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Michael A. Smith

Michael A. Smith
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 96% 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 88% 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 62% 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 40% 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 93% 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 60% 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
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 91% 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 16% 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 88% 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 35% 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 93% 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 86% Lion (2016) Powerful. That is how I'd best describe "Lion."‐ MediaMikes
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
5/5 94% 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 88% 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 95% 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 90% 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 95% 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 70% 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 87% 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