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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 65% Uncle Drew (2018) But the film is about more than basketball. It's about family and friendship, and when those values are discussed the film jumps to another level.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) ...makes this film pale against Clooney's "Ocean" trilogy. Heck, even the great 60s version with Frank Sinatra was more fun. The difference is that those films had set characters that did not act the same‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
4/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) All in all, "Solo" is a welcome piece in the continuing "Star Wars" saga!‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) A story of diversity, family and compassion, Black Panther roars onto the screen at a million miles an hour.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
5/5 100% Survivors Guide to Prison (2018) A sobering look at a life any of us, if enough things work against us, could find ourselves living, "Survivor's Guide to Prison" is a film that should not be missed.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
2.5/5 40% Gringo (2018) It's hard for me to go into detail about why I did not enjoy "Gringo" as much as I wanted, or even as I feel I should have. It's one of those things you can't really put a finger on...you just know you didn't like it. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
2/5 91% Love, Simon (2018) I've heard this film described as a "John Hughes" - type film. Barely. Though Hughes did spend a lot of his time writing about teenagers, their problems and how they dealt with them, his characters were a hell of a lot more believable.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
2.5/5 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) A loud movie with lots of giant shiny things, "Pacific Rim: Uprising," is a CGI spectacle of crushing metal played against a background of tough kids and one-liners. Think of it as "Real Steel" without Hugh Jackman. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
4/5 83% Blockers (2018) If I had any qualm with the film it was the constant reminders of other Universal films that kept showing up on screen. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
4/5 80% Chappaquiddick (2018) A solid film that keeps you guessing on the facts, "Chappaquiddick" is an unbiased attempt to tell the story everyone thinks they know.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
3.5/5 33% I Feel Pretty (2018) Directors/screenwriters Kohn and Silverstein, who previously gave us "Never Been Kissed" and "He's Just Not That Into You," do a fine job keeping the story moving in their feature directorial debut.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
3.5/5 20% Astro (2018) The cast are also "all in" on the story, with nary a false note in sight. Mr. Hilton is slickly smooth, channeling a cross between Jeremy Irons and Charles Dance.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
5/5 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) If I'm sounding a little evasive here, it's because the film company has asked reviewers not to give away too much of the film. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. Like its predecessor, "Deadpool 2" is one of the best comic book films ever.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
4/5 53% Book Club (2018) There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing professionals at the top of their craft and "The Book Club" does not disappoint.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
3.5/5 16% All I Wish (A Little Something for Your Birthday) (2018) The script, from first time director Susan Walter, is strong and her direction keeps the film moving with very little slow spots. A fine freshman debut. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
4/5 73% Hostiles (2018) Add to this group long time performers like Ben Foster and Scott Wilson, as well as the quiet, dignified Studi, and you have a cast that is more than up to the task. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
4.5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) A beautifully told story about discovering love, "Call Me by Your Name" is buoyed by the performance of its two lead actors. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
5/5 87% The Post (2018) A film that packs a powerful punch, "The Post" joins "All the President's Men" and "Spotlight" as films that show the true power of the press in the face of adversity. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
4/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) The first film to be directed by Academy Award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (he also adapted the script from the real Molly Bloom's book), "Molly's Game" is a smart tale about how even the slightest mistake can come back to haunt you. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
4.5/5 77% All the Money in the World (2017) This is an amazing piece of filmmaking, made more so by the quirky back story, and is easily one of the best films of the year! ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
4.5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) With a script by director Johnson, "The Last Jedi" is a mash-up of many different stories, but all with the same main plot line; good versus evil. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
4/5 40% Justice League (2017) Full of action and some much needed humor, "Justice League" is an entertaining two-hour roller coaster ride ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
4/5 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Just as funny and, even though I never thought it possible, raunchier then "Bad Moms..." ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
3/5 89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) A seemingly unending number of industry insiders (editors, writers, etc) offer their own takes on the meaning of the scene, going so far as to dissect it nearly frame by frame. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
4/5 29% Suburbicon (2017) I'll say up front that I pretty much figured out the plot twist about 10 minutes into the film, but that didn't stop me from enjoying "Suburbicon." ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
