MediaMikes

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Stallone: Frank, That Is (2020) Michael A. Smith If you're looking for a film in which the underdog keeps fighting, and you've already seen "Rocky" a hundred times, I hope you give "Stallone: Frank That Is" a look. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Michael A. Smith The film is beautifully shot and Ms Jenkins' direction flows smoothly, though at two and a half hours the film could have used some trimming. Hans Zimmer's score sets the mood of the film and energizes the action scenes. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
4/5 News of the World (2020) Michael A. Smith Hanks is his usual excellent self, seemingly able to inhabit any character he plays, much like Jimmy Stewart did in his career. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
5/5 The Dissident (2020) Michael A. Smith A powerful film that will make you think long after it's over, "The Dissident" is one of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 HAM: A Musical Memoir (2020) Michael A. Smith A filmed version of Harris' award winning off-Broadway show, "HAM: A Musical Memoir" is an entertaining - and deeply moving - look at the life of a boy with a dream and the sacrifices he had to make to keep that dream alive. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
4/5 All Joking Aside (2019) Michael A. Smith A film about stand-up should, of course, be funny and "All Joking Aside" has some side splitting moments. But it also has heart, which makes it a rarity in the genre'. The heart here comes from the performances of the three leads. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
5/5 Belushi (2020) Michael A. Smith I have always maintained that John Belushi would have had a career similar to Robin Williams. Both men had unlimited range and talents and I would not have been surprised if Belushi won an Oscar one day. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2020
5/5 Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019) Michael A. Smith Perfect films are rare and the list is short. "Citizen Kane..." "The Godfather..." "Chinatown..." and the most terrifying film I've seen in my 60 years on Earth, William Friedkin's "The Exorcist." EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
5/5 Where She Lies (2020) Michael A. Smith A puzzle that has you scrambling to put the pieces together right up until the end, "Where She Lies" is not only one of the best documentaries I have seen this year, but one of the best films as well. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
4/5 Let Him Go (2020) Michael A. Smith Smartly written (by director Buzucha) and based on the novel by Larry Watson, with fine performances all around, "Let Him Go" gives a look at how far people will go to save the ones they love. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
4/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Michael A. Smith Where I felt the first film was mostly spontaneous, this one is about 50/50 spontaneous and scripted. Both versions are hilarious, though one is rather disturbing. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
5/5 Tenet (2020) Michael A. Smith Technically the film is a masterpiece. The production design is first rate and the various locations jump off the screen like three-dimensional postcards. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
5/5 Unhinged (2020) Michael A. Smith A thrill-ride of a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat, EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2020
4/5 Trolls World Tour (2020) Michael A. Smith And, while you aren't going to be able to see it in a theatre any time soon, it's a brightly colored musical spectacular that I hardily recommend. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2020
3.5/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Michael A. Smith Moving at an almost breakneck speed, "Bad Boys for Life" plays on screen like a live action version of "Grand Theft Auto." EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3.5/5 Reality Queen! (2019) Michael A. Smith Cleverly written by a gaggle of writers, including director Bernheim, the film is an amazingly precedent look at the state of "fame" today. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
3/5 Cats (2019) Michael A. Smith If you're a fan of the musical, or a member of the cast, then by all means go see "CATS." If you're not a fan of musical theatre, go stand in line and see "Star Wars" again. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
5/5 Just Mercy (2019) Michael A. Smith The film is well paced and Mr. Cretton's direction is spot on, his camera capturing the little things that help make the story a powerful one. He has definitely created one of the best films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/5 Frozen II (2019) Michael A. Smith ... an early holiday present to princesses' everywhere. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Michael A. Smith "Star Wars" is, and has been, a very important and memorable part of my life and I must say that "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" is the perfect ending to my childhood! EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4.5/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Michael A. Smith ... the new crime drama "Motherless Brooklyn" is a triumph of cinematic art and deserves to be an Oscar contender in multiple categories. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
