Film Review: “Free Fire”

“Free Fire” is crass escapism with some of the best filmed gunplay in recent memory. If you’re hoping for a little oomph to the plot and characters, outside of witty one-liners, you’ll be disappointed

Film Review: “The Fate of the Furious”

“The Fate of the Furious” is an entertaining distraction, that tragically relies more heavily on its slow storytelling pace, rather than its edge of your seat action

Film Review: “The Void”

If John Carpenter’s creatures, Clive Barker’s perversions and the 80’s Satanic panic bent the laws of nature and had an unholy baby, it’d be “The Void”

Film Review: “Power Rangers”

It’s glum and tonally frustrating. Was a “Power Rangers” movie ever supposed to be good? No. But it’s not supposed to be this bad.

Film Review: “Beauty and the Beast”

The 21st century “Beauty and the Beast” is a lot more melodic and even more visually extravagant without ever being gaudy, and its newfound charm makes it an instant classic for newcomers

Film Review: “Table 19”

At times, “Table 19” is sappy like any love story culminating at a wedding, but sometimes you feel like you’ve shown up to a wedding you don’t want to be at.

Film Review: “Get Out”

If “Get Out” is any indication, Peele is not only a refreshing voice for horror, but may have just steered the genre in a completely new direction that’s wildly exciting, scary and ferocious

Film Review: “The Red Turtle”

“The Red Turtle” is not only a stellar animation endeavor, but a soothing delight that reflects the human soul

Film Review: “The Girl with All the Gifts”

“The Girl with All the Gifts” adds some intelligence to the brain dead genre by being more sensitive and curious about the human story developing on screen than it is with making the audience jump in their seats

Film Review: “The Great Wall”

“The Great Wall” can never make up its mind on if it wants to be a serious attempt at a summer blockbuster or fantasy alternative history. It can’t be both and fails at being either one

Film Review: “John Wick: Chapter 2”

Wick’s world is noir, retro, and techno all in one cohesive ball. The John Wick franchise is not only a great addition to the action-film catalogue, but a much needed renaissance for the CGI-heavy genre

Indie Film Director Patrick Rea Talks About “Arbor Demon”

Director/Writer Patrick Rea talks about his latest film, “Arbor Demon,” and his other upcoming projects

Film Review: “Arbor Demon”

When not focused on backstabbing survivalism, “Arbor Demon” peels back layers of its own mythology, touching upon the supernatural elements of nature and it’s deep connection to motherhood

For a Fifth Straight Year, Panic Fest Gets Bigger and Better

The folks behind Panic Fest have a deep passion for horror and it showed all weekend long

The Biggest Snubs from this Year’s Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominations are out and there are a lot of names and movies missing from the list. We rundown some of the big Academy Award snubs

Film Review: “Split”

“Split” isn’t quite a return to form for Shyamalan, but more of an evolutionary step in his directing and writing

Film Review: “Elle”

“Elle” is an unpredictable journey that explores the psyche of a woman; Not a victim.

Film Review: “Silence”

“Silence” is not just an intense examination of religion, but it’s a study of societal ethics and personal morality as it relates to history, culture and your community.

Film Review: “A Monster Calls”

Outside of its wonderfully distinct style, it’s a deep observation about the power of loss and the capacity of absolute truth. “A Monster Calls” is a soulful metaphor for anyone who’s mature enough and open enough to feel, think and grow

The Best TV Shows of 2016

I’m not going to claim to have watched as many TV shows as I have movies. But I watch enough TV, good and bad, to develop an understanding of some of the best content out there. And I’ll admit I haven’t seen some of the programs other people are raving about, such as “Westworld,” “Atlanta,” […]

Film Review: “Passengers”

“Passengers” is a movie about a relationship built on selfish lies, stalking and entitlement. It’s attempt at romance and a cutesy happy ending are stomach-turning

Film Review: “Sing”

Despite its lack of storytelling imagination and original songs, “Sing” is still an adorable movie with an IPod stuck on shuffle soundtrack

Film Review: “La La Land”

“La La Land” is a love letter to a bygone era of cinema and antiquated model of love

Film Review: “Office Christmas Party”

“Office Christmas Party” isn’t going to become a holiday staple like “Christmas Vacation” or “Bad Santa.” It’s a handful of laughs and short escapism for those who don’t want to watch one of the Oscar hopefuls.

