Blu-ray Review “Narcos: Season One”

The show is extremely engaging and locks you in from the very first episode

DVD Review “Castle: The Complete Eight and Final Season”

I have been a hardcore “Castle” fan since the very first episode. It is really hard for me to close the book on this series with “The Complete Eight and Final Season”.

Blu-ray Review “Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete First Season”

The season is jam packed with enough amazing fanboy head explosion moments to satisfy any hardcore fan.

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.

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.

DVD Reviews “Power Rangers Megaforce & Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Complete Seasons”

Personally, I haven’t watched “Power Rangers” in a long time but watching these parts of this season I was easy drawn back in

Blu-ray Review “11.22.63”

“11.22.63” is a great Stephen King novel, which was ruined in it’s TV expansion by casting James Franco as the star.

DVD Review “Halt And Catch Fire: The Complete Second Season”

I love how this show has evolved since the first season

Blu-ray Review “Supergirl: The Complete First Season”

I actually stopped watching this show on two different occasions since I was just fed up with it going nowhere in the season.

DVD Review “Demolition”

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper Director: Jean-Marc Vallée Rated: R (Restricted) Studio: 20TH CENTURY FOX DVD Release Date: July 19, 2016 Run Time: 100 minutes Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars Actor Jake Gyllenhaal has been very consistent with his choice of roles (since Prince of Persia). They are usually very craft […]

Top Five Things I’d Like to See in A Ghostbusters Sequel

I live in a world where there’s six Police Academies, four Sharknadoes and I need more of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.

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.

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.

DVD Review “LEGO Nexo Knights: Season 1”

Not just for kids either, definitely stole my 34 year old attention with no trouble.

DVD Review “Peppa Pig: Sunny Vacation”

Number of discs: 1 Studio: 20th Century Fox DVD Release Date: August 2, 2016 Run Time: 60 minutes Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars I have seen literally every single episode of Pegga Pig due to my 4 year old’s love for this show. Actually let me fix that statement, I have seen every […]

Blu-ray Review “The Tiger”

Easily one of my favorite films this year

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

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: “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: “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: “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 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.

DVD Review “Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz”

If you love “Wizard of Oz” and Tom and Jerry, this is a must see!

Blu-ray Review “The X-Files: The Event Series”

I was just happy to see the major cast return to the series and get back in the game, even if it was just for 6 episodes

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.

Blu-ray Review “The Martian: Extended Edition”

This all-new extended cut features over 10 minutes of footage not shown in theaters

Film Review: “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”

Five stars. An unconventional spin on the tried-and-true old mentor meeting his younger match that manages to be action packed, unpredictable and heartfelt without veering into the saccharine territory oft trod by coming of age stories…Julian Dennison delivers a star-making performance.

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.

Film Review: “A Fat Wreck: The Punk U Mentary”

“A Fat Wreck: The Punk U Mentary” is half inspirational story of chosen family and community and half debauchery as it tells the story of Fat Wreck Chords founder Fat Mike (bassist for the band NOFX) and his ex-wife Erin-Kelly Burkett.

Blu-ray Review “Rick and Morty: The Complete Second Season”

One of the best cartoons to hit TV since “The Simpsons”

DVD Review “The League: Final Fantasy”

There is a whole lot of talent here that makes this show worth checking out for sure

DVD Review “Strawberry Shortcake: Campberry Stories”

Any fan of the series will want to pick up this latest collection of themed episodes.

Blu-ray Review “Roots: The Complete Original Series”

If you haven’t seen this series ever or not for a long time, now is the time to revisit this for sure!

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.

Blu-ray Review “Zootopia”

“Zootopia” is the latest smash hit from Walt Disney Animation Studios!

Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest Set For Fall 2016

Best known for his iconic role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, Mark Hamill will bring his encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and passion for memorabilia to Comic-Con HQ, the new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) destination that will extend the experience of San Diego Comic-Con into a year-round event.

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.

MediaMikes 2016 Summer Movie Preview

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

Film Review: “It’s So Easy And Other Lies”

One half performance footage from Duff’s book reading at The Moore Theater in Seattle, WA and one half documentary consisting of archival footage and new interviews with former/current band members and friends. “It’s So Easy And Other Lies” is a unique spin on your standard biographical documentary.

Film Review “The Nice Guys”

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

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.

DVD Review: “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Country Special”

This release is classic 70’s variety hour programming at its finest. From those cheesy comedic segues to overdubbed musical performances which at times were just a touch off, it’s all here.

“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

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: “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.

Director Matt Brown on “The Man Who Knew Infinity”

The writer-director spoke about bringing the compelling true life story of a mathematical genius to the screen with stars Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel.

TFF: Keegan-Michael Key on “Keanu” and the Upcoming “Don’t Think Twice”

Star of “Key & Peele” opens in their feature comedy “Keanu” and spoke about it while promoting the Tribeca premiere of Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice”

Film Review “Keanu”

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

TFF Film Review: “High-Rise”

From the brutalist production design to a stunning score by Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream), High-Rise is a darkly humorous, sexy, and oftentimes grotesque cinematic experience.

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

Tribeca Film Fest Review: “Holidays”

Horror anthologies thrive on bringing a lot of different things to the table…but if there’s one thing they shouldn’t be, it’s boring. And for seven out of eight of these, I was just plain bored.

Film Review “Elvis & Nixon”

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

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”.

Tom Hiddleston and Susanne Bier Premiere AMC’S The Night Manager

Tom Hiddleston and Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier spoke with me at the Tribeca Film Festival about their hit spy series “The Night Manager” which premieres this week on AMC.

Film Review “Criminal”

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

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 “Demolition”

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

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.

Film Review “I Saw the Light”

“The onslaught of darkness in I Saw the Light is it makes Williams’s untimely passing at age 29 feel like a foregone conclusion. Still, as a showcase for the versatile Hiddleston and fiery Olsen, I Saw the Light impresses.” This film is playing in NY, LA & Nashville, nationwide on Friday.

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.

DVD Review: Judas Priest “Battle Cry”

Though not the first live concert performance release from metal gods Judas Priest it is however the first live release from the band to cover material from practically every album including “Redeemer of Souls”.

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

Tickets on Sale Now for “Hardcore Henry: The Ultimate Fan Experience” in Select U.S. Cinemas

Hardcore Henry is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has […]

Film Review “The Divergent Series: Allegiant”

Let me talk to the few of you who have never seen these movies and may be interested in possibly starting this series. Don’t. Just don’t.

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.”

Kernel Engages Assassin’s Creed fans with exclusive limited-edition merchandise,  Behind-the-scenes first-looks at the upcoming Movie, Movie Tickets and More

Beginning today, March 9th at www.kernel.com/assassinscreed, Kernel is affording Assassin’s Creed fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the highly anticipated movie release with exclusive film merchandise, one-of-a-kind experiences, revealing behind-the-scene sneak peeks and more.

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 “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 “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”.

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.

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.

Blu-ray Review “Criminal Activities”

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

Film Review “The Witch”

Watching The Witch is a study in psychological stress. It’s slow-paced and deliberate, and it leaves you with the feeling that you’ve seen something that you weren’t supposed to.

A Conversation with Deadpool’s Greg LaSalle

LaSalle provided the facial performance for Deadpool’s Colossus, we spoke about his character as well as his visual effects work in other Marvel movies.

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.

Blu-ray Review: “Crimson Peak”

Guillermo Del Toro’s gothic romance, Crimson Peak is now available on blu-ray with plenty of in-depth featurettes on its visually stunning production design work.

Film Review “45 Years”

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