Film Review: Fist Fight

“Fist Fight” is the result of a script by two first-time feature writers and it shows. Jokes, or what are supposed to be jokes, flow quickly and some hit their mark

Film Review: “In Dubious Battle”

Perfectly paced and skillfully cast, “In Dubious Battle” is one of those small films that occasionally see the light of day

A Conversation with “Life Interrupted” creator Steven Wishnoff

If you are a fan of 70’s television, and the stars that made it so memorable, get ready for a new program, available on YouTube, called “Life Interrupted”

Stage Review: “The Phantom of the Opera” – Kansas City

The production I saw was brilliantly produced and, though I had a few quibbles with some of the changes, I was thoroughly entertained. The cast was amazing. As the title character, Derrick Davis embodied the role.

Film Review: “The Lego Batman Movie”

Very funny but a little bit all over the place, “The LEGO Batman Movie” is fun for all ages

Talking “The Phantom of the Opera” with Trista Moldovan

Trista Moldovan talks with MediaMikes about returning to “The Phantom of the Opera” as Carlotta

Film Review: “The Space Between Us”

Do yourself a favor and put as much space as possible between yourself and “The Space Between Us”

Behind the Screen – How Hollywood Hypocrite’s Screwed Nate Parker and “The Birth of a Nation”

Hollywood’s history was built on scandal. From Fatty Arbuckle to Charlie Sheen, the public has eaten up every tasty bit of dirt that Tinseltown can kick up

Remembering Mary Tyler Moore

The Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony award winning actress and producer died January 25, 2017, of complications from pneumonia

“La La Land” Dances Way to Record 14 Academy Award Nominations

“La La Land,” writer/director Damien Chazelle’s love letter to the classic Hollywood musical, tied “All About Eve” and “Titanic” in receiving an amazing 14 nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards

“Star Wars: Episode VIII” Gets a Name

The next chapter in the “Star Wars” saga finally has a title. Say hello to “Star Wars – Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.”

“Manchester by the Sea” Dominates 4th Annual MediaMikes.com Awards

Writer/Director Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea” led all films in the 4th Annual Media Mikes Awards, which are voted on by both readers and staff of the web site. Besides being named the Best Film of 2016, “Manchester by the Sea” took home the awards for Best Actor, Casey Affleck, as well as Best […]

Film Review: “20th Century Women”

The film does have some problems with its pacing, but the energy jumps up when any of the three female leads are on screen.

Film Review: “Live By Night”

Directed with an obvious love for the genre, “Live By Night” is a stylish – man did they know how to dress back then – film that overcomes some obvious errors with a first rate cast.

Film Review: “Hidden Figures”

Uplifting, if not a little heavy handed, “Hidden Figures” is based on the true story of three very remarkable women and all three stars make the wise choice of not being stereotypical in their performances

Our Critics Pick the Best (and Worst) Films of 2016

As the year 2016 finally comes to an end it’s time for the film guys (and gals) here at Media Mikes to share our thoughts on the best and worse films that the year had to offer

Remembering Carrie Fisher

I’m pretty sure that if there had been no Princess Leia there never would have been an Ellen Ripley (“Alien”) or Sarah Connor (“Terminator 2: Judgement Day”).

Film Review: “Lion”

Powerful. That is how I’d best describe “Lion.”

Film Review: “Fences”

Working with a screenplay by playwright August Wilson, Denzel Washington crafts a fine film as a director, opening up the once stage set drama and giving each actor a place to share their story

Film Review: “Jackie”

Natalie Portman captures every facet of Jacqueline Kennedy. The smiling, laughing young woman and the embittered widow, refusing to change out of her clothes, stained with her husband’s blood

Kansas City Film Critics Name “Manchester by the Sea” the Best Film of 2016 During Presentation of 51st Annual James Loutzenhiser Awards

Manchester by the Sea was chosen as the Best Film of 2016 by The Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the 2nd oldest critics group in the country.

Get Your Vote in For The 2016 Media Mikes Awards and Win Some Great Swag

The voting period runs through Sunday, January 8th, with the winners being announced on January 15th.