Film Review: “Nocturnal Animals”

“Nocturnal Animals” delivers a slow reveal that will surely dissatisfy many, while simply turning off others in the first few minutes, but please those who hang with it and scratch beneath the surface.

Film Review: “Bad Santa 2”

“Bad Santa 2” isn’t a genuine sequel. It’s a greedy studio cash grab in the season of giving.

Rob Kleiner and Kevin Gibson discuss Tub Ring’s Kickstarter and upcoming EP

After surviving multiple incantations, a revolving door of band members, and different record labels, Tub Ring is back after a lengthy hiatus.

Film Review: “Arrival”

“Arrival” is a profoundly tragic and beautiful sci-fi movie that transcends its interstellar subject material with an introspective look at what it means to be human

Film Review: “Doctor Strange”

Outside of being the most mentally and spiritually stimulating entry into the Marvel movie catalog, “Doctor Strange” features a superhero that prefers brains over brawn.

Film Review: “American Honey”

“American Honey” grew on me, much like a melancholy memory from my youth. I may not have enjoyed the experience at the time, but looking back on it I slowly begin to understand its importance and significance.

Film Review: “The Girl on the Train”

“The Girl on the Train” will most likely be compared to 2014’s “Gone Girl” which is really unfair. “The Girl on the Train” isn’t as smart, witty, or amusingly dark as “Gone Girl”.

Film Review: “Deepwater Horizon”

The absolute panic and mayhem that takes over when the rig finally explodes into a massive fireball is intense to watch. This isn’t like most disaster movies where people complete inhuman feats of heroism to escape, this is blue collar men and women finding a way to survive in a scenario none of them were trained or prepared for.

Film Review: “The Magnificent Seven”

“Magnificent Seven” is a stick of dynamite blast half the time, but the other half of the time it’s like watching a tumbleweed blow unenthusiastically in the wind.

CD Review: Ghost “Popestar”

“Popestar” is another solid outing for the band. The EP title is a reference to the criticisms that they musically sold out by going mainstream, but also a statement that they’re going to continue to push metal into new boundaries.

Film Review: “Blair Witch”

The Blair Witch has entered the digital age. It’s no longer trapped in the Circuit City video camera age with a $22,000 budget. It now has drones, Bluetooth headset cameras, and $5 million to play with. And maybe that’s why it has inherently lost a lot of its horror charm and bite.

Film Review: “Morgan”

Whenever the movie gets close to developing a theme or message, it reverts back to finding meaning behind violence like a Kindergartener throwing a temper tantrum, frustrated that it couldn’t find a way to expel upon its interesting premise. If this is the final movie of the summer, the summer certainly went out on an uncreative whimper.

Film Review: “Kubo and the Two Strings”

“Kubo” will surely be keeping Disney and Pixar on the edge of their seat come award season. Laika Studios is proving to be a worthy adversary and showing that stop-motion can be just as colorfully lively, emotionally heartbreaking and creatively inspiring, than a lost fish in the sea or what your pets do while you’re at work.

Film Review: “Hell or High Water”

“Hell or High Water” captures the rustic West, the deep-seeded “Don’t Mess with Texas” attitude of its characters and the unflinching misery of living in impoverished small town America. It flips between jovial Western and teeth gritting thriller flawlessly.

Film Review: “Pete’s Dragon”

“Pete’s Dragon” is a sure bet for families needing a Summer escape and a positive message, but just like the original, this remake may inevitably end up in the Disney discount bin.

Concert Review: “Weird Al Yankovic’s “Return of Mandatory Fun Tour”

Do yourself a favor and see “Weird Al” now, and often.

Win Tickets to the Kansas City Premiere of “Sausage Party”

Media Mikes is offering some lucky readers a chance to attend the Kansas City premiere of “Sausage Party”

Film Review: “Suicide Squad”

“Suicide Squad” is a wham-bam action punch with enough exuberant and unique performances to help overshadow the lacking plot structure. You’ll be talking about Robbie’s Harley Quinn more than you will about Leto’s Joker

Win Passes to the Upcoming Kansas City Comic Con

Media Mikes is offering some lucky readers a chance to attend the 2016 Kansas City Comic Con!

