick that makes…