Film director Jeff Santo talks about “This Old Cub”

Film director, and son of Cubs great Ron Santo, Jeff Santo talks about “This Old Cub”

Film Review: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is a fine stand-alone film and one that will have you anticipating “Episode VIII,” which is just a short 367 days away!

Theatre Review: “The Book of Mormon”

There isn’t a lot you can say for a musical that contains four letter words, Darth Vader and an image of a Hell that contains both Hitler AND Johnnie Cochran except this: IT’S BRILLIANT!

Film Review: “Manchester by the Sea”

Featuring award-worthy performances from its three leads, “Manchester by the Sea,” is the perfect drama to off-set a multiplex full of Bad Santas and Dwayne Johnson.

Film Review: “Moana”

Both brilliant and breathtaking, “Moana” is sure to be the next Disney classic. The characters are beautifully established and the actors behind them are pitch perfect.

Film Review: “Loving”

While “Loving” strikes many emotional chords, I was left with more questions than answers.

Film Review “Bleed for This”

This is another in a list of fine performances by Miles Teller, who was so good in last year’s “Whiplash.” Here he captures the ego of Pazienza perfectly, making a man whose boasting should make him unlikable actually become someone to care about.

FREE PASSES TO THE KANSAS CITY PREMIERE OF “THE SPACE BETWEEN US”

MediaMikes has teamed with STX Entertainment to give (150) readers and their guests in Kansas City the chance to be among the first to see the new film “The Space Between Us.”

Film Review: “Christine”

“Christine” is the story of television personality Christine Chubbuck and is an in-depth look into a problem that was either misdiagnosed or just ignored: depression.

Film Review: “Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hacksaw Ridge” relies on strong performances and brilliant storytelling to tell the story without being heavy-handed.

Film Review: “Inferno”

I found “Inferno” quite boring at times, wishing I had paid my money to have someone read the book to me, which would have been more exciting than what was happening on screen.

NYC Metrograph to Host Paul Schrader Retrospect

To honor a career that has spanned more than four decades, The Metrograph in New York City will be hosting a retrospect of Paul Schrader

Film Review: “The Accountant”

Smartly directed, with a nice twist in the story, “The Accountant” rests squarely on the shoulders of Ben Affleck.

Concert Review: Elvis Costello w/Larkin Poe

The setting for Elvis Costello’s “Detour Tour” was both simplistic and engaging.

DVD Review: “Wild Oats”

A small film with big laughs, “Wild Oats” is one you should look for next time you’re at the video store.

Film Review: “The Birth of a Nation”

Haunting. When people have asked me my opinion of “The Birth of a Nation,” that is the word I’ve used most. The story, the images, the history…

WIN PASSES TO THE KANSAS CITY PREMIERE OF “KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES

Be among the first to see the comedy “Keeping Up With The Joneses”

Win Passes to the Kansas City Premiere of “The Birth of the Nation”

Be among the first to see one of the most anticipated films of the year, Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation.”

Film Review: “Masterminds”

The script has fun with the film’s premise and setting, which is the late 90’s where everyone in the South hangs out, robs banks and hire hitmen. With every instance you can’t help but be amazed how such a stupid group of people could pull off the biggest cash robbery in United States history.

Media Mikes 2016 Fall/Holiday Movie Preview

With the end of summer comes the beginning of fall and the start of Hollywood’s “Prestige Movie Push!”

“Wild Oats,” starring Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange, heading to DVD/VOD on 10/4

Two legends have teamed up for the first time in the film “Wild Oats,” which will be released on DVD and Video on Demand on Tuesday, October 4th.

Film Review: “Sully”

Centuries from now, should movies still be being made, film historians will still be talking about Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood…if you want to introduce your little one to a true hero, introduce them to “Sully.”

Film Review: “The Light Between Oceans”

Full of inconsistent time jumps and heavy handed foreshadowing, “The Light Between Oceans” starts off strong but peters out by the time the film ends…about 40 minutes too late.

Gene Wilder, comedy legend, dead at age 83

Gene Wilder, who went from comic actor to acclaimed writer/director, passed away at age 83 on August 29th due to complications with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Blu-ray Review: “The Commitments” 25th Anniversary Edition

If it’s been 25 years since you saw “The Commitments,” I urge you to see it again. If you haven’t seen it yet….what are you waiting for?

