Mike at the Movies

Mike at the Movies

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…

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Need for Speed (PG-13) *** One of the better “speed over plot” movies that’s emerged lately, this one has spectacular cars, spectacular scenery, a stock plot that is well-justified and quirky and some great car chase scenes to sweeten the…

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The Monuments Men-PG-13 **** George Clooney gambled on his audience and their patience in this odd war film. Many critics find it too episodic and slight for true praise, and episodic it is. Perhaps Clooney, who wrote and directed the…

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August: Osage County (R) ***** This film will take over your mind and start gnawing at your soul before you know what happened. It is the story of a family brought together by what nobody will admit was the suicide…

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“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (PG-13) **** So the franchise is launched again with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) being chased by birds, lightning, poison gas, monkeys and most deadly of all President Snow (Donald Sutherland) of the Fascistic paradise of…

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“Captain Phillips” (PG-13) ***** This movie is so good that those who know the real story will still wonder how it’s going to turn out. With presentiments of disaster from the opening moment as Capt. Rich Phillips leaves home for…

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“The Spectacular Now” (R) ***** As a critic, I have been hard on low-talent, high-glamour young actors who mistake posing for acting and care little for depth or development of character. What a joy, then, to find not one but…