MediaMikes

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
4/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Michael A. Smith Cleverly written and fast paced, "The Secret Life of Pets 2" is the ideal early summer film. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
2.5/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Jeremy Werner For a franchise that's always had good villains, it's odd that a powerful race of space aliens looking to destroy the Earth is so uninteresting and toothless. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
3.5/5 Rocketman (2019) Michael A. Smith Full of great music and fantastical spectacle, "Rocketman" appears to be what everyone who found "Bohemian Rhapsody" lacking (I didn't - I thought it was one of the best films of the year) - wanted it to be. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Jeremy Werner Hopefully 2020's "Godzilla vs. Kong" is more fun because honestly, no one showed up for a "Godzilla" movie for such an elementary and overbearing eco-message EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Jeremy Werner At this point, all that's missing from the "Fast and the Furious" franchise is a TV show, Saturday morning cartoon, McDonald's Happy Meal toys and breakfast cereal. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Michael A. Smith A love letter to the Hollywood he grew up watching, "Once Upon a Time..." is quite possibly the least "Tarantino" film the two-time Oscar winner has ever created. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Michael A. Smith Sadly, our rating system only goes up to five, because otherwise I'd give "Avengers: Endgame" six! EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Jeremy Werner It's safe to say that because these film sequels are "chapters," more Wick films are down the pipeline. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
1.5/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Jeremy Werner The film moves at such a frenetic pace, it's sometimes easy to lose yourself in it and forget that you're bored. But that's just it. It's boring. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
3/5 Long Shot (2019) Jeremy Werner There's an underlying smugness to "Long Shot," but luckily it stops itself from reveling in liberalism for too long in the film's third act. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Lauren Damon There's no doubt that the strength of this documentary is owed to its magnetic subject. Watching Dr. Ruth query an Amazon Alexa in her uber-thick accent (and it takes a few tries for the electronic helper!) is a pure delight. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 Aladdin (2019) Michael A. Smith The musical numbers are immaculately staged, like you just wandered into a "Bollywood" production. And while this film is about 40-minutes longer than it's animated predecessor, it doesn't suffer under the crush of added time like the recent "Dumbo." EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
3/5 Family (2018) Lauren Damon The trouble comes when Steinel's script attempts to go off on tangents with Kate... EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 Penguins (2019) Michael A. Smith A beautifully shot (over an almost three year period) film that manages to be both heart-warming and thrilling, "Penguins" gives the audience the "birds-eye" view of life in Antarctica. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
2.5/5 The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Michael A. Smith Eventually you become numb to the violence being inflicted, taking away from the horror of the situation. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 Shazam! (2019) Jeremy Werner While I have yet to watch "Aquaman" at the time of this review, it's safe to say that "Shazam!" is the most endearing and feel-good of the new batch of DC films, known as the DC Extended Universe. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
2/5 Dumbo (2019) Jeremy Werner Originality is no longer valued at the Walt Disney Company. The last original movie was under their Pixar brand, the film "Coco." That was November 22nd, 2017. The next original idea? That isn't until March 2020, another Pixar film. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Michael A. Smith It is so nice to see Eisenberg in a role that he can inhabit. While I thought he was OK as Lex Luthor in the recent "Justice League" themed films, it's been a long time since I've seen the "The Social Network" Eisenberg... EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
5/5 Us (2019) Michael A. Smith In this reviewer's humble opinion, Peele has created a new horror masterpiece. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 Finding Steve McQueen (2018) Michael A. Smith Based on a true story, "Finding Steve McQueen" is one of the smaller films that often get overshadowed by the latest offerings from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 Climax (2018) Jeremy Werner "Climax" doesn't abide by any cinematic rules, as it begins with the film's end credits, then fixates on an old box TV that plays VHS interview tapes of all the dancers we're about to meet. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Jeremy Werner It only took 21 movies for Marvel and Disney to finally release a female-led superhero film, and it's not about Black Widow. It's the kind of some comic book fans have been clamoring for, for about a decade now. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 Woman at War (2018) Lauren Damon Erlingsson doesn't get too bogged down in the whys of Halla's quest to save the planet she literally hugs at times because his biggest ally in this is his DP, Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
3.5/5 The Wind (2018) Jeremy Werner Since actress Gerard is left alone in many scenes, just like Lizzy, it's up to her to pull off a solo performance that's not only captivating, but also keeps the plot moving forward, and she nails it. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
3/5 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Michael A. Smith With two of the "Pitch Perfect" films behind them, Wilson and Adam Divine have built an amazing rapport, and it shows on the screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 Destroyer (2018) Michael A. Smith Going the "no makeup" route here, Kidman is almost unrecognizable. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Jeremy Werner Unfortunately the film takes a while to find out what new stories and themes it would like to tell the audience. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 In Like Flynn (2018) Michael A. Smith The cast is first rate. As Flynn, Cocquerel has the good looks that made the Tazmanian Devil a star. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
5/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Michael A. Smith If I'm going to throw out kudos to this film, and I already have with the actors, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the amazing make-up work presented. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
3.5/5 Glass (2019) Jeremy Werner Glass" ends up being the weakest of the three films, but it's still an entertaining finale. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
4/5 The Upside (2018) Michael A. Smith Director Burger keeps the story flowing nicely, hitting all of the right emotional notes. A fine way to enter the new year! EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Michael A. Smith A film that makes you think, like the perfect diamond, is rare. "IfBeale Street Could Talk" is flawless. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
5/5 Vice (2018) Michael A. Smith Dick Cheney has been with us for over four decades. Like cockroaches and Keith Richards, he may never go away. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
1.5/5 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Jeremy Werner Moments that should move you emotionally fall short because of how tonally misshaped "Welcome to Marwen" is. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
1.5/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Jeremy Werner No matter how bad the dialogue gets, Roberts and Hedges tow a fine line to keep their characters within the realm of "maybe this could happen." EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
4.5/5 Roma (2018) Jeremy Werner So much transpires in such little time, and sometimes in such few words, that "Roma" feels like the most poignant chapter of an autobiography. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
4/5 The Favourite (2018) Jeremy Werner There is a lot of high intrigue between the triad of woman. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
3.5/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Lauren Damon Rourke's take on Mary benefits heavily by opening up its scope to include the simultaneously eventful reign of Queen Elizabeth I EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
4.5/5 Widows (2018) Jeremy Werner There is no small role in "Widows" as the likes of Colin Farrell, Jacki Weaver, Matt Walsh, and others provide another layer for viewers to peel back. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019