Film Review: “Chuck”

Liev Schreiber is outstanding as the title character, but he also has a great supporting cast in “Chuck”

Film Review: “Baywatch”

Consistently funny with a few slow spots, “Baywatch” thankfully follows the formula that other television-shows-to-movies like “21 Jump Street” have in that it doesn’t take itself TOO seriously

MediaMikes 2017 Summer Movie Preview

“Fate of the Furious” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” already kicking serious box office ass. But not to worry, there are plenty more movies to see

Film Review: “Snatched”

What makes the film enjoyable is the fact that both stars play off of each other so well

Concert Review: Garth Brooks

Even though he had played four shows since Friday night, Brooks was in fine form and full of energy

Concert Review: Rick Springfield and Pat Benatar & Neil Geraldo

All in all a very high-energy and entertaining show

Stage Review: “42nd Street” – Kansas City

“42nd Street” is what you might call an old fashioned musical, with classic songs and some of the greatest hoofing you will ever see on stage.

“Airplane!” and Captain Ted Striker Heading to Omaha

“Airplane!” will be the film shown at his 40th Tribute to Classic Films held in Omaha, Nebraska.

Film Review: “Sorcerer” – 40th Anniversary Restored Version

“Sorcerer” is a masterpiece of filmmaking. The restoration makes the film look brand new.

Film Review: “Gifted”

A perfect gift just in time for Easter, “Gifted” could have easily been a two-hankie made-for-television Lifetime movie. However it rises thanks to the work of the cast

Stefan White talks about the upcoming Battle4KC LifeSaver “Star Wars” battle

Media Mikes talks with Stefan White about the epic Battle4KC LifeSaver “Star Wars” Battle to benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Cystic Fibrosis Center

Film Review: “Going in Style”

An entertaining comedy that leans on the talent of its stars, “Going in Style” is a fun way to kill 90 minutes in a darkened theatre

Win Passes to the 2017 Kansas City Planet Comicon

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

Stage Review: “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” – Kansas City

Couple great performances with classic songs and you have a genuine toe-tapping musical that the audience can – and does – sing along to

James Clow talks about playing Don Kirshner in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Media Mikes talks with James Clow about his role of music producer Don Kirshner in the Carole King-inspired musical “Beautiful”

Win Tickets to See Comedian Eric Schwartz in Kansas City

We are giving away passes to see comedian Eric Schwartz perform live

Film Review: “Wilson”

If you’re looking for a quirky comedy to help your day go by, feel free to spend some time with “Wilson.”

Win Passes to an Advance Screening of “Boss Baby” in Kansas City

Media Mikes has teamed up with Dreamworks Animation to give you a chance to see the new film “Boss Baby” starring Alec Baldwin.

Film Review: “Kong: Skull Island”

While Kong isn’t all over the film he appears enough to remind you who’s King. The action is intense and the special effects are well done.

Film Review: “Before I Fall”

“Before I Fall” is a film that is so bad it’s almost insulting to the audience. So many teen movie tropes fill the screen that you almost have to brush them away to see what’s happening.

Win Passes to the 3D Kansas City Advanced of “Beauty and the Beast” (CONTEST CLOSED)

Media Mikes has teamed up with Disney to invite you to “be our guest” at the Kansas City-area premiere of one of the most anticipated films of the year, “Beauty and the Beast”

Film Review: “A United Kingdom”

Like “Loving,” which dealt with interracial marriage in the States, “A United Kingdom” rises above dealing with the same subject thanks to the performances of the film’s stars

Behind the Screen – Please, Oscar Winners, Check Your Politics at the Door

Award shows are a way to escape from the day to day grind the world holds for us. NOT to hear whose a lousy President or why global warming is coming to kill us.

Film Review: “Logan”

Packed with wall to wall action, “Logan” is a fitting ending to Hugh Jackman’s association with Wolverine

Vincent D’Onofrio talks about his new film “In Dubious Battle”

Vincent D’Onofrio talks about his new film “In Dubious Battle,” collaborating with Stanley Kubrick and what he’s working on next

Film Review: “My Name is Emily”

A sweetly written story about love and the bonds it forms, “My Name is Emily” succeeds in part thanks to a fine cast of young actors

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 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.


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…


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…