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 ProjectFavorite 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 ListWorst of All Time: Caligula
Publications: Aisle Seat, Film Racket
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Official Websites: aisleseat.com/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 80% Late Night (2019) Late Night is consistently funny and engagingly smart. A complete delight! - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
96% Villains (2019) Villains offers a reasonable amount of entertainment, thanks to an enthusiastic cast, an impressive dark comic streak, and the fact that you genuinely cannot predict what's going to happen from minute to minute. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
1.5/4 24% Men in Black International (2019) The current Hollywood mindset is to try to keep franchises going, even after the key creative people in the originals walk away. Men in Black: International is perfect example of why this can be a terrible idea. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The Secret Life of Pets 2 is like a triple-sized, animated episode of Seinfeld with animals instead of people. You probably think I've lost my mind by saying that. No, really, it's true. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2.5/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) To measure up to other superhero films - particularly those of the MCU - it needed to be a lot more focused and substantially more in-depth than it is. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/4 67% This One's for the Ladies (2019) This One's for the Ladies is a little bit of an "on the fence" movie for me. There's a good amount of intriguing material here. I just wish there was more of it. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/4 100% Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019) 87 minutes of pure fun. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3.5/4 89% Rocketman (2019) When done right, music biopics are enjoyable, foot-tapping celebrations of someone who gave magic to the world. Rocketman is done right. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/4 100% For the Birds (2019) Extraordinary! A very humane documentary. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
1/4 32% Domino (2019) Domino feels like it can't decide whether it wants to bore or confuse you more. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 50% When a Stranger Calls Back (1993) It's not particularly good, but it's not terrible, either. If you're in the mood for a lightweight thriller that doesn't require a lot of thought (or your full attention), it'll do just fine. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 57% Brightburn (2019) A nihilistic streak runs throughout Brightburn, which might be its best quality, depending on your taste for nihilism. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) This is a fun movie, even if you don't know (or care) all that much about Pokemon. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
2.5/4 19% Serenity (2019) Serenity is either incredibly brilliant or monumentally terrible. I'm not sure which. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
3/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Keanu is great, the action is stunningly staged, and the newcomers help to liven everything up. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/4 61% Trial by Fire (2019) Well worth seeing for those with an interest in social issue movies. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/4 90% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) What could have been dry and esoteric is instead unexpectedly inspiring. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
1.5/4 15% The Hustle (2019) All the best moments from The Hustle are in the trailer, but the trailer isn't funny, so you can imagine what a dead zone the rest of the movie is. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 100% General Magic (2019) A fascinating story that hooks you, whether you're tech-obsessed or tech-illiterate. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 81% Long Shot (2019) What could have been a dopey, by-the-numbers romantic comedy is instead a funny, charming tale of two people willing to take a chance on love in the midst of an extreme situation. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 66% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) A thriller with a strong female voice is always a cause for celebration. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
4/4 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Ask Dr. Ruth is this year's Won't You Be My Neighbor? Like that film, this documentary allows us to understand a prominent pop culture figure and their work in a whole new way. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 73% I Trapped The Devil (2019) A cool, clever indie horror movie that unnerves you with ideas. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Superhero adventures are the predominant films of our time, and this one easily stands as the most significant. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/4 60% Breakthrough (2019) You need to have a bit of a cold heart not to be touched by Breakthrough. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3.5/4 76% Family (2019) Sharply written and packed with comically stinging dialogue. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/4 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) Penguins may cover some familiar ground, but it's still exquisite to look at. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/4 97% Hail Satan? (2019) Hail Satan? is one of the most unusual political documentaries you will ever see. It's also one of the most astute and one of the funniest. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
1/4 17% Hellboy (2019) Hellboy is beyond awful. It's execrable. It's an offense to the eyes and the brain. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
2.5/4 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! can't decide whether it wants to be a superhero movie or a parody of one. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/4 87% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) You wouldn't think a martial arts movie featuring Tony Jaa, Michelle Yeoh, and Dave Bautista would be dull. Here's Master Z: Ip Man Legacy to prove you wrong. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
100% Feral (2019) Anchored by [Annapurna Sriram's] performance and briskly directed by Andrew Wonder, Feral is a tough, well-made, brutally honest look at homelessness and what it takes to survive. When it's over, you feel shaken. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/4 99% Amazing Grace (2019) A joyous celebration of Aretha Franklin, great music, and Jesus. You walk away feeling completely uplifted. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
3.5/4 57% Pet Sematary (2019) When a horror movie makes you feel like you need to go lie down for a while after you see it, that movie has done a good job. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/4 70% The Mule (2018) While it might not be his deepest or most substantive work, the film is nevertheless very entertaining, and it offers Eastwood one of his most captivating roles as an actor in a long time. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/4 47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo is not a bad movie. It is, however, relentlessly bland and uninspired. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 48% Unplanned (2019) A reasonably engaging story about a woman who has a crisis of conscience at her job, anchored by a strong leading performance from Ashley Bratcher. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/4 39% The Dirt (2019) No movie could ever fully capture the insanity that was Motley Crue, but The Dirt comes about as close as possible. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1.5/4 69% Relaxer (2019) I have a feeling that Relaxer is the kind of movie you're supposed to watch while wasted. Watching it sober is an endurance test. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 94% Starfish (2019) Starfish is the kind of movie where you find yourself still thinking about it days later. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
3.5/4 100% Roll Red Roll (2019) This is one of the most important viewing experiences of the year. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
1.5/4 No Score Yet Trading Paint (2019) Nothing about this project seems as though it was made with any sort of care, aside from Travolta's efforts. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
3/4 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Haley Lu Richardson cements her status as one of the most inordinately talented actresses of her generation. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/4 70% Someone to Watch over Me (1987) Where Someone to Watch Over Me falters is, oddly enough, in the central relationship. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3.5/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) A meaningful tale of feminine strength -- one enhanced by rousing action and clever humor. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
1.5/4 58% Kalifornia (1993) Parts of it seem intent on being a thriller, while others are played as though the story is a dark comedy. Consequently, you aren't always sure whether to laugh or tense up. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/4 12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Maybe retiring the character is a good idea - at least until her creator can come up with a fresh spin for the series. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
1.5/4 No Score Yet The Vengeance of She (1968) Let's just say that Olinka Berova was not hired for her acting ability. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
1.5/4 71% Backbeat (1994) Why would anyone would want to see a movie about the pre-fame Beatles when the post-fame Beatles had enough drama and excitement to fill several movies. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
3/4 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) Has enough humor and humanity to keep you hooked, whatever your feelings on World Wrestling Entertainment. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019