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Michael A. Smith

Michael A. Smith
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0.5/5 67% 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 83% 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 88% 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 27% 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
5/5 32% In Dubious Battle (2017) Perfectly paced and skillfully cast, "In Dubious Battle" is one of those small films that occasionally see the light of day‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017
3.5/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Very funny but a little bit all over the place, "The LEGO Batman Movie" is fun for all ages‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017
1/5 17% The Space Between Us (2017) I've always said that I'll give any film at least one star because it's in focus. This movie was in focus. Do yourself a favor and put as much space as possible between yourself and "The Space Between Us."‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) The film does have some problems with its pacing, but the energy jumps up when any of the three female leads are on screen.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3.5/5 34% Live By Night (2017) Directed with an obvious love for the genre, "Live By Night" is a stylish - man did they know how to dress back then - film that overcomes some obvious errors with a first rate cast.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
3.5/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Uplifting, if not a little heavy handed, "Hidden Figures" is based on the true story of three very remarkable women and all three stars make the wise choice of not being stereotypical in their performances‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
5/5 85% Lion (2016) Powerful. That is how I'd best describe "Lion."‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
5/5 93% Fences (2016) Working with a screenplay by playwright August Wilson, Denzel Washington crafts a fine film as a director, opening up the once stage set drama and giving each actor a place to share their story‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
3/5 89% Jackie (2016) Natalie Portman captures every facet of Jacqueline Kennedy. The smiling, laughing young woman and the embittered widow, refusing to change out of her clothes, stained with her husband's blood‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Featuring award-worthy performances from its three leads, "Manchester by the Sea," is the perfect drama to off-set a multiplex full of Bad Santas and Dwayne Johnson.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
4/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is a fine stand-alone film and one that will have you anticipating "Episode VIII," which is just a short 367 days away!‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/5 89% Loving (2016) While "Loving" strikes many emotional chords, I was left with more questions than answers.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
5/5 96% Moana (2016) Both brilliant and breathtaking, "Moana" is sure to be the next Disney classic. The characters are beautifully established and the actors behind them are pitch perfect.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
4/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) This is another in a list of fine performances by Miles Teller, who was so good in last year's "Whiplash." Here he captures the ego of Pazienza perfectly, making a man whose boasting should make him unlikable actually become someone to care about.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
3.5/5 88% Christine (2016) "Christine" is the story of television personality Christine Chubbuck and is an in-depth look into a problem that was either misdiagnosed or just ignored: depression.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
5/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) "Hacksaw Ridge" relies on strong performances and brilliant storytelling to tell the story without being heavy-handed.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
2.5/5 19% Inferno (2016) I found "Inferno" quite boring at times, wishing I had paid my money to have someone read the book to me, which would have been more exciting than what was happening on screen.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
4/5 52% The Accountant (2016) Smartly directed, with a nice twist in the story, "The Accountant" rests squarely on the shoulders of Ben Affleck.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
5/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Haunting. When people have asked me my opinion of "The Birth of a Nation," that is the word I've used most. The story, the images, the history...‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3.5/5 34% Masterminds (2016) The script has fun with the film's premise and setting, which is the late 90's where everyone in the South hangs out, robs banks and hire hitmen. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
5/5 85% Sully (2016) Centuries from now, should movies still be being made, film historians will still be talking about Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood...if you want to introduce your little one to a true hero, introduce them to "Sully."‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
2.5/5 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Full of inconsistent time jumps and heavy handed foreshadowing, "The Light Between Oceans" starts off strong but peters out by the time the film ends...about 40 minutes too late.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
4/5 59% War Dogs (2016) Based on a true story, the action keeps the film flowing smoothly without becoming preachy. As one of the last films of the summer season, "War Dogs" is definitely one to watch before you end your summer vacation.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
3.5/5 82% Sausage Party (2016) The first half-hour of "Sausage Party" is a comedy masterpiece. With great jokes and an amazing musical number, the film delivers on all cylinders. (Then) it becomes a hit or miss comedy. And a filthy one.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
3.5/5 58% Bad Moms (2016) It makes sense that the film is directed and written by the writers of "The Hangover" because it shares a lot of that film's DNA. Three people, mismatched at times, decide to cut loose with alcohol and dirty talk.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
2.5/5 59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Like the best laid plans of a "Saturday Night Live" inspired film, the bits only work in small doses. Exposing the girls to 90 minutes of screen time leads to a lot of hit-and-miss jokes and outrageous situations.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
4/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) The new installment is pretty damn funny and stands as tall as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
2.5/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) ...from the same studio that brought you the adorable Minions from the "Despicable Me" films, and the animation is amazing. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
4/5 90% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) Told with the same exuberance as the filmmakers being profiled, "RAIDERS!" shares the backstory of the production, including footage both from the film and behind the scenes.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
5/5 74% The BFG (2016) Based on Roald Dahl's book, in the hands of director Spielberg, "The BFG" becomes a new masterpiece that the whole family will enjoy.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
4/5 69% Central Intelligence (2016) Funny as hell, with a sweet message built in, "Central Intelligence" is successful in part thanks to its genius casting, which makes Hart the Bud Abbott-like straight man while Johnson grabs the majority of the laughs.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
4/5 97% Weiner (2016) A true "fly on the wall" documentary, "Weiner" gives the viewer almost unfettered access to the man and his campaign.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
3.5/5 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) It does drag on some but Samberg's performance is so infectious that you're willing to let a couple slow parts go by.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
4/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) Outrageously funny from start to finish...The two leads play off each other perfectly.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
3/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) With a cast that includes three Oscar-nominees, it seems like they may have gotten bored with their roles. All do good work here, but there almost seems to be a look of relief in their eyes that they're done with the spandex for good. ‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
4/5 77% Keanu (2016) Abbott and Costello. Laurel and Hardy. Martin and Lewis. Cheech and Chong. Just four of some of the most popular comedy teams that went on to success on the big screen. Time to add a new team to the list: Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele...‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3.5 76% Elvis & Nixon (2016) The film moves quickly, buoyed by the performances of its stars.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3.5/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) Told through the amazing use of computer generation, "The Jungle Book" is very faithful to the animated film that proceeds it‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
4/5 89% Born To Be Blue (2016) A bio-pic that flits around, "Born to Be Blue" takes its name from one of Baker's best known songs.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
3.5/5 22% The Boss (2016) A film that is both funny and works to McCarthy's strengths. It is a little over the top at times (and a little more "adult" than you might expect) but it's definitely a film that will make you laugh out loud.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
3/5 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) As a big fan of both Lainie Kazan and Michael Constantine, I enjoyed most of the film.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
3.5/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) A word to the wise; if you go into this film looking for the monsters from J.J. Abrams film "Cloverfield" you may be disappointed. However, if you are in the mood for a small and satisfying thriller, then brave the bunker at "10 Cloverfield Lane."‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
4/5 67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Well-made and much more serious than it's being marketed, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" gives Tina Fey the chance to flex some acting chops you may not know she possessed‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
4/5 53% Triple 9 (2016) The action set-pieces are well performed and director Hillcoat keeps the film moving from the first frame to the last.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
3.5/5 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) "Eddie the Eagle" doesn't soar as high as it could have, but at least it doesn't crash.‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016