“Rock Hall Three for All” Concert Review

Cheap Trick, Joan Jett and Heart take the stage in Kansas City

Film Review: “War Dogs”

Based on a true story, the action keeps the film flowing smoothly without becoming preachy. As one of the last films of the summer season, “War Dogs” is definitely one to watch before you end your summer vacation.

Fred Williamson Talks About His Film Career and the State of the NFL Today

Fred “the Hammer” Williamson talks with Mike Smith about his lengthy film and football career

Film Review: “Sausage Party”

The first half-hour of “Sausage Party” is a comedy masterpiece. With great jokes and an amazing musical number, the film delivers on all cylinders. However, when the “chosen” ones realize what the outside world has in store for them, it becomes a hit or miss comedy. And a filthy one.

Theater Review: “If/Then” Starlight Theater – Kansas City, Missouri

Nominated for two Tony Awards when if first appeared on Broadway, “If/Then” was a perfect show to highlight the vocal talents of the great Idina Menzel. Ms. Burns is up to the challenge of stepping into Menzel’s vocal shoes here.

Film Review: “Bad Moms”

It makes sense that the film is directed and written by the writers of “The Hangover” because it shares a lot of that film’s DNA. Three people, mismatched at times, decide to cut loose with alcohol and dirty talk.

Film Review: “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie”

Like the best laid plans of a “Saturday Night Live” inspired film, the bits only work in small doses. Exposing the girls to 90 minutes of screen time leads to a lot of hit-and-miss jokes and outrageous situations.

Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets

“The Secret Life of Pets” is from the same studio that brought you the adorable Minions from the “Despicable Me” films, and the animation is amazing. One scene finds our two pups in water that looks so realistic you can feel the wetness.

Film Review “The Nice Guys”

4 Stars. Outrageously funny from start to finish…The two leads play off each other perfectly.

“The Ten Commandments” to Be Unveiled in Omaha

Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Hall Theatre is holding a 60th Anniversary screening of Cecil B. DeMilles’ classic epic “The Ten Commandments” on Friday, May 27

Win Passes to the 2016 Kansas City Planet Comicon

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

Film Review: “X-Men: Apocalypse”

X-Meh “With a cast that includes three Oscar-nominees, it seems like they may have gotten bored with their roles. All do good work here, but there almost seems to be a look of relief in their eyes that they’re done with the spandex for good. “

Film Review “Keanu”

I urge you to head to the theatre. You won’t be disappointed.

Film Review “Elvis & Nixon”

The film moves quickly, buoyed by the performances of its stars.

Film Review “The Jungle Book”

Told through the amazing use of computer generation, “The Jungle Book” is very faithful to the animated film that proceeds

Film Review “Born to Be Blue”

A bio-pic that flits around, “Born to Be Blue” takes its name from one of Baker’s best known songs.

Sitting down with “Everybody Wants Some!!” stars J. Quinton Johnson, Glen Powell and Wyatt Russell

The three stars of Richard Linklater’s ‘spiritual sequel’ to his hit Dazed & Confused sat down with our Mike Smith to talk about going back to the 80’s.

Film Review “The Boss”

A film that is both funny and works to McCarthy’s strengths. It is a little over the top at times (and a little more “adult” than you might expect) but it’s definitely a film that will make you laugh out loud.

Win Passes to the Kansas City premiere of Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some”

Winners will be notified on April 10

Film Review “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”

As a big fan of both Lainie Kazan and Michael Constantine, I enjoyed most of the film.

Win Tickets to the Kansas City Premiere of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

Five winners will be chosen via a random drawing Monday, March 21

Film Review “10 Cloverfield Lane”

A word to the wise; if you go into this film looking for the monsters from J.J. Abrams film “Cloverfield” you may be disappointed. However, if you are in the mood for a small and satisfying thriller, then brave the bunker at “10 Cloverfield Lane.”

Film Review “American Bred”

A smartly made film that compares in style with “The Departed,” “American Bred” is a classic mob movie with a modern twist

Film Review “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”

Well-made and much more serious than it’s being marketed, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” gives Tina Fey to flex some acting chops you may not know she possessed

Film Review “Triple 9”

The action set-pieces are well performed and director Hillcoat keeps the film moving from the first frame to the last.

