Mike McGranaghan

Mike McGranaghan
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I started doing movie reviews in 1986, when I joined the staff of my high school newspaper and won several Keystone awards (the Keystone award is the highest honor given to high school journalists in Pennsylvania). That was all the encouragement I needed to continue. While still in college, I became the film critic for two central Pennsylvania newspapers: The Selinsgrove Times-Tribune and The Middleburg Post. I stayed with those papers for five years. In 1995, I became film critic of Gamut! - an online magazine devoted to entertainment. My website (www.aisleseat.com) is an off-shoot of that magazine. Additionally, I am the on-air film critic for Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation, which operates three central PA radio stations. My reviews run weekly.
Favorites:
Favorite Films - The Brothers McMullen, JFK, Fletch, Do the Right Thing, Chasing Amy, Fargo, The Blair Witch Project
Favorite Directors - Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Edward Burns, Kevin Smith, Steven Soderbergh, the Farrelly Brothers, the Coen Brothers, John Waters, Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Best of All Time: Schindler's List
Worst of All Time: Caligula
Publications: Aisle Seat, Film Racket
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Official Websites: aisleseat.com/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 86% On The Rocks (2020) Sofia Coppola continues her unbroken streak of winners with this look at martial insecurity and the emotional toll it takes. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/4 96% The Mortuary Collection (2019) This stylish, confidently-made movie is perfect viewing for Halloween, or any time you want a jolt of clever horror. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/4 83% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) The sequel rarely reaches the gasp-inducing hilarity of the original. When it does hit the mark, though, the laughs are still pretty big. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
4/4 93% Memories of Murder (2003) Like Parasite, it's one of those stories that sucks you right in, then proceeds to surprise you on a regular basis. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Even if a couple of the characters get short shrift, the film's examination of the impact of protest is both fascinating and eerily timely. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
3.5/4 96% Shithouse (2020) This is the kind of movie you just want to hug. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/4 92% Love and Monsters (2020) There's an undeniable, if unconventional, romantic spirit in Love and Monsters. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
2/4 39% Honest Thief (2020) Suspension of disbelief is a common requirement when watching many movies. What makes it different here is this: if you take out all the elements that are far-fetched, you're still left with a routine innocent-man-clearing-his-name thriller. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
4/4 100% Totally Under Control (2020) Easily the most essential non-fiction film of 2020. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
100% Frank & Zed (2020) A bloody blast! Director Jesse Blanchard has a total commitment to horror. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
3/4 84% Yellow Rose (2020) Eva Noblezada is the real deal - someone we instantly care about, want to follow, and endlessly root for. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
1.5/4 30% The War with Grandpa (2020) The best Robert DeNiro movie with the word "grandpa" in the title, although that's only because Dirty Grandpa is a thing that exists. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
1/4 No Score Yet Trump Card (2020) D'Souza is merely preaching to the choir. Any possibility of convincing moderate or liberal viewers is pretty much zero, thanks to unreliable commentators and manipulation of basic facts. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/4 89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) If you've ever watched the Coen brothers' Fargo and thought it would be even more awesome if it had a werewolf, then The Wolf of Snow Hollow is a movie you will want to see immediately. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3.5/4 80% Charm City Kings (2020) Watching Charm City Kings gave me a feeling similar to the one I got in August of 1991, when I saw John Singleton's Boyz N the Hood for the first time. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
2.5/4 44% A Rainy Day in New York (2020) Woody Allen is probably not the best person to make a movie about modern-day college kids. I don't know too many folks of that age who casually drop references to Gigi and Ludwig Bemelmans into conversation, do you? - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
3/4 76% 12 Hour Shift (2020) Writer/director Brea Grant stacks macabre situations on top of each other to create a wild journey through a criminal enterprise. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3.5/4 98% Spontaneous (2020) Starts off as the best teen-centered dark comedy since Heathers, then evolves into something unexpectedly profound. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/4 88% Save Yourselves! (2020) Save Yourselves! is part mumblecore movie, part parody of '50s science-fiction thrillers. I hope that sounds appealing, because this film is a real treat. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
