Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (R) ***** Tina Fey is incredible. One of the funniest women alive, she is capable of much more as she proves once again in this film. Her compatriot from Australia, Margot Robbie as reporter Tanya Vanderpoel (“If…

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Risen (PG-13) *** This film is not apt to cause throngs of evangelicals to storm box offices like recent Christian movies have if for no other reason than it is more a mystery than a religious epic. Though it eschews,…

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Deadpool (R) **** Something tells you at the start that this will not be your normal, cookie-cutter superhero movie. The music is gentle and the credits start rolling to tell you that the film is directed by a Stupid Idiot…

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Carol (R) **** This one has been out for some time but we saw it to make sure we saw all the Oscar-nominated films for a review of them. I’m glad I got to see this one. Set in the…

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The Revenant (R) ***** Between them, the two movies opening in the past two weeks set a collective record for blood-shedding. Both are quality films, just not for everybody. The plot of “The Revenant” was borrowed from a novel by…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13) ***** Criticism of this film is superfluous. It has already sold about as many tickets as have been made available and audiences are approving it heartily. It is one of the few movies I…

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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…