Author: Mike Cuthbert

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Downton Abbey (PG) Downton Abbey, the TV series, was always about the gradually shifting roles of upstairs and downstairs in fading upper-class England at the turn of the 20th century and beyond. Its big screen version continues that theme and…

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The Peanut Butter Falcon (PG-13) This low-budget sleeper features sterling performances by Shia LaBeouf as Tyler and Dakota Johnson as Eleanor with a wonderful turn by newcomer, Down Syndrome actor Zack Gottsagen as Zak. The strong cast also features Thomas…

Mike at the Movies: The Lion King

Photo | Submitted The Lion King

The Lion King (PG) If you get confused and think you’ve wandered into a Disneynature film, don’t be embarrassed—you won’t be alone. Working Disney magic as only Disney can, “The Lion King” is cast entirely with animals—sort of. The film…

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Photo | Submitted Tony Hale voices Forky in “Toy Story 4.”

Toy Story 4 (G) When the Disney organization puts its mind to it, they turn out magic—tons of magic. They have in this a bit of magic, humor, pathos, humanity and charm. Tom Hanks as Cowboy Woody leads the cast,…

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Photo | Submitted Julianne Moore stars in “Gloria Bell.”

Gloria Bell (R) Julianne Moore is a walking miracle. At 58 she plays a woman in her 50s and looks like a woman in her early 40s. Surrounded by a top-notch supporting cast, she triumphs in the difficult story of…

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Photo | Submitted Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth in ‘Isn’t It Romantic?’

Isn’t It Romantic? (PG-13) Rebel Wilson (Natalie) is not obnoxious in this film, as she usually is. Yes, there are far too many pratfalls and some over-the-top performances by secondary role players (see Brandon Scott Jones as Donny, the gay…

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Photo | Submitted Felicity Jones stars as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in “On the Basis of Sex.”

On the Basis of Sex (PG-13) This is NOT RBG! This is her story from the beginning of her work in equal rights and concludes with her first major victory in Denver’s Tenth Circuit. Felicity Jones is fascinating as the…

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Photo | Submitted Ryan Reynolds and David Leitch star in “Deadpool 2.”

Deadpool 2 (R)   This film, like its predecessor, is total nonsense from start to finish, but it is funny nonsense nevertheless. It cannot be a critic’s favorite because so many of the lines go by so fast that this…