Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

Peter Rabbit (PG) ***** A rival for the recently released “Paddington Bear” hit, this one is equally as clever with even funnier dialogue. James Corden does a crackerjack job as the antagonistic Peter. A supporting cast including Sia, Sam Neill,…

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12 Strong “is an excellent war story that memorializes some brave troops.”

Paddington 2 (PG) ***** Call me an old softie, but this live animated sequel nearly brought me to tears with its simplicity, charm, wit, special effects (yes, they can be charming) and its plot. The plot concerns Paddington Brown, a…

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) **** This charming sequel to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel of a couple of years ago will probably fill theaters with the same older demographic, but younger audiences might find this one more…

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The Theory of Everything [PG-13] **** Everything you have heard about Eddie Redmayne’s performance in this film is correct. It is beyond correct, it is mind-blowing. Dr. Stephen Hawking’s story is so unlikely that it beggars belief to begin with,…

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St. Vincent (PG-13) ***** When a character has lines like, “Lady of the Night — one of the more honest ways to make a living,” and, when asked why he always makes things more difficult that character replies: “It makes…

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Dolphin Tale 2 (PG) *** What can be wrong with a movie that features two cute kids, not one but TWO dolphins, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr.? Not much, as it turns out. For anyone who loves…

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And So It Goes PG-13 **** Love among the aging is a topic often developed and often laughed at. Mainly because many audiences are too young to realize that life’s urges die slowly, if at all. Stories of elder love…

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Maleficent [PG] ***** Overall, this may be the best film I’ve seen all year. Space is not adequate to tell you all the reasons in detail, but let me list a few: Angelina Jolie is perfect for the title role.…

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Godzilla (PG-13) **** Four stars for CGI effects and discipline. The twist, and this won’t be a spoiler because it becomes obvious early in the film, is that Godzilla is the hero of this film, trying to save humanity from…

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13) **** Pity poor Captain America. Turned into the Captain at the end of World War II, the poor guy is in many ways psychologically stuck in the 1940s, though he looks modern. Can you…