3.5/5 35% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) The film is well paced and, even if you're familiar with the story, holds enough surprises to keep your attention and helps begin the upcoming film awards season. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
4/5 63% The Foreigner (2017) The action here, both with and without Chan, is outstandingly staged, with much credit needing to go to director Campbell, who also helmed Brosnan's debut as James Bond in "Goldeneye" as well as Daniel Craig's amazing Bond reboot "Casino Royale." ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
4/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) An entertaining and charming film, "The Battle of the Sexes" is just the backdrop in a look at the life of one of sport's greatest figures. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
4/5 85% It (2017) Based on the popular novel by the master of horror himself, Stephen King, "IT" is a terrifying journey through childhood, one that doesn't let the occasional "lost kid" go by unnoticed! ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
3.5/5 42% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) Well cast and smartly written, "Goon: Last of the Enforcers" is built on different relationships. Doug and his teammates. Doug and his wife. Anders and his father. They all play a part in the story. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
2.5/5 39% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Reynolds is all smarm, his character seemingly trying to be the smartest man in the room while Jackson finds new and entertaining ways to use the words "mother" and, well, you know. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
3.5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Told as three separate stories (Land, Sea and Air) in three different time narratives (from a week out to a day to an hour before) "Dunkirk" is more of a thriller than a full out war film. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) The action, as in the previous films, is intense and the pacing is brisk, which isn't usually the case for a film almost 2 1/2 hours long. That being said, if this is the final film in the series it's going out on top. Hail Caesar! ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
5/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) A fine addition to the Marvel Movie Universe, "Spider-man: Homecoming" is one of the best in the series. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
4/5 59% Despicable Me 3 (2017) One of the most entertaining animated film series ever, "Despicable Me 3" continues the Illumination Entertainment tradition of turning out top-notch films that the whole family can enjoy. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
3.5/5 55% 47 Meters Down (2017) Shark wise the film is well done. The computer sharks move smoothly and there is no "super-shark" that shows up like in last summer's disappointing "The Shallows." ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
3/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Gadot, who almost stole last years "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice," is outstanding here as the Amazon goddess who not only learns about her destiny but that of her people. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
3.5/5 80% Chuck (2017) Schreiber is outstanding as the title character, but he also has a great supporting cast.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
3.5/5 18% Baywatch (2017) Efron, who reportedly exercised himself down to 5% body fat, plays up the "swimming Bad Boy" character for laughs, though as the film progresses you do begin to feel a little affinity for him. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
3.5/5 36% Snatched (2017) What makes the film enjoyable is the fact that both stars play off of each other so well. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
3/5 68% Free Fire (2017) "Free Fire" doesn't serve a purpose other than to entertain and pay homage to late-night action movies of the 70's and 80's. It's certainly a movie that Quentin Tarantino would have watched at the video store he was employed at.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
73% Gifted (2017) If you have no desire to watch Vin Diesel drive a car this weekend (guilty!), I recommend you give "Gifted" a try. You won't be disappointed. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
3.5/5 49% Going in Style (2017) An entertaining comedy that leans on the talent of its stars, "Going in Style" is a fun way to kill 90 minutes in a darkened theatre. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
3/5 48% Wilson (2017) Carried along by a brilliant performance by Woody Harrelson, "Wilson" is based on the very dark graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
3.5/5 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) And while Kong isn't all over the film he appears enough to remind you who's King. The action is intense and the special effects are well done. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
0.5/5 63% Before I Fall (2017) I can sum this film up in one sentence: Imagine if a group of people got together and decided to make the worse movie possible based on the premise of the film "Groundhog's Day."‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
4/5 84% A United Kingdom (2017) Like "Loving," which dealt with interracial marriage in the States, "A United Kingdom" rises above dealing with the same subject thanks to the performances of the film's stars‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017
4/5 93% Logan (2017) This is NOT your father's Wolverine!"‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017
4/5 89% My Name Is Emily (2017) A sweetly written story about love and the bonds it forms, "My Name is Emily" succeeds in part thanks to a fine cast of young actors‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017
2.5/5 26% Fist Fight (2017) "Fist Fight" is the result of a script by two first-time feature writers and it shows. Jokes, or what are supposed to be jokes, flow quickly and some hit their mark‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017