1.5/5 Midway (2019) Jeremy Werner I haven't seen the 1976 war epic, "Midway," but unfortunately I've seen the 2019 "Midway." EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Michael A. Smith Throw in plenty of race footage and you've got a film that takes the checkered flag. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Jeremy Werner Decades ago, folks would have lined up around the block to see this film and theaters would have slapped an intermission in the middle so that people could refill on sugar drinks and salty popcorn. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 The Report (2019) Jeremy Werner While Driver is a tour de force in this, its director/writer Scott Z. Burns who should deserve a lot of credit for making this film as entertaining as it is. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Michael A. Smith If a frog had wings it wouldn't bump its ass. And if Eddie Murphy made better career choices he'd already have an Oscar. He may have that opportunity soon thanks to his performance as Rudy Ray Moore in "Dolemite is My Name." EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/5 Ready or Not (2019) Jeremy Werner "Ready or Not" sits in between the two extremes of horror content in 2019. It's not a complete misfire like "Ma," but it isn't as intricately put together as "Midsommar" or "Us." EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Jeremy Werner "The Lighthouse" manages to feel claustrophobic despite all the space given to these actors to play in. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Lauren Damon ...a film that's not only timely but manages to earn tears both from laughter and sadness. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
3.5/5 Joker (2019) Jeremy Werner But for all the hype, controversy, praise, condemnation and mystery, the only thing worthy of discussion for years to come is the performance by Phoenix... EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 Ad Astra (2019) Michael A. Smith Pitt mentions in the film that his journey has covered 2 billion miles. Believe me, it feels like you were along for every last one. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Michael A. Smith ...this film serves as a time capsule of her greatest moments and a reminder of how great music was before auto-tune! EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 Villains (2019) Lauren Damon The fun of "Villains" all comes down to the perfect casting. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 Rapid Response (2019) Michael A. Smith If you're a fan of auto racing, this is a film I highly recommend. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Michael A. Smith If you're a fan of Crosby, or just the music of the period, this film is a must see! EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 Official Secrets (2019) Lauren Damon (Director) Gun had so much to lose but recognized an opportunity to avert a disastrous war and chose to act for her people rather than a lying government. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
1.5/5 Angel of Mine (2019) Lauren Damon It's a thriller that drew me in with its strong cast but passes too far over into melodrama before the credits roll to warrant much interest. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Michael A. Smith An entertaining film that's light on plot points, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" is the kind of film Walt Disney would make in the late 1950's and early 1960's... EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
2.5/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Jeremy Werner "Angel Has Fallen" fails only because it strives to be something it's not, a competent action flick like "Die Hard" or any "Mad Max" film. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
4.5/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Michael A. Smith Even if you've never enjoyed the music of Bruce Springsteen (I guess there may be a few people out there that feel this way), you will be swept up in the way that music is celebrated here. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 A Score to Settle (2019) Michael A. Smith An entertaining and well-paced film, "A Score to Settle" is Nicolas Cage at his best - deeply intense with a little bit of crazy mixed in for good measure. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/5 Good Boys (2019) Jeremy Werner "Good Boys" is a passable entry into the coming-of-age films, but it isn't unique or funny enough to stand tall with classics in the genre EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 Ode to Joy (2019) Michael A. Smith Inspired by a true story - yes, cataplexy is very real - from events in co-writer Chris Higgins' life, "Ode to Joy" is held together by an amazing performance by Freeman. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Jeremy Werner I don't use superlatives a lot in my reviews, but I think it's fitting this time because "Midsommar" has one of the most unsettling and gripping openings to a horror film I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 () Michael A. Smith A very in-depth behind the scenes look at an event that draws 30,000 people annually, "The Good, the Bad, the Hungry" is another excellent film in ESPN's 30 for 30 canon. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Jeremy Werner I did have some fun here and there, warming up to the characters like a fire in a snowstorm, but there's too many boneheaded decisions, and pivots in tone and direction. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
4.5/5 Yesterday (2019) Michael A. Smith The film also packs an emotion punch with a scene that had many in the audience, myself including, tearing up. Boyle's direction is brisk and screenwriter Curtis is at the top of his game. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk (2019) Michael A. Smith A particularly poignant sequence examines the relationship between golfer and caddie. Living as I do in Kansas City, I was happy to see local boy made good Tom Watson talk about the two-plus decades he spent with his caddie, Bruce Edwards. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
4.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Jeremy Werner In a lot of ways, "Toy Story 4" is a road trip movie where Woody and Buzz inherently grow up. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Michael A. Smith Like the other films, the two best things going are the chemistry between the leads and the amazing creature effects. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019