Film Review: “Nerve”

“Nerve” is a sleek techno thriller utilizing America’s current craving for online infamy, naive adolescent sensibilities, and the mob mentality that the Internet has created.

Film Review: “Ghostbusters”

The new installment is pretty damn funny and stands as tall as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.

Film Review: “The Infiltrator”

We’ve seen “The Infiltrator” before. There are plenty of movies about the lengthy history of the worldwide drug war. But Cranston’s multi-faceted acting abilities create tension and heart pounding action where there isn’t.

Film Review: “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” has four actors that have no chemistry and are recycling vulgar jokes and punchlines from much better films. This movie should have been called “Zac, Aubrey, Adam and Anna Wanted to go to Hawaii”.

Film Review: “The Legend of Tarzan”

“The Legend of Tarzan” is a contrived, silly blockbuster. But on that same note, it’s an entertaining, and funny, summer escape.

Film Review: “RAIDERS!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made”

Told with the same exuberance as the filmmakers being profiled, “RAIDERS!” shares the backstory of the production, including footage both from the film and behind the scenes.

Film Review: “The BFG”

Based on Roald Dahl’s book, in the hands of director Spielberg, “The BFG” becomes a new masterpiece that the whole family will enjoy.

Film Review: “The Purge: Election Year”

“The Purge: Election Year” is the best of three, but still more of the same. It’s not a smart, tongue-in-cheek look at our inherently violent culture, race relations, or the current American class struggle. But it’s a chance to watch and cheer on our most animalistic tendencies, killing people who are holding us down.

Film Review: Free State of Jones

“Free State of Jones” is another; white man comes to save the day for minorities, history lesson from Hollywood.

Theatre Review: “The Bridges of Madison County” Starlight Theater – Kansas City, Missouri

Winner of two Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, the show boasts some excellent songs that not only set the mood of the show but progress it along.

Film Review: “Central Intelligence”

Funny as hell, with a sweet message built in, “Central Intelligence” is successful in part thanks to its genius casting, which makes Hart the Bud Abbott-like straight man while Johnson grabs the majority of the laughs.

Film Review: “Finding Dory”

It’s known that Pixar is willing to do sequel, just as long as it’s as emotionally resonant and intellectually stimulating as the original. “Finding Dory” does both, even while treading familiar waters.

Film Review: Warcraft

“Warcraft” is a bore in desperate need of a skip button. It’s another lazy attempt by the studios to cash on naïve videogamers.

Win Passes to the Kansas City Premiere of a Rare “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Fan Double Feature

Media Mikes is offering some lucky readers a chance to attend the Raiders! at the Kansas City Alamo Drafthouse

Film Review: “Weiner”

A true “fly on the wall” documentary, “Weiner” gives the viewer almost unfettered access to the man and his campaign.

Film Review: “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”

It does drag on some but Samberg’s performance is so infectious that you’re willing to let a couple slow parts go by.

Film Review: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”

The CGI spectacle steps in where the script is missing, providing mouth silencing eye candy for the kids. So if you’re in need of a two hour daycare, this might be your best bet.

“Think Fast!” Trivia Could Soon Be Heading to a Radio Near You

Daily trivia coming to a radio station near you

Kansas City’s Planet Comicon Just Gets Better and Better

More than 70,000 turned out for Planet Comicon in Kansas City.

MediaMikes 2016 Summer Movie Preview

Here is our annual “Summer Movie Preview” so you can mark your calendars early!

Theatre Review: “Matilda” Starlight Theater – Kansas City, Missouri

If you like watching talented children then go see “Matilda.” If not, read the book.

Win Passes to the Kansas City premiere of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”

Media Mikes has teamed up with Paramount Pictures to give (40) lucky readers and a guest a chance to be among the first to see the new film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” which will be shown on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 at the Cinemark Merriam Cinema. The show begins at 7:00 […]

Film Review: “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”

It’s just unfortunate that such an enlightening movie has to hammer home its theme at nearly every chance it can get. It’s nice to see that the five male writers were willing to flip the script and poke fun at the overtly sexual nature of college men who see women as objects.

Film Review: “Captain America: Civil War”

5 Stars. Marvel has seriously outdone themselves once again. Civil War is a near-flawless cinematic experience that neatly packages one of the most pivotal story lines in comic book history.