Film Review “Eddie The Eagle”

“Eddie the Eagle” doesn’t soar as high as it could have, but at least it doesn’t crash.

Me and Sly…40 Years of Friendship

Oscar night is almost upon us, and Stallone is nominated, I thought it would be a good time to talk about my favorite films of his and share the memory of when we first met…

Director Jon Cassar Talks About His New Film, “Forsaken” and the Possible Return of “24”

Director and producer, known for his work on the first seven seasons of “24”.

Win Passes to the Kansas City Premiere of “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”

Winners will be notified by email on Sunday, February 28

Chantel Riley Talks About Broadway’s “The Lion King” and Her Role in the New Film “Race”

Nala in the Broadway musical “The Lion King” and new film “Race”

Film Review “Forsaken”

If you’re a fan of the genre’ you won’t be disappointed by FORSAKEN.

WIN PASSES TO THE KANSAS CITY PREMIERE OF “TRIPLE 9”

Passes are on a first come, first serve basis.

Blu-ray Review “Criminal Activities”

A triumph on all levels, the film’s strongest point is it’s cast

Film Review: “Where to Invade Next”

Fans of Moore will appreciate his ideas behind the film. Those who aren’t probably won’t. To them I suggest moving to Germany, where your local doctor can write you a prescription for a three-week stay at a posh spa to relieve the tension.

Film Review “Zoolander 2”

Stiller and Wilson give their all (it’s obvious that they enjoy working together), but it’s not enough to save this film.

Film Review “Deadpool

A superhero film is only as good as the actor playing him and, if ever an actor was meant to play Deadpool, it is Ryan Reynolds.

Film Review “45 Years”

A fine alternative if you’re tired of bears, both grizzlies and pandas.

Film Review “The Choice”

What makes this film a notch above other cookie-cutter Sparks adaptations is a strong cast

Film Review “Two Rabbits”

Portions of the film play like a straight-up thriller, others like a scene taken directly from the video game “Grand Theft Auto.”

Writer/Director Justin D. Chambers Releases Advance Trailer for “American Bred”

Writer/director Justin D. Chambers has released an advance trailer for his upcoming film, “American Bred,” which will debut in March at the D.C. International Film Festival

Film Review “The Finest Hours”

Technically the film is top notch. The special effects are well done and the various period pieces take you back to a time…

Film Review “The 5th Wave”

The following plea is for Chloe Grace Moretz: “PLEASE FIND A NEW AGENT!”

“The Revenant” Leads the Nominations Released for the 88th Annual Academy Awards

Just one year after taking home the awards for Best Picture and Best Director for his film, “Birdman,” Alejandro G. Inarittu finds himself back in the race as his new film, “The Revenant,”

Film Review “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

“13 Hours” ranks with “Platoon” as a true depiction of what war really is

David Bowie, “The Thin White Duke”, Dead at Age 69

David Bowie, who as a singer, arranger, songwriter, producer, actor and painter, influenced countless artists for more than four decades, died yesterday, January 10, two days after his birthday. He was 69.

And the Winners of the 2015 MediaMikes.com Awards Are…

Thank you to all of the fans who either posted their choices or emailed them in. Another great response from our great readers. For the first time we had a category with a tie.

Our Critics Pick Their Best (and Worst) Films of 2015

Now that the calendar has turned over to 2016, some of our critics decided to compile their annual “Best of/Worse of” lists of the films of 2015.

Film Review “The Revenant”

This is, in my opinion, the best film of 2015

Dr. Dilznik and the Last Rekrute Release the First Video from Their New Album

“SOS – Stuck on Stoopit,” the fourth and final installment of the Stoopit series, scheduled for release this coming Spring.

Film Review “Daddy’s Home”

All in all, when the kids are disappointed that “Star Wars” is sold out, you can have a little fun with them here

Film Review “Concussion”

Built on a solid performance by Will Smith

Film Review “The Hateful Eight”

Over-the-top bloody…so be prepared for an adult evening out. And an entertaining one.

Film Review “The Big Short”

Make an investment in “The Big Short”…it’s a sure thing!

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