“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
Perfectly paced and skillfully cast, “In Dubious Battle” is one of those small films that occasionally see the light of day
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”
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.
Very funny but a little bit all over the place, “The LEGO Batman Movie” is fun for all ages
Trista Moldovan talks with MediaMikes about returning to “The Phantom of the Opera” as Carlotta
Do yourself a favor and put as much space as possible between yourself and “The Space Between Us”
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
The Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony award winning actress and producer died January 25, 2017, of complications from pneumonia
“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
The next chapter in the “Star Wars” saga finally has a title. Say hello to “Star Wars – Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.”
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 […]
The film does have some problems with its pacing, but the energy jumps up when any of the three female leads are on screen.
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.
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
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
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”).
Powerful. That is how I’d best describe “Lion.”
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
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.
The voting period runs through Sunday, January 8th, with the winners being announced on January 15th.
Film director, and son of Cubs great Ron Santo, Jeff Santo talks about “This Old Cub”
“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!
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!
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.
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.
While “Loving” strikes many emotional chords, I was left with more questions than answers.
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.”
“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.
“Hacksaw Ridge” relies on strong performances and brilliant storytelling to tell the story without being heavy-handed.
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.
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
Smartly directed, with a nice twist in the story, “The Accountant” rests squarely on the shoulders of Ben Affleck.
The setting for Elvis Costello’s “Detour Tour” was both simplistic and engaging.
A small film with big laughs, “Wild Oats” is one you should look for next time you’re at the video store.
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”
Be among the first to see one of the most anticipated films of the year, Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation.”
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.
With the end of summer comes the beginning of fall and the start of Hollywood’s “Prestige Movie Push!”
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.
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.”
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, who went from comic actor to acclaimed writer/director, passed away at age 83 on August 29th due to complications with Alzheimer’s Disease.
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?
Cheap Trick, Joan Jett and Heart take the stage in Kansas City
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 “the Hammer” Williamson talks with Mike Smith about his lengthy film and football career
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
4 Stars. Outrageously funny from start to finish…The two leads play off each other perfectly.
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
Media Mikes is offering some lucky readers a chance to attend the 2016 Kansas City Planet Comicon!
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. “
I urge you to head to the theatre. You won’t be disappointed.
The film moves quickly, buoyed by the performances of its stars.
Told through the amazing use of computer generation, “The Jungle Book” is very faithful to the animated film that proceeds
A bio-pic that flits around, “Born to Be Blue” takes its name from one of Baker’s best known songs.
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.
As a big fan of both Lainie Kazan and Michael Constantine, I enjoyed most of the film.
Five winners will be chosen via a random drawing Monday, March 21
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.”
A smartly made film that compares in style with “The Departed,” “American Bred” is a classic mob movie with a modern twist
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
The action set-pieces are well performed and director Hillcoat keeps the film moving from the first frame to the last.
“Eddie the Eagle” doesn’t soar as high as it could have, but at least it doesn’t crash.
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 and producer, known for his work on the first seven seasons of “24”.
Winners will be notified by email on Sunday, February 28
Nala in the Broadway musical “The Lion King” and new film “Race”
If you’re a fan of the genre’ you won’t be disappointed by FORSAKEN.
Passes are on a first come, first serve basis.
A triumph on all levels, the film’s strongest point is it’s cast
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.
Stiller and Wilson give their all (it’s obvious that they enjoy working together), but it’s not enough to save this film.
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.
A fine alternative if you’re tired of bears, both grizzlies and pandas.
What makes this film a notch above other cookie-cutter Sparks adaptations is a strong cast
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 has released an advance trailer for his upcoming film, “American Bred,” which will debut in March at the D.C. International Film Festival
Technically the film is top notch. The special effects are well done and the various period pieces take you back to a time…
The following plea is for Chloe Grace Moretz: “PLEASE FIND A NEW AGENT!”
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,”
“13 Hours” ranks with “Platoon” as a true depiction of what war really is
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.
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.
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.
This is, in my opinion, the best film of 2015
“SOS – Stuck on Stoopit,” the fourth and final installment of the Stoopit series, scheduled for release this coming Spring.
All in all, when the kids are disappointed that “Star Wars” is sold out, you can have a little fun with them here
Built on a solid performance by Will Smith
Over-the-top bloody…so be prepared for an adult evening out. And an entertaining one.