Film Review “Papa: Hemingway in Cuba”

“Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” feels like a TV movie with a few ‘F’ bombs to spice it up

Film Review “Mother’s Day”

As for all you hard working moms in the world out there, you do deserve a movie that loves and supports you, but “Mother’s Day” is not that movie

Film Review “Green Room”

Once we get our fill of Nazi symbolism, hidden drug rooms, and knives to the stomach and throat, the “Green Room” is forgettable

Film Review “The Invitation”

Fans of the horror movie genre might be able to pick up on what’s going on, but not without a lot of fight and sway by “The Invitation”.

Film Review “Criminal”

“Criminal” takes itself too seriously to be enjoyably farcical and its characters are too inherently silly to be earnest.

Film Review “Demolition”

Demolition is poignant, yet emotionally rejuvenating. It’s a visually entertaining story, with an at-times confusing narrative.

Film Review “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

It’s hard to predict where “Batman V. Superman” will fall in the inevitable grand scheme of things

Film Review “Zootopia”

A week after the 88th Academy Awards, we’re already looking at next year’s contender for Best Animated Feature

Film Review “Gods of Egypt”

“Gods of Egypt” is that it’s a decent waste of two hours, but I wouldn’t recommend you drop a single buck on this one.

Film Review “Risen”

Most religious movies feel phony and cheesy when preaching the Gospel, but “Risen” presents it for what it is, what it means, and the good natured spirit of it all.

Film Review “Hail, Caesar!”

“Hail, Caesar!” is rich with witty dialogue involving thick-headed actors and sophisticated directors

Film Review “Anomalisa”

Visually, “Anomalisa” draws you in with its 3D puppets populating the world

Film Review “Ride Along 2”

“Ride Along 2” isn’t insultingly bad, but it’s biggest problem is that it’s indolent

Film Review “Point Break (2015)”

Dumb is the only word I would use to describe 2015’s “Point Break”.

Film Review “Youth”

On one hand, “Youth” is an audio, visual, and acting triumph, but on the other hand, “Youth” is a curious dud.

Film Review “Joy”

The highlight of “Joy” is watching Lawrence at work

Film Review “In the Heart of the Sea”

“In the Heart of the Sea” finds entertainment when it relies on the strength of its actors and captures the feeling of isolation amongst the crisp, calm sea.

Film Review “Victor Frankenstein”

“Victor Frankenstein”…is out before the holidays to bore audiences instead of terrifying them.

Film Review “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”

“Hunger Games” is another instance where the story would have been much better off as one impactful final movie than two alright flicks.

Film Review “The Night Before”

“The Night Before” spikes the eggnog and laces the mistletoe with hallucinogens, but it accomplishes that rare Christmas miracle, of making my Grinch heart grow three sizes

Film Review “My All American”

“My All American” has the heart and soul we’ve seen in other sports movie, but it doesn’t deliver it in an entertaining or touching fashion

Film Review “Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse”

For every hilarious scene “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” conjures up, there’s at least two or three that don’t even nip at the funny bone.

Film Review “Jem and the Holograms”

For those hoping to relive their Generation X childhood or be reminded of those Saturday morning cartoon watching days in the late 1980’s, you’ll be disappointed.

Film Review “Goosebumps”

An entertaining funhouse flick

Film Review “99 Homes”

“99 Homes” is the best performance I’ve ever seen from Garfield and it’s equally matched by Shannon

Film Review “Sicario”

“Sicario” takes hold of that trepidation in the pit of your stomach and doesn’t let go

Film Review “Everest”

“Everest” is an expensive and star studded TV movie, but that’s not entirely a bad thing

Film Review “The Visit”

“The Visit” has perfectly blended comedy and horror

Film Review “We Are Your Friends”

The ups and downs, like the music our main characters plays, are tolerable or repulsive, depending on your age.

Film Review “Hitman: Agent 47”

For being an alleged action movie, “Hitman: Agent 47” is about as entertaining as watching someone who’s watching someone play a videogame

Film Review “Fantastic Four”

“Fantastic Four” is mercilessly thick with exposition without giving the viewer a reward for their investment into the plot

Film Review “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

For every moment you think “Mission: Impossible” is going to let up, it pushes harder on the throttle without giving you a moment to breathe.

Film Review “Southpaw”

“Southpaw” is an enjoyable break from the explosions and CGI of the summer