MediaMikes

MediaMikes is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Michael A. Smith
Rating Title/Year Author
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
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
3.5/5 Wildlife (2018) Michael A. Smith The performances are smartly delivered, with Gyllenhaal at his most hang-dogged at times and Mulligan her beautiful but unsure self. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
5/5 Boy Erased (2018) Michael A. Smith Awards season is coming and "Boy Erased" has easily put itself in the running for some end of the year gold. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
2.5/5 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Jeremy Werner Just like Ron Howard's film in 2000, this film doesn't hold a candle to the 1966 television classic. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
3.5/5 Midway to Heaven (2011) Jeremy Werner "Mid90s" is the kind of movie "Lords of Dogtown" wishes it was, even though the target audience might fight me on that unpopular opinion. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
3.5/5 Beautiful Boy (2018) Lauren Damon And while I'm discussing Young Nic, besides Chalamet-who, at most is meant to play Nic in his twenties-not just one, but three other boys are deployed to play a younger Nic in flashbacks. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
3/5 Clyde Cooper (2018) Michael A. Smith The script, by director Daskaloff, gives Cooper some nice throw-away lines and it's a credit to Vilasuso's talent that he comes off as a well intentioned wise ass instead of a boor. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976) Mike Gencarelli Andy Griffith, Shelley Winters and Jackie Vernon lend their voices to this captivating cartoon about the Snowman's winter return to the children of a small town for a winter season of fun and games. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
2/5 Alpha (2018) Jeremy Werner "Alpha" could serve as a starting point for young ones interested in human history, but their parents may find themselves rolling their eyes or checking their phones. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/5 The Happytime Murders (2018) Michael A. Smith A fun combination of live-action and puppets, "The Happytime Murders" is an outrageously raunchy look at what life may have been like on a certain "Street" if that show had taken place in the worse part of the worse town ever. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/5 The Little Stranger (2018) Lauren Damon The pitfall of turning a gothic tale into a feature film seems to be Hollywood's tendency to sell it as a horror film. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
2.5/5 The Predator (2018) Jeremy Werner I had a real fun time while watching "The Predator," but as I think about it in hindsight, I'm finding it troublingly easy to nitpick it to death. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 Lizzie (2018) Lauren Damon As we march on through the final acts, the story does slow down with some time jumps between the murders and the aftermath. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 An American in Paris - The Musical (2018) Mike Gencarelli The stars, Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope, have great chemistry together. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 Life Itself (2018) Michael A. Smith If only all movies could begin like "Life Itself." A single camera shot but one that is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson in all his glory! You can't help but laugh during the first five minutes of this film. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/5 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Jeremy Werner This is the kind of film that could be cherished by younger audiences for generations, and honestly if it sends a few kids to a library in search of the book, that's always a bonus. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Lauren Damon Jacques Audiard's The Sisters Brothers opens up with its many company credits appearing from the bottom of the screen and appearing upwards. It's an off-kilter way to read them but absolutely fitting when what follows is a distinctly off-kilter western. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
5/5 Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) Michael A. Smith At age 80, Jane Fonda is still going strong. Here's to act number six! EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
1.5/5 Night School (2018) Jeremy Werner "Night School" is stretched thin by its run-time and lack of comedic imagination. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018