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By Mike Smith On Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

The Muppets movie review

As someone born in 1960, I grew up with the Muppets. From “Sesame Street” to their appearances on “Saturday Night Live” to their own television show and films, if the stars of the show were made of felt More...

By Mike Smith On Friday, November 18th, 2011

Twlight: Breaking Dawn part 1 movie review

It would be easy to dismiss the “Twilight” film series as nothing more than a series of chick-flicks with a few monsters thrown in for the guys.  But that would do the films a great injustice.  Yes, they ARE More...

By Mike Smith On Thursday, November 10th, 2011

J Edgar Movie Review

For the past two decades, Hollywood has been on the Clint Eastwood bandwagon. After he won an Oscar for directing “Unforgiven,” (the film also won Best Picture), Eastwood was finally accepted as a filmmaker More...

By Mike Smith On Friday, October 28th, 2011

‘Puss in Boots’ Movie Review

Ah, Shrek. You are truly the Ogre who keeps giving. After four films featuring you and your pals you’ve stepped aside and given us “Puss in Boots,” a film that is simply, along with your studio-mate “Kung More...

By Mike Smith On Friday, October 14th, 2011

“The Thing” Movie Review

Antarctica. 1982. As they track an unknown signal, a group of Norwegian scientists suddenly find themselves swallowed up by a sinkhole in the ice. They discover, buried far below the ice, what appears to be an alien More...

By Mike Smith On Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

“Real Steel” Movie Review

It started back before the Super Bowl. You can’t have been in America for the past eight months and not been bombarded for commercials touting what I began to refer to as “that Rock’em – Sock’em Robot More...

By Mike Smith On Thursday, September 29th, 2011

“Dolphin Tale” Movie Review

Hollywood is full of films with stories that inspire us. “Rudy.” “Rocky.” “The Shawshank Redemption.” These are movies that, when you leave the theatre, stick in your memory long after the lights have More...

By Mike Smith On Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

‘Moneyball’ movie review

As a kid you always spent your summer memorizing the statistics on the backs of baseball cards. Even the casual fan recognizes certain numbers. 2131 – consecutive games played by Cal Ripken, Jr. (his streak ended More...

By Mike Smith On Friday, September 9th, 2011
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‘Contagion’ film review

There’s a great scene in “Along Came Polly” where Ben Stiller discusses the danger of eating from a bowl of mixed nuts at a bar. It goes something like this: “Let’s say, conservatively, I don’t know, More...

By Mike Smith On Friday, September 9th, 2011

‘Warrior’ film review

Philadelphia is known as a sports town. Philly gave us Doug Allison, who history tells us was the first baseball player to wear a glove in the field. Also from the City of Brotherly Love: basketball player Lloyd More...

By Mike Smith On Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

‘The Debt’ Movie Review

The year is 1997. The place is Tel Aviv, Israel. The occasion is a book launching party for Sarah Gold (Romi Aboulafia). Her book is the story of how three young MOSSAD agents infiltrated East Berlin in 1966 and More...

By Mike Smith On Thursday, August 4th, 2011

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Movie Review

What can I say about the “Planet of the Apes” films? As a child of the late 60’s and early 70’s, nothing beat a film about talking monkeys! There were five original films in all (the last one, “Battle More...

By Mike Smith On Thursday, August 4th, 2011

‘Cowboys and Aliens’ movie review

Let me say at the beginning that the film title is not just a clever name.  “Cowboys and Aliens” is about, well, cowboys.  And aliens.  I’m sure the pitch for it was “John Wayne plus “Dances With Wolves” More...

By Mike Smith On Thursday, July 14th, 2011

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2’ movie review

It’s been quite an adventure. As I’ve mentioned over the years, I’ve only read the first “Harry Potter” book. Not bad, entertaining story. But I’ve enjoyed all of the films immensely. All seven of them. More...

By Mike Smith On Monday, July 11th, 2011

‘Horrible Bosses’ Movie Review

It looks like Summer 2011 will be remembered as the season of the raunchy adult comedy.  We’ve had some winners (“Bridesmaids,” “Hangover II”) and some non-winners (“Bad Teacher”).  And now we have More...

By Mike Smith On Monday, July 11th, 2011

‘Larry Crowne’ Movie Review

“You need a college education,” I can remember my parents telling me. Heck, I can hear me telling my son the same thing. Nowadays you can’t even get your foot in the door of a job interview without a little More...

By Mike Smith On Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ movie review

I don’t say this often but I’ll say it here: Michael Bay I apologize. I’ve enjoyed many of his films but always had a problem with the fact that, with the exception of “Armageddon,” as a director he paid More...

By Mike Smith On Friday, June 17th, 2011

‘Green Lantern’ Movie Review

“In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!“ Pretty cool stuff, huh? Ever since I can remember I’ve More...

By Mike Smith On Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Bret Iwan interview (voice of Mickey Mouse)

MovieMikes has prided itself in speaking with some of the great voice talent behind many of Walt Disney’s beloved characters. From Winnie the Pooh to many of the classic Disney Princesses, our readers have asked More...

By Mike Smith On Thursday, June 9th, 2011

‘Super 8’ movie review

Somebody loves Steven Spielberg. Somebody besides me, I mean. That somebody is J.J. Abrams, whose new film, “Super 8,” is a homage to the man who will go down as the most successful director in Hollywood history. It’s More...

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