3.5/4 92% Possessor: Uncut (2020) You need a strong constitution to get through this movie, but if you can take it, you'll find one of the most harrowing and provocative horror films of the decade. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
2/4 34% Death of Me (2020) Death of Me opens with a killer premise that grabs you by the throat. From there, it proceeds to gradually squander all the potential of that premise. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
100% The Wanting Mare (2020) I'm really glad I saw this film. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
100% Buck Alamo or (A Phantasmagorical Ballad) (2020) Buck Alamo is like no other movie I've seen, and that made it a pleasure to watch. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/4 57% Shortcut (2020) A nifty little surprise. Think of The Breakfast Club reimagined as a creature feature and you start to get the idea. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/4 89% Kajillionaire (2020) The movie makes you laugh and breaks your heart at the same time. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/4 62% Blackbird (2020) This family drama hits you on an emotional level. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/4 86% The Way I See It (2020) A massively entertaining documentary about a guy whose job gave him a front row seat to history. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
3.5/4 100% The Swerve (2020) Prepare to be blown away by this knockout of a thriller. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
2.5/4 58% Infidel (2020) Plenty to admire can be found in the film, yet the flaws prove frustrating in how they undermine the strengths. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
3.5/4 64% The Secrets We Keep (2020) A first-rate adult thriller. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
3.5/4 28% Antebellum (2020) This may be the most intelligent and provocative horror film of the year. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
3/4 63% I Am Woman (2020) A reasonably entertaining film for people who remember Helen Reddy and the way her signature song inspired millions of American woman in their fight for equality. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
3.5/4 67% Rent-A-Pal (2020) The film is a sharp, unsettling portrait of the psychological damage extended periods of loneliness and isolation can have on a person. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
3/4 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) The Broken Hearts Gallery is sunny and joyful and optimistic. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
3/4 74% Mulan (2020) This is the first time I've seen one of these Disney remakes and thought it kind of, maybe had a reason to exist. It's not the soulless cash grab The Lion King and The Jungle Book were. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/4 61% The Owners (2020) The tension is consistent, the movie is visually interesting, and the performances from Williams and McCoy are terrific. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
3.5/4 81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) A movie that's filled with weird, wonderful, quirky elements. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
3/4 73% Yummy (2020) A wicked little delight. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
3/4 86% Robin's Wish (2020) Absolutely something that needs to be seen by Robin Williams' fans. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
2/4 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Bill & Ted Face the Music is hilarious for the first fifteen minutes. Then the plot kicks in and the laughs become fewer and further between. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Springy and funny. A literary adaptation for people who don't like literary adaptations. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
3/4 87% You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) A poignant examination of a celebrity attempting to heal himself from a sense of guilt he's been carrying around for years. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
3/4 40% Centigrade (2020) I mean it as a total compliment to say Centigrade will drive you nuts. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
3/4 62% Fatima (2020) The film takes faith seriously, leaving you with a beautiful, uplifting feeling afterward. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
3.5/4 96% Class Action Park (2020) A non-fiction film you'll watch with your jaw perpetually on the floor. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
2.5/4 47% Unhinged (2020) Russell Crowe is both the best and the worst thing that could have happened to Unhinged. The best in that he gives a chilling performance as a psychopath. The worst in that his presence may fool people into thinking the film is more than it is. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
1.5/4 51% The Pale Door (2020) Disappointingly dull. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/4 88% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) A very authentic portrait of what it's like to live with schizophrenia. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
1.5/4 70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) Disney hasn't produced such a bizarre animal-related feature since 1995's Operation Dumbo Drop. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
3/4 60% Tesla (2020) If ever-so-slightly obtuse at times, the movie nevertheless deserves credit for taking chances with its style. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020